Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: A New Nationality

    “We’ve spawned a new race here Mr. Dickenson, rougher, simpler, more violent, more enterprising, less refined. We’re a new nationality. We require a new nation.” Benjamin Franklin, 1776         He started off in a low

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Civilization VI Optimism

    As faithful readers of this blog know, I like to play historically based computer strategy games.  One of my favorite series has been the Civilization games by Sid Meier.  The first one reached my house on Christmas Eve

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God of Our Fathers

Something for the weekend.  God of Our Fathers.  Written in 1876 to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it reminds each American how fortunate we are to live in this land.   God of our fathers, whose almighty

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American History and Political Correctness

“the difference between the old and the new education being) in a word, the old was a kind of propagation – men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda.” CS Lewis, The Abolition of Man My son and

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Daniel Webster

Yes, Dan’l Webster’s dead–or, at least, they buried him. But every time there’s a thunder storm around Marshfield, they say you can hear his rolling voice in the hollows of the sky. And they say that if you go to

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Justice Hathorne

He pointed his finger once more, and a tall man, soberly clad in Puritan garb, with the burning gaze of the fanatic, stalked into the room and took his judge’s place. “Justice Hathorne is a jurist of experience,” said the

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Blackbeard

There was Teach, the bloody pirate, with his black beard curling on his breast. Stephen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil and Daniel Webster, Benet has Satan conjure up the damned souls of

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Governor Dale

and cruel Governor Dale, who broke men on the wheel Stephen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil and Daniel Webster, Benet has Satan conjure up the damned souls of 12 villains from American

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King Philip

King Philip was there, wild and proud as he had been in life, with the great gash in his head that gave him his death wound. Stephen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil

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Morton of Merry Mount

There was Morton of Merry Mount, who so vexed the Plymouth Colony, with his flushed, loose, handsome face and his hate of the godly. Stpehen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil and Daniel

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Walter Butler

For there was Walter Butler, the loyalist, who spread fire and horror through the Mohawk Valley in the times of the Revolution. Stpehen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil and Daniel Webster, Benet

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The Reverend John Smeet

The Reverend John Smeet, with his strangler’s hands and his Geneva gown, walked as daintily as he had to the gallows. The red print of the rope was still around his neck, but he carried a perfumed handkerchief in one

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Girty the Renegade

And there was Simon Girty, the renegade, who saw white men burned at the stake and whooped with the Indians to see them burn. His eyes were green, like a catamount’s, and the stains on his hunting shirt did not

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Fortnight For Freedom Day 1: Freedom is Not Just a Big Word

  Beginning for two weeks, up to Independence Day, the Bishops are having a Fortnight For Freedom: On April 12, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S.  Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, “Our First, 

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United States v. Satan

A scene from the classic movie, The Devil and Daniel Webster, based upon the short story by Stephen Vincent Benet, in which Daniel Webster bests Satan in a jury trial to save the soul of New Hampshireman Jabez Stone.  Prior to

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