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Jeffrey Sparks
Works at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Attended Northern Arizona University
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“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this #Constitution for the United States of America.”

– Preamble to the United States Constitution, which was adopted this day in 1787

This blog post discusses a movie about the Constitutional Convention.

#ConstitutionDay
It created the oldest Constitution that is still being used today, but which was a radical departure from virtually everything that came before it. It created a new form of government, but it was only authorized to modify the...
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This is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which was an expansion of “Hispanic Heritage Week” (legally established during the Lyndon Johnson presidency), and was later expanded to a full month (under the Ronald Reagan presidency).

In honor of this month, I now link to all of my posts about Hispanic history. This will be my way of celebrating Hispanic history. #NationalHispanicHeritageMonth
Part history, part politics, and part random other stuff.
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Want to reward good behavior? Let people get rich from it

#socialism #communism
I posted earlier that one of the most sacred tenets of liberalism is the goal of equality of condition: the idea that there should be no rich or poor, but that all should have the same amount of income and wealth, and that no...
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The English philosopher John Locke was a vocal advocate of private property, and gave an eloquent defense of it in his "Second Treatise on Government." (More on that here.) Perhaps owing partially to that, it's sometimes been...
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It’s time for another history trivia question of the day:

All of the following presidents were impeached, except:

A) Andrew Johnson
B) Richard Nixon
C) Bill Clinton
D) Trick question, all of them were impeached

Hint: The answer is Richard Nixon. Nixon resigned from office due to the credible threat of impeachment (and subsequent removal), but was never actually impeached. The only two men to be impeached were Andrew Johnson (who was impeached in 1868), and #BillClinton (who was impeached in 1998).

#Clinton
PBS made a four-hour documentary about the life of Bill Clinton. It has the liberal bias you'd expect from PBS, but with the exception of their coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, it was a fascinating film. I don't think...
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Today is the anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. On this day in 1914, the first ship went through the newly-completed Panama Canal; allowing the U.S. Navy to quickly transport ships between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and forever changing the way that the world did trade as a side benefit.
It allowed ships of all kinds to go from the Atlantic to the Pacific (and vice versa) without having to go around the tip of South America - drastically reducing the time needed to transport goods. The effects of the project ...
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A great quote from James Madison in the Federalist Papers, in his famous discussion of the Constitutional Convention:

“The real wonder is that so many difficulties should have been surmounted, and surmounted with a unanimity almost as unprecedented as it must have been unexpected. It is impossible for any man of candor to reflect on this circumstance without partaking of the astonishment. It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that ALMIGHTY HAND which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.” (Source: Federalist No. 37)

#ConstitutionDay
As I set out to write a general post about the Constitution of my country, I have the problem of any writer who speaks to a general audience: I speak to those familiar with my culture (including many fellow Americans), and th...
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“Let reverence for the [Constitution], be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap – let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; – let it be written in Primmers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; – let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

“While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.”

– Abraham Lincoln, in his 1838 Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois
It's a document that was written 200 years ago, but has remained the law of the land for over two centuries. It's a document that created the most successful government in history, but is increasingly under attack today. It's...
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The guy who debunked #communism , over a century before Karl Marx was even born

#JohnLocke
Karl Marx once wrote that "the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property." (Source: The Communist Manifesto, Chapter II) Much has been said for and against this theory, so...
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The problems with equalizing income

#socialism #communism
One of the most sacred tenets of liberalism is the goal of equality of condition: the idea that there should be no rich or poor, but that all should have the same amount of income and wealth, and that no one should possess an...
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Today is the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment's ratification – the amendment that gave women the right to vote. On this day in 1920, the right to vote was extended to women; and the electoral landscape of the country was forever changed.

#NineteenthAmendment #womenssuffrage
I had a sort of request from one of my female readers to do something about women's history. Up until that point, I had thought that women would not like hearing things about women's history coming from a man (such as myself)...
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Today is India's Independence Day. On this day in 1947, India declared independence from the British Empire (only one day after Pakistan did so), and these two great nations were created. (The other nation formed out of the British colony of India is Bangladesh, which eventually declared its independence from Pakistan in its turn in 1971.)
I should give a disclaimer for my international readers that I am from the United States (and not from India), and that none of my ancestors are from India, either - just from European countries like Britain, the country that...
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"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
Introduction
By training, I am a business major with a concentration in marketing, and a certificate in economics. I originally wanted to do market research for businesses because I enjoyed the social science aspects of marketing, and I have studied psychology a little on my own; but I now wonder if this will ever be my field. I have also taken a fair amount of communications classes, because I thought about grad school in advertising or public relations (or even business & economic journalism), but I'm not sure if I will ever do these things. (I'm glad I studied them just the same, though.)

By inclination, I learn about a lot of other things in my spare time. For example, I am a history buff, an aspiring polyglot, an amateur linguist, a political philosopher (after a fashion), and a student of the Bible. Most of the things I study on my own these days have something to do with one of these subjects (or sometimes even more than one), and I write about many of them on my blog. So my actual profession is ... you guessed it ... a math tutor! Not what you'd expect, right? (Not what I would have expected, either ... )

I have no regular schedule for posting, but I usually publish a blog post about once a week.
Bragging rights
I have read the Book of Mormon in Spanish and French. I can also play piano by ear.
Education
  • Northern Arizona University
    Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing, 2010
    Certificate in Business Economics
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Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
Tutor
Skills
English, Spanish, French, Ancient Greek
Employment
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Mission Leader, 2014 - present
  • Yavapai College
    Tutor, 2012 - present
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Assistant Clerk, 2010 - present
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Currently
Prescott, AZ