This Day in History: A Signer of the Declaration of Independence is Born

On this day in 1729, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in Amesbury, Massachusetts. In the modern-day show “West Wing,” President Josiah Bartlet is a fictional direct descendant of this guy. You have to wonder what the real Josiah Bartlett would think of that. 😉 Bartlett studied to be a doctor and […]

The Founders, the Ugly Fact of Slavery…..And What We Do With That Today

It seems almost inevitable.  If the Founders are extolled as wise men who gave us great and abiding constitutional principles that mean something, someone will bring up slavery.  The contempt drips from their voices.  They roll their eyes.  HOW can you admire the Founders?  HOW can you value anything they have to say?  They owned slaves!  Period. […]