Becoming Equal Under the Law – Equal?

“All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” I think that’s one of the most important sentences in the English language. And then the next sentence of the Declaration says, “To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Jefferson…

Can Texas Secede from the Union?

Can Texas Secede from the Union? America’s second most populated and second largest state is always first to remind you that it was once an independent nation: The Republic of Texas. Unlike California’s three-week, almost accidental flirt with independence (and a hideous flag) the Republic of Texas was a real country with its own presidents,…

The Constitution of Judea (103-6 BCE)

Between 167 and 103 BCE, Judea transformed from a persecuted backwater on the edge of the Seleucid Empire to a fully independent expansionist Kingdom, the first Jewish Kingdom since the destruction of the First Temple nearly five centuries earlier. As a result, a general understanding of Judean administration is key to understanding the era that…

West Virginia Shouldn’t Exist

There’s no stranger political division in the United States than between Virginia and West Virginia, and through most reasonable interpretations, it should not exist. The eastern part of Virginia played a very important role in the American colonies, and later in America. Four of the first five US Presidents were Virginians. Just before the Civil…