Lincoln was almost the “Great Enslaver”

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With one decision, Honest Abe, the Railsplitter, and Great Emancipator could have become one of the least liked presidents in American history.

When it comes to US historical rankings of the Presidents, Lincoln sits as supreme over the other 43 presidents as he does in the Lincoln Memorial. But had the Southern states been more politically astute in the spring of 1861, Lincoln may be seen as the most criminal of our presidents. Reducing him from icon to the bottom of the list, maybe even below Buchanan.

On April 12, 1861, the South had one of two choices. Lincoln was…


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For this week’s #writehere, it’s asking, “What’s Your Motto?” Or, think of it this way: the advice you live by.

Mine comes from a trusty source, Theodore Roosevelt:

We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out. -TEDDY ROOSEVELT

It’s pretty self-explanatory, but it does mean a lifestyle that impacts my family. So here are ways I choose to “wear out:”

  • Running
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Kayaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Volunteering
  • Photography
  • Discussions
  • Pubs
  • Travel

I’m also a husband, father, employee, and son. …


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The biggest problem in the debate about Critical Race Theory is that the loudest critics don’t know what it is.

Yet, the lies they spread will reach the public creating a furor over a non-existent problem and will turn regular people into a million Don Quixote’s charging at windmills. Recently, this has turned school board meetings into battle zones over how we teach US History. This will reach the individual classroom too when the 2021 school year starts, as conservative parents confuse US History with Critical Race Theory. …


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The 2024 Presidential Election is far off, but the battle has just begun for who will be the Trump GOP leader, and it probably won’t be Trump.

Trump won the Straw Poll at CPAC on July 11, 2021, but I’m guessing he will lose steam and momentum heading toward the 2024 election season. However, I don’t think his influence will be diminished. In his place could be two Trump replacements, Governor DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota.

Both of whom will carry the Trump torch and use their abysmal record on COVID in their states and…


A man of his time, a man for today

The only day Malcolm X and Martin Luther King met. Source: WikiCommons

Please read The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley.

Well, first read this, then get the book. Haley’s biography goes into the life of this great Civil Rights and religious leader and describing life in the United States during the 1940s-1960s. Most people have probably heard of Malcolm X, but do not know more than his unique name and the perception that he was pro-violence.

Malcolm X’s life was cut short, but he led an interesting and troubled life.

This contrasts to Martin Luther King, of course, and more current names of the old Civil Rights Era like John…


I’m a huge Teddy Roosevelt fan. I’ve read about a dozen books on him, watched documentaries, had Doris Kearns Goodwin autograph a book for me about Teddy, collect TR memorabilia, and quote him all the time. For the most part, I think he’s still relevant in American culture and one of the most interesting people to read about. But he’s human, and he’s not perfect. When you have people you admire, it can be hard to accept their faults.

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In the summer of 2020, as most of you will recall, a national conversation was had about public history, specifically, statues…


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I’m slipping back into agnosticism and I’m wondering about other agnostics. What journey are they on? Do they really question still, or have they made up their mind? I’ve mentioned Dennis Prager before and how he wonders why agnostics often live like atheists, which I still think is a good question. I’d like to propose one answer and a possible solution for that: Church, it’s becoming a barrier to believing.

When I say “the church,” I literally mean the Sunday morning building and worship I’ve attended for much of my adulthood. You know what I’m talking about: You wake up…


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I am starting my 25th year in education and I am finishing my first school year as an associate principal. So it’s time to reflect on what I have learned with these experiences and to address what we are neglecting in education.

I won’t get into my resume, I have a LinkedIn account if you’re interested, but trust me when I say I’ve worn many hats in my 25 years of education.

When I reflect on my job, and how to improve, I end up focusing on two things: 1) myself, and what more I can learn and how I…


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Pre-Pandemic, I hated TikTok. I have two daughters who constantly showed me “funny” videos on TikTok and made their own TikToks while I was trying to watch TV. The dance moves, the sound bites, it was all horrible. It was Vine from a few years earlier and SnapChat all over again. It was enough to doubt your abilities as a dad.

But then I got bored during the quarantine, so I decided to check out “the TikTok.” I realized it had content I was interested in: cooking, politics, rescued beavers, travel, and more. I made an account and started wasting…


Trump’s legacy as President will be debated for years to come. Soon, we will get a better view of his policies and the impact they can still have on the United States. I’ve held before that I think Trump will rank near the bottom five as the history is written. But in 2021, with Trump still the candidate to beat for the GOP, or rumors of his becoming Speaker of the House, we can still debate his policies only five months after his presidency: So is it more MAGA or more Insurrection?

I have quite a few friends who supported…

Mike Hasley

Focusing on history, religion, education, and other random thoughts. Also likes learning how to be a better writer. Posts articles for 3 publishers on Medium.

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