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Abraham Lincoln

A Good Speech on Abraham Lincoln’s Early Life

Up From Obscurity: The Influence of Lincoln’s Early Life on His Thought and Politics (The following speech was presented on Feb. 11, 2018 by Michael Lynch, director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.. The venue was a meeting of MOLLUS, the Military […]

by February 14, 2018 Commentary
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the American System

By Rochelle Ascher A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1 1809-1849 By Sidney Blumenthal Simon & Schuster, 2016, 576 pp Feb. 10, 2018–As someone who has made the study of Abraham Lincoln a major part of my adult life, I can say that this book is one […]

by February 10, 2018 Commentary
A Government Worth Fighting For

A Government Worth Fighting For

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 2, 2018–It’s headline news these days that dozens of incumbent Congressmen are retiring for what they say are the rewards of “private life.” What are we to make of this rush to the exits? There is no question but that things are insane and dysfunctional in […]

by February 2, 2018 Commentary
Henry Clay

Has Chuck Schumer Opened the Door to the American System?

Jan. 31, 2018—In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on the eve of President Trump’s State of the Union address, Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer urged the President to propose “a substantial investment in our nation’s infrastructure.” Among the historical examples which he raised was none other than […]

by January 31, 2018 Infrastructure, News
Bobby Kennedy campaigning for President in 1968

A Man for This Season: Robert F. Kennedy, From Conservative to Revolutionary

A Book Review Bobby Kennedy, A Raging Spirit Chris Matthews Simon & Schuster, 2017, 352 pp. by Angela Vullo Jan. 29, 2018—My purpose in this review, like that of author Matthews, is to address the question of Robert F. Kennedy’s true identity in American politics. I believe that Matthews, proceeding […]

by January 29, 2018 Commentary
This Minneapolis birdge collapsed in 2007, highlighting the nation's infrastructure disaster.

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: Where’s the Beef?

  by Nancy Spannaus Jan. 25, 2018—The Jan. 22 leak of an outline of President Trump’s national infrastructure plan, which he says he will announce at his Jan. 30 State of the Union address, has amped up the national discussion on infrastructure funding. On Jan. 24, the President told a […]

by January 26, 2018 Commentary, News
U.S. military contractor fixes a power pole in Puerto Rico (army.mil)

Congress Is Still Abdicating Its Responsibility for Disaster Aid

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2018—Every Congressman and Senator—not to mention top members of the Federal Administration–swore an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution when he or she took office. That means a commitment to defending the lives and liberty of the entire U.S. population: in sum, its general welfare. […]

by January 17, 2018 News
Benjamin Franklin in London in 1767 (wikipedia)

Celebrating Benjamin Franklin

Jan. 16, 2018–It is inconceivable that the American System of Hamilton and Washington could have come into being without the role of elder statesman Benjamin Franklin. We celebrated Ben’s birthday on January 17; he was born in 1706 in Boston, and died in 1790. Franklin represents everything unique and positive […]

by January 16, 2018 History
The recent Amtrak derailment in Washington State

Demand for Major Infrastructure Program Grows, But How Will It Be Funded?

Jan. 12, 2018—As the 2018 Federal legislative session opens, demands for a major Federal infrastructure program are getting louder, and encompassing more sections of the population. From all sides of the political spectrum, organizations are calling for immediate action to repair and upgrade the nation’s transportation grid, water systems, airports, […]

by January 12, 2018 News
Hamilton's statue in the Capitol Rotunda

On Hamilton’s Birthday: Apply Hamilton’s Genius Today, and Save the U.S. Economy!

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 10, 2018—One test of an individual’s genius is the enduring quality and validity of his or her ideas, lasting from one generation to the next. A Leonardo, a Beethoven, an Einstein—to cite just a few examples—produced insights and beauty which have borne fruit, and inspired many […]

by January 10, 2018 Commentary