Obama’s America: That’s Who We Are

During his presidency, Barack Obama was fond of hectoring the American people with the condescending refrain “that’s not who we are.” He would trot it out regularly to disparage as un-American anyone who disagreed with his predictably progressive policy views on immigration, refugees, health care, or Islamic terrorism. Who we are, it turns

By | 2017-09-11T15:49:19+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

‘Party of Lincoln’ No More

One of the most prominent clichés that passes for wisdom among the GOP Establishment and conservative intellectual elite is that the Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln. But Donald Trump, as we are told ad nauseam, is doing his best to sever the electric cord that ties the Republican Party to Lincoln’s political principles. 

By | 2017-09-09T14:47:33+00:00 September 7th, 2017|

Some Things Trump Could Say About Monuments

President Trump has expressed regret about the removal of commemorative monuments whose honorees are tainted by participation in slavery. While I respect his sentiment I find it inadequate, because the symbolism and function of historical statues are more complicated than either the president or the iconoclasts make it sound. I think the president

By | 2017-09-01T12:37:59+00:00 August 29th, 2017|

How Do We Rediscover Our American Heritage? Start With the Declaration

It’s sobering to consider the degree to which we have lost our knowledge of and connection to our American heritage. As a result, William B. Allen notes that we have been transitioning increasingly from a society of “independent yeomen” to a society of “wards of the state.” The challenge before us is to

By | 2017-07-11T14:15:09+00:00 July 8th, 2017|

Coolidge on the Declaration: “If All Men are Created Equal, That is Final”

The following is an excerpt from Calvin Coolidge's (lengthy) speech in Philadelphia on July 5, 1926, marking the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.  We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know in the case of the individual that

By | 2017-07-05T13:18:51+00:00 July 4th, 2017|

Jefferson’s Elements

When Euclid wrote Elements circa 300 B.C. he set down five axioms. A straight line can be made from any two points. A finite straight line can be extended continuously. A circle can be described by a line segment with a fixed point and the opposite point rotated continuously to its original position.

By | 2017-07-07T09:35:20+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|