Alexander Hamilton and Laws

I saw an interesting quote about Law today, and thought I’d pass it along. It’s from a man named Coleman Cox. I don’t know anything about him, but I love his thought:

“If we could make a great bonfire of the thousands of laws we have in this country, and start all over again with only the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments, I am sure we would get along much better.”

It reminded me of a cartoon I once saw where a man was in a law library and was looking at the shelves full of law books. The caption read: “And to think in all started with 10 Commandments!” read more

Founding Fathers—Gifted Persons

History is full of stories of people who were talented and even gifted. Even then they were overlooked by many of their peers until someone believed in them.

A good example is Alexander Hamilton. He was born in Nevis, the West Indies, to an unmarried mother. Somehow he found his way to America. He was introduced to George Washington who made him a part of his Revolutionary Army. He served so faithfully that Washington eventually named him to be his Secretary. He was valiant in the War and later served as George Washington’s Secretary of the Treasury. read more

John Adams and the Revolution

It doesn’t get much notice these days, but John Adams actually had quite a bit to do with our country becoming independent. One very interesting letter was written by Adams in support of William Hooper’s (William Hooper, who’s he?) preparation of a new written constitution for the State of North Carolina. This letter was later published by a Philadelphia printer. Here’s one sample paragraph:

“It has been the will of Heaven, that we should be thrown into existence at a period when the greatest philosophers and lawgivers of antiquity would have wished to live . . . . A period when a coincidence of circumstances without example has afforded to thirteen colonies at once an opportunity of beginning government anew from the foundation and building as they choose. How few of the human race have ever had an opportunity of choosing a system of government for themselves and their children? How few have ever had anything more of choice in government than in climate?” (“John Adams”, by David McCullough, page 102). read more

Thomas Jefferson and the Crime Commission

After reviewing some things I have in common with John Adams, I had to remember why I started studying the Founding Fathers anyway. As a young lawyer I was appointed by the mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, to be a member of his “Citizens Crime Commission,” a group of volunteers who met monthly and discussed methods the Mayor could use to alleviate crime in the City.

In those days, every major city in America had such a commission. There was a National Citizens Crime Commission. It was 1976, the Bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence. The National Commission was holding its national convention in Philadelphia that year. I was elected to represent the Arizona Crime Commission at the national convention. What an honor. read more

George Washington and Thomas Paine

George Washington, of course, was elected unanimously to be the new General to lead the now United Colonial Army to fight the British in what was becoming the Revolutionary War.

He had some interesting help along the way. Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, General von Steuben, Nathan Hale, and even Thomas Paine. Paine was there when Washington crossed the Delaware for that famous battle of Trenton (and Princeton).

By night Paine sat by the campfire and used a drum head for a desk to write his 8 page pamphlet “The American Crisis.” Thomas Paine then walked 35 miles to Philadelphia where the editor of the Pennsylvania Journal, a newspaper, read his thesis written from his notes. The editor found it all worthy of printing. He published it immediately, printing 18,000 copies. read more

Character as Displayed by Our Founding Fathers

Landsdowne paintingAfter writing my blog post about our Vice President Elect, and how he was treated by the cast of Alexander in New York, I was sent an email from a friend that originated from Maureen Dowd. She wrote about extensive background on Mike Pence, our VP elect. It was really well written and eye opening. Until that sad evening, I had wanted to go see the Broadway play. No longer!

I hope you would take the time to find it and read it yourself. Whether you like Mike Pence or not, it makes for good background information. You should be able to find it at topicsnytimes.com. read more

George Washington’s Loyalty

George was always loyal to his friends.

I meant what I said,
And I said what I meant.
I’m sticking by you
One hundred percent!
–Dr. Suess

washington crossing the delawareThat’s just the way General George Washington was with his men. Alexander Hamilton served with Washington in the attack on Trenton and again Princeton. And then Hamilton continued to serve as Washington’s secretary during the war. Then he served as President Washington’s Secretary of the Treasury.

Continental General Henry Knox had been a bookseller before the Revolutionary War. General Washington sent him on an impossible mission to return over treacherous terrain with the cannon captured or used at the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga. It was the dead of winter and an impossible task. Knox returned with the cannon just in time for the victory at Dorchester Heights. Just as Washington had expected him to do! read more

Our Founding Fathers Were Not Bashful

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen things were getting rough in the Colonies, there were a few men who stood up for things they believed in. It started with Patrick Henry in his speech as he was first elected to the house of Burgesses. Thomas Jefferson, his friend, listened in at the door of the Capitol in Williamsburg, as Henry made his speech, from notes written in the flyleaf of Jefferson’s loaned book!

Tom said that a spark for independence was lighted at that event that moved Jefferson to know the Colonies were on the road to independence. read more

Alexander Hamilton and Treasury

hith-alexander-hamilton-EAlexander Hamilton was a favorite of General George Washington. Few remember that Hamilton was with Washington as he crossed the Delaware and captured the Hessian fighting force at Trenton in December, 1776. Hamilton actually lit the touchholes with the flames that fired the canon at the Hessian barracks that night. James Monroe, the future President, was in charge of the charge. You remember, they won that battle and much later went on the win the Revolutionary war.
Hamilton was appointed the secretary for General Washington, and later, the Secretary of the Treasury under President Washington. He was also the man behind the agreement that the U.S. would pay the debts of all the States due to the War. And he was the mastermind behind the Treasury Department of the United States. read more

The Founding Fathers and the Electoral College

Wow! I am so amazed at the ignorance and illiteracy of some of our American citizens. Especially those who claim to be college students. They are really showing their unenlightened status by their silly and stupid protests in certain cities tonight.

We have the world’s most successful methodology of choosing President leaders every four years without battles, armed aggression, and uprisings. But some want to have uprisings anyways. How stupid can you get?

constitutionThe U.S. Constitution is an amazing document. It is an agreement between the States, yes, the States. Not the individuals. The Founding Fathers came up with a wise method for such transitions of power. They had to please the large States as well as the small States in their method. That’s one reason we are not a true democracy. We are a Republic—if you can keep it, as Benjamin Franklin declared. read more