Franklin Roosevelt

Sacrifice

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Sacrifice means giving something up today for a better tomorrow. Self-sacrifice is a key virtue.  We give of ourselves to better those around us.  Our communities honor those among us who excel at self-sacrifice. Recently, we have seen the rise of an old and ugly form of sacrifice: the sacrifice of others.  A small, vocal […]

Moments of Clarity.

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Moments of crisis are also moments of clarity. The very same politicians who scream prolife to get elected are now telling us to focus on profits, not saving lives. The very same politicians who scream get the government away from businesses are now throwing money at banksters faster than they can light it on fire. […]

Home of the Brave

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

“People who have opportunity to work and earn, and who have an assured income in their old age, are free. They are free of the fear of poverty. They are free of public or private charity. They can live happier, more useful lives. That’s real freedom. And that is something we should be proud of-that’s […]

I Give Thanks

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

It’s always a good thing to stop and examine our lives.  Thanksgiving reminds us to see all we have instead of what we lack.  Many of us get into the bad habit of concentrating on the negative instead of the positive.   Today, Modern America provides many reasons to give thanks. If we take a short […]

“What’s at Stake: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act”

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Earlier in this month I presented “What’s at Stake: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act”. Stanley Alluisi filmed and edited it. Thank you Stanley and Democratic Women of Grayson County.

Robert Byrd and a History of Poltical Racism in America

Monday, August 6th, 2012

“Byrd, who died in June 2010 at age 92, had sought the FBI intelligence while suspecting that communists and subversives were guiding the civil rights cause, the records show.” Now that a child of the Civil Rights movement is President and he is accused of the same thing. Weird how that works. Same lie. Different […]

Liberalism, Conservatism and the Future

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

At the end of the 19th century, Populist farmers pushed for the Federal government to rein in the abusive practices of banks and railroads.  At the beginning of the 20th century, the Progressive movement actually convinced the Federal government to break up monopolies and protect consumers from unsafe food and drugs.  During the Depression, FDR […]

A Brief History of Fiscal Responsibility

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

While crisis economics requires government spending to lessen the damage done to average Americans, sound fiscal policy requires several long-term strategies.  Over the last thirty years, Washington policy makers, like American businessmen, have put short-term, temporary gains ahead of long-term, sustainable progress.  Solving our problems requires a clear understanding of America’s fiscal history.  Liberalism solved […]

Exposing Reagan’s Big Lie

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Several years ago, a former neighbor, Joe Abraham had an idea.  He wanted history taught backwards.  Instead of starting with past events and coming to the present, he suggested starting with current events and working backwards.  As a professional historian, this method just didn’t feel right.  My training at USL and LSU had always focused […]