“Founding Enemies” (Pt 1/4) – Thomas Paine versus George Washington

We assume that all Founders were life long friends. Wrong! The Founding Fathers were brilliant, outspoken men, with strong opinions. They disagreed on just about everything.  Not surprisingly, many of these men became "Founding Enemies." The Key Founding Fathers: How Many Can You Name? It was a miracle that these “demigods” (Jefferson’s description) came together … Continue reading “Founding Enemies” (Pt 1/4) – Thomas Paine versus George Washington

“Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence”–Fake History

The lives of the Founding Fathers and Mothers are inspiring. They were true heroes. We don't need to fabricate their stories to bolster their sacrifices or greatness. Decades ago, I came across a document entitled, “Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.”  I thought I would include the inspirational patriotic article in my … Continue reading “Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence”–Fake History

Jewish Hero of the American Revolution: Haym Salomon

After he sacrificed everything for the success of the Revolution, his loyalty was maligned because he was a Jew. One little known hero of the American Revolution was Haym Salomon. He was a financial hero, who sacrificed everything for the cause of liberty. Revolutions and their armies cost money. The poor thirteen colonies were going … Continue reading Jewish Hero of the American Revolution: Haym Salomon

Lord Baltimore: George & Cecil Calvert – “Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 5/5)

The foundation of religious freedom in America was laid over 150 years before the Bill of Rights.  The Lords Baltimore were major architects of that foundation. George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore George Calvert (1580-1632) was the first Lord and Baron Baltimore. He was a very successful member of the British cabinet and parliament.  But then, … Continue reading Lord Baltimore: George & Cecil Calvert – “Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 5/5)

Roger Williams -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 2/5)

Concept of "Separation of Church and State" Roger Williams Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) is given credit for the phrase and concept of “separation of church and state.” That credit is largely misplaced. The person most responsible for “separation of church and state,” is Roger Williams (1601-1684). Roger Williams made a "monumental contribution. . .  to the cause … Continue reading Roger Williams -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 2/5)

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

A Slave Steals a Confederate Warship and Sails to Freedom

Robert Smalls was a slave sailor for the Confederacy who became a hero during the Civil War. In April 1861, the Civil War began with the Battle of Fort Sumpter in Charleston Harbor.  The Union Navy blockaded the harbor with a fleet of ships 10 miles off shore. Smalls was a pilot on the CSS … Continue reading A Slave Steals a Confederate Warship and Sails to Freedom

James Madison: Master of Compromise

James Madison justifiably earned the titles of “Father of the Constitution” and “Father of the Bill of Rights.” He was a true statesman. He always put the interests of the country first and foremost. He demonstrated, time and time again, that nothing is accomplished in government without compromise. The Constitution was the product of compromises The … Continue reading James Madison: Master of Compromise

Washington’s Wooden Teeth and Other Myths

Cherry Tree Myth My elementary school teachers taught me the story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree.  I was inspired by boy George’s honesty. Then, I learned in high school that this inspiring example of honesty was false. Ironic! It was just a myth or legend to inspire honesty.  (Learning this about my hero was … Continue reading Washington’s Wooden Teeth and Other Myths