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A Republic, Not A Monarchy

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

The death of Queen Elizabeth II reminds me how lucky we are as Americans. We don’t have a monarchy. We have a Republic.  The American Republic belongs to all the people, not a single person. Our Republic, however, owes much to the history of the English monarchy.  American constitutional history often traces its origins back […]

Let’s go Joe!

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Between January 20, 2001 and July 14, 2008 prices at the gas pump rose from $1.47 per gallon to $4.11 per gallon.  During that extended price rise, two Texas oil men sat in the Oval Office and made decisions.  Dramatically, gas prices fell to $1.61 by December 2008.   George W. Bush and Dick Cheney created […]

Let’s Go Joe!

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Between January 20, 2001 and July 14, 2008 prices at the gas pump rose from $1.47 per gallon to $4.11 per gallon.  During that extended price rise, two Texas oil men sat in the Oval Office and made decisions.  Dramatically, gas prices fell to $1.61 by December 2008.   George W. Bush and Dick Cheney created […]

Did You Get the Memo?

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Every August I remember our history.  For professional historians, history is based on documents.  Documents give us a look into real time events rather than looking backwards.  Documents help us separate reality from storytelling. On August 6, 2001 a Central Intelligence Agent handed George W. Bush a Presidential Daily Brief.  Its title could not have […]

Bad Apple(s)

Friday, July 29th, 2022

Benjamin Franklin updated a Medieval saying: “the rotten apple spoils his companion.”  This proverb has been handed down to us as “One bad apple spoils the bunch.”  If you eat fruits and vegetables regularly, you know this to be true. We also know it’s true for people.  We want our kids to hang out with […]

America–Home of the Brave

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

On April 19, 1995 Timothy McVeigh attacked the United States of America.  He murdered 168 Americans. Ten children were among the dead. At the time of his arrest, McVeigh had excerpts from the Turner Diaries in his car.  This 1978 novel by William Luther Pierce depicts a coming race war.  White supremacists attacked the United […]

It’s the Market Stupid

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

One year and 4 months after Donald Trump took occupancy of the White House, gas price averages rose from $2.46 to $2.99 per gallon.  Two years later, in May 2020, the average price per gallon had fallen to $1.96. What causes these wild swings?  What had Donald done in office? Nothing. Oil companies, not the […]

Addiction

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

Addictive behavior can destroy the addict as well as those around them.  Addicts find it harder and harder to distinguish reality from imagination.  They tell themselves lies and demand others accept the lies as truth. Dealing with an addict can be very exhausting.  Addicts respond to the truth with false allegations and threats.  Their paranoia […]

Put Loyalty to America First

Friday, February 11th, 2022

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t have been any clearer about January 6.  “It was a violent insurrection with the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election. … That’s what it was.” McConnell made this statement in response to the Republican National Committee endorsing the insurrection.  The […]

Poisoned Fields

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

In Matthew Chapter 13, Jesus told a parable about a sower. Since farming was a common occupation, it wasn’t hard to understand.  Seeds, like words, require fertile soil to grow. Teachers can only do so much. Anyone familiar with growing plants knows, however, that with a little work, a farmer can prepare the soil.  Adding […]

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