By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
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As a former military commander both at home and deployed in war, I understand firsthand the important role free exercise of religion has in the lives of so many of our service members. For multitudes of our nation's defenders, the practice of religious faith is foundational to life itself.
President Obama's supporters were outraged when the actor portraying Satan during the recent TV miniseries "The Bible" had more than a passing resemblance to Mr. Obama. Now, however, those same supporters seem determined to remove all doubt about the anti-religious bigotry underlying this administration's every official pronouncement.
We've dropped a long way in 224 years, from Washington then to Washington now, from George Washington to Washington, D.C.
Who is the only president buried in Washington, D.C.? How many presidents served in the military? Here's the answers and more about America's commander in chief.
Helmand Province, Afghanistan – When our Fox News team left for Afghanistan last week, there was a palpable sense of imminent calamity in the air. Gloom and doom news from here is now a staple in our so-called mainstream media.
HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
A nondescript building on a quiet street somewhere outside Philadelphia holds a secret stash of treasures that have been waiting patiently for more than a century for a permanent place to call home.
It is fashionable in our culture that enjoys debunking the accomplishments of traditional heroes to dismiss George Washington's military successes during the American War for Independence. Washington's "genius," we are instructed, was sheer luck, more the result of bungling and fatigue on the part of the American commander's British adversaries than anything else.
Long before there was Tim Tebow, there was George Washington. It is well documented that the act of Te-bowing (i.e., kneeling in prayer) was done by our nation's first president. Painter Arnold Friberg's "Prayer at Valley Forge" immortalized Gen. Washington in the snow-covered woods, bent down on one knee and praying for God's assistance. In the grim days of America's War for Independence, with weary soldiers up against long odds, the nation needed a come-from-behind fourth-quarter victory.
New Year's Day in Washington dawned gray, wet and cold. It was a perfect day for sightseeing, and so my wife and I decided to sightsee. We went to Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, named, incidentally, after a British admiral, Edward Vernon, by George's older half-brother. Upon inheriting the mansion, George never saw any reason to change the name, despite the British army's many acts of rudeness to him. George was a big enough guy not to bear a grudge.
History writer William Hogeland here offers us the feel of being inside the bare-knuckled struggle that took place in Philadelphia in the supercharged nine weeks that led up to the issuance of the Declaration of Independence 234 years ago this month.