Interesting Times or Not

“There is a Chinese curse which says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty, but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind.”- Robert Kennedy 1966 In 1966, a man running for Senate from a state…

This Day in History October 1

“The Mountains are calling and I must go”- John Muir On October 1st 1890 the United States Congress established Yosemite as a National Park. Located in northern-California, the park has been under national protection since Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant in 1864. According to the park service, the earliest evidence of humans in the…

The Caning of Charles Sumner

On May 22nd, 1856 Charles Sumner sat at his desk in the near empty Senate Chamber of the Capitol Building, doing nothing but applying stamps to a few envelopes. (Hoffer, William James Hull The Caning of Charles Sumner, Baltimore, MD. John Hopkins University Press, 2010, p. 7). He was planning on mailing out copies of his recent…

Congressional History

“We are so accustomed to seeing our (Country’s) history measured by the Presidency that we forget the the extent to which the real story of our country takes place right there (the Congress)” David Mccullough While it may be hard to recognize, the Congress occupies the true central stage of the drama of American government.…