Playing the Religious Card: A Long American History

Clay Jenkinson The closest analogy to the Trump declaration that his opponent would “hurt God” came in the infamous election of 1800, when Thomas Jefferson challenged his old friend John Adams for the presidency. Jefferson kept his religious views mostly to himself, but he was (very privately) a unitarian, a Deist, an anti-Trinitarian, and a…

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Today’s Judicial Authority Results from an Attempted Early Power Grab

The recent passing of Justice Ginsburg and the ghoulish dancing on her grave by GOP “leaders” presents us with another episode where where we might learn from our own history. The United States two party political system is an outgrowth of an intense conflict during the Washington administration between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton over…

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Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” Speech To avoid interference…

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The Declaration of Independence

From the HBO mini-series John Adams, the final act of declaring independence from Britain. Think about the courage inherent in pledging their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to go up against the world’s superpower. Then imagine how craven we would have to be to not lift a finger to defend what they gave us when…

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Guardian: “Thou Shalt Not Be Indifferent”

‘Thou shalt not be indifferent’: from Auschwitz’s gate of hell, a last, desperate warning They came to bear witness one last time. Exactly 75 years after the Red Army’s liberation of Auschwitz, those who had seen humanity’s descent into hell returned to speak of it while they still could – and with a new, double…

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We are all patriots: Thomas Jefferson and the Election of 1800

To My Fellow Patriots Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, Progressive or Centrist or Conservative, love Trump or hate Trump or don’t care about Trump one way or the other, male or female or something else, whether you are Catholic or Protestant, Evangelical or Mainline, Muslim or Buddhist or Rastafarian, no matter the color…

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Unbearable Loss

20 year old Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of Theodore Roosevelt, is the only child of a US President ever to die in war. Theodore Roosevelt was intensely critical of Woodrow Wilson’s attempt to keep the US out of World War I and always enthusiastic about the use of American military force. But after his aviator…

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