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)

Winston Churchill: Entertaining Stories, Classic Quotes, and Witty Insults

Winston Churchill is one of a dozen personal heroes in my personal Hall of Fame. In my opinion, he was the greatest statesman-leader of the 20th century. Italian Cruise Lines Late in life Sir Winston took a cruise on an Italian liner. A journalist asked why he chose an Italian ship instead of a British … Continue reading Winston Churchill: Entertaining Stories, Classic Quotes, and Witty Insults

Ronald Reagan – Miraculous Survival of Assassination Attempt and Cold War Victory

Historians often rank President Ronald Reagan among in the Top Ten presidents. (The rankings vary: 1/2 George Washington, 1/2 Abraham Lincoln, 3 Franklin Roosevelt, 4 Theodore Roosevelt, 5 Thomas Jefferson, 6 Dwight Eisenhower, 6 James Madison, 7 Harry Truman, 8 James Monroe, 9 Woodrow Wilson, 10 Ronald Reagan) The Life Threatening Bullet Chest Wound On … Continue reading Ronald Reagan – Miraculous Survival of Assassination Attempt and Cold War Victory

Don’t Confuse Heroes with Celebrities

One of the great failures of the modern era is that heroes have been replaced with celebrities. Tienanmen Square Heroes are men and women who inspire us because of their great achievements and/or their exemplary acts of courage and conviction. Heroes have changed the course of history for the better. Heroes have saved lives at … Continue reading Don’t Confuse Heroes with Celebrities

In Honor of Presidents Day: The “Top Five” Founding Fathers

(When I was growing up, there was a separate National Holiday for Lincoln's birthday (Feb. 12) and Washington's birthday (Feb. 22), our two greatest presidents. Those holidays are now smooshed into one Presidents Day, and so no one remembers when Lincoln and Washington were born. Some people think that is for the best. I don't.) … Continue reading In Honor of Presidents Day: The “Top Five” Founding Fathers

What Makes America Great (Pt 5/6): American Political Philosophy and Ideals

The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights have inspired the world.  Perhaps the greatest contribution the U.S. has made to humanity is American political philosophy and ideals. A Foundation of a Written Constitution The U.S. government is built on the bedrock foundation - the supreme law of a written constitution. James Madison, the … Continue reading What Makes America Great (Pt 5/6): American Political Philosophy and Ideals

Pandemic Lockdowns: Misfortune or Opportunity?

The “lockdowns” and “social distancing” of the 2020 pandemic left many of us isolated, bored, depressed, and discouraged.  Is this situation a misfortune or an opportunity?  Is the glass “half empty or half full?” Wise King Solomon observed, “There is nothing new under the sun.” In 1665, the Great Plague rampaged through Britain.  In London … Continue reading Pandemic Lockdowns: Misfortune or Opportunity?

Ben Franklin: Virtues and Quotes

Introduction Benjamin Franklin was one of the greatest Americans who ever lived. Throughout his life, Ben Franklin focused on self-improvement and the cultivation of his character.  Unlike other Founding Fathers, like George Washington, Thomas, Jefferson, and James Madison, Franklin grew up in poverty without a formal education. Through hard work and perseverance he went on … Continue reading Ben Franklin: Virtues and Quotes

In Honor of Veteran’s Day: President James Madison and the Little Known War of 1812

(Veterans Day: 11/11/11. 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month - 11:00 am, November 11th, end of World War I) The Buildup to War: Kidnapping Our Sailors In their war with each other, both France and England started interfering with American shipping. Fighting against Napoleon’s navy, Britain suffered a shortage of sailors. The British started boarding American ships … Continue reading In Honor of Veteran’s Day: President James Madison and the Little Known War of 1812

In Honor of Election Day: James Madison “Father” of the Bill of Rights

There is a serious lack of education and understanding about the inspiring founding of the United States. Most American's don't even know that James Madison is the "Father of the Constitution" and "Father of the Bill of Rights." Thomas Jefferson, the "Father of the Declaration of Independence," proclaimed: "If a nation expects to be ignorant … Continue reading In Honor of Election Day: James Madison “Father” of the Bill of Rights