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Seeds of Sedition

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

The January 6 attack on American Democracy grew from seeds planted 40 years earlier.  In the 1980s conservative activists created incendiary rhetoric to attack our government.  Since the New Deal, conservatives had lost to a wave of progressive legislation.  The Federal Government improved the lives of seniors with Social Security and Medicare.  It improved the […]

Promote the General Welfare

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Taxes fund public services.  A vote is our voice for funding these services.  As a community, we decide on which services to fund or how they are funded.  We benefit from these services either directly or indirectly.  Direct benefits are pretty easy to understand.  If you have a child in a school, then you and […]

Voting Preserves Our Republic

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Voting is the life blood of a democracy.  Votes express the will of the many to direct the actions of the few.  Voting preserves our Republic. Restricting voting kills democracy. Americans have struggled over the last 232 years to expand voting.  In the beginning, woman couldn’t vote.  Slaves couldn’t vote.  Men without property couldn’t vote. […]

Uncle Sam Needs You

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

The World watched on January 6, 2021, as criminals swarmed the United States Capital.  The thugs wanted to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.   Most of us looked on in horror. Congress had gathered in a solemn, constitutional ceremony to count the Electoral College votes.  Each state had certified the results.  Courts from every corner […]

“your white soldiers will be lost to you”

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

January 8, 1865 Confederate Major-General Howell Cobb wrote to James A. Seddon, CSA Secretary of War.  Cobb objected to Robert E. Lee’s proposal to use slaves as Confederate soldiers.  The CSA simply lacked the free man power to continue its war of Southern Aggression.  Cobb’s objection was simple: “The day you make soldiers of them […]

Limited Government and Accountability

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

The contrast between United States Constitutional Law and Biblical Law are striking.  The US Constitution places limits on government.  The Bible grants absolute power to kings and fathers. Let’s look, for example, at one of the most famous stories in the Bible.  The Bible tells this story to illustrate the wisdom of Solomon. We, however, […]

Original Intent to Suppress the Vote

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

People who scream about the “original intent” of the Constitution too often don’t know the “original intent”.  Or if they do understand the “original intent”, they want to use it to restrict their neighbors’ hard won freedoms. Voting rights clearly fall into the second category.  The Constitution originally intended voting restrictions.  States had the right […]

Act of Terrorism in Grayson County

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Studying history shouldn’t take a profile in courage.  Too many people want history to be a safe space for ancestor worship. History is part of the humanities.  We study humans.  Humans can be beautiful.  They can be ugly.  We should try to replicate the beauty and avoid the ugly. We can’t do either if we […]

Progressive America

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

I am proud to live in Modern America.  America is a progressive country.  Our democracy allows us to create laws to improve our lives.  Over the past 230 years much has changed for the better. The progress has been slow but steady.  In the 1820s white laborers won the right to vote.  In the 1870s […]

Truth Creates Unity

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

We all know to take the keys away from a drunk driver.  Drinking impairs decision making and judgment. In government, lies produce the same results.  Over 400,000 of our neighbors have died because of Covid 19 lies and political denial.  Will our democracy be next? On Jan. 22, 2020 a reporter asked Donald Trump whether […]

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