William B. Allen

About William B. Allen

W. B. Allen is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State University and a pastor at First Baptist Church in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Justifiably Proud: The Standing of Blacks in the Republican Party

Barack Obama launched his meteoric political rise in 2004 by plagiarizing a message published in my 1991 essay, "Black and White Together: A Reconsideration,” which was included in the book Reassessing Civil Rights. Unfortunately, while Obama embraced the winning rhetoric, he did not embrace the argument. Otherwise, he would have transformed the political character of

By | 2019-12-10T20:25:34-07:00 December 10th, 2019|Tags: |

Doing Impeachment Right

We’re all in for impeachment. We should make the most of it. Let’s assure that no holder of public office will ever again invoke the aid of a foreign power to investigate potential crimes by candidates or potential candidates for office. In pursuing this goal, we should be mindful that we only need probable cause

By | 2019-09-30T20:08:04-07:00 September 29th, 2019|Tags: |

Trust Trump, But Not Too Much!

What Donald Trump does America needs, but it does not exhaust the nation’s needs at this hour. When we speak of “draining the swamp” we intend significantly more than merely replacing recalcitrant public officials who fail to vindicate the claims of self-government. We mean also removing the policies and practices that maintain a

By | 2019-06-26T20:08:10-07:00 June 25th, 2019|

Intelligence Community Has Made the U.S. a Blind Giant

Nations require intelligence to see their way through the dark alleys of international relations. For that reason, and above all in the modern era, they build up intelligence services to maintain up-to-the-moment awareness of initiatives and tendencies in states that can bear on their interests. Ultimately, however, the intelligence of the head of

By | 2018-07-17T23:56:57-07:00 July 18th, 2018|

A Way Out for Democrats: The President Offers a Deal

President Trump is offering Democrats a lifeline with his recent efforts to work with their leadership on budget negotiations and the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for illegal aliens. With Republicans showing themselves unwilling to bring their party more in line with the priorities of Trump voters, the president now appears

By | 2017-09-19T13:19:58-07:00 September 17th, 2017|

It’s Not Trump They Hate—It’s Us!

A storm gathers over the United States, threatening to inundate the very foundations of our civic edifice. In the heat of recriminations over the events of Charlottesville it would be easy to divert attention from this underlying reality. But the dangers are so grave that no effort should be spared in seeking to

By | 2017-08-20T14:46:26-07:00 August 17th, 2017|

A Modest Proposal for Effective Swamp Draining

It could be exciting to see a court as heedless as the travel ban courts step up to the plate and “convict” President Trump for violating the emoluments clause. It would be fundamentally unjust and on its face a travesty. Yet it is tantalizing to contemplate the ripple effect such a ruling could

By | 2017-06-17T12:07:49-07:00 June 14th, 2017|

Let Freedom Ring: An Election Sermon

Jan van Bronchorst: "Jethro Advising Moses" (1659) Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt of a sermon delivered on November 2 at the First Baptist Church in Havre de Grace, Maryland. A video of the full sermon is embedded below. When I was a boy, the United States had just won a war

By | 2016-11-11T12:55:03-07:00 November 11th, 2016|

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