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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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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Interference

…doesn’t negate the past or necessarily help the future… “After deliberate examination, with the aid of the best lights I could obtain, I was well satisfied that our country, under all the circumstances of the case, had a right to take, and was bound in duty and interest to take, a neutral position. Having taken […]

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Sitting Ducks

…are preferable to lame ducks at any rate, at least they are choosing to stay still… “Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”-John Adams, Letter to Benjamin Rush (18 April 1808) ____________________________________________________________________________ It’s funny. I can’t seem to recall anything about the second half of a second presidential term being inherently […]

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Crazy for Country

…or a crazy country, it’s certainly hard to tell these days… “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 itself a frightful despotism… It agitates the Community with ill founded jealousies and […]

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New Year, New You

…what better time to resolve to make government better… ______________________________________________________________________ A DECLARATION OF RIGHTS … as the basis and foundation of government Section 1. That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive […]

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By Us, For Us

…or something like that… “It is fortunate when disputed theories, can be decided by undisputed facts.  And here the undisputed fact is, that the Constitution was made by the people…” ~ James Madison, Letter to Daniel Webster, 15 March 1833 ______________________________________________________________________ It’s funny how it can all get away from you.  You fight a war, […]

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