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Category: American Minute

What happens when we lose ‘judicial restraint’

“A conservative among liberals, and a liberal among conservatives,” he was not consistently conservative enough for Republican President Warren G. Harding and he was not consistently liberal enough for Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt. As a result, he was passed over several times to be a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was Learned […] …

The most important weapon a soldier can possess

After having the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, General George Washington issued the order, July 9, 1776: “Commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains … persons of good Characters and exemplary lives – To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon […] …

The illegitimate birth of Social Justice Warriors

Sir William Blackstone’s “Commentaries on the Laws of England,” published 1765-1769 by Oxford’s Clarendon Press, had an immense influence on America’s founders, being considered the definitive pre-Revolutionary source of common law by United States courts. Blackstone wrote: “The principal aim of society is to protect individuals in the enjoyment of those absolute rights, which were […] …

The dictator who changed the course of history

Napoleon was born Aug. 15, 1769. After his education, he was commissioned in the French military in 1785, and quickly advanced. When the French Revolution began, he was an artillery officer. Napoleon’s expertise in the use of mobile artillery and the military tactic of “envelopment” resulted in him being considered one of the greatest military […] …

No God? Not according to every state constitution

“O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain …” Almost chosen as the national anthem in 1926, “America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates, born Aug. 12, 1859. Daughter of a Congregational minister, Katherine Lee Bates taught high school, then English literature at Wellesley College. She hosted gatherings at her home […] …

How to take away freedom in the name of freedom

In an attempted to warn the nation, the Democrat Congressman from Florida, Albert S. Herlong Jr., read into the U.S Congressional Record, Jan. 10, 1963, the list of Communist goals for America (Vol 109, 88th Congress, 1st Session, Appendix, pp. A34-A35). Communist goals included: Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools […] …

Did Hoover deserve his bad rap during Depression?

Herbert Hoover was born Aug. 10, 1874. His Quaker mother taught Sunday School and spoke at Friend’s meetings before she died when he was only ten years old. Hoover lived for a time on an Indian Reservation in Oklahoma before moving to Oregon. He worked his way through Stanford University doing laundry, delivering papers, and […] …