Federal Holiday established in 2004

Can you name it?  Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S....

An esoteric bit of the Constitution

This is the civics lecture in the continuing series of thought provoking topics.     It is the bit that is most of the time totally misunderstood as to why it is done this way.  It is the bit that the people who think the tyranny of the...

Most of what they taught (another in the continuing series)

A new history of the Great Depression is emerging. One that acknowledges the role that government played in causing it, and the constructive role that free enterprise could have played, if it were given the chance. Herbert Hoover turned what should...

When we ventured the unthinkable

           We celebrate this weekend actions taken in 1776 and unanimously assented to and signed on July 4th.  At that time to many in the Continental Congress had been attempting to reach reconcilliation with the Crown.  To many in the Continental...

When history meets vocabulary

The vocabulary:       The base definition: not including (someone or something) : other than (something or someone)       The first suffix added means condition of, result of, act of, process of, state of.  So added to the base the meaning...

A few quotes on the 2nd amendment

         Here are a few thoughts on why from the drafters and signatories to this piece of legislation.   "A  free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…” – George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress,...

Who said that & when

"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." answer: Alexander Hamilton at the 1800...