Thomas Jefferson

Perhaps one reason why it is easy to fall out of the habit of personal journaling is that we ascribe more emotional energy to it than it requires. If we assume every entry needs to be an eloquent and thorough reflection on the day’s events,

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Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishment or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy author of our

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The following was interview was originally part of a Smart Girl Politics series in early 2013 and didn’t end up getting published. But some of the topics covered are still relevant today! Bethany Bowra will now be writing a daily column for Smart Girl Politics. Follow

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Thomas Jefferson drew the line of injury at breaking his leg or picking his pocket, but today this is offensive: “I ask you to consider both sides, read the bill, talk to your friends, talk to your family, do some research and come up with

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But the catch lies in another hypothetical that revealed to me how clever Miss Scanlan really is.  I pondered for a moment – if Thomas Paine or Thomas Jefferson were running against Barack Obama, which candidate would I vote for?  Obama professes to be a

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Some readers of Sincerely Amanda might remember the satirical literary lashing I gave to third-party candidates, their supporters and any who refused to vote in the 2008 Presidential Election.  Well, I called it like I saw it regarding any who turned their noses up at

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It’s a commonplace scenario that was repeated recently: Christian invites unbeliever to salvation.  Unbelieving onlookers wag their heads and proceed to enact the contemporary equivalent of stoning or the lion’s den, whichever stamps the notion out quickest. “Wow, Hume’s attempt to inject religion into a

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I wonder what Thomas Jefferson would think about college students having to read his rough-draft of the Declaration of Independence.  First drafts are rather embarrassing, you know.  Since I am tired of “Fact Checking Muslim Demographics” being my front-page post and yet have not had

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