Swearing Oaths on the Bible – Tradition and the Law

In 2007, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota was sworn in as the first Muslim member of Congress.  During the oath, instead of using the Bible, he placed his hand on Thomas Jefferson’s 1734 translation of the Koran. This created a firestorm of criticism from conservative Christians.  When Representative Rashida Talib of Michigan took her oath … Continue reading Swearing Oaths on the Bible – Tradition and the Law

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

Ingenious James Madison and the Birth of the Constitution

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 Ingenious James Madison and the Birth of the Constitution

Police Reform (9/10): Rethink the Warrior-Military Mindset

The U.S. Police Warrior/Military Mindset The police warrior-military mindset started as a narrow concept during deadly confrontations.  However, it has expanded to become the prevailing culture.                                                                                   Supporters of the warrior-military mindset believe it is critical to officer and public safety. However, many police professionals and criminologists believe that the warrior-military mindset actually makes officers … Continue reading Police Reform (9/10): Rethink the Warrior-Military Mindset

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