A Shakespearean Love Letter

What would A Shakespearean love letter sound like in everyday, plain English? Here is a translation of the love letter sent from Maria to Malvolio as a prank in Twelfth Night: To My Secret Love With Best Wishes, Only God knows who I love, But, who is it? I cannot say his name aloud; No one…

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The Suppression of Free Speech

We Americans value our freedom of speech. Supposedly. Why then, do we seek to silence those who speak out against popular opinions and beliefs? Our country was established to protect the freedoms of ordinary citizens one of which is the right to speak up for what you believe in. The sad thing is, we are…

Ambition and The Inevitability of Guilt

"Cans’t thou not minister to a mind diseased, Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, Raze out the written troubles of the brain, And with some sweet oblivious antidote cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff which weighs upon the heart?" Macbeth was fallen. From a high seat, basking in the King's honor and…

Religious Freedom

The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was sort of a precursor for the Establishment Clause in our Constitution. I will summarize a few of the most intriguing clauses that I read. This document is a great resource when you are trying to figure out what exactly the founders intended by the…