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Battle of Trenton (1776)

battle_of_trenton.jpegIt was 3:00 a.m. when the last piece of artillery crossed the Delaware.  General Washington gathered his troops and, in the unrelenting storm, began the nine-mile march to Trenton.  Despite arriving after daylight and three hours behind schedule, the Americans surprised the Hessians.  The battle was brief, lasting only about an hour.   Two Americans died from exposure and only five were wounded in battle.  After the victory, Washington moved his troops back across the Delaware for safety.  The Battle of Trenton encouraged many troops to extend their enlistments and Washington’s army survived to see a new year.

“It was just 8 o’clock. Looking down the road, I saw a Hessian running out from the house. He yelled in Dutch [German] and swung his arms. Three or four others came out with their guns. Two of them fired at us, but the bullets whistled over our heads…  The next moment we heard drums beat and a bugle sound, and then from the west came the boom of a cannon. General Washington’s face lighted up instantly, for he knew that it was one of Sullivan’s guns.

We could see a great commotion down toward the meeting-house, men running 

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Who We Are As a People—The Syrian Refugee Question

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November 17 General Meeting - Avoiding Scams and IdentityTheft

AZ_Atty_General_Office.jpegGuest Speaker Brittanty Jick - Avoiding Scams and IdentityTheft

Venue 8600, 8600 Anderson Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Brittany has a B.A. from Arizona State University in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree  from the University of Phoenix in Administration of Justice and Security and will be attending the California Law Enforcement Academy in Riverside in January.  Currently she is a Community Outreach and Education Specialist with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

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New Trump Democrats

Daniel_Henninger.jpegDaniel Henninger WSJ November 16, 2016

Trump voters have become journalism’s biggest archaeological excavation site

Will the donkey lie down with the elephant?

Two days after the election, Sen. Elizabeth Warren told the AFL-CIO executive council, “I will work with” Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders: “I and other progressives are prepared to work with him.

The Washington Post: “Pelosi says Democrats are willing to work with Trump.”

That was easy. Someone should tweet the news to the Occupy Trump Tower mobs on Fifth Avenue.

Of course this burst of Trumpian bonhomie comes 

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Harlem Gives President Trump a Chance

Jason_Riley.jpgJason Riley, WSJ, Nov 16, 2016

The black community isn’t despondent or angry. ‘If Trump can go in there and shake things up,’ one man says, ‘I’d like that.’

Harlem, N.Y.  This may come as a shock to the political left, but not everyone who opposed Donald Trump is as angry or despondent as the demonstrators who grabbed headlines nationwide over the past week or the pundits who intellectualized the Democratic hissy fit.

On Monday I took a stroll around New York City’s Harlem neighborhood and asked a couple of dozen black residents to respond to the election and subsequent protests. I didn’t come across any Trump voters—or at least any who admitted it—but many told me they had expected Hillary Clinton’s defeat. No one thought it was the end of the world.

“Hillary wasn’t strong enough. She didn’t fight enough,” said a gentleman leaving a drugstore, who introduced himself as Pace. “People saw her as weak and thought she’d be weak in the White House.” He also faulted Mrs. Clinton’s 

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Paul Ryan's Proposed Budget Cuts

(Congressman Schweikert's Office has confirmed the accuracy of this list)

        A List of Republican Budget Cuts   Notice S.S. And the military are NOT on this list.  These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.

   *TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

        * Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings.

        * Save America 's Treasures Program -- $25 million annual savings.

        * International Fund for Ireland -- $17 million annual savings.

        * Legal Services Corporation -- $420 million annual savings.

        * National Endowment for the Arts -- $167.5 million annual savings.

        * National Endowment for the Humanities -- $167.5 million annual savings.

        * Hope VI Program -- $250 million annual savings.

        * Amtrak Subsidies -- $1.565 billion annual savings.

        * Eliminate duplicating education programs --

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On Many Political Lessons That Need to be Learned by Thomas Sowell

thomas_sowell.jpgNovember 1, 2016

The 2016 election gives us a great deal to think about.

