This Day in History: The United States Military Academy at West Point is founded

During this week in 1802, the United States Military Academy at West Point is founded. The academy has trained some of America’s greatest military minds, including such notables as Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George S. Patton. Generals on both sides of the Civil War were trained at West Point as well. West Point […]

This Day in History: George Washington bids the nation farewell (again)

On this day in 1796, George Washington bids the nation farewell. He was retiring from the presidency and making his last exit from public life. His move was astonishing! How many people voluntarily give up power and return to civilian life? Remember: Washington could probably have been a King, if he’d really wanted to. Yet, […]

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. […]

Getting History Right

As a nation, we are often too ill-informed on our own history.  This is really unfortunate, because we need this knowledge if we are to be a successful self-governing people.  An informed people can be in charge of its government.  An uninformed people drifts along, too easily controlled by its government or the media. A few years ago, I […]