This Day in History: George Washington squashes anti-Catholic demonstrations

On this day in 1775, Washington issues a stern rebuke to his soldiers. They were planning to celebrate an anti-Catholic holiday known as Guy Fawkes Night. It’s a celebration that most Americans don’t know too much about! Perhaps Washington can take the credit for that? After all, Guy Fawkes Night is STILL celebrated in Great […]

George Washington versus Chuck Hagel on Military Chaplains

In the world according to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, military chaplains are not essential personnel who can continue working during a government shutdown. But family counselors are. George Washington must be spinning in his grave. Indeed, Hagel must have worked really hard to twist existing congressional provisions into a prohibition on paying chaplains. The […]

#TDIH — America’s First Thanksgiving Proclamation

On this day in 1789, George Washington issued his first Thanksgiving Proclamation.  Earlier in the week, Congress had asked him to do so. Interestingly, the congressional request for thanksgiving and prayer came mere days after the Congress had approved several constitutional amendments, including the one that would eventually become the First Amendment to the United […]

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 […]

Benedict Arnold, George Washington, and This Day in History

On this day in 1779, a court martial was convened against Benedict Arnold. This court marital was held to consider several charges, including allegations that Arnold had misused government property. Arnold was eventually cleared of most of the charges, but he was left feeling resentful and mistreated; the court martial was among the first events that would ultimately take […]