the tragedy that took place in Charlottesville last weekend could not have occurred without the tacit acceptance of millions of ordinary, law-abiding Americans who helped create such a racially explosive […]
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. In small clumsy letters he wrote: April 4th, 1984. He sat back. A sense of complete […]
(Originally posted August 26, 2016) Genesis 4:9. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (1 Thessalonians […]
Judah Philip Benjamin, QC (August 11, 1811 – May 6, 1884) was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate […]
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Hate media (Fox, Rush, Savage, Jones, Drudge, Breitbart, Falwell Jr. et al.) use exactly the same propaganda techniques used by Goebbels in the 1930s and by Radio Moscow in the […]
Probably not. History was always one of those “who cares?” “boring” classes that most students endured but paid no attention to. Unfortunately: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned […]
bully noun A person who hurts, frightens, or tyrannizes over those who are smaller or weaker Someone who is mean to others and who throws his weight around. An overbearing […]
Am I my brother’s keeper? Genesis 4:9. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, […]
The proof? Just listen to what they say; look at the laws they are passing. To deny any individual basic human rights based on your individual beliefs is outrageous, unethical, and […]
“A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: […]
“The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels, and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected [Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson] not a one […]
The father of American Freedom. (more…)
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana Are we “condemned to repeat” 1912 in 2016? The following is excerpted from: History Now: American History Online THEODORE ROOSEVELT […]
The biggest difference between conservatives and liberals over filling the current vacancy on the Supreme Court is perhaps the question of interpretation of the Constitution. Conservatives insist that the Constitution […]
“… besides all the bad effects tothe country in general, which have alreadybeen mentioned as necessarily resulting from ahigher rate of profit, there is one more fatal,perhaps, than all these […]
“regulations may, no doubt, be considered as in some respect a violation of natural liberty. But those exertions of the natural liberty of a few individuals, which might endanger the […]
those who live by wages:The interest of … those who live by wages, is … strictly connected withthe interest of the society … The wages of the labourer … are […]
Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is the Bible of Capitalism. “The word VALUE, it is to be observed, has twodifferent meanings, […]
The Constitution of the Five Nations – or – The Iroquois Book of the Great Law … survives after some 500 or 600 years, and was originated by people that […]
The actions of the Bundys, in Nevada and Oregon, are not the first time that arms have been taken up against agents of the Federal Government because someone didn’t want […]
one of America’s most fundamental problems is that the alliance between the current form of Southern labor and the current form of New York finance is with us still. The Southernization of the Republican Party and the increasing domination of Wall Street’s over the nation’s economic life have combined to erode both the income and the power of U.S. workers. Unions are anathema to Wall Street and the GOP.
what unites the Republican Party, on this 150th anniversary of the murder of Lincoln, is that they are against the type of progressive legislation that gave rise to their party. Lincoln is an oil painting in the parlor, to be dusted off while Republican leaders plot new ways to kill things that he would have approved of.
“In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a ‘person’ entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was ‘closely held’ by family members.
September 11, 2003.
IN THE NAME OF RELIGION
Three years ago today a group of men flew planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.
If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives …
Jefferson had no use for religious leaders and many times in his letters made it clear religion should be a private affair and and be kept out of politics and that the only way to know a person’s true religious beliefs was by how they lived, not by what they said.
“… the priests indeed have heretofore thought proper to ascribe to me religious, or rather anti-religious sentiments, of their own fabric, but such as soothed their resentments against … religious freedom. They wished him to be thought atheist, deist, or devil, who could advocate freedom from their religious dictations.
Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816
Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country.
This may come as a shock to a lot of conservatives. Just one more example of the “Socialist” tendencies of the founding fathers. Thomas Jefferson ranked Locke, (http://www.constitution.org/jl/2ndtreat.htm) along with Locke’s compatriot Algernon Sidney, as the most important thinkers on liberty. (http://www.thefreemanonline.org/features/john-locke-natural-rights-to-life-liberty-and-property/) But he changed Locks words (“Life, Liberty, and Property”) to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. These letters to Isaac McPherson and James Madison explains why.
Thomas Jefferson to William Henry Harrison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Harrison)
Our system is to live in perpetual peace with the Indians, to cultivate an affectionate attachment from them, by everything just and liberal which we can do for them within the bounds of reason, and by giving them effectual protection against wrongs from our own people. The decrease of game rendering their subsistence by hunting insufficient, we wish to draw them to agriculture, to spinning and weaving.
To Governor William H.
“… I consider the business of hunting as already become insufficient to furnish clothing and subsistence to the Indians. The promotion of agriculture, therefore, and household manufacture, are essential in their preservation, and I am disposed to aid and encourage it liberally. … In truth, the ultimate point of rest & happiness for them is to let our settlements and theirs meet and blend together, to intermix, and become one people. Incorporating themselves with us as citizens of the U.S. … And we have already had an application from a settlement of Indians to become citizens of the U.S.
I love this one. A letter from the President of the United States, to his grandchildren.
I am very happy to find that two of you can write. I shall now expect that whenever it is inconvenient for your papa and mama to write, one of you will write on a piece of paper these words `all is well’ and send it for me to the post office. I am happy too that Miss Ellen can now read so readily.
What an effort, my dear Sir, of bigotry in Politics & Religion have we gone through! The barbarians really flattered themselves they should be able to bring back the times of Vandalism, when ignorance put everything into the hands of power & priestcraft. All advances in science were proscribed as innovations. They pretended to praise and encourage education, but it was to be the education of our ancestors.
“… I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another: for freedom of the press, & against all violations of the constitution to silence by force & not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.
Maybe some day the real Republicans will take back their party. If they don't the party is going to go the way of the Whigs and KnowNothings and all the other parties of the 19th century that nobody remembers.
Obama said it best when he said we are all in this together. It’s not about income redistribution, its about income fairness.
"It is what it is" is obviously true, but "que sera, sera" is not. I reject the idea that we have nothing to say about the future. We can not change the past, (although there have been many attempts to re-write history) but "what will be" is what we make it.
Anger and Fear.
“Three types of anger are recognized by psychologists:
The first … is connected to the impulse for self-preservation. It is shared between humans and non-human animals and occurs when tormented or trapped.
The second type of anger … is a reaction to perceived deliberate harm or unfair treatment by others. ….
The third type of anger is … related … to character traits …”
“… angry people are more likely … to blame a person's behavior … on his nature than on his circumstances.
Who opposed the Declaration of Independence? … Conservatives. (They were called Loyalist.
History of the Pledge of Allegiance.
"I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
1892 to 1923
"I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
1923 to 1924
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of
Democrats have occupied the White House in 26 of the 62 years since 1948. Average GDP growth in the country over those 26 years has been 4.01%. Republicans have occupied […]
Conservatism is not so much a philosophy as an attitude. It rests on doubt in human nature; it distrusts improvement, clings to traditional institutions and prefers the past to the future.
James Madison’s draft of the Bill of Rights was prepared and introduced shortly after the First Congress convened in 1789.
“The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending