Tag: Jefferson

The Virginia Declaration of Rights

This month commemorates the writing of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, largely the effort of a neighbor of George Washington’s. While Washington was trying to piece together a continental army in 1776, others were busily constructing constitutions for the states that were ready to break from Britain. That neighbor was George Mason. Drawing on a rich British heritage as well as newer developments in the colonies, Mason concocted a list of rights that set a standard for the era. Thomas… Read more »

Heroic Heritage

Historic anniversaries abound this week. Yesterday was one that almost everyone in America knows: D-Day. How many, though, can talk about what took place at the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on that day? One of the most heroic actions of D-Day was the scaling of those cliffs by a special Army Ranger battalion. Their mission was to take out the guns at the top that could have devastated the invasion force on all the other beaches. Those Rangers achieved… Read more »

Taxes, Envy, and Power

As the cartoon above points out, we have a burgeoning problem. While heated rhetoric against the “rich” continues unabated, the sad truth is that it is those who actually work hard and accumulate wealth who are paying most of the income taxes. There’s no way to cover this unrestrained spending by taxing those people even more. [“Those people,” by the way, include the middle class, not merely the top 5% of earners.) Thomas Jefferson, a very quotable fellow, said once, [Taxes… Read more »