16 September 1782 - Great Seal of US used for 1st time

Design Process Shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the afternoon of July 4, 1776 a committee was appointed to "bring a device for a seal for the United States of America".  This original committee consisted of...

Constitution Day

In honor of Constitution Day, September 17th   This is a post I did for last year's commemoration.   WE THE PEOPLE  On this the anniversary of the Constitution, it would be good to remember who gives the government the right to act on...

Happy? 225th Birthday

Honoring the Constitution!   Honor:  A merited respect and good name.               Through the years the foundational doucument of our country has merited our esteem for its farsightedness and wisdom!  It has had this recognition...

Each Century a challenge

"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is...

"Those who desire to give up freedom -

in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” - Benjamin Franklin           Alien and Sedition, a very uncomfortable idea in a country that prides itself on free speech and being the country that holds a an ideal the...

Are these things taught?

Once upon a time, in a land not so distant the accounts of origins was taught and honored. It, also, reminds us of the cost considered well paid to obtain the the goal. An understanding of how things came to be made alterations more...

Full Circle?

          In the 1700's Americans had a paternalistic goverment which defined things as they saw best.  The free born people objected to this in a rather violent fashion and set in place a loose confederation form of government with little or no power...

A Quote to A Logical Conclusion

          Our President recently said "You didn't build that!"  Some cheered and agreed, while others took it as an insult and belittling of the effort and contribution of the successful.  Truthfully, I, at first, was among the second group.  But the...