1960sThe lives of most Americans in 1960 were markedly different from a decade earlier in at least one significant respect. A great many more of us were watching television.

madison - nullificationThe “Principles of 98,” as they came to be known, are rarely discussed in modern history lectures even though these are integral to understanding how our federal Constitution was intended to function. These are the principles of state interposition or nullification that assert that if the federal government fails to check itself through one of its three branches, then it would be up to the states to rein in the feds.

Most people identify February 14 with Valentine's Day, a holiday confined mostly to the red end of the spectrum and filled with chocolate, flowers, and sticky, sweet heart candies bearing inane messages like "Be Mine" and "URA QT." Few realize it is a date of special significance to our nation's constitutional foundation.

CHristianityThe year is 732 A.D., and Europe is under assault. Islam, born a mere 110 years earlier, is already in its adolescence, and the Muslim Moors are on the march.

MLKNAACP chairman Julian Bond said last week that the Dr. Martin Luther King we celebrate is an “anesthetized” version of the man who really existed.