SILENCING LIBERTY

"Its most famous tolling, however, was on July 8, 1776, when it summoned Philadelphia citizens for the first reading of the Declaration of Independence." ~ Liberty Bell tolls to announce Declaration of Independence, history.com The Liberty Bell cracked beyond repair on February 23, 1846.~ National Park Service “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what … Continue reading SILENCING LIBERTY

Election 2016 – On The Brink of Making History…After 240 Years

What It Will Mean If She Wins

 

In the early days of the American Revolution Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way…if particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion.” Well, the American Revolution lasted nearly eight years and Abigail’s ladies’ “rebellion” has lasted nearly two-and-a-half centuries. And it’s still going on.

Election 2016 – A Very, Very Scary (Political) Season

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"My candle was nearly burnt out,
when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light,
I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open."
~ Frankenstein, Chapter 5, by Mary Shelley

This year as Halloween approaches we find ourselves facing a terror that surpasses the usual seasonal frights of Michael Myers, werewolves, ghosts, poltergeist and vampires: the Presidential election season.

For many of us, the shocks we have received are akin to the horror that Dr. Frankenstein felt about the creature he had created. We've watched with revulsion as our modern-day monster of incivility, bullying, intimidation and hatred has opened its eye and been unleashed upon our nation.

The Political Season 2016 – The Right and Responsibility to Vote

"Voting is a civic sacrament."
~ The Rev.  Theodore M. Hesburgh

According to an article in The Atlantic, the right to vote is mentioned five times in the Constitution of the United States, more than any other right, including the rights to "the freedom of speech," the "free exercise" of religion, "to keep and bear Arms," or "unreasonable searches and seizures." Yet there is strong disagreement among experts -- including elected officials, Constitutional scholars and Supreme Court Justices -- whether the Constitution grants the right to vote or rather implies that it is merely a privilege. But if the right to vote -- and not the privilege to vote -- is mentioned five times, in those words, it seems pretty iron-clad to me that it is indeed a right and not merely a privilege. I decided to check.