Teaching the Dark Side In Civics Classes

Civics classes should be about American’s sins and glories since it is a country founded by remarkable individuals with some serious flaws. An important part of our history was that many of our founders were slave holders. They owned other people and could do whatever they wanted with them. Washington had hundreds of slaves. He treated them well but he still owned them. He put … Continue reading Teaching the Dark Side In Civics Classes

An Originalist’s View of the Constitution

I have been loosely following the latest Supreme Court nomination, so I thought I would put out some thoughts that go contrary to an Originalist’s view of the Constitution. Plainly speaking it makes no sense to me in that it goes against everything the primary founders believed. How’s that for an opening statement? ūü§£ Unlike most of my posts in the pre-election period, I don’t … Continue reading An Originalist’s View of the Constitution

An Exact Portrait Of The People At Large…

Thomas Jefferson John Adams

This post is a little history lesson for you about some of our founding fathers and the philosophical stands they took. The particular focus of this post is about what they thought about those who represent us in our governing ourselves.

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The Next President

A Well-Informed Electorate Is a Prerequisite for Democracy

I have let it be known many times here at RJsCorner that I believe the main reason we have survived as long as we have as a country is because of the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Their words put a firm foundations under our democracy. The Jefferson quote above may just be the most important one he gave us concerning the future of our democracy in our current days.

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Seeing Them For Who They Are…

For this “Seeking-Wisdom” post, I want to try and bust a few bubbles before diving into this category much further. We all must recognize that the inspirational figures in our lives are for the most part like all of us in that they are multifaceted. They have characteristics beyond those that inspire us.  For instance, Thomas Jefferson is one of my top sources of seeking … Continue reading Seeing Them For Who They Are…

Orchids & Democracies

This being a primary election day here in Indiana, democracies are on my mind. Two of the most beautiful and delicate things in the world are orchids and democracies. They both need constant nurturing to thrive. An orchid needs the right light and temperature. It needs constant watering or it will die on the vine. The same thing is true for democracies. Too many in … Continue reading Orchids & Democracies

The Kingdom Of God… And Leo Tolstoy

I seem to be getting a bit of flack lately about my spiritual beliefs that run counter to most of the churches today. To help understand where I come from I am bringing back some quotes from Leo Tolstoy I used in 2012. They pretty much tell my story: From: The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy¬† 1894¬† But Christ could not … Continue reading The Kingdom Of God… And Leo Tolstoy

The Dreams Of The Future..

¬† ¬†Thomas Jefferson is my favorite writer of all time. ¬†He was not a good public speaker but he sure knew how to put pen to paper. He was also a very prolific writer. His archive spans thousands of letters and treatises about a wide variety of topics. ¬†He loved studying history as his library showed but more so he loved dreaming of the future. … Continue reading The Dreams Of The Future..

Hope Is Sweeter Than Despair

My recently adopted theme for my life is Hope Is Sweeter Than Despair¬† These words were written by Thomas Jefferson in one of his many letters written in 1786. That was ten years after our Declaration of Independence and three years after it was actually obtained by a bloody war. ¬†Jefferson was in Paris at the time as one of our first ambassadors. ¬†It would … Continue reading Hope Is Sweeter Than Despair

An Ounce Of Empathy & Two Ounces Of Brains

I am a dreamer, always have been and always will be. ¬†When times are bad I dream of better times. When times are good I thank the Lord. I have always dreamed that every citizen of our country has at least an ounce of empathy and two ounces of brains. ¬†I have come to doubt that belief, especially since the person in the Oval Office … Continue reading An Ounce Of Empathy & Two Ounces Of Brains

Staying Too Long..

I don’t know how many readers ever look at the quotes I rotate through the header of RJsCorner. I try to change them weekly but sometimes that task falls in the proverbial crack. ¬†In the current header is a quote from Thomas Jefferson about staying too long that seems especially relative to the folks in Washington DC. Too many in our national congress have overstayed … Continue reading Staying Too Long..

A Tyrant??

I got this snippet from a Facebook friend a while ago. Of course you know who that reminded me of. ¬†I don’t have to say the name this time. ¬†In this same vein, a few months ago I DVRed a series on satellite TV entitled Einstein. I recorded ten episodes from season one. ¬†The latest episode I watched was when he was living in Germany … Continue reading A Tyrant??