Category: History

The Junior Patriot: The Battle for San Juan Heights

After successfully defeating the Spanish fleet in Manila, the U.S. turned its attention to Cuba.  With around 200,000 troops in Cuba, Spain was definitely a major, if not dominant, force in Cuba.  To counter this force, the President sent the Fifth Corps and a superior navel force to capture and blockade Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba.

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Our Rich Heritage – Part One

Winston Churchill stated, “A nation that forgets its past has no future.”  With that in mind, I’d want to review three important documents that played a part in the march of liberty through the years and consequently, had a major impact on the founding of our nation.

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Anglican Patriotism In The Founding of America

Throughout this “series” of figures within major denominations who fought for colonial freedom, we’ve seen the evidence of deep patriotism through many a person’s actions.  Whether they were Baptist, Quaker, or Presbyterian, all of the colonists examined sacrificed some, if not all, ties or possessions for the cause of independence. But perhaps those patriots of the Anglican Church gave up the most.

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Cutthroat Politics: Machiavelli, A Lust for Power and The Reality of Man

The theories proposed by Niccolo Machiavelli in his work The Prince has given rise to fervent controversy within the philosophical community over the matter of whether Machiavelli was indeed malicious in his strategy to assist rulers in maintaining their iron-fist rule over their respective cities of jurisdiction. This is a flagrant misconception of the true nature of Machiavelli’s work. From the outset, he identifies humanity as being primarily driven under the auspices of self-interest and evil. There is nothing inherently good about humanity according to Machiavellian thought. Under the auspices of realist thought, the only “good” and that could potentially transcend the innate characteristics of self-interest and foolishness that drive societal chaos is political stability via the strength of the ruler and his ability to maintain that stability by learning to adapt to the numerous circumstances that could potentially weaken them.

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