Why self-government is necessary for stability

by Bill Federer -- Napoleon made an alliance with the Muslim Ottoman Empire in 1806 and Persia in 1807. In 1807, Napoleon invaded Spain. When Spaniards revolted in Madrid, Napoleon brought in more…

What if Benedict Arnold's plan had succeeded?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4670299" align="alignright" width="300"] James McHenry[/caption] The "Star-Spangled Banner" was written while the British bombed Fort McHenry, named after Secretary of War James McHenry. Dr. James McHenry served more…

We punish crime, but what can we do to prevent it?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1965945" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Niccolò Machiavelli[/caption] The director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, died May 2, 1972. For 48 years, under eight presidents, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw more…

When 1 small voice makes a difference

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1952865" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Gladiators in Rome[/caption] There were ten major persecutions of Christians in the first three centuries: Nero A.D. 54-68 Domition A.D. 81- 96 Trajan A.D. more…

How 1 short little man nearly ruled the world

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4604388" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Napoleon, defeated[/caption] Spain claimed most of the Americas from its native inhabitants by virtue of first discovery. Conquistadors who explored North America include: Ponce more…

James Monroe: Giving credit where credit is due

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4350831" align="aligncenter" width="600"] James Monroe explaining Monroe Doctrine[/caption] James Monroe was born April 28, 1758. Scottish Rev. William Douglas, an early tutor of Thomas Jefferson, taught in more…

Ulysses S. Grant: A surprisingly enlightened leader

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3230214" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ulysses S. Grant[/caption] Born April 27, 1822, into a Methodist family in Ohio, he was nominated at age 17 for a position at West more…

Would Jefferson be accused of 'hate crimes' today?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1891575" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Thomas Jefferson[/caption] Ten years before William Shakespeare died, English settlers landed in the Colony of Virginia, named for the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I. Virginia's more…