Category Archives: Tributes

Memorial Day Memories–Why I stand for the flag

I had the honor be among those who sent several young men back to Dover as part of the Dignified Transfer from Kandahar, Afghanistan. Memorial Day has never been the same. I relate to one in particular because of one of the choppers that went down, I was among those scheduled to be on it. We could not get the arrangements on the other side straight. Instead, we ended up sending others who were on that flight back under Old Glory. This is why it bugs me so much to see the flag or anthem disrespected. It is not that I do not respect people's right to do whatever. I do. I just wish people understood what that beautiful flag means. It is the symbol of liberty. Humanity struggled to be free until the United States of America. Once we became free to achieve, worship, be educated and govern ourselves, the whole world changed. I wish people would look at the world in 1600 and look at it in 600 Read more

50 years later, the King Legacy still matters

50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The night before he made a speech that he had been to the Mountaintop. He believed that we were on the way to new America where racism was not enforced by law and people could be free to achieve. He presciently said that he may not see it, but we would. He was right.' April 4th and 5th were times of turmoil. His inner circle was in shock. The nation wondered who would replace him? No one person did. That was the advantage going forward not a problem. Dr. King inspired millions. Those people fulfilled his legacy. They were people Black and White, Jewish and Gentile, Hispanic and English primary. Dr. King's legacy was not a man, it was a nation that decided equality and justice would not be words for some, but liberty and justice truly were for all. The world that I grew up in post King was very different from that of my parents. Read more

Delaware Grapevine’s Celia Cohen retires

After 42 years of political writing for the News Journal then her own Delaware Grapevine which was picked up in Delaware Today and the Community Newspaper network, Celia Cohen recently announced that she had enough. 42 years of political writing is enough, she posted, Cohen out. Cohen was also the author of the book on Delaware Politics in 2002,Only in Delaware: Politics and Politicians in the First State Cohen was a fixture at events the regular media used to cover but started to ignore. This allowed her to make contacts and bring both unique insight and inside information to the informed public. If there were a rumor that kept bubbling up that I wanted to know definitively, sometimes, I would just call Ms. Cohen who would know if it were true or false. She had a Rolodex and was not afraid to use it to bring insight to the behind the scenes world of the Delaware Way. Some criticized Read more

Delaware Politics Person of the Year 2015

Who has challenged us and seized the national debate? Who has been the news-maker on all of our minds whether we agree or disagree with that person? Nationally it seems obvious, Businessman Donald Trump turned Presidential candidate and Republican front runner. For that reason He is our unanimous choice for National Person of the Year. The Trump bubble is about to burst so we were told all year. Trump is too outrageous. Trump is a clown. Trump is ___ yada yada. Trump is leading and is a serious player. Trump is speaking to the concerns of everyday Americans who know that our national security is in jeopardy, Radical Islamic terrorism really is the new World War 3 despite the White House delusion, our economic security is gone, and the middle class is under seize while poverty is ensnaring millions more. Our border situation is no longer a disgrace, it is a clear and present Read more

DE Governor Speaks at 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staf Writer

Delaware Governor Jack Markell , DE National Guard Adjutant General Major General Francis Vavala, DE NG members; together with state , county and local political officials, Delaware Military Academy cadets and faculty participated in the annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony , held at the Delaware Military Academy, 112 Middleboro Road, Wilmington, earlier this morning, beginning at 8 am.

The Governor spoke in remembrance of all who lost their lives in the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on the US.

Sussex Unity Announces Rally in support of 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

We the people. All of us. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 30, 2105 Sussex Unity Rallies for Voting Rights on August 6 in Georgetown GEORGETOWN, DE – Sussex Unity will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on August 6. The rally will begin at 6p.m. on The Circle in Georgetown. Fifty years ago on August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. The ugly violence against peaceful voting-rights marchers in Selma, Alabama in March of that year outraged many Americans and compelled President Johnson to call for comprehensive voting-rights reform. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Samuel Hoff, George Washington, Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science at Delaware State University. Dr. Hoff will provide an historical perspective of voting rights in America, Read more

Beau Biden’s Public Services

The Vice President’s office has just released the following details about Beau Biden’s funeral arrangements: Later this week, there will be services to honor the life of Beau Biden. These services will be open to the public. On Thursday, Beau will lie in honor at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware between 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET. On Friday, there will be a viewing at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Wilmington, Delaware between 1:00 – 4:00 PM ET and 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET. On Saturday at 10:30 AM ET, there will be a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Wilmington, Delaware. President Obama will deliver a eulogy in honor of Beau Biden at this mass.

Thanks to the Dover Post for this information.

