Peaceful Transition of Power

One of the great accomplishments of the United States is that for the last 230 years we have had a peaceful transition of power from one president to the next.  The transition from Washington to Adams was actually jovial, sort of a celebration, of the great contribution George Washington had made to our country.  Four …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. November 5, 1733 – The New York Weekly Journal became the first newspaper regularly published in North America.  One year later, John Peter Zenger, its printer and publisher was …

Your “Right” to Vote is Extraconstitutional

When the original US Constitution was first ratified in 1788, it made no mention of the right of the PEOPLE to vote. This was not an omission.  That right was INTENTIONALLY left it out. Blame this on a tradition of English Common Law or a class-based society or whatever reason you like but, the founders …

Of Government in Petticoats!!!

The provision on suffrage in the New Jersey state constitution of 1776 granted the right to vote to “all inhabitants” who were of legal age, owned property worth 50 English pounds, and resided in a county for at least one year. No one is sure what was meant by “all inhabitants” since the New Jersey constitutional convention …

The Electoral College is Not an Evil Institution!

There is a lot of discussion today about the Electoral College and the seemingly inefficient nature of our county’s approach to electing its president.  After all, the compromises that led to creation of this body are responsible for four of our nation’s worst presidents being put in office without winning the popular vote.  Donald J. …