A Short in American Exceptionalism

After a somewhat lengthy hiatus, I've returned to share a series of thoughts that have long filled my head. When President Trump, then Mr. Trump, first hit the campaign trail, he unveiled his controversial campaign slogan: Make America Great Again. Though slightly vague, and often not corroborated by the actions of the campaign and its … Continue reading A Short in American Exceptionalism

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A Sinking Feeling as U.S. Enters WW1

President Woodrow Wilson, to this day, stands as one of the most interesting Presidents in U.S. history. His legacy included a horrendously botched attempt to build what we now know as the United Nations, one of the most profound Presidential doctrines, and an interesting entry into the modern world's first war. On May 7, 1915, … Continue reading A Sinking Feeling as U.S. Enters WW1

Lincoln’s Victory: The 13th Amendment

January 31, 1865, the U.S House of Representative passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. It abolished slavery in America. The amendment reads, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." At … Continue reading Lincoln’s Victory: The 13th Amendment

The Great American Hero

Many hail Gen. George Washington as an American hero. He is. But, if asked why, most might say it was because he crossed the Delaware River, in unforgiving conditions, in an organized surprise attack against the Hessians. A critical battle. This is depicted in that well-known painting. Others might say it is due to his … Continue reading The Great American Hero

Ponzi Scheme Ended. Madoff Jailed.

On December 11, 2008, Bernard Madoff, financier and Wall Street conman was arrested in his New York City apartment. He was charged with carrying-out a Ponzi scheme that had lasted nearly 20 years. It is estimated that this charade involved an upwards of $65 billion. It would be one of the largest investment frauds on … Continue reading Ponzi Scheme Ended. Madoff Jailed.

“The Smartest Guys In The Room…?”

Perhaps it's fitting that, on this day, we're talking about the greed and malpractice of wealthy elites. Or, perhaps, it's a mere coincidence. Either way, it was December 2nd, 2001, that energy giant Enron filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. This announcement would uncover, what I would argue, is the largest corporate scandal in U.S. history. … Continue reading “The Smartest Guys In The Room…?”

John F. Kennedy

On November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Riding in a motorcade, on a ten mile stretch through the streets of downtown Dallas, accompanied by Texas Governor John Connally and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the President met a large and enthusiastic crowd. As their … Continue reading John F. Kennedy

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

On November 19th, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at the dedication of a military cemetery, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a powerful and brilliant address. It is one of the most important speeches ever given. Standing on a field that was once soaked in blood, smoke clouding the air, and the reality of a perilous war becoming … Continue reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address