The Tyranny of Small Things

I recently spent an hour-and-a-half standing outside a Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles office, waiting for the privilege of paying $72 to renew my driver’s license. I stood outside because there was no room to stand inside: the small offices were entirely occupied by the rest of the line and two—only two—employees. With

By | 2017-05-23T21:08:21+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|

The ‘Hundred Days’ Humbug

President Trump is criticized for things he has done and for things he has left undone. What is unreasonable is the additional arbitrary standard to which he, like all modern presidents, is held liable: what he has accomplished, and failed to, in his first hundred days in office. Why is the figure of

By | 2017-05-14T14:43:09+00:00 April 27th, 2017|

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a Hate Group

  The hilariously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit group that purports to fight “hate and bigotry” and to seek “justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.” Though it makes the most of the goodwill and reputation earned in the 1960s, today they exist mainly to spread hatred, incite violence, and

By | 2017-04-03T05:22:13+00:00 March 28th, 2017|

A Nation Under Lawyers

We have become a nation of humorless aspiring lawyers. The bureaucratization of the American regime has affected the American soul in ways large and small—right down to how we think and act in the world around us. Reams of regulations control our everyday lives, from the type of light bulbs we use to the number

By | 2017-03-21T08:23:33+00:00 March 21st, 2017|

The “Fourth Branch of Government” Threatens the Constitution’s Three

The barely concealed in-house revolt by federal bureaucrats against the Trump Administration has been a long time coming and reveals the greatest internal challenge to the Constitution’s provisions for separation of powers. No one made the issue plainer than James Madison when he wrote in “The Federalist Papers”: The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive

By | 2017-02-20T18:14:17+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Tags: , |

Michael Novak, RIP

It is with sadness that we at American Greatness note the passing of the accomplished writer, thinker, and theologian Michael Novak—a man whose influence extended to everyone from statesmen, to popes, and intellectuals,  to the common man. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, praised him and Pope John Paul II called him a friend. He was wise, but

By | 2017-02-18T00:12:24+00:00 February 18th, 2017|

Let’s Build a League of Democracies

When Sir Winston Churchill wrote his epic four-volume book, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, he attempted to chart the divisions embedded within the English-speaking countries of the world. This work represents Churchill’s abiding commitment to enhancing the affinities among people who, though separated by geography and national borders, share a common culture and language.

By | 2017-01-28T14:31:41+00:00 January 28th, 2017|

In RE: Lewis v. Trump—A Thought Experiment

It should be stipulated without reservation that U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was one of the most important civil rights heroes of the 1960s. He sacrificed not only his personal safety but helped to lead a movement that brought America into line with its own founding, ideals, and aspirations. As we commemorate the broad life and scope of Reverend

By | 2017-01-16T18:57:49+00:00 January 16th, 2017|