"Court Case Friday" One afternoon I had a large group of prisoners in the “cage” in my courtroom. I started advising them of their constitutional rights. One of the women suddenly interrupted me and screamed, “I don’t recognize you.” I thought to myself, “I don’t’ recognize you either.” She continued: Defendant: “I am a God! I don’t … Continue reading Defendant: “I am a God! You are a mere mortal!”
"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?
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
Famous Gadsby’s Tavern Gadsby's Tavern My wife and I recently visited Gadsby’s Tavern (1785-1792), a popular pub and inn in colonial Alexandria, Virginia. Famous patrons included George Washington, George Mason, John Carlyle, and Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Gadsby's Ice Well Gadsby’s Tavern needed ice for its patrons during the hot humid summers. So they … Continue reading How Did the Founding Fathers Get Ice in Summer?
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
When I think of the petition “So help me God,” I am reminded of the phrases: “God helps those who help themselves.” “God helps those who cannot help themselves.”“God help those who get caught helping themselves.” Presidential Oath Prior to the inauguration of President Obama, an atheist filed a lawsuit to prevent Chief Justice Roberts from … Continue reading “So Help Me God”
(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
The Founders Disagreed and Held Different Opinions During political arguments and constitutional debates people often cite the “intent of the Founders” to prove their point. However, discerning the “intent” is not as easy as people think. The Founders were independent thinkers with strong personal opinions. They were not united in their beliefs, statements, or actions. … Continue reading “Intent of the Founders” — Separation of Church and State
Great Quotes Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) is an American hero and role model. Raised in slavery, he became the leading advocate for former slaves and their descendants. He devoted his life to fighting Jim Crow discrimination and championing civil rights. Washington worked in the brutal coal mines and salt furnaces in West Virginia in … Continue reading Booker T. Washington: Truth and right are not determined by a majority
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