On the Tea Party and Their Place in History

Just when I think politics can’t get any stranger, a Congressional candidate in Alabama seems to be advocating armed rebellion. What bothers me is the bewildering lack of historical understanding on display here. Railing against a progressive income tax? Thomas Paine was in favor; read The Rights of Man where he devotes an entire chapter.Continue reading “On the Tea Party and Their Place in History”

On the Founding Fathers

Sunday’s Washington Post ran an interesting editorial by historian Joseph Ellis, author of numerous books on the Founding Fathers, with the headline, “What Would George Do?” The question Ellis asks — how would the Founding Fathers, like Washington and Jefferson, react to the problems facing the nation today, like Iraq, the media, and so forth?Continue reading “On the Founding Fathers”