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How Do You Handle Different Beliefs?

“Never discuss politics and religion” is reasonable advice for day to day harmony, because the topics bring out such strong feelings, but it has led to some unpleasant long-term side effects. People truly do not understand how people can have different belief than they do because people do not discuss their beliefs with anyone whose […]

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Citizenship
General
History
The Constitution

The Butchering of a Frederick Douglass Speech

In 1852, before our Civil War, Frederick Douglass was asked to speak at a Fourth of July celebration. The entire text of his speech is given below. The words in red are the ones read by Morgan Freeman in the video from The History Channel. It is worth noting that their description is “Morgan Freeman […]

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Rails to Trails
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International
The Bill of Rights

Happy Fourth of June!

Yeah, you read that right. Of all the holidays during the entire year in in the entire world, the USA’s Independence Day – a.k.a. the Fourth of July – has to be the hardest to get the date wrong on. Seriously – it’s in the name for pity’s sake! The US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia […]

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Parenting
Second Amendment

Playdates and Guns

I don’t know if you have seen it, but there is a post making the rounds about a mom who is concerned that there might be unsecured firearms left laying around other people’s homes. The original poster is unwilling to let her kids play at anyone else’s home if they own a gun, unless she […]

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Article V Convention
The Constitution

An Article V Convention Debate

A few weeks ago, I attended a debate on whether the time has come for an Article V Convention to amend the US Constitution. It was between Michael Farris of the Convention of States Project and VA House of Representatives Member Bob Marshall. The debate moderator was Ken Cucinnelli, who meticulously ensured that both speakers […]

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Article V Convention

New Amendments: No Opting Out for Congress

Congress should not pass laws that apply to others and not themselves, or that apply to themselves and not to others. I thinker most citizens can agree with this. The reality is this: either Congress isn’t doing this, and there is no problem. Passing this will not change anything. Or Congress is doing this, possibly […]

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Article V Convention

New Amendments: Balanced Budget

We need a balanced budget, but even more simply, we need a budget. Congress’ recent tendency to operate without even passing a budget at all is entirely unacceptable. They must be held accountable. The text below is one idea for an amendment to force that to happen. The federal government may not spend more than […]

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Amendments
Current Events

Understanding What a Convention of States (COS) Might Be

The Convention of States movement is a call for an Article V convention to amend the US Constitution, within specified limits. This is not some kind of whack-o internet theory. State legislatures (multiple with more being added regularly) are moving on this. Some are in committee, some have moved on to the full Legislature.  Please […]

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Amendments
Article V Convention
General
The Bill of Rights
The Executive Branch

Amending the Constitution

The Founders knew there were unresolved issues (slavery in particular) and others they couldn’t foresee, so Article V of the Constitution makes it possible to amend, or change, our Constitution. There are two methods, neither of which involve either the Executive or Judicial Branches. Both rely heavily on the states. So far, there have been […]

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The Executive Branch

The Electoral College

It comes up every four years: we do not directly elect the President of the United States. The winner of the election can be the loser of the popular vote. Both John Quincy Adams and George W. Bush lost the popular vote and still won the election. (Interestingly, they were also the only two Presidents […]

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