Author Archive | Bill Federer

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Inaugural speeches: Some are better than others

Inauguration speech of Donald J. Trump The date of presidential inaugurations was moved from March 4th to Jan. 20 with the 20th Amendment, ratified in 1933. The 32nd President Franklin Roosevelt mentioned in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1945: “As I stand here today, having taken the solemn oath of office in the presence of my […]

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What ‘separation of church and state’ really means

He served the longest term in the Supreme Court’s history – 36 years. He taught law at Yale and Columbia University before being nominated to the Supreme Court by Franklin Roosevelt. This was Justice William Orville Douglas, who died Jan. 19, 1980. Justice William O. Douglas wrote the majority decision in the 1952 case of […]

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Daniel Webster’s most profound thought

Daniel Webster One of the five greatest Senators in U.S. history, the state of New Hampshire placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. His career spanned almost four decades, serving as Secretary of State for Presidents William Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore. His name was Daniel Webster, born Jan. 18, 1782. From […]

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A battle so famous, they turned it into a movie

Battle of Cowpens “The bloody butcher” is what colonists called British Colonel Banastre Tarleton. He let his dragoons bayonet and hack hundreds of surrendering Americans at Buford’s Massacre during the Battle of Waxhaw, May 29, 1780. In January of 1781, 26-year-old Colonel Banastre Tarleton led 1,200 of Britain’s best troops, consisting of British dragoons, regulars, […]

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Just what is Religious Freedom Day?

“Each year on January 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day in commemoration of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom,” – wrote President George W. Bush in his 2003 Proclamation. The 114th Congress Resolution issued Jan. 16, 2017: “Whereas American democracy is rooted in the fundamental truth that all are created equal, endowed […]

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Even missionaries despair once in a while

Albert Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer was born Jan. 14, 1875, in a village in Alsace, Germany. The son of a Lutheran-Evangelical pastor, he won acclaim at playing the organ. He earned doctorates in philosophy and theology. Albert Schweitzer was pastor of St. Nicholai’s Church, the principal of St. Thomas College, and a professor at University of […]

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The real reason Georgia was founded

James Oglethorpe making treaty with Indians Early in his career, Eugene of Savoy, under the command of Polish King Jan Sobieski, helped defeat 200,000 Muslim Turks on Sept. 11, 1683, thus saving the city of Vienna, Austria. Savoy helped drive the Turks from Budapest in 1686, and in 1687, gallantly commanded a cavalry brigade defeating […]

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Only 1 good thing came out of French Revolution

French Revolution “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” This famous quote was from British statesman Edmund Burke, who was born Jan. 12, 1729. He was considered the most influential orator in the House of Commons. Edmund Burke stands out in history because as a member of […]

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Beware the ‘cult of reason’

A grandson of Princeton president Jonathan Edwards, he could read at age 4 and entered Yale at 13. He was a chaplain in the Continental Army until his father died. Then, as the eldest of 13 children, he worked the family farm to pay off debts. He served in the very first session of the […]

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