Posts Tagged ‘ Founding Fathers ’

News not fit

September 9, 2018

“All the news that’s fit to print” Those seven words have adorned the top left corner of the New York Times since 1896. In a 2012 article for, W Joseph Campbell, a professor at the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. wrote of the phrase’s origin by then new publisher...

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A Republic worth keeping

July 15, 2018

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. has the anecdote as: “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a...

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In the past, our future is found: Constitution Day 2017

September 17, 2017
In the past, our future is found:  Constitution Day 2017

Twelve years after the “shot heard round the world” that sparked the American Revolution and independence from England, delegates from 12 states of the newly formed United States of America convened in Philadelphia to address the mounting growing pains of the young nation.  (Rhode Island was skeptical of the convention and refused to send...

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Freedom: Our oh so fragile freedom

July 2, 2017
Freedom:  Our oh so fragile freedom

On July 3rd, 1776 John Adams wrote a letter to his beloved Abigail and expressed with great fervor: “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America….It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought...

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A Bill of Rights amidst dangerous times

December 18, 2016
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...

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America at 240: Will she make 250?

July 4, 2016
America at 240:  Will she make 250?

240 years ago today, the phrases “When in the Course of human events…and…We hold these truths to be self-evident…” were ushered into the annals of human history when the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the final draft of “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America”. With over a year passing since...

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