Archive for the ‘History’ Category


Defending Religious Freedom in the Middle East

Mar23

By John Feehery

Tigris River and bridge in Mosul

“Tigris river Mosul” by Sgt. Michael Bracken – http://www.defendamerica.mil/images/photos/june2003/essays/pi062303a1.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

It turns out, Saddam Hussein was actually pretty good for the Christians in Iraq.

That’s just one of the ironies of our efforts to dislodge him a decade ago.

Watching 60 Minutes last night and seeing the plight of Christians near Mosul is heartbreaking.

ISIS has little regard for Christianity and in their 13th century mindset, destroying history, especially Christian history, is part of their theology. (more…)

Restore The Congress to Counter the President

Mar10

By John Feehery

US Capitol west side.JPG

“US Capitol west side” by Martin Falbisoner – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

In 1989, the first year I arrived in Washington as a staffer to House Minority Leader Bob Michel, the Heritage Foundation released a tome called The Imperial Congress.

In the minds of the authors, Gordon Jones and John Marini, the legislative branch had assumed the dominant power in the federal government. For close to 40 years, Democrats had run the House of Representatives, and towering figures, like Dan Rostenkowski at Ways and Means, John Dingell at Energy and Commerce and Jamie Whitten at the Appropriations Committee, ran the government as their own personal fiefdoms. (more…)

Don’t Know Much About History

Feb18

By John Feehery

Flag of Oklahoma

“Flag of Oklahoma”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

State legislators in Oklahoma voted to stop state funding for AP history courses offered by the College Board and taught in many high schools across the country, because, according to the sponsor of the legislation, it doesn’t teach about American exceptionalism.

I guess we need more  “America is awesome” chants, and less critical thinking about our nation’s history.

I have a Master’s Degree is History, although I didn’t take any AP classes in my high school.  That all seemed like too much work when I was in my Junior and Senior years at Homewood-Flossmoor, and my teachers who taught non-advanced placement courses seemed to do a very fine job of it. (more…)

AUMF

Feb12

By John Feehery

United States Capitol west front edit2.jpg

“United States Capitol west front edit2″ by United_States_Capitol_-_west_front.jpg: Architect of the Capitol
derivative work: O.J. – United_States_Capitol_-_west_front.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Congress used to declare war.

Now it authorizes the use of military force.

We used to go to war against countries.   Now, we use military force against imaginary caliphates. (more…)

Vaccinate Please!

Feb4

By John Feehery

Jenner phipps 01.jpg

“Jenner phipps 01″ by Ernest Board – [2] images.wellcome.ac.uk. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

James Phipps probably doesn’t ring much of bell for any of you.

Neither does Edward Jenner.

Phipps was the poor English boy who became the subject of an experiment that helped to change the world.

Small pox was probably the biggest murderer in the history of mankind (other than old age). (more…)

 

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