Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (October 3, 1789)

On this day 223 years ago, George Washington issued the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation. Last week, I posted about Congress’s request that he take such action. Interestingly, this congressional request was issued almost immediately after Congress approved the language that would become the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Congress apparently did not view the […]

What Was Your Favorite Presidential Debate Moment?

Tonight, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will face off in their first presidential debate. Will there be a moment that changes the direction of the race? Will one candidate land a verbal punch that will go down in the history books? What has been your favorite presidential (or vice presidential) debate moment from past years? […]

Religious freedom, the First Amendment, and this week in history

Two interesting things happened during this week in history: First, on September 25, 1789, the first Congress approved several proposed constitutional amendments and sent them to the states for ratification. Included among these was the language that would eventually become the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an […]

Did you know that JFK was a defender of the Electoral College?

Speaking in support of the Electoral College, John F. Kennedy once referred to the checks and balances in the Constitution as a “solar system” of power: [I]t is not only the unit vote for the Presidency we are talking about, but a whole solar system of governmental power. If it is proposed to change the […]