Tag Archives: Benjamin Franklin

The Good and the Bad of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is this complicated mix of very good and very bad, in much the same way the United States is a complicated mix of good and bad. On the one hand, Jefferson was one of the strongest voices among … Continue reading

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Heroes

I’ve always been inspired by heroes. From family members, to close friends, to major figures in books that I’ve read, these heroes have helped shaped my values, my politics, and the way I want to live my life. As I’ve … Continue reading

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Alexander Hamilton and the New York Manumission Society

Alexander Hamilton has always been the one Founding Father that I didn’t like. There are many reasons for this. Two of my favorite Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, couldn’t stand Hamilton. Though I am to the left of … Continue reading

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Debating the Tea Party on the Constitution

Over the past two years, the Tea Party has dominated the political discourse in American politics. In spite of my disagreements with them, I have a grudging respect for the way the Tea Party activists have become passionately involved in … Continue reading

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The Founding Fathers and Slavery Part 2

As Flag Day and July 4 approach, it is wise to consider the Founding Fathers and their accomplishments and failures. One of the things that these men have been criticized for in recent years, and one that many in the … Continue reading

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