The Rule of Law – Lincoln at Lyceum

“I hope I am over wary; but if I am not, there is, even now, something of ill-omen, amongst us. I mean the increasing disregard for law which pervades the country; the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions, in lieu of the sober judgment of Courts; and the worse than savage mobs,… Read More The Rule of Law – Lincoln at Lyceum

National Suicide – Comments on Lyceum

In our ongoing study of Lincoln’s words to the Young Men’s Lyceum in Springfield, IL on 27 January 1838, we have briefly examined some of the amazing blessings of America. These include her geography, her resources, her development, and her political institutions. Most people throughout history have been crushed by the boot of tyranny, from… Read More National Suicide – Comments on Lyceum

Grateful to our Fathers – Comments on Lyceum

Showing gratitude to our fathers for American government is a good idea for us today “We, when mounting the stage of existence, found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings. We toiled not in the acquirement or establishment of them–they are a legacy bequeathed us, by a once hardy, brave, and patriotic, but now… Read More Grateful to our Fathers – Comments on Lyceum

Useful Quotations on International Relations

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

The Year in Law, Government and Politics

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

The Long Shadow – How to Follow a Superstar

A Tennessee democrat who was firmly committed to the Union, Andrew Johnson had a distinguished career as congressman, senator and governor of his state. Hoping to send a message of reconciliation to the rebellious South, Lincoln chose Johnson as his vice president in 1864. Johnson’s debut on the national stage went poorly, with a rambling… Read More The Long Shadow – How to Follow a Superstar

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a day on which Americans are reminded to give thanks for the blessings that we, as individuals and as a nation, have received. Many spend their Thanksgiving watching football, others travel, and almost everyone eats more than they probably should. Many celebrants thank the people with whom they spend the day, usually… Read More Thanksgiving Day

A Sense of Time and Place

Several months ago I waited with my children at the school bus stop. It was a cool, sunny morning and a neighbor and her child walked towards us. She had a Middle Eastern accent and an olive complexion. Having learned some Arabic in Iraq I greeted her with “Sabah al khair” (“Good morning”) and she… Read More A Sense of Time and Place

Useful Quotations on Politics and Government

Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers. Ecclesiastes 10:2 – A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left. 2 Corinthians 13:1 – This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony… Read More Useful Quotations on Politics and Government

Useful Quotations on Success

Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers. If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always be where you’ve always been. Anon People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.  Dale Carnegie Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts. Winston… Read More Useful Quotations on Success