George Mason

                    George Mason A wealthy landowner and patriot of the Founding generation, is a name that is largely forgotten in the annals of American history. During his time, though, he was considered an intellectual peer of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson in his home state of Virginia. His contributions toward preserving…

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US Constitution: Federalists and Anti-Federalists

  Federalists and Anti-Federalists The creation of the Constitution entailed hours of debate and compromise, and even when it was completed, some delegates were unhappy with it. The task of fixing the ailing Confederate government was not complete yet; each state had to ratify, or approve, the Constitution. Basically, people divided into two groups, the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Each…

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Concepts of the US Constitution

  Separation of powers One of the most important of the basic principles that guided the framers of the US Constitution in their design for America’s future governance was the idea that the root cause and essence of tyrranical government is the concentration of control over all the powers and functions of government in the hands of the same individual…

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The Middle East & World War One

                    The Middle East & World War One OVERVIEW: While the Ottoman Empire enters the war on Germany’s side, the Arabs (led by Sherif Hussein of Mecca) agree to side with the Allies (Britain, France, and Russia). They do so because of an agreement known as the Hussein-McMahon Correspondence in which…

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To the Children: Summer of ’17

The summer of 2017, while our seventh or eighth consecutive car camping adventure, was fresh and lively, like a new birth. Trailing our eleven-year-old car was a small U-haul trailer, packed with all of our belongings. We departed Chicago with a 4x5x4 container of things, and drove west. We had suspect confidence that the car would pull the trailer. Would…

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To the Children

It’s a story that I will tell. The negotiations with myself have not gone well. Logic, good-taste, and style have conversed, subtlety lobbied by my sub-conscious and conscious yearnings and the result? A self-justified abstinence or privacy. Considerations of exhibitionism. The wish for approval. The care-taking of a self-image, despite being uncertain which picture I present. Whatever I do, prescribed…

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