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About Us

This website is dedicated to a defense of Christian culture, particularly through a vibrant cultural, social, and spiritual "fraternal association" of the English-speaking peoples, as envisioned by Sir Winston Churchill. Our blog's title is from the great man's "Finest Hour" speech.

Churchill believed, as we do, that there is a natural, organic unity of the English-speaking peoples throughout the world rooted in their Christian faith, history, language and culture. They share a belief in "fair play," a dedication to the natural law and God-given rights, have a strong sense of justice, and a willingness to stand up for the "little guy" and those who have been unfairly treated. These cultural qualities are the foundation for the great hallmarks of the English-speaking world - Magna Carta, habeas corpus, trial by jury, freedom of speech, common law and the English and American Bill of Rights.  Because Sir Winston Churchill stands as a champion of these ideals, we wanted the title of this website to be associated with him.

Sunlit Uplands is edited by Daniel J. Cassidy.  Cassidy served on the staff of Senator Herman E. Talmadge of Georgia.  He also served as a government relations executive for industry and non-profit organizations, and was a founder and Treasurer of the American League of Lobbyists. 

In 1989, Cassidy was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as Special Assistant in the U.S. Department of Education, and in 1992 joined the Executive Office of the President as Congressional Liaison for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 1994, he became Director of Education Policy for Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler, coordinating a statewide campaign for education reform and school choice, establishing one of New Jersey's first charter schools, and serving as President of the New Jersey Scholarship Fund. During the administration of George W. Bush, Cassidy served as Secretary's Regional Representative for the U.S. Department of Education, promoting the policies and programs of the President and Secretary in Region II. 

A native of Cold Spring Harbor, New York, Cassidy is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and has published numerous articles in newspapers and journals. He has served on the South Carolina Advisory Board to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.