John Dickinson: Forgotten Founder (Part 2)

In the year 1786, many of the leading men of the country recognized that the Articles of Confederation were not working. A Constitutional Convention was organized in Annapolis, Maryland with John Dickinson serving as chairman.2 Dickinson’s time at the head of national politics was cut short because only five states sent representatives. The Annapolis Convention did, however, foster support for a later convention to amend the Articles of Confederation that would be held in Philadelphia. John Dickinson arrived at the Philadelphia convention on May 29, 1787 as a delegate from Delaware. At fifty-five years old, Dickinson was still a young man, though a lifetime of stress, debate, and illness added years to his appearance. (Flower, 240) Above all else, it was Dickinson’s wisdom that stood out most. In the waning days of the Constitutional Convention, Dickinson advised his fellow delegates that Continue reading John Dickinson: Forgotten Founder (Part 2)

John Dickinson: Forgotten Founder

Although he was a moderate conservative at the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, Dickinson played a vital role in the pre-revolution activities of the seventeen sixties and early seventeen seventies. His pamphlet, Letters of a Pennsylvania Farmer denounced the heavily reviled Stamp Act and called for the colonists to demand their rights as British citizens. These early conflicts with Britain would demand much of Dickinson during his time in the Pennsylvania and Delaware Assemblies. Continue reading John Dickinson: Forgotten Founder

The Top Five Most Philosophic Charlie Brown Holiday Specials

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown! The beloved holiday special turns fifty today, so it’s a pretty special day in my house due to my love of all things Peanuts. I also love philosophy and tend to notice little lessons in films and television. (See the film section of my site’s homepage if you don’t believe me.) I do this with just about any high minded piece of media that I watch so it’s only natural that I would try to find messages in my favorite Peanuts holiday specials. Thus, I have ranked the top five Charlie Brown holiday specials by philosophic content…because why not? Continue reading The Top Five Most Philosophic Charlie Brown Holiday Specials

You Don’t Need a Participation Trophy: How a Nickelodeon Show Illustrated the Flaws of PC Authoritarianism

Any millennial who competed in youth sports will remember the awards ceremonies that followed every season. You may remember, if you were on a losing team, receiving a useless participation award that was not nearly as impressive as the two foot tall trophies given to the champions. If that is the case, you will remember wondering why you even got that little trophy at all. Receiving that insignificant award didn’t make you feel better. So, what was the point? Over the last thirty years, Americans have seen that we often create wider divisions in the name of perfect equality. Continue reading You Don’t Need a Participation Trophy: How a Nickelodeon Show Illustrated the Flaws of PC Authoritarianism

What We Learned from Last Night’s Debate

The second main stage Republican debate occurred last night, once more following the “kids’ round table” debate. Eleven of the top political powerhouses in the Republican Party faced off in front of millions of people to try to usurp Donald Trump and emerge dominant. Lots happened during the three hour debate, so I have decided to weed through all of the political mumbo jumbo and present you with the most important things that we learned from last night’s debate. Continue reading What We Learned from Last Night’s Debate

D(U.S.)tbin of History – FOOTBALL’S FOUNDING FATHER: JIM THORPE AND THE APFA

I originally only meant to write about the first professional football game, but in the course of my research, I learned that the great Jim Thorpe was actually the first president of the NFL! (Eat your heart out Roger.) Seeing as this is the D(U.S.)tbin of History, I decided that it would be appropriate to start the series by telling an obscure story that the average NFL fan probably doesn’t know. Continue reading D(U.S.)tbin of History – FOOTBALL’S FOUNDING FATHER: JIM THORPE AND THE APFA