I find this to be the greatest inaugural address ever given in American history.
At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which…
This subject has often been controversial in American history, due to the fact that moderate voices of reason, which are the majority, are drowned out by a passionate flock of angry birds on both sides of the aisle.
Let's get some things established, though, before we continue. America has always been a nation of immigrants. As George Washington once said, "the bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all…Continue
There's an old saying that "liberalism is a luxury for the young, and folks become more conservative as they age." This has not been the case with me. When I was younger, in high school and my early years of college, I was a pretty conservative, if not reactionary fellow. I came from a working-class white background, adored Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan, and read the National Review with fervor. I had a chip on my shoulder, due to my poverty and lack of opportunity, and sense that the…Continue
I have four ancestors who fought for the Union during the American Civil War, and two who fought for the Confederacy. Of these, only two of them (Frederick Zimmer and Nathaniel King, both of NYC) volunteered. The rest were conscripts. One of them, a Phillip Mueller, actually deserted his NY Regiment, because he was a pacifist (and had come to America, from Germany, in order to escape military service). During the war, about 6 percent of Union troops were conscripts, and about 12-15% of…Continue