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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Citizenship

It’s interesting how something so simple can create so many problems. Who is American? What does being American mean? Who has the right to come here and become American? But there’s a deeper issue buried beneath the haze of conflict that revolves around these questions – does being American mean anything when you don’t have […]

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What’s Right?

…when you’re talking about our Rights, does being a right make something not wrong?… “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” ~Second Amendment to the United States Constitution __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In the light of yet another […]

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Outsider

…tends to mean you actually come from “outside” something… “That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone.” –Thomas Jefferson to Horatio Gates, 1798. ME 9:441 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You know what’s interesting? All the people in this particular presidential election cycle positioning themselves as “outsiders”. Wealthy […]

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One / Un

…is sometimes all it takes… “So ask the travelled inhabitant of any nation, In what country on earth would you rather live?&—Certainly in my own, where are all my friends, my relations, and the earliest & sweetest affections and recollections of my life. Which would be your second choice? France.” ~Thomas Jefferson, *Autobiography*, 1821 —– […]

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#DoYourJob

…The laws of the land aren’t a buffet….you don’t get to pick and choose… “We think ourselves possessed, or, at least, we boast that we are so, of liberty of conscience on all subjects, and of the right of free inquiry and private judgment in all cases, and yet how far are we from these […]

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All Lives Matter

…or at least they should… “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the […]

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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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Shutdown

…because nothing screams dysfunctional quite like ceasing to function entirely… “what a triumph for the advocates of despotism to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty are merely ideal and fallacious!  Would to God that wise measures may be taken in time to avert […]

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