On this 4th of July weekend, with General Petraeus taking command in Afghanistan, what would Thomas Jefferson do? Would he see the massive military and nation building mission in Afghanistan as a wise and necessary course of action?
1776 is a reminder that the embrace of the status quo in the face of revolutionary ideas is nothing new. Nor is bloody legislative compromise or our ongoing frustration over a Congress mired in petty squabbling.
Why would John Adams defend British soldiers who killed American men in the Boston Massacre? It's a question that has taken on new poignancy with the recent controversy over the attacks by Elizabeth Cheney on the attorneys who defended some of the Guantanamo detainees.
Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.
Justice Scalia takes umbrage at the suggestion that an eight-foot-high Christian cross, erected as a memorial to soldiers killed in military service, violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.
I've got nothing against sports films that exult in good sportsmanship and the triumph of the underdog. But I'm more inclined towards films like The Damned United that scrape past the noble veneer of sports.
Though the beauty of fireworks against the night sky is incomparable, maybe we ought to be satisfied with good friends, good food, and an annual renewal of resolve to do some form of volunteer work to "make the world a better place."
President Obama has made it clear that America is no longer in the business of selling out the legacy of our Founders and the mandates of the Constitution for the sake of a little bit of extra security.
Do not be surprised if Obama thanks Bush for his service to the nation at the start of his inaugural address. But if one looks at history, one finds that this courtesy is more the exception than the rule.