Gifts from General Kelly

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      The 21st century has seen an unsettling trend of taking information , extracting excerpts and advancing that content outside of its proper context.        At the Thursday October 19 press briefing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly delivered a heartfelt testimony in defense of the President’s private comments to […]

2017 Republican Platform: Eleven Principles

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The Republican Party Platform has focused on eleven key principles to unite and inspire policymaking in order to unite Republicans in a common purpose. US Constitution- our Constitution should be preserved, valued and honored Economy- growing America’s economy instead of Washington’s economy so that hard working Americans see better wages and more opportunity Budget-to pass […]

What happened at the last constitutional convention?

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Desperately seeking to preserve the Union of the newly established United States, the Continental Congress assembled in 1787 “for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation.”*  The Articles of Confederation were conceived of principles defended by the American Revolution,  yet were viewed as inadequate for  designating a new government and in […]

If All Men Are Created Equal, That Is Final

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Our  30th President, Calvin Coolidge, beautifully articulated the universal principles established in our Declaration of Independence and expresses that any break from those fundamental principles can be nothing other than regressive for the human condition.   ….About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful.  It is often asserted that the world has […]

She who championed the 19th Amendment

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Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) went from Montana rancher’s daughter to first woman elected to US Congress.  Jeannette was the eldest of eleven children, received a public school education and proceeded to earn a college degree in biology.  She dabbled briefly in a variety of careers but circumstances sparked an interest in improving slum conditions, working with […]

The Birth of the “Republican”

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Most early Americans agreed that western expansion was crucial to the well being of our fledgling nation. However, incorporation of new western territories into the Union was accompanied by the controversial concern of how to deal with the institution of slavery.  For three decades, a contentious, uneasy peace had existed between the agrarian, pro-slavery South […]

History of the GOP elephant

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The elephant as a symbol of the Republican Party was conceived in the imagination of cartoonist Thomas Nast.  Two unique cartoons, one in 1860 the other in 1872, connected Republicans with the elephant but the concept was galvanized in a publication in Harper’s weekly in 1874. The story goes that the Democrat Press began fear […]