Constitutional Spectacle

The State of the Union address is a constitutional requirement… Article 1; Section 3- He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient… The speech varies from executive monotony to… rousing patriotic oratory.  LincolnContinue reading “Constitutional Spectacle”

Hamilton- The National Bank

Hamilton noted in 1790- “Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state.”   “The tendency of a national bank is to increase public and private credit. The former gives power to the state for the protection of its rights and interests, and theContinue reading “Hamilton- The National Bank”

Four and Half Decades of Reading

Birthdays often lead to reflection… 45 years have passed and reflection reveals a life devoted to the study of history.  A career in education has shown how rare academic commitment can be…. all I have ever wanted to do is history.  These books inspired, taught, and frustrated me along the journey. .. American Heritage HistoryContinue reading “Four and Half Decades of Reading”

Understanding Calvin Coolidge

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge was the quintessential New Englander: quiet, determined, and living a well ordered life. Meet Calvin Coolidge: The Man Behind the Myth In 1960, more than 25 years after Coolidge’s death, a small volume of essays about him was collected by Edward Connery Lathem. Long out…

Movie Review: Denial-2016

“Denial”  2016- Directed by Mick Jackson.  Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment. Director Mick Jackson and star Rachel Weisz do their best to dramatize the libel suit brought by discredited historian, David Iriving, against American scholar Deborah Lipstadt. British law places the burden of proof upon defendants in libel cases, thus awarding Lipstadt (Weisz) and her lawyers, played byContinue reading “Movie Review: Denial-2016”

Jacksonian Errors

Proponents of Andrew Jackson’s policies cite his… veto of the rechartering of the Second National Bank as a victory for the ‘little guy.’  Old Hickory was defending the interests of  States and the common man against the wicked monopoly held by the ‘monstrous’ bank.  A closer examination of his storied veto message reveals  inconsistencies inContinue reading “Jacksonian Errors”

Religious Freedom Within Reason

Thomas Jefferson was the author of religious freedom in America… as the First Amendment borrows its language from his Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.  Like all men of the Enlightenment, Jefferson believed it was built upon the individual.  The individual was born free to worship, or not, in anyway he saw fit. “…nor shall otherwiseContinue reading “Religious Freedom Within Reason”

The Best Biographies of Ronald Reagan

Originally posted on My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies:
A good rule-of-thumb suggests that 25-30 years are required before sufficient time and historical distance have passed to take the true measure of a presidency. By that standard, Ronald Reagan may be the most recent president whose tenure we can objectively assess. And while I’ve…