Posts in category "human rights"

Pope Francis, FDR, and Dante Weigh in on the Gap Between the Rich and Poor

  Wall Street is booming again. Setting records every few days.  Wealth is being created on an enormous  scale.  But the market’s high tide is not lifting all boats. The gap between the rich and poor in America keeps widening.  The 400 most wealthy Americans own more productive capital than the bottom 150 million Americans... Read more »

John C. Calhoun: His View of Government Resonates with the GOP

  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 »

James Otis: An Unsung Hero of the American Revolution

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 »

Rosa Parks: Black History In Transit, Or The Fare Lady of Civil Rights

  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.]

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: He Towers Over All Presidents of Modern Times

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 »

Thomas Paine: Firebrand for Freedom

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!  

Pope Francis: He Already Has Met the Test of Time

This is the birthday of Pope Francis. The College of Cardinals really took chances By electing a pontiff who’s earnestly busy Imitating the life of the Saint from Assisi.

George Mason: We Should Thank Him For the Bill of Rights

    Born today was  Founding Father George Mason. His Memorial’s next to the Tidal Basin. As one of the Constitution’s oversights, He noted  the lack  of a Bill of Rights.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Feminist Firebrand

Born on this day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She believed a woman wasn’t just  for the plantin’ And reapin’ of man’s reproductive seed. But full partner in every right  embedded in the American Creed. “But we are assembled to protest against a form of government existing without the consent of the governed – to declare our right to be free as man... Read more »

Bill Gates: Uses His Money to Buy Happiness for Others

  Today’s the birthday of Bill Gates, Not  one of Dame Fortune’s ingrates. A humanitarian with a Microsoft heart* He’s  raised his philanthropy into an art. *Gates  has given over $36 billion to various causes and charities. He has even  pledged with fellow Forbes Richest 400  Warren Buffett and  Mark Zuckerberg , Facebook CEO , to donate half their... Read more »