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Jefferson Davis' Speech at Macon, Georgia, September 23, 1864: Worst Speech Ever?

April 17, 2012

Jefferson Davis' speech of September 23, 1864, was so bad that Americans North and South speculated that it was a spoof or a satire – but it was real and sincere. In this speech Davis greatly discouraged his own troops and vastly raised morale in the North; unpersuasively justified his removal of a popular, effective [...]

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A City Upon a Hill / A Lamp Unto Thy Feet

August 3, 2011

The Abu Dhabi Gallup Center has released a survey Muslim-Americans: Faith, Freedom, and the Future.  Like other studies of Muslims in America, it will be closely examined in the Muslim world.  It reminds us that America is still a land of promise.

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Easter Thoughts

April 24, 2011

Some Easter reflections on the pagan and religious origins of the holiday, American traditions, Irving Berlin, Abraham Lincoln, and family.

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Civil War (3): Ten Days in August, 1864 – Lincoln at a Crossroads

April 21, 2011

Between August 16 and August 25, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln had to face down his fears – his fear that he would not be reelected, his fear that the war would be lost, and his fear that slavery would not be abolished.  He chose to remain steadfast.

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Brennan's Vision of a New Dawn – Ahmadinejad Whistling Past the Graveyard

February 27, 2011

An American justice's and a Middle East dictator's thoughts on the spread of democracy.

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

November 26, 2010

     An early American sermon, Presidential proclamations, Thankgiving quotes, and my grateful thoughts.

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Health Care Financing Reform (117): Florida District Court Finds that Individual Mandate Was Not Enacted Pursuant to Taxing Power

October 17, 2010

     Florida State Attorney General Bill McCollum and other parties brought this lawsuit alleging that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act violates the constitution.  As reported in yesterday's post, in his ruling on October 14 Judge Roger Vinson of the federal District Court for the Central District of Florida dismissed four of Florida's arguments, but [...]

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Libertarianism: (Part 2) Lincoln on Liberty

May 24, 2010

     Republican senate nominee Rand Paul has consistently opposed civil rights laws that prohibit individuals and private businesses from discriminating on the basis of race.  Paul takes the position that these laws interfere with the "liberty" and "property" rights of persons and institutions that choose to discriminate.  This is not a new argument.

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Virginia Governor McDonnell Apologizes for Omitting Reference to Slavery in Declaring Confederate History Month

April 8, 2010

     The Washington Post reports that Governor Bob McDonnell has issued an apology for neglecting to mention slavery in his declaration of Confederate History Month.

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Lincoln and the Constitutionality of Emancipation

February 17, 2009

     Abraham Lincoln opposed slavery as strongly as any abolitionist: he said, "If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong."  But did he possess the power to end slavery?

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Lincoln: The Gettysburg Address

February 10, 2009

    The Gettysburg Address is widely considered to be the greatest speech in American history.  In this essay both the style and the substance of the Address are analyzed.

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Lincoln and Secession – The First Inaugural

February 3, 2009

     As Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln opposed the secession of the southern states militarily and under his leadership the armed forces of the United States defeated the secessionist movement on the battlefield.  In his addresses to the American people, Lincoln mounted powerful arguments opposing secession on all fronts – on legal grounds, on political grounds, on economic grounds, on patriotic grounds, and [...]

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