The first in a multi-part series of commentaries on Abraham Lincoln’s speech at Lyceum. “We find ourselves in the peaceful possession, of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially… Read More American Blessings – Lincoln at Lyceum
A few months at the Citizens’ Police Academy helps us see law enforcement officers in a better, and more human, light. I was about to leave for school when I heard the loudspeaker. Looking out my window on that winter morning, I saw a police cruiser, some uniformed officers, and one policeman speaking into a… Read More Riding Along
Pundits, politicians, progressives, and prophets panic over Donald Trump’s “failures” in his foreign policy. They may want to reconsider “Disaster!” media outlets howl when they discuss American foreign policy in the first year of the Presidency of Donald Trump. Some commentators bemoan the withdrawal and even decline of US power, while others rejoice to see… Read More US Foreign Policy and Donald Trump
The dangers of making decisions too quickly, with too little information, or with too much emotion. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, was forced to resign after revelations that he took charted civilian and military aircraft on trips that were of debatable value to the US taxpayer. The… Read More Government Officials and Flights – Abuse of Money and Power?
The “Arab Spring” of 2011 and its hopes for democracy in the lands of Mohammed have failed. Libya replaced the government of Muamar Quadafi with two governments, one controlling the east of the country and the other the west. Egypt deposed a civilian despot, Hosni Mubarak, and now has a military one, Abdel Fattah Saeed… Read More Immigration
Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers. “This accession of territory affirms (Louisiana Purchase) forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival that sooner or later will lay low her pride.” Napoleon Bonaparte “We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.” Sir… Read More Useful Quotations on International Relations
Last month my sons and I were discussing some of the early commentary on the 2016 Presidential Campaign. One of them asked my opinion on American Exceptionalism. I had not given it much thought, but spent some time considering the issue because I always try to have a reasoned answer for those I care about.… Read More American Exceptionalism
17 Jan – Eleven thieves stole more than $2,700,000 from the offices of the Brink’s armored car company in Boston in the Great Brink’s Robbery (1950). 21 Jan – The US Coast Guard intercepted a ship with over 9500 lbs of cocaine on board, one of the largest drug busts in history (1999). 24 Feb… Read More The Year in Crime and Spy History
8 Jan – President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress in New York City (1790). 8 Jan – The only time in US history that the US national debt was $0.00 (1835). 16 Jan – Ivan the Terrible crowned himself the first Czar of Russia… Read More The Year in Law, Government and Politics
People love to complain about Congress – especially about Congressional investigations. But should we? The other day I was answering email in my office with the door open. A secretary just outside was discussing current events with her boss, a colleague of mine. The news had been full of scandals involving the executive branch of… Read More Are Congressional Investigations a Waste of Time?