The Enduring Counsel of George Washington

The ratification of the Constitution in 1788 ushered in a new era in the United States. The times were not without discord—domestic, foreign, and within the government itself—as the nation implemented a new structure that inevitably brought forth many opinions on how best to govern the nation. Among the most dramatic changes in the new

By | 2020-02-21T20:44:40-07:00 February 21st, 2020|Tags: |

States’ Right to Recall

One side called him, “One of those ambitious politicians!” “A Party Scavenger,” a “popularity seeker,” and urged him to “Return to thy Country! Assist not in its destruction! Consider the consequences!” The other side called him “a fair and honorable man,” an “independent” man, “the greatest ornament and the ablest member of the American Senate,

By | 2020-02-18T20:55:22-07:00 February 18th, 2020|Tags: |

Subverting the Irrational Narrative of America

In an age when few people under the age of 40 can recall—either from personal memory or from some retelling in a book, a movie, or a classroom presentation—a single story about their country that moves them to unalloyed admiration, what can it even mean to exhort them to “Make America Great Again”? Older generations

By | 2020-02-18T21:40:16-07:00 February 18th, 2020|Tags: |

What It Means for America To Be the ‘Last Best Hope of Earth’

Once a great people roamed through the forests and open plains of North America. Those great people were the various tribes of what appropriately can be called the American Indians, the indigenous peoples of what was mistakenly thought to be the Indies. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, those peoples were described as

By | 2020-02-11T22:13:15-07:00 February 11th, 2020|Tags: |

You Can’t Have Representation Without First Having a People to Represent

In the senior section of our Humanities curriculum at Magdalen College, we are now reading Eric Voegelin’s The New Science of Politics. That is a fine coincidence, because this week is the New Hampshire primary, and we fight on the field of a great war for the hearts and minds of all Americans, who will

By | 2020-02-11T19:51:48-07:00 February 11th, 2020|Tags: |

What Americans Can Learn from F. W. de Klerk’s Great Betrayal of South Africa

In what should serve as a lesson for Americans today, recall that 30 years ago on February 2, 1990, F. W. de Klerk, South Africa’s last white president, turned the screws on his constituents, betraying the confidence we had placed in him. I say “we,” because, prior to becoming president in 1989, De Klerk was

By | 2020-02-09T19:22:25-07:00 February 9th, 2020|Tags: |

The System Worked

As irritating as the last three years of political turmoil have been (especially the bizarre and idiotic impeachment fiasco), Americans can rejoice that the Madisonian constitutional system of “checks and balances” has proven its wisdom once again. This system of divided and overlapping powers in branches and levels of government (unitary executive, bicameral legislature, and

By | 2020-02-09T20:07:00-07:00 February 9th, 2020|Tags: |

The March for Life Proves that Cowering on ‘Social Issues’ Is Politically Stupid

This past weekend, along with an 800-person contingent from the University of Notre Dame, I marched in the 47th annual March for Life. It was my second time at the event and truly an historic occasion. I say this not simply because the march is the largest, regular demonstration in America (and probably the world)

By | 2020-01-30T02:22:17-07:00 January 26th, 2020|Tags: |

The Intersection Between Civilization and Barbarism

Last week, I was in Santiago, Chile, delivering eight lectures at the Universidad de los Andes on “The Moral Foundations of a Free Society.” I was speaking to a group of 50 students, most of whom were from Latin American countries from Mexico to Patagonia. Observant Americans know that Chile has been hit in recent

By | 2020-01-24T21:06:31-07:00 January 24th, 2020|Tags: |

The Battle Between Something and Nothing

I’m no prognosticator, but in any conflict between Something and Nothing, my money is on Something, every time. I have recently read of one of the wiser uses of money squeezed from American taxpayers. A feminist professor was sent to Afghanistan to reveal to the natives the glories of battling the patriarchy, or something. I

By | 2020-01-22T22:26:21-07:00 January 22nd, 2020|Tags: |

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