Posts Tagged ‘ history ’

Beyond “beyond the pale”

January 7, 2021
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Never in my life did I ever imagine I would be writing a column such as this. I grew up in the shadow of the Greatest Generation and the heroes of WWII and Korea.  I was lucky enough to be born in the heartland at a time when American history and U.S. government and...

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As history repeats will we at last learn?

June 21, 2020
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It was a time when the entire nation was a powder keg, a spark away from a conflagration that would rage shore to shore, border to border. North Korea had seized the USS Pueblo. The Tet Offensive shattered the Johnson administration’s myth that the U.S. was winning the Vietnam War. A time when insanity...

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To protect the Constitution, read it

September 16, 2018
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To protect the Constitution, read it

Tomorrow marks the passing of 231 years of history since as the National Archives website states: “the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. The National Archives and Records Administration celebrates this important day in our nation’s history..(and)..We encourage teachers and students at all...

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My “pal” Jan

August 12, 2018
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It started with a single email on a single column: “Although it’s getting harder all the time, I’ve always said as long as there are voices like yours, our country will make it. Hang in there,Geoff, & thanks. Jan Burnidge” Over the years, that single email turned into hundreds and a friendship more valued...

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A Republic worth keeping

July 15, 2018
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When the notes of  Dr. James McHenry, a Maryland delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were published in 1906 in The American Historical Review the general public was blessed with another snippet of Ben Franklin’s wisdom. Bartleby.com has the anecdote as: “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a...

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Celebrations are over, but danger just beginning

July 8, 2018
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The parades have been marched, the hot dogs consumed, and the twinkling of stars is once again the tapestry of the night sky. Another American birthday is now officially in the books. Yet so many of the dangers our founding fathers warned against in their time are as clear and present today than perhaps...

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