The Era of Good Feelings

The Era of Good Feelings

I’m going to give you a short history lesson today.

After the war of 1812, our country felt a resurgence of patriotism, unity and national purpose. The Federalists (future Democratic Party) fell apart and a new liberal party did not emerge for almost 10 years.

Many historians have said the Democrats of that day went “underground” and were inactive until Andrew Jackson brought them back to life in the Election of 1824.

Makes you wonder why?

One reason is the nation was experiencing great economic growth after the war. The Industrial Revolution created manufacturing, farming innovations and international trade with protective tariffs and a strong Bank of the United States. In a word–capitalism!

James Monroe wins the Republican nomination and the Presidency in 1816. The Federalists (read Democrats) were furious! They wanted to control the Bank, trade with England, and the growth of the railroads.

But the people (and it was their country, after all!) were happy–they were prospering! We were a nation of peace, patriotism and prosperity.

So the Federalists faded away and were quiet for about 10 years–1816 to 1826-The Era of Good Feeling.

History always seems to repeat itself…the fury of the Democrats in the face of a strong President and a prospering nation is a repeat of what happened exactly 200 years ago!

Today, just like 200 years ago, people in power ignored the will of people for their own envious and destructive ends.

Then, like now, the liberals were on the wrong side of History. You’d think they would learn from their mistakes…

Thank you Mr. President for your strength and loyalty to the people of this great nation! The Era of Trump!

For This I Am Thankful

For This I Am Thankful

There is nothing like getting older to really put your life in perspective and to show you how to be humble, grateful and thankful for all we have.

And there is no better time than Thanksgiving to reflect and share those thoughts with others.

I am thankful for my family. My mom and dad who gave me life, good examples, education and purpose. My sister, who is not just family but my trusted friend. My husband who travels this journey with me as confidant, companion, friend and champion. Our daughters who have taught us the importance of living. My nieces and nephews that renew my motherhood. And all the other family members and friends who have added to my development and joy to be who I am today.

I am thankful to be an American, to live in a country that is free, strong and prosperous. A country in which we have a right to our lives, our liberty and to pursue our individual happiness.

I am thankful to all our military, past and present, who are willing to lay their life down to preserve the values of our founding fathers and keep our way of life alive.

And I am thankful for God who made all of this possible.

Wherever you are and whoever you are with–Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

The Lighthouse That Guides Us

The Lighthouse That Guides Us

As you know by now I love learning new things. Especially when those new things are about subjects that I enjoy like travel and history and America.

One thing I like to visit, especially in any coastal city, are lighthouses. Whenever possible we climb them to the top.

These are magnificent buildings that were built expressly to lead ships to harbor.

Fishermen and military ships alike could depend on lighthouses to light their way home through dark, fog and storms.

They were a beacon leading them to safety– and home.

But I wonder how many people know that one of the most important lighthouses in America was the Statue of Liberty?

In November of 1886, ordered by President Grover Cleveland, the Statue of Liberty was maintained and operated as a lighthouse in New York Harbor.

Not only has Lady Liberty served as a beacon for sailors during this time but forevermore the light–and the hope–in her torch, has welcomed so many immigrants to this wonderful nation.

She served as a lighthouse until 1902. And while that function may have ended–her light has never diminished.

Lady Liberty is our symbol of freedom and hope and the opportunity that leads us all to strive for a better life.

She is the lighthouse that leads us home.

From The New Colossus: “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”