2020 Election Reader

October 10, 2020

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Your Essential Christian Guide to the 2020 Presidential Election Who to vote for? Why should I even vote? What difference will it make? This short book–you can read it in less than an hour if you are not interrupted–will answer some of your questions, and, most important, suggest that the answers are in the Bible, […]

A Historian’s View of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, Part 2

July 27, 2021

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A few weeks ago we ventured into the mine field of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project which supports it. We did this as a professional historian might, by an examination of both the facts and the hypothesis or interpretation of those facts. Today let’s examine what other historians have said about CRT and […]

A Historian’s View of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, Part 1

July 27, 2021

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Last summer, the Pandemic Summer of 2020, I took up two subjects that have now come to dominate the political discourse in our country. Everyone seems to have an opinion on CRT and the 1619 theory and how they impact the nature of our country’s history. I thought I’d revisit these from the perspective of […]

Liberty

July 27, 2021

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First of all, we—the United States—are a big and complex country. There is no one philosophy, one political expression, one economic truth or any other large label to explain what we are, no matter how loud people shout the “truth.” Some will always challenge a generality, and that particular virtue—the right to challenge and question […]

Posted in: History

How to Teach Successfully in Today’s Educational Battlegrounds

July 27, 2021

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Okay, here’s a lesson we all need to hear. As so many things that pop into this column, I borrowed it from someone else, this time from a bright and imaginative person who teaches at Duke in Durham, N. C. and surprised me just about totally. Duke is heads over heels into the woke frame […]

Two Kinds of People

July 27, 2021

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In my endeavor to understand our land and its people, I have decided to select a simple way of distinguishing people. There are those who pick up their pet’s (usually dogs) poop on their walks and those who don’t. I don’t care if you are the greatest anything—novelist, politician, computer guru, homemaker, teacher, real estate […]

Posted in: Life in America

The Way We Were

July 10, 2021

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The Way We Were A few weeks ago I turned to the war channel, channel 112 or whatever we call it today, and watched the build up to Pearl Harbor, especially focusing on the Japanese ambitious empire-building over Asia, and, among other atrocities, the rape of Nanking, China in 1937. I had forgotten how brutal […]

Posted in: History

Taming the Tongue

June 14, 2021

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A few months ago, we looked at how words are perhaps the most important element in determining who we are and what we do. The geek word for the study of words is etymology, but let’s stick with words we can all relate to easily without having to open our online dictionary. I recommend Merriam-Webster’s, […]

The Wizard of Is

June 9, 2021

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Many of you will remember seeing the movie about The Wizard of Oz. I know I am dating myself and will probably eliminate at least half of my readers. Look it up in Wikipedia. At the end of the movie Alice discovers a wizard behind a curtain who is manipulating everything, a wonderful old happy […]

Posted in: Life in America

Old and New History

May 4, 2021

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Slavery was abolished by the Emancipation Declaration of 1863 and uprooted by the final military victory of North over the South in April 1865. There followed a century of conflict largely in the South to free truly the ex-slaves and give them all the rights of all citizens, like the right to vote, to have […]

Biden Administration to Deliver Peace and Prosperity to Central America, Part 2

May 4, 2021

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Returning to where we left off last week, the United Fruit Company emerged as one of the great titans in American commerce and industries, so controlling in Latin America that the Costa Ricans had a nickname for it, “Mamita Unai,” or “Mama Uni.” Much money was made, but most went to American banana importers and […]

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