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

There seem to be fewer bumper stickers this year than in previous presidential-election years. People may decide to vote for one of these candidates, but apparently they are not proud of their choice.

It is astonishing that some people think that the answer to the problems of Obamacare is to go to a “single-payer” system. But “single payer” is just another way of saying “government monopoly.” Does anyone pay attention to how government monopolies operate — from the local DMV to Veterans Administration hospitals?

Politics has turned the lofty ideal of equality into the ugly reality of resentments of other people’s achievements — and a feeling that the world owes you something, while you owe nobody anything, not even common decency.

Why should the fate of the economy depend on

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Crossing the Delaware (1776)

Crossing the Delaware (1776)

The majority of Washington’s militia enlistments were expiring at the end of the year.  Suspecting few to reenlist, Washington desperately needed a victory.  Beginning at sunset on Christmas Day, Washington’s plan was to move his army and artillery across the Delaware River and march quietly to Trenton.  If all went well, his army would surprise the Hessian Garrison in an early morning attack.  River ice and a violent storm, however, created delays and prevented many troops from crossing.  Washington lost all hope of surprising the enemy but going back across the river was not an option.  When the muskets became wet, Washington ordered, “use the bayonets.  I am resolved to take Trenton.”

“… without tents and some of our men without even shoes, [we were ordered] over the mountains to a place called Newton, [PA]…   A day or two after reaching Newton we were paraded one afternoon to march and attack Trenton.  If I recollect aright the sun was about half an hour high and shining brightly, but it had no sooner set than it began to drizzle or grow wet, and when we came to the river it rained…  Over the river we then went in a flat-bottomed scow, and as I was with the first that crossed, we had to wait for the rest and so began to pull down the fences and make fires to warm ourselves, for the storm was increasing rapidly…

During the whole night it alternately hailed, rained, snowed, and blew tremendously. I recollect very well that at one time, when we halted on the road, I sat down on the stump of a tree and was so benumbed with cold that I wanted to go to sleep; had I been passed unnoticed I should have frozen to death without knowing it…”  John Greenwood, The Revolutionary Services of John Greenwood, December 1776

James Still (Nov 2016), RetraceOurSteps.com

“It is fearfully cold and raw and a snowstorm is setting in. The wind is northeast and beats in the faces of the men. It will be a terrible night for the soldiers who have no shoes. Some of them have tied old rags around their feet; others are barefoot, but I have not heard a man complain. They are ready to suffer any hardship and die rather than give up their liberty.”  An Officer, Diary of an Officer on Washington’s Staff, December 25, 1776


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TPS Meeting October 20

Alex_photo_2.jpegTPS Guest Speaker, Alex Meluskey, Candidate for the United States Senate

 An Inside View--Running For Federal Office

AND Doug Little, Corporation Commissioner on what is going on at the Commission and why we should care.

Thursday, October 20 @ 6:30 p.m., Venue 8600, 8600 Anderson Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 

More details here

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Restoring America’s Economic Mobility

Francis-Buckley.jpgImprimis, Frank Buckley, September, 2016 

In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels wrote that “the history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles.” Today the story of American politics is the story of class struggles. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. We didn’t think we were divided into different classes. Neither did Marx.

America was an exception to Marx’s theory of social progress. By that theory, societies were supposed to move from feudalism to capitalism to communism. But the America of the 1850s, the most capitalist society around, was not turning communist. Marx had an explanation for that. “True enough, the classes already exist,” he wrote of the United States, but they “are in constant flux and reflux, constantly changing their elements and yielding them up to one another.” In other words, when you have economic and social mobility, you don’t go communist.

That is the country in which some imagine we still live, Horatio Alger’s America—a country defined by the promise that whoever you are, you have the same chance as anyone else to rise, with pluck, industry, and talent. But they imagine wrong. The U.S. today lags behind many of its First World rivals in terms of mobility. A class society has inserted itself within the folds of what was once a classless country, and a dominant New Class—as social critic Christopher Lasch called it—has pulled up the ladder of social advancement behind it.

One can measure these things empirically

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