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Pursuit of Happiness


By John Feehery

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale

“Official Presidential portrait of Thomas Jefferson (by Rembrandt Peale, 1800)” by Rembrandt Peale – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In America, we pursue happiness.

As we declared in our independence from King George and his crony capitalists, the pursuit of happiness was a key part of the deal.

Thomas Jefferson liked to pursue happiness. He liked to drink wine, read books, invent cool things. He also liked to pursue Sally Hemmings. It is unclear if Ms. Hemmings liked to be pursued by Mr. Jefferson.

One man’s pursuit of happiness can sometimes lead to another man’s unhappiness. (more…)

The Confederate Battle Flag Belongs In a Museum


By John Feehery

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“Confederate Rebel Flag” by William Porcher Miles (1822-1899) (Vector graphics image by Crotalus horridus). This vector image was created with Inkscape. – SVG adapted from this image. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s easy for me to say it.

I am from Illinois. I was taught, growing up, that Abe Lincoln was America’s greatest President and that the Civil War was a noble cause to keep the Union together and to rid the nation of the ugly stain of slavery.

So, for me, it’s a no-brainer. The Confederate Battle Flag belongs in a museum, not outside any State Capitol. (more…)

Et Tu, Lew?


By John Feehery

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“US10dollarbill-Series 2004A”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Department of the Treasury building is directly east of the White House. Standing in front of that stately building is a proud statue of Alexander Hamilton, the first and most important of the 76 Secretaries of that most important of government departments.

His shoulders are slightly stooped today. And a knife is protruding out of his back.

Thomas Jefferson must be very, very happy. (more…)

Old Hickory and the GOP


By John Feehery

Andrew jackson head.jpg

“Andrew jackson head” by Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl (1785/88-1838) –, specifically The White House. The Presidents of The Unites States. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Andrew Jackson has long been credited with starting the Democratic Party. He brought the Western frontier to Thomas Jefferson’s anti-federalist (and anti-Wall Street) sect and created the party of the underdog.

In fact, it was at a Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner in Iowa where Barack Obama first became a political rock-star.

Old Hickory has been dead now for exactly 170 years, and over those seventeen decades, things, of course, have changed. (more…)

How the Church Lost Ireland


By John Feehery

Flag of Ireland.svg

“Flag of Ireland” by Drawn by User:SKopp. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

More than three centuries after Christ died, St. Patrick came to Ireland and converted the pagans to Christianity.

The Erin Island is the furthest Western outpost of Europe (not counting Iceland and Greenland) and having the Irish convert to Christianity turned out to be a good thing for Western Civilization.

As many authors have written, in the darkest days of the Dark Ages, amid the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, it was the Irish and their Christian Monks who saved the critical links between Greek and Roman history and the Enlightenment. (more…)


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