The Way to Wealth: Franklin’s Maxims

Industry. Frugality. The two essential ingredients in Benjamin Franklin’s recipe for self-improvement. During Franklin’s 1724 journey to England, his traveling companion, Mr. Denham, spoke these words, “…you will improve yourself, and when you return to America, you will set up to greater advantage.” These prophetic words encapsulate Franklin’s approach to life and deeply-held convictions regarding... Continue Reading →

Making America “Safe” Again

  John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States, writing in the year 1787 (from The Federalist), stated that, “Weakness and division at home would invite dangers from abroad, and that nothing would tend more to secure us from them than union, strength, and good government within ourselves.” I am entirely for a strong national... Continue Reading →

The Power of Dissent

Best thing I read today? "His voice of dissent was influential in leading to the eventual amendment of the new Constitution to provide a national Bill of Rights." ~ Paulsen, writing about George Mason, delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 (from the book "The Constitution: An Introduction") In fact, Mason actually declined to sign... Continue Reading →

Fake News and Complacent Opinions

Tired of all the finger-pointing and accusations regarding fake news? Tired of having to sift through so much garbage just to try to figure out what is truth? Just plain tired of it all? I feel your pain. I came across a quote today that I found particularly interesting. Thought I would pass it along.... Continue Reading →

Lincoln: 5 Great Quotes

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865 "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of... Continue Reading →

Win the Battle, Lose the War?

Personally, I applaud the appointment of Neil Gorsuch. However, I do NOT commend or applaud the Legislative decision and process that brought him to his seat on the Supreme Court. We in the conservative ranks may feel as if we have won that "battle." But I worry now about the long-term "war." We would do well... Continue Reading →

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