Book Review: One Nation Under God

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One Nation Under God, by Amelia Hamilton, is a book aimed, ostensibly, at the very young. But though the rhyme and the illustrations are for children, what the book offers is something every member of American society could use a little more of these days. It’s a handy, and timely, reminder of some of the basic values and principles on which this nation is predicated, and upon which it yet depends.

From One to Ten, the book explores core American ideas without apology. One: nation under God. Two: chambers in Congress. Five: branches in our military. All the way up to Ten: Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

The style of the book mirrors and exemplifies what parents today have come to expect from children’s books: age appropriate, without talking down; simple, without being ineffective; and most of all, positive and informative without being pandering or dull.

When my children were very small, I first began to notice how the public school system minimized or, in some cases, completely left out key pieces of American history. Children today are taught to be haunted by the sins of the past, without being reminded to celebrate the glories. As a parent in today’s world and in today’s political climate, you are hard pressed to find outside information for your kids that reminds you of the lessons you learned when you were young.

LittlePatriotsPeople my age remember being taught to be patriotic. We remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance, learning the Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and My Country Tis of Thee. I very distinctly remember the awe and reverence that surrounded the lives and times of the Founding Fathers. American history captured my imagination as a child. Not just the stories of battles, revolutions, cowboys, explorers and achievers. But the notion of breaking away from the traditional top down model of government that had guided mankind for centuries. I remember the fascination with George Washington. We played him in school plays. We told tall tales of his childhood. We dreamed of his victories in war and in peace.

One Nation Under God reflects and remembers that piece of America, and Americana, that has become all to rare in this country today. Any responsible parent can and should consider this an essential part of their child’s early, and even not so early, education.

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Easter 1916 And A Lesson For The GOP

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The situation facing the Irish Republican faction in Ireland in 1916 was grim. Though thee movement had made immense strides towards Irish independence in the first decade of the 20th Century, World War I had bought it to a halt. Thousands of Irishmen joined the British Army at the outbreak of the war, many of them had died on the Western Front and at Gallipoli. The Republican forces were hamstrung not only by laws that would equate dissent with treason but by the fact that popular sympathy for Irishmen in uniform made dissent unpopular.

Feeling the pinch of a manpower shortage and legally unable to conscript within Ireland, the British government offered Ireland home rule, after the successful conclusion of the war, on the condition that conscription be introduced into Ireland.

One of the leaders of the Irish nationalist movement, John Redmond, signed onto the deal. Both his son and his brother enlisted in the British Army. Thus he had the distinction of becoming arguably the first “Republican in name only.”

A substantial faction of the nationalist movement led principally by Padraig Pearse and James Connolly saw the deal as the quintessential “I’ll gladly pay you Wednesday for a hamburger today” deal wherein a British Empire that was on the ropes was trading away something intangible to be delivered at a future date in return for something very tangible, to wit, Irish manpower, today.

On Easter Sunday, 1916, the made their move, taking possession of the Dublin General Post Office and other strategic points in that city and declaring an Irish Republic. I’ll defer here to the delightful Sean O’Casey and his autobiography, Drums Under the Windows:

There go the go-boys! Muttered an old man, half to himself and half toan elderly lady beside him who had stopped to help him stare at the Volunteers….What th’ hell are th’ up to now. They seem to be bent on disturbin’ th’ whoremony of the sacred days. Goin’ in, eh?…Can’t be wantin’ postage stamps…Be God, they’re takin’ th’ clock outa th’ window! That’s odd, now. Looka, thery’re smashin’ out th’ windows with their rifles! There’s a shower o’ glass – right over th’ passers-by! That’s goin’ beyond th’ beyond. Tha’s, tha’s just hooliganism…He says he’s speakin’ in th’ name of th’ Irish Republic…The police will soon explain matters.

The Rising lasted six days, on Saturday, April 29 they surrendered. As the surviving Volunteers were marched away …read more    

Resurrection Sunday: Easter 2014

Resurrection

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.

And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12 (ESV)

Happy Easter to each and every one of you.

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