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 Back in 2003, at the beginning of the war with Iraq, I was a student at Tech (I was late getting started) and a member of the College Democrats. We were opposed to the war - anyone paying … more
My two most recent opinion articles dealt with the compelling need of we the people to ensure the integrity of the November 2022 mid-term elections and all future elections.  In those articles, … more
 Last week’s publication of part one of the above-noted important subject matter; i.e. the compelling need to ensure the integrity of the November 2022 mid-term elections and all future … more
On my first day back to work after the holidays, I ran into a student in the hallway who had taken one of my Native American history classes a couple of years ago. He said, “Who’d have … more
 As we enter the year 2022, there are many critical issues that need to be addressed and acted on if we are to save our country from Marxism and single-political-party rule; i.e. the sure route … more
For years, the Republican Party had been eroding their base’s confidence in the election system in order to justify passing state laws to restrict the opportunities of minorities to vote - … more
What was the best present you got for Christmas? Did someone really special surprise you with a totally unexpected gift? Maybe a complete stranger or a friend you had not seen for a while shocked you … more
Unless there is an unforeseen called special session, the Tennessee General Assembly will formally reconvene at noon on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. There will be a special focus on drawing electoral … more
Last time I discussed how voter ID laws disproportionately affect poor people - the elderly, the working poor, and people of color - and cases of GOP politicians admitting (or facing proof) that … more
 I will not forget calendar year 2021.  On Jan. 1, 2021, with President Donald Trump at the helm for four years, the USA had a humming economy, unemployment was at an all-time low, our … more
 I spent the last seven columns describing the history of voting in America. It was details everyone should know, but it was also written to provide context for what I’m writing next, … more
Last time, we talked about voting rights in the Jim Crow South and the fact that, via a combination of local laws that circumvented the 15th Amendment and physical violence or intimidation, most … more
 Last time, we talked about voting and Reconstruction, and how the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments freed slaves, made them citizens, and guaranteed their right to vote. This added half-a-million … more
 Last week, we talked about the Reconstruction Amendments. Now we’re going to look at how they affected the voting rights of African-Americans. The 13th Amendment, ratified on Dec. 6, 1865 … more
 Joe Biden and the Socialist/Marxist Democrat Party (SMDP) continue with their demented effort to destroy our Constitution-based Federal Republic and ultimately replace it with the most failed … more
Last week we discussed how, in the early days of the country, there were many restrictions on voting. Not only could women, slaves, and Native Americans not vote, but even among white men, only those … more
In November, most people’s thoughts (in the U.S., anyway) turn to two things: Thanksgiving and voting. Among other things, we are taught from childhood to be thankful for liberty and freedom; … more
A few years ago, my family was watching the newest episode of Big Bang Theory. In the episode, an elderly professor passed away, opening up a tenured position, and the four main characters started … more
It’s October, and many of us have Halloween on our minds. When I drive around town, I seem to see toy ghosts and witches in every yard. Many of us also have our minds on politics, which … more
 I am currently teaching one of my favorite classes: historical methodology. It is taken by history majors, usually in their sophomore year, to prepare them for upper division history courses. … more
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