The Election of 1860 Was Not Accepted

The third Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton featured a statement by Mr. Trump he might not accept the results of the election. This has happened before. Shortly before Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated President in March  1861 the states who did not agree with his policy on slavery voted to leave. Fort Sumter was … More The Election of 1860 Was Not Accepted

Democratic Suicide

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” John Adams April 15th, 1814. I awoke this morning to find the British have done just that. For a long time I have postulated the American Revolution was a mistake, we would have been … More Democratic Suicide

“The Bomber Will Always Get Through” British Parliament, 1932

These words turned out to be wrong when uttered by Stanley Baldwin, as he was referring to the bomber that flies over a city intent on killing, maiming and terrorizing the civilian population. Today we have a different kind of bomber, the bomber who walks through a city, intent on killing, maiming and terrorizing the civilian population. … More “The Bomber Will Always Get Through” British Parliament, 1932

But it is 1978!

I grew up in a village called Immaculate Conception Parish in the 1960’s. We had a fundamental narrative about how life was supposed to be, where your place in the universe was, and a sense of right and wrong. Ultimately this was shattered by a remarkably critical world that tossed that narrative aside without much thought and … More But it is 1978!

Everett Elks Club : Man Cave From A Different Time

Scene: Barber shop with men waiting. Monsignor Mattie’s is there for a hair cut as well, reading a newspaper. A spread of Playboy magazines lie on the table in front of him. “Padre”, one of the other patron’s ask him “what do you think of all these dirty books?”  The day this place loses it’s dirty books is the day … More Everett Elks Club : Man Cave From A Different Time

Magna Carta

800 years ago this month King John was cornered by his barons in a field at Runnymede and made to place his seal on this document, the Great Charter, that limited his power. It was likely the first of its kind. He and the other chief executives have been fighting the issue ever since. Ab initio this … More Magna Carta