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More men are guilty of treason through weakness than any studied design to betray… François de la Rochefoucauld

There are at least two official stories of General James Wilkinson. First we have the caption of his portrait in the National Portrait Gallery: Although largely forgotten now, Major General James Wilkinson committed more acts of treason than his former mentor, Benedict Arnold, ever did. Wilkinson shrewdly endeared himself to those in power, despite being […]

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt… Francois de La Rochefoucauld

There is a story about a politician who walked on water on day only to see headlines the next proclaiming that he couldn’t swim. Associating this Scots born Canadian with the Confederacy is a page out of the same genre. There is no doubt that Alexander Keith, Jr. was as bad as any legitimate accusation […]

The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed… Marcus Tullius Cicero

Cicero: the life and times of Rome’s greatest politician New York: Random House, c 2001 Anthony Everitt Rome Politics and government 265-30 B.C., Cicero, Marcus Tullius Hardcover. 1st U.S. ed. xv, 359 p.: ill., maps; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-346) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, […]

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them…

It was originally intended as a cheap act of political vengeance and yet its location, in Virginia on the plantation owned by Robert E. Lee, has managed to transcend the hollow efforts of the small time crook from Illinois who had helped make so many cemeteries necessary into a great resting place for the best […]

Of all liars the most arrogant are biographers: those who would have us believe, having surveyed a few boxes full of letters, diaries, bank statements and photographs, that they can play at the recording angel and tell the whole truth about another human life… A. N. Wilson

The United States of America is unique among the principal nations of the world in that there has been a press reporting on events here since before independence. You might very well believe that such a circumstance would lead to our history being more objective than, for instance, an England who has managed to cover […]

Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers… Tecumseh

I can find no more apt analogy for the War for Southern Independence than the war the Shawnee waged to keep their tribal lands safe from the colonists. Unfortunately as Tecumseh lamented,  When the legends die, the dreams end; there is no more greatness. The Shawnees and the war for America New York: Viking, 2007 […]

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without faith and worship without awareness… Anthony de Mello

There have always been internal and external pressures on America. The British attempted to turn both the slaves and the indians against first the American Revolution and then against they new nation in 1812 only to abandon and betray both when they were defeated. We have grown and fostered our own radicals like John Brown, […]