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E.A. Blair is the 'nom de commenter' of someone who has been a teacher, game designer, programmer, logistic support officer and technical writer at various times in his life. Most of the hits in a search on his real name predate the internet; it appears exactly four times in Wikipedia and six times on IMDb.

Epilogue: The Amendments—Where We Are Now

From 1804 to 1971, the passage of eleven of twenty-seven amendments to the US Constitution dealt with voting either directly or indirectly.…

Amendment XXVI—Voting Age Lowered to Eighteen—Ratified On 23 March 1971

Most people probably think of this amendment as being a product of the 1960's, but the first proposal to lower the voting age to eighteen was made in 1941.…

Amendment XXV—Presidential Succession & Disability—Ratified 10 February 1967

The first vacancy of the presidency occurred on 4 April 1841 when William Henry Harrison died after serving only one month.…

Voting Rights Act – Passed 6 August 1965

Although not a constitutional amendment, the Voting Rights Act proved to be the biggest single step forward in fulfilling the promise of the Amendments. …

Act Five: Amendment XXIII—District of Columbia Voting Rights—Ratified On 29 March 1961

Since its inception, the District of Columbia had an uncertain status.  Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution states that Congress has the right...…

Interlude Three:  Amendment XXII—Presidential Term Limits—Ratified On 27 February 1951

The Twenty-second Amendment was clearly a reaction to President Franklin Roosevelt's unprecedented third and fourth terms.…

Interlude Two: Amendment XX—Inauguration Day and Lack of a President Elect— Ratified On 23 January 1933

The Twentieth Amendment changed the inauguration day from 4 March to 20 January*, the date for the opening of Congress to 3 January and clarified what happens if, on inauguration…

Act Four:  Amendment XIX—Women’s Suffrage—Ratified On 18 August 1920

If an average American knows little or nothing about the history of voting in the United States, that person does know that a single amendment gave women the vote. …

Act One: Amendment XIV—Citizenship For Former Slaves—Ratified July 9, 1868

The Fourteenth Amendment defined the citizenship and civil rights of former slaves. It conferred both federal and local citizenship to  "All persons...…

The 12th Amendment Explained

The 12th Amendment changed procedures for electing the president and vice president.  In effect, the members of the electoral college were casting two votes for president.…

This NRA Fundraising Letter Threatens Legislators Who Fail To Donate

The NRA has recently disclosed that it is in financial distress and that it may have to curtail or even halt some of its operations and activities.…

As Government Shutdown Looms Trump Seeks Ways To Blame Democrats

In any kind of ongoing competition, you don't tell your opponents what you are doing.  In cards, this is called "playing close to the vest".  In fencing and boxing, it's…

Donald Trump’s Crazy Tweetstorm

His Orangeness is notorious for his tweetstorms.  Now he has a real storm to tweet about:…

The ‘I Am Not Alt-Right Polka’

by E.A. Blair By almost any standard, the 1960s was an interesting decade, filled with change, turmoil and the toppling of old standards.  Civil rights, hippies, the sexual revolution, music,…

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