Remembering Beau Biden

Today I lost a friend, Beau Biden​. He was a patriot, a good family man, and a fine soldier with whom I was privileged to serve. He lost his battle with brain cancer at Walter Reed Hospital. Our prayers and thoughts are for the Biden family. Beau Biden started his public service with the U. S. Attorney's office. He was commissioned as a Judge Advocate General officer with the Delaware Army National Guard and obtained the rank of Major. It was at the 261st Signal Brigade that I had the opportunity to know Beau. We were in neighboring offices. Our kids played together. Our wives spoke with each other. We often discussed just about anything except politics which we purposefully avoided. We came from different ends of the political spectrum, but had a strong mutual respect for each other. We were both patriots. We both believed in law and order. We both believed in America. Biden Read more

A Moment of Silence can speak volumes

#GoSilent is a campaign for a minute of silence at 12:01 pm to remember the fallen heroes by the Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Another campaign is for a moment of silence at 3:00 pm local time. Either way, taking a minute to understand Memorial Day is not national Barbecue Day is important to our future. Only when we connect to the best of our past can we hope to have a firm foundation on which we build our future.

I will never forget the sacrifices for freedom that I saw in OEF. I will never forget the dignified transfer of young men back to their families. I ask my fellow Americans to never forget that their blood is the nourishment which gives life to your freedom.

Vance Phillips Retires

This last election caused the retirement of long time conservative Councilman Vance Phillips of Laurel. Tuesday, December 16th was the last meeting for Phillips. To mark the occasion, dignitaries and citizens from all over the county and a Councilman from Dover came to council and a sort of retirement party afterward. Phillips drew praise for his tenure of service from both sides of the aisle as he was hailed for his conservative leadership. Phillips retrospective was emotional but controlled. His personal testimony about his renewal of faith and Divine intervention after his accident was genuinely gripping. Phillips was a little chocked up that it was time to find something new. "For 16 years this is what I did on Tuesdays," stated Phillips. The event was vintage Phillips. He was completely in his element with hugs, well wishes, and even an autograph seeker. The unity at Read more

A Personal Moment: Remembering Dolores Anderson

First the basics Listed below are the funeral arrangements for Dolores M. Anderson, mother of SGT David Anderson (160th ENG CO), who passed away on Monday, November 3. VISITATION: Saturday, November 8, 9-11 a.m. Pippin Funeral Home 119 West Camden Wyoming Avenue Wyoming, DE FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 8, 11 a.m. Pippin Funeral Home INTERMENT: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna, DE REPASS: Christian Life Center,614 S. DuPont Hwy. Dover, DE Since I know that this is a political blog, I will not disinterest our readers with too many personal reflections, but since I have paid 100% of the freight for years, I hope you will indulge me a personal moment. My mom was a very special lady (as I am sure most of yours were to you). Unlike my father, who was a public figure, Pastor, chaplain for the local GOP, long time local radio show, Share Read more

Michele Bachmann’s farewell–for now

Congresswoman and Tea Party Caucus Founder Michele Bachmann is retiring from Congress after 8 years. She spoke before the Values Voter's Summit. I am disappointed with her retirement because she understood the importance of defending the dollar and opposing the new global market basket currency. This debate with Socialist and Democrat Caucusing Senator Bernie Sanders is classic. She destroys his arguments for bigger government. The famous Gangster Government Speech End Bailout Nation Read more

Happy Independence Day

238 years ago, this nation discovered its destiny among the nations of the world.  It became a light in a dark world.  It became a free republic where no there was no king usurping authority over the rest of the citizenry.  "We have no king but King Jesus," was the rallying cry of the day.  Of course America, while based upon Christian principles, was a nation that drew from and respected a variety of traditions.  Some leading citizens were Jewish, Deists, and Paine was an atheist.    The Christian traditions represented were everything from Quakers to Catholics to Anglicans to Methodists, to Baptists.  Thanks to America, that seems normal, in that day, it was not.  America refused to have a national church, but unlike the French revolution, it valued the contribution of faith. Without government trying to control it, faith could lift our spirits and strengthen our humanity.America Read more

Senator Ted Cruz is Delaware Politics National Person of the Year; Theresa Garcia is Delaware Politics Citizen of the Year.

