Carnegie and Protecting Wealth

Andrew Carnegie rationalized his notoriously low wages… in a speech dedicating one of his 2,800 libraries in Pittsburgh in 1895;

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“The plan suggested does not commend itself as justifiable or wise, because there are higher uses for surplus wealth than adding petty sums to the earnings of the masses. Trifling sums given to each every week or month – and the sums would be trifling indeed – would be frittered away, nine times out of ten, in things which pertain to the body and not to the spirit; upon richer food and drink, better clothing, more extravagant living, which are beneficial neither to rich nor poor.”

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Never trust a man who owns a castle 

Carnegie’s view of working class struggles… is as cruel as it is ignorant.  His description better fits what the upper class did with surplus wealth– there is nothing wrong with a family man wanting better clothes for his children, or a sturdier roof over his head.  Carnegie’s philanthropy must be observed with a critical eye.

Carry a Big Stick

Theodore Roosevelt spelled out a clear foreign policy… built on strength, defending interests, and standing with allies.  People rarely look past Roosevelt’s quoting  an old African proverb to describe his foreign policy approach.  However, TR not only carried a big stick, but altered American foreign policy forever.  Later Presidents would use the example set in 1904 to help maintain America’s place in the world.  Roosevelt explained it best:

“All that this country desires is to see the neighboring countries stable, orderly, and prosperous. Any country whose people conduct themselves well can
count upon our hearty friendship. If a nation shows that it knows how to act with reasonable efficiency and decency in social and political matters, if it
keeps order and pays its obligations, it need fear no interference from the United States. Chronic wrongdoing, or an impotence which results in a general
loosening of the ties of civilized society, may in America, as elsewhere,  ultimately require intervention by some civilized nation….”

Caution with Constitutional Amendment

Routine teaching about the US Constitution… instructs students that its genius is found in the fact that it can be changed.  This dogma can be traced to the influence of Charles Beard’s contention that it was purely an economic document, and well timed amendments rescued our republic from new world feudalism.  Such orthodoxy perfectly defines the problems with historical revisionism.  The need to redefine historical figures and events too often interferes with substantive analysis.

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The US Constitution has been amended 27 times… in 232 years.  Considering the first ten came as a package, followed by numbers 13-15 which eliminated slavery and its ramifications- 18&21 deal with the failed experiment of prohibition- 19,24. 26 are further extensions of civil liberties; our Constitution has been structurally altered eight times.  Far from an easily alterable document open to countless revisions, our Constitution has proven to be remarkably resilient through the course of history.  Appropriate additions were made to account for expanding civil liberties, but the amending process has prevented unnecessary changes from trifling interests.

 

Once an opponent of ratification… Thomas Jefferson saw the importance of the stability laid down by the Framers:

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“On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”

National WWII Museum (Louisiana)

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World War II is etched in our history books as “the greatest generation” – those who left their family and country to fight for freedom during humanity’s darkest hours. The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana is a stunning tribute to make sure we never forget the sacrifices these men and women made so we can be free today.


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America entered the ongoing war against the Axis powers after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. For the next four years, American men and women trained, fought, and worked towards ultimate victory. From women taking to the factories on the home front to the men who became elite soldiers, World War II is the most pivotal event of the 20th century.There are many museums, memorials, and commemorations to WWII across the nation, and this museum, founded in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum, is a…

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Father Thomas Michael Conway: Last US Chaplain to Die in World War II

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Father Thomas Michael Conway

  (Much of the information contained in this post was taken from a post on Father Conway written by Bill Millhome.  Go here to read his post.)

In 2015 the Navy rejected efforts to have Father Thomas Michael Conway awarded the Navy Cross.  I would be angrier at this injustice if I was not certain that the Chaplain had not been awarded the ultimate blessing of sainthood and the Beatific Vision immediately after his heroic death in shark infested waters at the tail end of World War II.

Born on April 5, 1908 in Waterbury, Connecticut, he was the oldest of three children of his Irish immigrant parents.  Ordained a priest in 1934 he served as a priest in various parishes in Buffalo, New York.  His main leisure activities was sailing a boat on Lake Erie.  On September 17, 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and was commissioned as a chaplain.

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Truman’s Decision

Historical revisionists cannot win all the debates… but they believed the issue of Hiroshima/Nagasaki was open and shut.  Impressionable undergraduates inundated with nonsense about Japanese intent to surrender and Truman’s secret agenda to begin the Cold War.  Minor Japanese diplomats approaching anonymous Soviet delegates with talk of negotiating conditional surrender to the US hardly constitute serious overtures to peace.  Truman issued the Potsdam declaration, the defeated Empire of Japan had to surrender unconditionally.  This was the policy of Roosevelt, which Truman was merely executing.  The Japanese ignored him….. So Truman unleashed the Atomic Bomb.

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“It was to spare the Japanese people from utter destruction that the ultimatum of July 26 was issued at Potsdam.  Their leaders promptly rejected that ultimatum. If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of  ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.”  August 6, 1945

 

There was no haphazard decision-making… from Truman or his staff.  Deliberate and sober statistical analysis led to the decision to use the atomic bomb.  The only argument Liberal historians can make is that the United States should have accepted conditional surrender from an enemy that initiated the conflict.  This course would have remanded the wishes of Liberal icon Franklin Roosevelt.  Per their usual, revisionists must have crucial debate points both ways.

The Three Forgotten FIRST LADIES

The incomparable Dolley Madison Following Dolley Madison, there was a big gap in the role of the First Lady Elizabeth Monroe was a reclusive woman by nature, and her grown daughter was a snobbish substitute. Louisa Adams was in chronic poor health; her husband was unpopular. Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren were both widowers. […]

The Three Forgotten FIRST LADIES

Second Winchester Battlefield in Frederick County, Virginia

In the first major infantry battle of the Gettysburg Campaign, Confederate forces dealt a crushing blow to Union designs in the Shenandoah. Today you can visit the remains of a fort where they fought. The battles of Second Winchester and Stephenson’s Depot were fought from June 13 to 15, 1863 between Union forces commanded by […]

Second Winchester Battlefield in Frederick County, Virginia

Echoes Through History

Jefferson declined an invitation to speak about the Declaration of Independence on its 50th anniversary. His health was failing him in the summer of 1826.

“The only birthday I ever commemorate is that of our Independence, the Fourth of July.”

Modern writers are so quick to label Jefferson a hypocrite – and at best a contradiction. All of these “scholars” dismisses the Declaration as imperfect – implying it was either short cited or selfish. The implication is he had written a document which applied to so few, therefore we must see it as flawed.

We must to look to his words- written just 10 days before his death- for his true feelings on the document.

“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government.”

Jefferson’s words continue to echo through history despite the best efforts of his current detractors.

Is it the Fourth?

Can we endure without the man who gave us our creed?

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Americans, largely through the efforts of a lewd media, used the Fourth of July 2019… to denigrate and trivialize Thomas Jefferson’s memory. Salacious accusations disguised as legitimate archaeology and scholarship dragged the author of our Declaration of Independence down into tabloid scandal-mongering. We have fallen to the point where Jefferson’s name cannot be mentioned without alleged slave mistresses. We forget what he gave us- focusing instead on trifling conjecture. We have forgotten what the Fourth of July truly means….

“I thank heaven that the 4th. of July is over. It is always a day of great fatigue to me”

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Jefferson said… “And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. In short, the flames kindled on the 4th. of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism. On the contrary they will consume those engines, and all who work them.”

Remember what Jefferson gave us…….. never forget what he gave mankind.