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The First American Civil War?

Less than a decade before the Civil War there was another, lesser-known conflict between American citizens, or citizens of American-held territories, and the federal government over state’s/territory’s rights. 922 more words

Westward Ho To Oregon Territory

Early in my life, I saw some of the remaining ruts of what used to be the Oregon Trail near Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  I became more curious about one of the major routes that pioneers travelled in their covered wagons.  1,250 more words

History

Books: "The Presidents' War"

When President Martin Van Buren died, 19 of his successors had already been born. At the onset of the Civil War, four of them — John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan — joined Van Buren in that exclusive category, former presidents. 1,451 more words

Unfettered power loses its shine when it must be shared with your opponents for more than a brief time

The rotation of power is common in democracies, and the worst rise to the top, so it is wise to design constitutional safeguards to minimise the damage done when those crazies to the right or left of you get their chance in office, as they will. 420 more words

Public Choice

The Presidents' War

I’ve been spending time with an interesting and highly readable book by Chris DeRose called The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War that Divided Them… 195 more words

Books & Authors

Have a Koch and a smile!

Okay, have two…they’re small. The Koch brothers, when they’re not out buying Representatives, Senators, SCOTUS decisions and Governor wannabees, have financial interest in some things you wouldn’t expect. 315 more words