The final two Delaware Politics Annual awards are for Delaware Citizen of the Year and National Person of the Year. The voting was close in each category. The runner up for Person of the Year was Edward Snowden who transformed the nation’s understanding of the national surveillance programs. The debate is now at the highest levels of governments globally and the most humble of homes on Main Street. The jury is still out on the legacy of Mr. Snowden. Will he sell out national secrets to protect himself? Is he a hero or mixed bag? Has he gone too far? No matter what one thinks of him, he has transformed the nation’s view of its government and sparked a global debate. The runner up for Delaware Citizen of the year was Dr. Kim Warfield. From feeding children snacks and dinner in the summer to facilitating youth programs throughout the year ranging from free mixed martial Read more

Delaware Politics National Conservative of the Year is Rand Paul

The freshman Senator from Kentucky has transformed the national conversation. We know Democrats couldn't care less about the people who work hard and play by the rules except around every 6 years when they are in a tough election, they toss around a minimum wage hike of a dollar over a couple of years to look like they are doing something. The Democrats couldn't care less about civil liberties. They complained about the Patriot Act and National Surveillance while falling all over themselves to expand it. They destroyed economic growth with a massive infusion of debt and blew most of a decade of opportunity. They engineered the devastation of the middle class then decide to launch a campaign against income inequality instead of one for greater wealth participation. They used to get away with it. Washington had two parties, the evil neo-socialist party and the clueless party running off Read more

Conservative of the Year: Jeff Christopher

Whether one agrees or disagrees with Sheriff Jeff Christopher, he has captured the attention of the public and the ire of the establishment based upon a simple proposition, following the Constitution. His cause has gotten national attention, a hearing before the State Supreme Court which was less interested in the meaning of the state constitution than protecting the racket of the abuse of power that comes by allowing a government of men not law. State Treasurer Chip Flowers has discovered the same issue as he stood up for the Constitutional imperatives associated with his office. The courts here care more about case law than constitutional law and more about custom than tradition and common law. Obviously, a government that can nullify the Constitution by simple statue to the point of eviscerating a constitutional officer of his fundamental powers and duties, has the power to do anything Read more

Malala Yousafzai: Delaware Politics International Person of the Year

This 15 year old girl stood up to a ruling group of terrorists and demanded the right of girls to an education in a Taliban controlled area of Pakistan. She was gunned down in the streets for her trouble with a gunshot to the head. When she recovered, she kept speaking out. She moved to England and raised money to make that education a reality for her peers back home and elsewhere. Malala Yousafzai has been internationally recognized and is a true hero. Ms. Yousafzai is the Delaware Politics International Person of the Year. May her courage be an example to us as we reclaim the greatness that is America.

Happy Veterans’ Day

To all who served in War or in Peace, Thank you. I dedicate part of my tribute to the memory of my father, Levi and uncle, Austin who served in the Pacific and European theaters (respectively) of World War 2. The rest is to all those who serve or served. I hope you enjoy your day. I will join you in enjoying it next year. Save a seat at Applebees for me.

Veteran’s Day Weekend Thoughts

Many of our fine readers are gearing up for a three day weekend as Veteran's Day is on a Monday this year. I hope that you will take a moment this weekend to give some due to a neighbor who serves, a friend who did, or a family member who wore the uniform. Previous generations of Americans understood the meaning of military service to this great country. Now the average veteran is over 50. 1% of American adults serve in the Armed Services. So we do not lose the importance of that sacrifice of service, I am launching a Veteran's Day Weekend awareness series. The Soldier's Creed I am an American Soldier. I am a warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically Read more

Veterans’ Day Weekend Preview

I hope you enjoy your three day weekend. I hope sometime during this weekend, you give a tangible act of gratitude to the military and gold star families. The families also serve. This weekend will be dedicated to America’s Vets here at Delaware Politics. I hope you enjoy the thoughts and tributes. If not, there is always the 12th.

Delaware Politics Person of the Year 2012

The Winner is Kim Warfield.  We will have a profile on our winner posted soon. Chaplain Kim Warfield is a true leader in the community and a trail blazer in the Conservative community.  She uplifts the lives of children, the hurting, and needy.  She is a court appointed advocate for children, a volunteer councilor at the Hope Clinic, and an internationally recognized leader in her denomination overseeing churches from the Eastern United States to the Caribbean.  Some know her as the state Republican Chaplain.  Most in Dover know her from the Delaware Minority Outreach which feeds scores of children in the summer and provides free after school programs during the year.  The former NYC detective also helps the homeless and provides entrepreneurial and life skill training to adults.   She is on the Dover Human Relations Commission where she heads the investigation committee. Read more

A Tribute To Jerry Wood, Mighty Huge Shoes To Fill

I knew Jerry but a short time of his seventy-four years in this life, but they became exciting years for me. I met Jerry at a Monthly Regional Meeting of the Sussex County GOP, between three and four years ago. They've gone by so quickly, I can't remember the exact date. At that time, he asked if I would consider becoming part of the Sussex GOP Committee. During my initial meeting with Jerry, I became aware of the quality of his life. A true Conservative Republican, Jerry was always working at growing the republican party and always seemed to have a plan. It wasn't long before he asked me to work on a committee to recruit new Elective District Chairpersons and of course Jerry was the originator of the Sussex County Conservative Caucus, which had it's humble beginnings in someone's house. The Caucus soon grew rapidly and moved to the Manor House on Rt. 9, Lewes. We were considered Read more