This Independence Day we will celebrate 241 years since the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. Most Americans will go about celebrating the 4th much in the same way they always have. The scent of grilled burgers and hots dogs will fill neighborhoods and fireworks will spatter the evening sky with brilliant colors … Continue reading Fireworks, Hot Dogs, and Yellow Umbrellas
On August 1, 2011, I stood in the gallery and watched Congresswoman Gabby Giffords walk onto the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since being shot by a mentally unstable man. The floor erupted in a standing ovation that expressed unified support for Gabby and everything her return represented. Even … Continue reading United We Stand: Thoughts on the recent Capitol Hill Shooting
Today we remember the ultimate sacrifice of generations of Americans, from days of the Revolutionary war to the military actions following the gruesome attacks on 9/11. President Abraham Lincoln rightly stated, “in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here … Continue reading Thoughts on Memorial Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. once described how he and his brother drove one evening where very few oncoming drivers dimmed their lights. Understandably frustrated, Dr. King’s brother declared that he would leave his lights on full strength the next time a driver failed to dim his lights. Dr. King quickly responded by stating, “Oh no, don’t do that. There’d be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.” If we want to live in a society that carries on meaningful conversations about pressing political issues, we must again heed Dr. King’s timeless wisdom and begin to dim the lights.
Society tells us to voice our opinions, take a stand by lobbying for our beliefs, and "Rock the Vote." But few in society tell us that how we engage in politics plays just as important a role as what we lobby for, especially in a self-governing society. And just as the Spirit of Party impacts … Continue reading Rock the Spirit of Party, not just the Vote.
As one of the most important documents in American history, George Washington’s farewell address held sway over American thought and policy well into the 20th century. While today we fail to give it the reverence it deserves, we would benefit from consulting it as we attempt to understand what created our current political climate and … Continue reading Uprooting the Spirit of Party
In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we are introduced to the series’ most famous antagonist, the White Witch. In a subsequent book, we learn that the White Witch is a queen from the dead world Charn. We also learn the reason for Charn's demise. Rather than surrender her world to her sister … Continue reading America and the Deplorable Word