Lincoln

It Matters That Liberal Professors Outnumber Conservative Faculty 5 to 1

Benjamin Franklin The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I believe that he was referring to the fact that there will always be people who want power and the the ability to control other people. The framers of our constitution were smart enough to know that. They built a system of checks and balances to make it very hard to destroy the system of government they created. After all, it was the first time in history that man ruled himself rather than kings, queens, emperors, sultans, etc. Other than conquest, there really is only one way to destroy our constitution: control the educational system.

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

Proclamation of Thanksgiving This proclamation set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She explained, "You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution."

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