It’s December, 1777. General George Washington stops his horse on the side of the road to watch his army march past. “March” is a loose term for what the soldiers were actually doing. Many didn’t have proper shoes. Most didn’t have coats or blankets. Many had to be supported by their comrades as they walked. The enemy—the British Army and Navy—had taken the capital of Philadelphia and sent the Continental Congress into exile. These Congressmen weren’t the heavy hitters of 1776—John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were in Europe desperately trying to get loans and alliances. Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock had gone home. The ones who were left were unable to raise money or keep the army supplied. Their priorities were foreign money and foreign alliances—not the army. And once the British drove them from the capital, their priorities narrowed down to their own survival. Washington had 11,000 men left, and they had spent most of the year getting beaten by the British. Their enlistments were
There are two ways to elect the President in this country. Well, only one that matters. I warned you all in our first episode that I have been a lifelong holder of unpopular opinions, so here’s one. It’s time to eliminate the Electoral College. I take on one of my favorite Founding Fathers as the dogs and I open the metaphorical hood of the United States Constitution so we can tinker with America’s metaphorical engine one more time (and probably not for the last time) on this episode of I’m Not Allowed To Watch The News.