Erik Root

About Erik Root

Erik Root, Ph.D is a writer living in North Carolina.

American Publius: Grant Reconsidered

Summing up the importance of Ulysses S. Grant is a daunting task, given his ascension to the American political scene followed the august statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln. Review of Grant by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press, 1,104 pages, $40) Any president who followed so closely upon the heels of our martyred 16th president

By | 2018-02-03T15:52:22+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|

Good Taste Returns to the White House this Christmas

Though the hate-filled press would like you to think otherwise, this Christmas we have witnessed a return to a classic sense of style at the White House. The much-discussed Trump Christmas decor has contributed to this proper and appropriate appreciation of style which—as opposed to fashion—is timeless. Adam Flusser, the master

By | 2017-12-10T11:31:02+00:00 December 9th, 2017|

The Biggest Threat to the First Amendment is the Press Itself

The media has been deceptive and/or outright lying about Trump for a long time now. Mollie Hemingway detailed just a few of their whoppers in a recent piece. When the president exercised his constitutional authority to fire FBI Director James Comey, the New York Times published a story accusing Trump of pressuring Comey

By | 2017-05-26T16:06:06+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|

Let My People Go: Removing the Shackles of Academic Jim Crow

On Wednesday March 29, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, gave a thoughtful speech before the Brookings Institution. The speech was a substantive development in a week otherwise dominated by the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration, which—as it happens—is turning into an investigation of Democrat spying. In her speech DeVos’s noted that, “parents know

By | 2017-04-03T06:52:59+00:00 March 31st, 2017|

How Trump Saved this Union

Trump, like Grant, is a man of action. He is one who, like most Americans, understands America's principles in his bones and acts to defend them. Like many couples, Suzanne and I had political differences when we married. While I never thought of Obama as an agent for positive political change, Suzanne determined

By | 2017-02-02T10:02:14+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|

A Time for Choosing

Last month I threw away nearly all my old National Review magazines. Watching the decline of a publication once home to a conservative intellectual elite has been sad to watch, and it has darkened many friendships. But the times called for clarity and for distinctions to be made. Although we may long for reconciliation, that

By | 2016-11-09T17:05:51+00:00 November 9th, 2016|