About vonMesser

Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.

Quote of the Day

“By these purchases the Indian title, with moderate reservations, has been extinguished to the whole of the land within the limits of the State of Ohio, and to a part of that in the Michigan Territory and of the State of Indiana.” — James Monroe So, way back then the Democrats were taking away land and locking up natives.

Who Were those Unknown Men, Anyway? Part 2 of 3

There have been a number of people asking “Who the heck are those unknown Presidents?”  Well, before we elected a president with popular vote – back under the Articles of Confederation, and the creation of the Constitution, the fledgling United States had a president.  The President was appointed by Congress.  Here are numbers 4-5-6 of the ten unknown Presidents Elias Boudinot of New Jersey became the second president, serving from 1782 until 1783. His presidency coincided with the official end to the American Revolutionary War. Boudinot presided over the country when the Treaty of Paris was signed in Paris on … Continue reading

Who Were those Unknown Men, Anyway? Part 1 of 3

There have been a number of people asking “Who the heck are those unknown Presidents?”  Well, before we elected a president with popular vote – back under the Articles of Confederation, and the creation of the Constitution, the fledgling United States had a president.  The President was appointed by Congress. Samuel Huntington (July 16, 1731 [or  July 5, 1731 under the old calendar] – January 5, 1796) was a jurist, statesman, and Patriot in the American Revolution from Connecticut. As a delegate to the Continental Congress, he signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He also served as … Continue reading

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“All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness…” Nathaniel Gorham EIGHTH President of the United States.  He wrote the original lines above, which morphed into “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal……” I can not locate any quote by Arthur St. Clair of Pennsylvania – the NINTH President, or Cyrus Griffin, the TENTH … Continue reading

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I am a friend to righteous government, to a government founded upon the principles of reason and justice; but I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny. Is the present system, which the British administration have adopted for the government of the colonies, a righteous government – or is it tyranny? John Hancock SEVENTH President of the United States And this question can still be asked today, not of the British, but of the current American government, at least as encouraged by the last administration – and carrying on until the swamp is drained.

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A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves… and include all men capable of bearing arms. . . To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms. Richard Henry Lee  SIXTH President of the United States No quotes were found for Thomas Mifflin, the FIFTH President.

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  Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow. Elias Boudinot was the FOURTH President of the United States John Hanson was the THIRD President of the United States.  I can not find any quotes from him  

Quote of the Day

The commencement of your Administration has been as propitious as could have been reasonably expected, in a nation composed of not the wisest and best men in the world. You are sufficiently acquainted with the people you rule, to know, that little praise, but much unmerited censure is to be expected from them: An Angel from heaven could not command an universal approbation. Thomas McKean in letter to James Madison I plan on following the Presidents of the United States – one quote from each – from the Ratification of the Article of Confederation up through today. Thomas McKean was … Continue reading

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“Government has laid its hand on health, housing, farming, industry, commerce, education, and to an ever-increasing degree interferes with the people’s right to know. Government tends to grow, government programs take on weight and momentum as public servants say, always with the best of intentions. But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or economically as the private sector of the economy.” — Ronald Reagan