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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Which Side Are You On?

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

On January 6, 2021, Fox News host Laura Ingram texted Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff.  Ingram begged, “Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”  Everyone in the White House and on Fox News knew who was […]

Rebellious Lies

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

Why have Republicans embraced the lie? If they can lie about something we all watched, they can lie about anything. Ohh wait….Tax cuts don’t pay for themselves. Diversity really is a strength for America. We can trust women in their doctors’ offices. Christianity is founded on compassion for the poor, not the idolatry of power […]

Don’t Bear False Witness

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Justice requires the truth.  As Americans we require anyone testifying to do it under oath.  Oath breakers face penalties for perjury. The truth is no less important in other aspects of life.  Both Civil Law and the Bible made bearing false witness a crime.  Civil law calls it liable.  Psalm 6 calls bearing false witness […]

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 […]

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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