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September 21, 2022, Letters from an American

Summary: More on the Ukraine war, Russia calling up soldiers, Putin’s referendum, and a threat of nuclear consequences if the referendum is interfered with by something, someone, and his imagination. President Biden answers Putin’s threats. New York AG Letitia James filed a $250 million civil lawsuit against Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, and the family. […]

On September 17, 1787, they did

“September 17, 2022,” Letters from an American, Heather Cox Richardson, (substack.com) In 1761, 55-year-old Benjamin Franklin attended the coronation of King George III and later wrote that he expected the young monarch’s reign would “be happy and truly glorious.” Then, in 1776, he helped to draft and then signed the Declaration of Independence. An 81-year-old […]

MAGA Republicans threatening “our personal rights and economic security”

“August 27, 2022,” Heather Cox Richardson, (substack.com) In a speech Thursday night, President Joe Biden called out today’s MAGA Republicans for threatening “our personal rights and economic security…. They’re a threat to our very democracy.” When he referred to them as “semi-fascists,” he drew headlines, some of them disapproving. A spokesperson for the Republican National […]

$1.6 billion to Right-Wing Org. – Marble Freedom Trust

Ninety year-old electronics company executive Barre Seid donates his funds to a new right-wing organization. Marble Freedom Trust, is controlled by Leonard A. Leo, the co-chair of the Federalist Society, who has been instrumental in the right-wing takeover of the Supreme Court. Leo has also been prominent in challenges to abortion rights, voting rights, climate […]

Inflation Reduction Act Passes, search warrant unsealed

In the second part of this “Letters from an American,” Prof. Heather talks about the violence being exhibited by trump-supporters. One man was killed after attacking the Cincinatti FBI office. That is a death wish in itself. Those people do not miss. As many conservatives speak out against the raid, not to mention past opponents […]

Signing Social Security this Day in 1935 into Law

One woman’s efforts which made a difference in bringing Social Security into a reality. This was up tonight at Prof. Heather’s “Letters from an American.” August 14th, then President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. “August 14, 2022 – Letters from an American,” Heather Cox Richardson (substack.com) Since it seems clear we will […]

Sgt First Class Heath Robinson – Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics

In Vietnam, it was Agent Orange, PTSD, TBI, Malaria, etc. we were exposed to and many of us still suffer from the results. It took me about a year before I could sleep soundly next to my wife. You were just on edge. We did not get the recognition for issues beyond mine until much […]

New tax law to help fund the United States government during the Civil War

I subscribe to Prof. Heather Cox’s site. I pick the posts I believe might be interesting to AB readers. This one fits the spirit of the day. August 5, 2022, Letters from an American, Heather Cox Richardson On this day in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a new tax law to help fund […]

Letters from an American, August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022, Letters from an American, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson Today, voters in Kansas overwhelmingly rejected an amendment to their state constitution that would have stripped it of protections for abortion rights. With 86% of the vote in, 62% of voters supported abortion protections; 37% wanted them gone. That spread is astonishing. Kansas voters […]

Flawed Interpretation of abortion criminalization by anti-abortion advocates for thirty years

July 6, 2022, Letters from an American, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson As taken from Letters from an American. A brief introduction as to how SCOTUS arrived at their opinion on Abortion. Accomplished by ignoring a long legal tradition extending from common law to the mid-1800s and even longer in some states. This tradition includes Mississippi […]