Reversal of Fortunes: The Career of Ulysses Grant

  Ulysses Grant, A Very Underrated and Important President   Ulysses S. Grant was born in 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio, the son of Jesse Root Grant and Hannah Simpson. The Grant family descended from Puritans who migrated to New England from Southwestern England and they gradually made their way to Kentucky and thence to Ohio. Young Ulysses Jesse was a demanding and boastful man who had great expectations of his son, not the smallest of which was his expectation that Ulysses would work in his father’s tannery. Normally rather taciturn, Ulysses let Jesse know in no uncertain terms that the thought of working in that tannery was repulsive to him, so his father wrote to his Congressman and had his eldest son admitted to West Point instead. Off to Westpoint. Ulysses ( born Hiram Ulysses Grant) had his name changed through a clerical error, but he kept that name […]

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Thomas Jefferson and Liberty

Thomas Jefferson, together with George Washington and Robert Edward Lee, is regarded as a hero by patriotic Virginians everywhere. Jefferson is well known for his populist and progressive stance regarding politics, although he definitely had some solid thoughts concerning ” natural aristocracy” BigEye Aristocracy Jefferson was very much in favor of the idea that the government should be held accountable by the people ( even to the point of armed rebellion by the latter, should the need arise). Jefferson also felt that religion should have no say in the running of the government and as Revolutionary Governor of Virginia, he was able to achieve complete separation of church and state. Separation of Church & State/. Thomas Jefferson was also quite adamant on the importance of universal public education, supporting the idea that the poverty stricken should be educated for free, while those who could afford to pay tuition should do […]

Religion-An Important Element of Freedom

Principle 4:  A free society cannot be maintained without religion.   How can that be?   Just some laws will do.   Not quite.  It seems we have a huge presence of Atheists coming out to proclaim their status.  Some of them even have channels on YouTube.   To be fair, not a lot of their material seems to be about religion.  I’d even say that they seem to be principled, which is good but, you’re not about to espouse the immorality of a heathen unless you want to scare away an audience.    It would appear that a lot of people today who talk of the Constitution, don’t really know the original writers placed a very important emphasis on religion.   It goes back to the 2nd Congress close to the birth of the nation, 1787, when the Constitution was written and approved.  They saw how important religion was in their day […]

Martin Luther: A Review of a Reformer

A review of the book, “Martin Luther: Renegrade and Prophet,” by Lyndal Roper Background. Dr. Martin Luther was a great Reformer, but as Lyndal Roper pointed out in her book, ” Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet,” he was very much a human being, with all the virtues and vices that go with that. Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Saxony, on St. Martin’s Day ( the tenth of November), 1483. His father, Hans Luder, ran a mining business and his mother, Margarethe Lindemann, was a daughter of  minor nobility. Hans Luder had his fair share of labor troubles with his workers and he intended for his son to study law. Martin Luder was duly schooled with that aim in mind. He grew up in the town of Mansfeld, not far from Eisleben. Ms. Roper spends some time describing Luther’s schooling and put some detail in how he was educated and […]

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A Moral & Virtuous People: 2nd Principle of Freedom

A Moral and Virtuous government; From the book, the 5000-year leap: Master Poe Strikes Again!       Master P.O. Po Unleashed ! Are we the people of a moral and virtuous government? The Second Principle of Freedom: A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution if they are not virtuous and morally strong. We’ve come a long way, baby, ..in the opposite direction. mo·ral·i·ty ( məˈralədē/ ) noun principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior. synonyms: Ethics, rights and wrongs, ethicality More a particular system of values and principles of conduct, especially one held by a specified person or society. plural noun: moralities “a bourgeois morality” the extent to which an action is right or wrong. “behind all the arguments lies the issue of the morality of the possession of nuclear weapons” vir·tue ˈvərCHo͞o/ noun 1. behavior showing high moral standards. “paragons of virtue” […]

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Martin Luther, Doctor of the Church and Reformer

    Martin Luther was born in the town of Eisleben, in the duchy of Saxony of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation on November 10, 1483 to Hans and Margarethe Luther. Hans and Margarethe were of peasant stock, but Hans had amassed some income by investing in mining pursuits in the town of Mansfeld, where the Luther family moved shortly after Martin’s birth Humble origins. No one would have been able to foresee how Martin Luther’s insights would spur such courageous changes in the Christian Church, or how Martin Luther himself would be famous as the original Reformer of the new Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther’s Childhood Critics then and critics now. Hans and Margarethe were severe disciplinarians, but loving parents. Hans had fairly ambitious plans for his son, Martin. Instead of working in the mining trade, Hans was eager for his boy to become a lawyer and […]

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Two Completely Different Parts of Appalachia: North and South

A good part of my heritage can be traced back to some of the Scots- Irish, English and German settlers who first blazed a trail into what is now Southeastern Kentucky and East Tennessee. That part of the country was originally very fertile, with plenty of timber, game and good soil to plant and harvest crops from. That changed when timber and, later, coal companies came in to utilize the resources of the land, often at the expense of the people who were already living there. That kind of commercialism happened all over the Southern Appalachians, as these links will show: The Papers Corporation Invasion of the Apps Bad direction for the beautiful land of the Appalachians.   The Southern Appalachians have become an economically impoverished area, with large swaths of empty land ( or land owned by absentee landlords) and many people living below the poverty line. I live […]

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Thomas Paine, Man of Liberty and Deist Philosopher

Thomas Paine, ( 1737- 1809), was born in the town of Thetford, Norfolk, England, the son of a Quaker farmer, Joseph Pain and an Anglican housewife, Frances Cocke. He was something of a drifter in his youth, he joined the Methodist Church and was a preacher himself for awhile, he served as an exciseman, corset- maker, tried his hand at privateering with no luck and took a job as an English teacher for awhile. He loved taking part in philosophical conversations and during these talks, he developed his republican political ideals and his passion for free and independent thinking https://fee.org/articles/thomas-paine-passionate-pamphleteer-for-liberty/. He arrived in the American Colonies in 1774 and quickly set up shop in Philadelphia, publishing pamphlets denouncing slavery and declared his side with the American Revolutionaries after the Battle of Lexington in 1775. In his view, the Colonies were perfectly entitled to revolt against a government that they had […]

Faith and Work: Facing New Stress Everyday

By putting you through Hell! Faith versus the daily grind: It’s been ( oddly enough) a hellish couple of weeks at work for me. We are understaffed and therefore, the human resources have been taxed very nearly to their limit. I am called in to work on my day off and it’s excessively busy. It’ll look good on my paycheck, but I’m drained. So, we see the daily grind.. work, have those over you try to overemploy you by refusing to hire new workers, have bill collectors try to snatch what little money you do make and thereby make your day to day life that much more difficult. It’s easy for a small, often taken for granted and yet absolutely essential element of life to get buried under the pile of day to day concerns, fears, frustrations and emotional exhaustion that accompanies stressful situations. That element of life, of course, […]

Northern Virginia/ Clinton Territory for most..

Northern Virginia was a once- fertile area of farmland, where cattle were pastured and crops grew in abundance. Most of the early settlers to this area were from England, Wales and a substantial group were from Germany. A minority of French Huguenots also settled this area. Many families from Africa were also settled here, many sold as slaves from the auction blocks in Washington, D.C.