What Will You Tolerate?

“We have abundant reason to rejoice, that in this land the light of truth and reason have triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition…” ~ George Washington, letter to New Jerusalem Church of Baltimore, 27 January 1793 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Washington might have declared victory too soon. It seems like the light of truth and reason […]

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Liar Liar Pants on Fire

“Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for ‘**tis better to be alone than in bad Company**.” ~ George Washington, copy of *Rules of Civility* ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Integrity used to mean something. Heck, George Washington was so concerned about making sure he always did what was right that he spent […]

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Meddling Matters

“Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time […]

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New Year, New You

….or something like that… “…Yet, I confess, I see great difficulty of drawing forth a good representation. What, for example, will be the inducements for gentlemen of fortune and abilities to leave their houses and business to attend annually and long? It cannot be the wages; for these, I presume, must be small. Will not […]

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Understanding

…only works when you are actually on the same page… “Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.” ~ John Adams, letter to J.H. Tiffany, 31 March 1819 ____________________________________________________________________________ It’s almost like our political parties are from different countries. Or at least they pretend […]

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Treason

…is apparently something to be celebrated in this nation… “Judas sold only one man, Arnold three millions.  Judas got for his one man thirty pieces of silver, Arnold not a halfpenny a head.  A miserable bargain!” ~Benjamin Franklin, letter to the Marquis de Lafayette, 14 May 1781 ______________________________________________________________________ Clearly Benedict Arnold was just a traitor […]

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The Public Good

…does not inherently mean our own personal good… “Happy will it be if our choice should be directed by a judicious estimate of our true interests, unperplexed and unbiased by considerations not connected with the public good. “ ~ Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, No. 1, 27 October, 1787 ____________________________________________________________________________ America is selfish.  We’ve become […]

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Doing the Right Thing

“Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” ~ Iconic inscription on the Statue of Liberty ______________________________________________________________________ Of course, we should probably take care of the tired, poor, huddled masses within our own borders too.  America is not a land where the poor are able to breathe free, or where […]

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The True Price of “Free” Society

…because while the pen is almost certainly mightier than the sword, the sword still cuts deep… “A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes […]

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Law & Order

…is actually necessary for society to function… “No! No! Sentence first — verdict afterwards.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland ______________________________________________________________________ Laws are an essential component for a society.  In fact, that’s what the Constitution is at its heart – the very first laws that construct the basic fabric of who we are as a […]

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