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Declaring That a State of War Exists: 6 April 1917

On this date, 6 April 1917,  in response to a request by President Wilson on 2 April, the United States Congress approved America’s entry into the Great War, which came to be known as World War I. Joint Resolution Passed by … Continue reading

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Political Order and Political Decay in the Time of Trump

Political Order and Political Decay is the second part of Francis Fukuyama’s epic tome of political economy begun in 2011 with The Origins of Political Order.  The 2014 follow-up fills out the 2011 tome’s theory of politics as biology with consideration of … Continue reading

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Pancho Villa Crossed the Border…and got US into the Great War

Pancho Villa crossed the border in the year of ought sixteen The people of Columbus still hear him riding through their dreams He killed seventeen civilians you could hear the women scream Blackjack Pershing on a dancing horse was waiting … Continue reading

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2016 Blog Posts in Review—Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty

2016 was a year for the books.  I read a lot more this year, and listened to a lot of good music, so that’s a good thing.  On the other hand, as demographics and biology would decree, our Greatest Generation … Continue reading

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On the Brink of War — America’s Christmas 1916

Christmas 1916 found America walking a tightrope of neutrality as the World endured the third year of the Great War.  While the Assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in June 1914 precipitated the global conflict, the roots … Continue reading

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The Election of 1916: “America First” to First World War

100 years ago, in November of 1916, America was also recovering from a controversial Presidential election.  Progressive Democrat Woodrow Wilson, PhD, had taken the U.S. presidency in 1912, when the Republican Party had split between incumbent President William Howard Taft … Continue reading

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Biological Foundations of Politics

“Political institutions develop, often slowly and painfully, over time, as human societies strive to organize themselves to master their environments.  But political decay occurs when political systems fail to adjust to changing circumstances.” —Francis Fukuyama, The Origins of Political Order … Continue reading

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Jefferson Davis Captured—May 10, 1865

Irwinville, Georgia Confederate President Jefferson Davis ran until he could run no more.  Early in the morning on the 10th of May, 1865, the First Wisconsin and First Michigan Union cavalry caught up with the remaining Rebel leadership in camp … Continue reading

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Diary of Orrin Brown—May 4, 1865

Diary of Orrin Brown, Davids’ Island, New York Thursday–May 4th We lay anchor till 10.30 AM when the Hospital Boat Thomas PWay came alongside took us on board and at 11 AM we were on our way for Grant, U. … Continue reading

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Diary of Orrin Brown—May 3, 1865

Diary of Orrin Brown, Off Jersey City, New Jersey Wednesday–May 3rd When I first got up this morning I could not see land in any direction but we came in sight of Burgham Poart Light House at 7 AM and … Continue reading

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