Who Are the Greatest US Senators in History?

As an amateur student of the United States Senate, I wonder who the greatest Senators in history are likely to be? It's a little easier to determine the greatest senators if they have been out of power a long time. Back in 1957, Senator John F. Kennedy headed a committee that selected these five senators... Continue Reading →


Thoughtful Speeches on Separation of Church and State

In 1984, while working for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, I helped draft talking points that were used by Democratic nominee Walter Mondale in a major address at B'Nai Brith outlining distinctions between Mondale and President Reagan on religious liberty. Mondale used significant chunks of my draft. The speech even today is... Continue Reading →

Why Lincoln Matters, By Mario Cuomo

Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever is a book by former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, published in 2004. It addressed such issues as pre-emptive war, taxes and religion in politics. Cuomo pointed out that Lincoln never belonged to an organized religion or joined a church and seemed to be a rationalist rather than a conventional... Continue Reading →

The Moral Test of Government

"[T]he moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life -- the sick, the needy, and the handicapped." --Hubert H. Humphrey Other quotes from Humphrey: "The road... Continue Reading →

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