On Our Nation’s Birthday

independence-day-parade.jpgThis holiday is one of my favorites, with many fond childhood memories. A time to spend with family and friends, as summer is now in full swing. But before the parties, the backyard barbecues and the fireworks, I have a question. When is the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? It won’t take long. It’s only 1428 words. But maybe it is time to reconnect with just how profound a document it really is. Maybe you should start your backyard celebration this year with your children reading it aloud. Continue reading “On Our Nation’s Birthday”

On Our Nation’s Birthday

Is This a Solution to a Federal Problem?

I like many Americans voted for Trump for pragmatic reasons. I supported Ted Cruz through the primaries, because I believed he was the best chance to curb the growth of the federal government. The exploding federal debt is one manifestation of this growth in the central government, who have become addicted to spending beyond our capacity to pay for it. It will lead to economic ruin, if we do not address the systemic issues driving it. No amount of “taxing the rich” will ever solve this problem. Continue reading “Is This a Solution to a Federal Problem?”

Is This a Solution to a Federal Problem?

We Are All Romans

romanWhen I travel outside the U.S., I am motivated to read a book related to that country. To try and immerse myself into the culture. To get into the mood. A recent trip to Italy led me to a recently published history of Rome called SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. This excellent book covers the period from the founding of Rome around 800 BC to about 200 AD. That alone is amazing: a 1000 years of history. The Roman Empire finally dissolved in the 1400’s when it fell to the Ottoman Empire. America? We have been around for less than about 300 years. Adolescents compared to the Roman Empire. Continue reading “We Are All Romans”

We Are All Romans