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THE FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE?


Jefferson’s Enduring Creation


By Richard B. Weldon Jr.

ake a trip to Monticello, the home and final resting place of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America. Really, if you haven’t already, take the trip!

The cultural, historical, architectural and agricultural lessons to be learned are equal parts inspiring and humbling. That it all sprang from the mind and heart of one man may be the most impressive aspect of the visit.

A must-see is his final resting place. This man-of-enumerable talents, this true renaissance figure, lies beneath a tomb inscribed with the following epitaph:

“Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and father of the University of Virginia.”

No mention of his two terms as president, his governorship, time in the Virginia House of Burgesses or his experiences abroad as Secretary of State or trade minister.… Read More

KEEPING THE POTS BOILING


No matter how many high schoolers or collegians moan and groan, Inauguration Day 2017 will arrive with the usual pomp and circumstance and Hail to the Chief.


No Reason to Shiver and Shake


By Harry M. Covert

ow that transition of the government is undergoing such love and friendliness, who can barely wait for the new political style to arrive?

In all the nooks and crannies and communities big and small, anticipation is everywhere in hearts and minds of the next group of campaigners.

Who’s going to use the next slogan, “make our town and county great again? Of course, it’s coming in various forms.… Read More

AND THE WINNER IS?

‘Be silent, wretch, and think not here allow’d

That worst of tyrants, an usurping crowd’

The Illiad

By LADSON F. MILLS III

ears of conditioning by a politically correct power elite is taking its toll. As the author Gore Vidal observed, ‘as societies grow decadent the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise not to illumine… Words, are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own best interest.’

If our nation was less reactive and more reflective we might see that values now replace ideology as political identify. It would be morning in America, instead of mourning for America.… Read More

A FUN RIDE COMING

The ‘Shock and Oh’ for No. 45

By Harry M. Covert

till awake at 2:40 in the morning unable to reach The Land of Nod, it was impossible yesterday to hit the remote control off buttons for both the television set and laptop online. The ongoing cacophony about the stunning change on the national landscape had me alert.

Around my neighborhood, a light rain was sprinkling. Raindrops in the dark were falling on the window sills. About this time the victorious alleged “demagogue” was coming on to be humbled and presidential and take over the reins of the United States government.… Read More

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

 President Consort or SOPOUS

By Harry M. Covert

e need a break from all of the impertinences us good people have been enduring. Do I have to explain them? Of course not.

I thought it might be fun on this day for a soupçon of a cute story. There can be some pleasant anecdotes even though some smirks and raised eyebrows can be forth coming.

It does seem that lots of people want to continue a mode of electing the first person of race and gender.

The firsts! Actually, as has been talked and written about ad nauseum, so many voters would gladly have given William Jefferson Clinton a third term.… Read More

THE DUTY IS ALMOST HERE, PLUS Trickle-Down

Muck-Raking Makes Its Return

By Harry M. Covert

ell, now, if the campaigning hasn’t turned voters into cynics, it’s rather close. Thankfully, we’re in the home stretch. Let’s just count the days as they fly by to November 8.

As I’ve done in every election in the space of 55 years, my ballot will be marked again and my duty accomplished.

I don’t recall a more important or scarier time in the voting procedure than this year. Common sense has been thrown out the window.

Of course, the battle lines were drawn in 1960. It was promoted that the nation was in peril if that young Massachusetts senator was elected.… Read More

THE REAL CHARLATANS

Beltway Elite Divorced from Reality?

“Spare us from bleeding heart luvvies…who lecture us…while jetting off from mansion to mansion.”  — CHRISTOPHER HART

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By Ladson F. Mills III 

t was no surprise to learn that football player and social protest poster child Colin Kaepernick recently made the cover of Time magazine. The real surprise was in discovering that Time is still around.

Kaepernick’s image will now be joined with such notables as Hitler, Stalin, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yasser Arafat, Al Capone and the ever present Vladimir Putin.  If he is what now passes for hard news then the magazine’s declining 3.2 million subscribers might be due a refund.… Read More

DEMOCRATS PROCLAIM: IT’S ALL GOOD

        Has the Nation Achieved Nirvana? 


By LADSON F. MILLS III

I have never met anybody who came to this town and left a better man — Senator Orin Hatch

y father was a lifelong non-reconstructed New Deal Yellow Dog Democrat. For those unfamiliar with the term it means if the Democratic Party nominated a yellow dog he would have voted for it. He never quite understood his son’s less than appreciative attitude toward what was once considered to be the party of all the people.

I admit to having been pleasantly surprised by the upbeat all is well messages coming from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this past week.… Read More

VIGILS and the BULLY PULPIT

 

The Awful Effects of Continuing Terrorism


By Harry M. Covert

he time has come for a real vigil. Using this bully pulpit something must be done to halt the slide to “Hell in a Handbasket” as a humorist of yore penned a half-century ago.

Were I extolling on a pastoral platform at this very moment I would most certainly disclaim use of the caustic word for the netherworld. Preachers should avoid using such adjectives while representing The Almighty on divine premises. No slips.

Of late lots of well-meaning people have been conducting vigils, carrying lit candles, holding hands and moaning and mooning over the awful murders not just in Florida but throughout the country in Baltimore, Chicago, Texas and other states.… Read More

ETYMOLOGISTS AND EXPLETIVES DELETED?

Today’s Language of Politics

By Harry M. Covert

m not quite certain but the use of vain and profane babblings has sure become prevalent on every venue these days. This has been brought on by the political vernacular in use on all levels. Now, no one even flinches.

Seems like the dominant figure on the national scene has made modern use of “hell”, not hades, proper and accepted. I could not get the full count since the other seekers like the h-word too. Okay, it’s for emphasis.

Nowhere are etymologists jumping up and down highlighting “expletives deleted.” As I’ve heard many times, “hellfire and damnation.”

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These modern times of openness and transparency and “speaking from the heart” have gained popularity. … Read More