Articles by Karl Spence

Hatred in War and in Peace

n 1793, Captain Horatio Nelson took command of HMS Agamemnon, a 64-gun ship of the line in the British Navy, at the start of one of England’s perennial wars with France. The two nations had been fighting for almost half of the more than 700 years that had elapsed since William of Normandy conquered the […]

Of Rioters and Lamp-posts

RRAYED, pp. Drawn up and given an orderly disposition, as a rioter hanged to a lamp-post. That’s a quotation from The Devil’s Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce. It popped into my head just now for some reason, but before exploring that reason and the inferences that might be drawn from it, let’s spend some more time […]

The Left’s Raising and Glorifying of Cain

If you’ve ever been to Canada, you’ve found yourself quite at home, eh? True, the money looks different, and the speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour, and people say “aboat” when they mean “about,” and cafes offer orange marmalade instead of “mixed fruit jelly,” and red maple leaves wave where you’re used to […]

Trump Hasn’t Yet Fulfilled His ‘Law and Order’ Vow

At National Review, the erstwhile flagship of American conservatism, Jim Geraghty puts out a bulletin called “The Morning Jolt.” On the morning after Tuesday’s off-year elections, the “Jolt” was mostly negative for conservatives. Geraghty noted a few successes: winning the Mississippi governor’s race, improving the Republican Party’s position in the New Jersey legislature, narrowly rejecting […]

Teddy Roosevelt’s Rules

The recent uproar over whether the Democrats’ machinations against President Donald Trump are comparable to a lynching has died down, as uproars surrounding our 45th president always do. But further exploration of the question may yield something useful, not only to Trump but to the nation. People have called what’s happening to Trump a witch […]

Lynching: It’s Not About Race

In 1841, Texas vigilantes tied up “Buckskin Bill” McFadden and led him to a tree. As they threw a rope over one of its limbs, McFadden cursed his killers. “You’ve stolen my life and you’ll wade through blood for it. You fellows that are grinning now will bleed and die to pay for this murder.” […]

Henry Fielding, a Man for This Season

No one speaks of a century’s first decade as “the aughts.” Few of us speak of the second decade as “the teens.” But by the time the third decade comes around, we seem to have gotten used to the charming fact that we’re in a new chapter of history. Our shouts of “It’s the 21st […]

A Visit to Trigger Town

The Drudge Report on Thursday featured an arresting headline: “D.C. Tourist Savagely Beaten, Stomped, Spit on by Gang of Youths.” Who could resist clicking on that? The link went a Gateway Pundit story, which supplies the additional information that the attack took place outside the Washington Hilton Hotel, where President Ronald Reagan and three others […]

From ‘Birth’ to ‘Glory’ by Way of ‘Wind’

At the end of his documentary series “The Civil War,” Ken Burns bids farewell to many of the figures who drove that story. They departed this earth in touching, even inspiring ways. There’s General Ulysses S. Grant, stricken with cancer, racing the Reaper to produce an autobiography and thereby provide for his family, and finishing […]

Melodrama or Reality?

background_repeat=”no-repeat” hover_type=”none” border_position=”all” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ [fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_ rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” class=”” id=””] In the spring of 1519, the Aztec god-king Montezuma II received word that strange, marvelous creatures had appeared on his empire’s eastern shore. Fearing either to receive or destroy them, he sent envoys with orders to greet them, offer them […]