This is the foundation of our independence

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2002485" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Calvin Coolidge[/caption] Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James announced Sept. 17, 2014, that the U.S. Air Force oath no longer has to more…

What happens with the 'tyranny of the majority'?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2440985" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Fisher Ames[/caption] He sat next to George Washington in the pew at St. Paul's Chapel in New York during the religious service following Washington's more…

Washington's prophecies: The evils of power

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2234395" align="aligncenter" width="600"] George Washington kneeling in prayer[/caption] "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolken describes man's insatiable lust for "the Ring of Power": "Always remember more…

Nation formation: 'Miracles do not cluster'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1940775" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Signing of the Constitution[/caption] "Done ... the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven." more…

This was mankind's '2nd chance'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2424215" align="aligncenter" width="601"] Signing the Mayflower Compact[/caption] Sept. 16, 1620, according to the Gregorian calendar, 102 passengers set sail on the Pilgrims' ship, Mayflower. Their 66-day journey more…

This is the basis of hope for modern civilization

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2423325" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William H. Taft[/caption] He was the only U.S. president to also serve as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He had previously been more…

Do you have what it takes to get into Harvard?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2416895" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John Harvard[/caption] Son of a butcher, his family died when a plague swept England, leaving him an estate. He attended Emmanuel College, was ordained, more…

Why Americans need never fear their government

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2415965" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Thomas Cooley[/caption] The dean of the University of Michigan Law School was Thomas Cooley, who died Sept. 12, 1898. Thomas Cooley was chief justice more…

The long history of September 11 Muslim atrocities

by Bill Federer -- In 1565, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent dominated the Mediterranean, with intentions of not only taking Sicily, Sardinia, Majorca and southern Spain, but Rome itself. The only thing standing more…

These factors are indispensable to a free government

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2403565" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story[/caption] His father was a Boston Tea Party "Indian." He graduated second in his class from Harvard, was a U.S. more…