Posts in category "Constitution"
My wife doesn’t like to talk politics. We seldom do. And usually I’m on a soapbox doing my Patrick Henry impersonation. She listens and nods her head. Until I’ve run out of words. This morning I brought up what many are talking about: the role torture has played since 9-11. The Senate’s report has... Read more »
How do you evangelize? asks one ChicagoNow blogger, a convert to Catholicism. Should you talk doctrine and cite Biblical passages? She thinks not. The best way, she says, (if I understand her) of delivering the Good News is to model it. I couldn’t agree more. I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. And... Read more »
By now the news may have percolated enough through the media for many Americans to realize that the Supreme Court under the inestimable John Roberts has loosened restrictions on individual campaign contributions. An individual still is limited to $2,600 per candidate ($5,200 total for primary and general elections), but the max (currently at $48,600)... Read more »
Born today? John C. Calhoun. Who thought states’ rights a real boon. His stubborn stance on nullification Resulted in slavery’s annihilation. “The theory of nullification is based on the concept that the States are the final decision-makers when it comes to the limits of the federal government. The theory indicated that the federal laws... Read more »
Born today was Andrew Jackson Who, some might say, with all the facts in, Was a president of the first rank. Not the least for opposing a National Bank. “Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add… artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to... Read more »
Born today was Abraham Lincoln. Two years of war with the South got him thinkin’: “While we save our Union from its dissolution, Let’s also abolish its peculiar institution.”
Today’s the birthday of James Otis. He fulminated against the King’s operandi modus. He averred in the Revolutionary hassle That America’s home was America’s castle. [James Otis before the Boston Colonial court] “The writs[of assistance] were general search warrants that permitted the authorities to search anywhere they pleased for any reason-or for no reason.... Read more »
Born today was Rosa Parks. Her courage gets the highest marks. She changed the way we look at us By simply sitting on a bus. [The bus that Rosa Parks was arrested on, December 1, 1955 , in Montgomery, Alabama. It is now in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.]
Today’s the birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt. When our country the Greatest Depression was dealt, He found a fresh deck and he opened the seal; Rebooted the game with what’s called “The New Deal”. New Deal programs with the deepest impact on American life: (1) Social Security Act; (2) Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; (3) Securities... Read more »
Today’s birthday is Thomas Paine’s. Agent provocateur ‘gainst tyrannical reigns. This rousing pamphleteer was a clarion call For American independence and freedom for all. One of my favorite Paine quotes is from his pamphlet “The Crisis”. “Mutual fear is the principal link in the chain of mutual love.” What inspired cadence and symmetry!