Two hundred and twenty-four years ago, on June 21, 1788, after three days of debate and by a final vote of 57-47, members of the New Hampshire convention voted to ratify the Constitution drafted the previous year in Philadelphia. With that historic vote, the Constitution was officially ratified, having been approved by the nine states — the number required by Article VII for the establishment of the Constitution.
Fifty years ago, on June 15, 1962, the radical left-wing SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) issued their Port Huron Statement opposing capitalism, eschewing American "ethnocentrism," promoting socialism, federal control of education, foreign aid, and surrendering our sovereignty to the United Nations — themes familiar to those who listen to our President today.
A quarter of a century ago President Ronald Reagan demanded that Gorbachev "tear down this wall," and the wall came down, but the legacy of socialist and communist influences is still felt strongly.
“¡Viva Cristo Rey!” (“Long Live Christ the King.”) That was the rallying cry for millions of Mexicans during the second and third decades of the 20th century, as revolutionary governments, modeled after the Bolshevik regime in Russia, unleashed round after round of persecution and terror throughout Mexico.
“Duty, Honor, Country,” Douglas MacArthur solemnly intoned in 1962 to the cadets at West Point , invoking the three words that summed up the cadets’ calling. On that occasion, MacArthur shared his understanding of the West Point motto in language so moving and eloquent that, according to at least one observer, "there wasn't a dry eye in the place" and you could "visualize exactly what he was talking about" — and almost hear and feel it.
What did "Duty, Honor, Country" mean to MacArthur during his long military career? What should those three hallowed words mean to us today?
On May 15, 1862, Lincoln created the Department of Agriculture, or what he called the "People's Department." Similar special interest federal agencies have followed in its wake.
Fifty years ago, on May 12, 1962, Douglas MacArthur bade farewell to the cadets at West Point, an academy that he attended and graduated first in his class. In his final roll call with the cadets, he reminded them about "Duty, Honor, Country" — hallowed words that define what all future military officers should aspire to be and what MacArthur was.