Posts Tagged ‘ history ’

Politicos not alone in shaping public policy

February 26, 2017
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Politicos not alone in shaping public policy

A century ago this month there were hundreds of thousands of dead on both sides of the trenches on the Western Front and America was in no mood to send its own young men off into Europe’s meat grinder. But on February 24th, Great Britain gave the deciphered Zimmermann telegraph to President Woodrow Wilson who…

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From Wilson to Obama a lesson for today

January 29, 2017
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From Wilson to Obama a lesson for today

This year is not even through the end of its first month and it’s already shaping up to be a larger than normal chapter in future history books. Partly because of the inauguration of one Donald J. Trump and what his personality and policies will entail in the coming months; partly because of the end…

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Inauguration Day is uniquely American

January 22, 2017
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Inauguration Day is uniquely American

“Uniquely American” is a phrase we Americans ascribe to everything from the cheeseburger to baseball to Hollywood to even the mess and mud that is our electoral process. We take great pride in “being” American. And why shouldn’t we? Nowhere in the annals of human history can there be found a nation quite as unique…

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Christmas peaces comes with high cost

December 25, 2016
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Christmas peaces comes with high cost

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, “Just tell us you love us, and never forget” from “A Soldier’s Christmas by Michael Marks. From the first musket shots at Lexington and Concord in April of 1775, the American Dream of each generation, each time, each era has been dependent upon a select…

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A Bill of Rights amidst dangerous times

December 18, 2016
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A Bill of Rights amidst dangerous times

“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature” – James Madison. The quote is taken from Madison’s Federalist #51, published in 1788, where he discusses the importance of the separation of government powers to protect the rights of the individual and of the federal principles underpinning it. So strong was…

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And then there were none: John Glenn, last of the Mercury 7, dies at 95

December 11, 2016
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And then there were none:  John Glenn, last of the Mercury 7, dies at 95

As a kid growing up on a Kansas farm miles from nowhere I was often kept company by brilliant night skies. And during college there were many a summer nights that I’d throw the sleeping bag in the trunk and make that drive to the old McCoy place just in time to watch that familiar…

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