A nation in distress: Further attacks on the First Amendment

american-flag_half-mastSince 2013 there have been things occurring in our nation that have me extremely concerned. For those that know me or follow me on Facebook, you have seen the news articles I have highlighted over the past year and each of them relates to one another: the unmistakable call to silence all opposition to the progressive movement. There have been a few times in our nation’s history when one group sought to silence its opposition and with each attempt, spanning the administrations of Adams, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant, Wilson, F. D. Roosevelt, Johnson, and Nixon, there has always been an electoral pushback by the American voter. Now, in 2014, there appears to be no interest in an electoral pushback; strangely, we are seeing increasing calls from members and supporters of the current administration demanding reigning in conservative talk radio, jailing and convicting those who deny climate change, oppressing those through IRS investigations that either politically oppose the administration or do not agree with the progressive agenda.

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Reflections on Columbus Day

Columbus Taking PossessionSince April 1934, Columbus Day was established by Congress and President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a federal holiday set aside to pay tribute to Christopher Columbus, the man credited with the discovering of America. The legal observance was heavily petitioned by the Knights of Columbus and Generoso Pope, the Italian community leader in New York City. In 1970, the legal observance was changed to the second Monday in October. It is not the establishment of a federal holiday that has the American Left up in arms – it is that this particular holiday celebrates everything that irks the American Left about America.

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My two cents: Refining the Republican message (pt 1)

two-centsIt seems that the Republican Party leadership is determined to lose as many seats as possible in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The American voter is looking for any party that will stand up and give a sound vision for an optimistic future for the nation and present a plan on how to achieve that vision. In an election year that should begin the process of winning a larger majority in the House, regaining control of the Senate by even a slim margin, and setting its sights on winning the White House, the Republican Party leadership has instead declared war on its conservative base of constituents, demands that true conservatives forsake the traditional Republican platform and reach a consensus with both rhinosĀ and moderate Democrats, while only making lip service to actually opposing out of control government spending and overreach of executive power. For all practical purposes, many American voters do not see any real difference between the Republican and Democratic parties national leadership.

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My two cents: Republicans and educating the public about elections

Shield-Two-Cents-ReverseYesterday was celebrated as “Constitution Day” on many college campuses across our nation. Depending on the institution, there were forums, panel discussions, and even guest speakers to discuss the importance and significance of the Constitution of the United States. As an American historian, I have spent a lot of my academic career studying that early generation of American statesmen that took part in the forming of the government of our great nation. The college where I work was no different; Henderson Community College had a discussion forum where the topic was voting rights. While the forum discussion went fairly well, it was the questions from my students and some former students that really became the highlight of the day’s festivities for me.

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