Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Seven: Free Enterprise Capitalism

Store front mural of "Mr Money Bags" - the iconic character of the Monopoly Game

by Oletta Branstiter Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Seven: Free Enterprise By now, if you’ve been “building” a wall graphic or virtual computer graphic representing Our Nation’s Foundations, your picture includes the bottom layer of “Bedrock” – The Natural Law of Unalienable Rights, “Bricks” – The Rule of Law in a Republic, the first Four “Pillars” of Principle: Limited Government, Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, and National Security. Our final Pillar of Principle is Free Enterprise. Add another pillar and let students place summary notes on the graphic. Let’s Make a…

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Enemy at the Gates – A Second Look At A Movie That Has Current Resonance

by Oletta Branstiter You may have missed this 2001 war movie, as I had until last night. I admit I chose this movie based on the cast of characters. Could Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins and Ron Perlman be associated with a failure? Enemy at the Gates, written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, was not a big hit at the box office. For a British movie produced at a cost of about $68 million, it grossed under $100 million worldwide. But timing is everything. Audiences…

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May Day! May Day! Get Your Loyalty Token! President Trump Declares “Loyalty” Day

by Oletta Branstiter On April 28, President Trump declared a new national observance. In a proclamation released by the White House on Friday, the President, celebrating his first 100 days in the highest office of the land,¬†announced that, in order to express our country’s loyalty to “individual liberties, to limited government, and to the inherent dignity of every human being,” May 1 will be known as ‘Loyalty Day.‘ In observation of Loyalty Day, President Trump encouraged schools and other public places to celebrate by displaying the United States flag¬†and reciting…

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