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A community under siege: the Summer of 1919

I wonder Is there anybody here who late at midnight sheds briny tears all because you didn't have no one to help you along the way and oh Lord? And if there's anyone Lord Let me tell you, let me tell you what I've done I've achieved to be a fence around me but take

Death is nothing at all

"Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:). We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." 2 Cor 5: 6-8 As

The Everlasting Light

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it givith light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may

The Return of the Silent Majority

Fifty years ago, in January 1969, Richard Nixon was sworn in as the thirty-seventh president of the United States. His legacy as President was marred by the Watergate investigations and his eventual resignation from office which overshadowed the way in which he won the office. His central campaign rhetoric was designed to garner support from

Uncommon integrity

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the

Democratic hypocrisy

Democracy (noun) – The belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves.   -- Cambridge Dictionary Over a hundred years ago W.E.B. Dubois asked if one could be black and an American. He saw

Crazy like a fox

We pledge ourselves to use all lawful means to bring about a reversal of this decision (Brown v Board of Education) which is contrary to the Constitution and to prevent the use of force in its implementation.   -- Southern Manifesto, March 1956 Its time our Republic admits to two uncomfortable truths. The first is that our

Time warp

I’m a big fan of science fiction. I grew up on a daily diet of the original Star Trek series. I watched mesmerized, with my Major Matt Mason action figure in my hand as I watched the moon landing in 1969. One of my favorite science fiction storylines involve time travel. I found just the

The team

We live in an amazing world. There’s little chance my great grandfather, Big Pappa, could have ever envisioned world-wide communications at the click of a mouse. I’d like to say Big Pappa was a simple man. A country preacher from Gonzales, Texas. But he was so much more. He always told me that my brains

History and Honesty

Recently I was asked to review a new history textbook. While the prose was pretty good and the facts were basically the facts, the information surrounding the presidency of Barack Obama gave me pause. History will forever remember the initial response of the Republican brain trust immediately after Obama was acknowledged as the 44th president.