My Grandmother Dorothy Louise Humston passed this week.
I was honored to make brief remarks at her funeral.
I also chose to read the following extraordinary condolence letter that was written by Thomas Jefferson to John Adams upon Jefferson's hearing of the death of Adams' wife, Abigail. The letter could have been written to my grandfather, Asa, upon the loss of his beloved friend, wife, and partner of 74+ years:
Sometimes you can't help yourself.
Also, every American should consider this required listening/watching:
More than ever, it's critical that we not only celebrate July 4th, but also pay homage to what the day actually means for our shared history, freedoms and Republic.
I'm confident that Mr. Jefferson would likely deflect any notice of his birth to a discussion of such passage of time as a measure of the progress of the nation founded and secured under his watch.
Undoubtedly, he would be shocked at our growth and strength. He would not be surprised by the divisions and animus in our policy and politics. But most importantly, as an eternal believer in the potential of man, he would still believe that Americans could collectively overcome all, and that there was so much more yet to come.
Happy Birthday Th:Jefferson and thank you.
I'm likely leaning into cliche or being trite, but this sentiment keeps rolling through my head as our divisions deepen.
Context from TJ as we discuss our national and state budget priorities.
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So much more to come.
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As the oath is read, cannons fire, and speeches made, again looking to history for a renewed sense of purpose and determination.
See you on the other side of the war.
Yet more from my research.
Sums up my thinking so well.
Continuing my research on progressives new look at states rights doctrine.
One need only look to the opening paragraphs of Madison's Virginia Resolutions (1798).
Note: been working from original sources I recently purchased...a true pleasure.
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Given some of the truly deplorable legislation slipped into existing bills during this "Lame Duck" session of the Ohio Legislature, a lot of folks have asked me about the Governor's Veto Power / Veto Process.
Here is a brief primer based off my past as "Captain Veto" in the Strickland Administration:
You can also access the .pdf on the Client Portal page of my law fim site, www.ruppert.company.
Working on an essay about Jefferson and Madison's response to the Crisis of 1798, when acts were proposed and passed by a federal government infiltrated by those who did not fully consider the importance of "genuine liberty."
So I'll issue fair warning - expect all sorts of future smug preachiness from me and my Founders. ;)
All part of my #EverVigilant challenge to myself.
At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a lady asked Benjamin Franklin “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
Below is Franklin's reply.
Again, a reminder to be #EverVigilant.
In these times of uncertainty, I just can't seem to stop reading and looking to the Founders (and making these images for posts) as a reminder of fundamental principles.
And after his recent attack on ournalists, I can only hope our President-Elect would take time to do something of the same.