Teddy Roosevelt, An American Hero

"Fun Facts Saturday" "American History" Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919) is the latest entry into my personal Hall of Fame. He is now one of my dozen heroes.* From “sickly” to “manly” -the "strenuous life" Young Boxer Theodore (“Teddy” “T.R.”) Roosevelt has been called our “manliest president."  He championed the “strenuous life.” As a child, Teddy was … Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt, An American Hero

Where was his bodyguard when Lincoln was shot?

"American History" - "Fun Facts Saturday" Abraham Lincoln, our greatest president, was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth while watching a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. But what many people don’t know is that President Lincoln had a bodyguard assigned to protect him at the time.  The Pathetic Police Bodyguard … Continue reading Where was his bodyguard when Lincoln was shot?

The Divine Birth of the American Nation – Happy July 4th!

In Honor of July 4th - Independence Day The founding of this great nation is miraculous and inspiring. The founding fathers and mothers were convinced that America gained its freedom and independence by “Divine Providence.” The British Empire: The Largest, Most Power Empire in History At the time of the Declaration of Independence, there was … Continue reading The Divine Birth of the American Nation – Happy July 4th!

A High School Student Designed Our American Flag

In Honor of July 4th Independence Day In 1958, a high school history teacher in Ohio assigned his students to do an individual project. Junior class student Bob Heft ambitiously decided to redesign the American flag.  At that time, there were 48 states.  However, it appeared that Alaska and Hawaii might gain statehood in the … Continue reading A High School Student Designed Our American Flag

Contributions of Enslaved African Americans

America's Slaves Deserve to be Remembered and Honored In Honor of "Juneteenth" On June 19, 1865, the enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned of emancipation. "Juneteenth" has become a federal holiday - "Juneteenth National Independence Day." It is also known as "Jubilee Day," "Emancipation Day," "Freedom Day," and "Black Independence Day." (My family attended … Continue reading Contributions of Enslaved African Americans

How Freed Slaves and Their Posterity Were Denied the Right to Vote and Hold Public Office

“In Honor of Juneteenth” Destroying the Hopes and Dreams of Freed Slaves Forging compromises is an integral part of politics and governance.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were the products of countless compromises. Some compromises are distasteful, like the 3/5 compromised in the Constitution. But the worst compromise in U.S. history is the … Continue reading How Freed Slaves and Their Posterity Were Denied the Right to Vote and Hold Public Office

The First Memorial Day Celebration: Freed Slaves Honor Union Soldiers (Repeat)

The First Official National Memorial Day Commemoration Memorial Day was created to remember and honor the 600,000-800,000 soldiers who died in the bloodiest military conflict in U.S. history -- the Civil War. In 1868, the commander of the U.S. Army, officially proclaimed May 30 as Decoration Day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or … Continue reading The First Memorial Day Celebration: Freed Slaves Honor Union Soldiers (Repeat)

Great Quotes from Thomas Jefferson (Birthday Anniversary)

In Honor of His Birthday April 13, 1724 "Father of the Declaration of Independence" "Founder of the University of Virginia" "Author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom," "Universal Genius" Freedom and Liberty We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain … Continue reading Great Quotes from Thomas Jefferson (Birthday Anniversary)

Who is a “Domestic Enemy” of the Constitution?

In Honor of Presidents' Day Oaths of Loyalty to the Constitution Every American takes the same basic oath, whether it is the “Oath of Office” (Government Officials), the “Oath of Allegiance” (Naturalized Citizens), or the “Oath of Enlistment.” (Military). The Constitution mandates that EVERY government official “shall be bound by Oath to support this Constitution.” … Continue reading Who is a “Domestic Enemy” of the Constitution?

“There Is No Santa” Syndrome

Commentary In grade school, there were students who took sadistic delight in shattering the hopes and dreams of younger children by announcing, “There is No Santa Clause.” These students felt intellectual superior.  “I know something you don’t know.” Those infected with the “There Is No Santa” Syndrome grew up to become contemporary bubble-poppers, nitpickers, and … Continue reading “There Is No Santa” Syndrome