Where Have All the Good Men Gone?

“Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration was maturely weighed. . . . His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was, indeed, […]

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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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It’s Not Fair

…because it’s not supposed to be… “It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was […]

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Advice and Consent

….means exactly that, it’s not that hard, people…. “He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and […]

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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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Not my kind of Party

… what’s more fun than watching a bunch of 60 year olds travel across the country tearing each other apart?  Probably watching anything else.… “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is […]

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Not Me

…the problem is everyone else… “[The Convention] thought it wrong to admit in the Constitution the idea that there could be property in men.” — James Madison, Records of the Convention, 25 August 1787 ______________________________________________________________________ If the Founding Fathers had realized how divisive and deeply unsettling the legacy of slavery and race relations would be […]

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