History

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

By The Editor

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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Armistice Day and Echoes of History

By John Biver

Recently I watched an old black and white movie – the title escapes me – that opens with a World War I aerial dogfight where one of the pilots keeps checking his watch to see if the war was over yet. In the opening minutes of the film a couple of planes get shot down, men are killed, and then the hour arrives and they cease firing. The combatants salute each other and fly their separate ways.

The events portrayed fictionalize what actually took place ninety years ago today.

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Independence Day and the Meuse-Argonne Battle

By John Biver

Historian John Keegan writes that on July 4, 1917, elements of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) paraded in Paris. A year later some of those men were to fight and die in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the biggest and most costly military campaign in America’s 232 year history. Sadly, too few people have even heard of it.

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A Sherman-Like Warning Needed for Republicans

By John Biver

What happens when the Republican Party forfeits the public education system and large sections of the media to the political left, fails to modernize its party organization or repair its brand, and actively disdains and distances itself from its allied state level grassroots organizations? We’re seeing the results today in Barack Obama’s opinion poll numbers.

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D-Day + 64 years

By John Biver

Visiting places of incredible bravery, sacrifice, and seeing the final resting place of so many thousands of Americans is a powerful experience. Walking on Omaha Beach, between the white marble crosses at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, or in a Belgian forest just outside Bastogne brings an incredible sense of awe – even for someone who has never had a problem feeling pride in his country.

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Acts of war…and suicide

By John Biver

From the Chicago Tribune last week (March 3, 2008): Army struggles with rising suicide A soldier’s tale illustrates the prevention battle inside the service as 2007 set a new high for troops taking their…

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Notes on the War in Iraq

By John Biver

My series from late 2007: 1. Since the Terrorists Target Public Opinion, So Should We 2. September 11, 2001 and the Reality of the Threat 3. What Didn’t Work Before 9/11 and What Needed…

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