Martin Luther King’s Dream and the Declaration of Independence
August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history. All Americans recognize the soaring rhetoric … More>
Pennsylvania, Let’s Move to Elections Once Every Two Years
Pennsylvania will soon hold its primary election, something the state does every spring. As night follows day, a newspaper columnist or editorial board will bemoan the low turnout after the primary election, just as they do after other primary elections. … More>
Sorry Pennsylvanians, Your Primary Won’t Matter
Many Pennsylvanians who follow politics want the Keystone State’s presidential primary to matter. They observe the candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and elsewhere holding rallies, visiting local diners, and kissing babies. They want some of that attention by … More>
State of the Union: The Best Response is not a Formal Response
Last night, Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin delivered the official “Republican Response” to the State of the Union (SOTU). I wish there were no official response, and that’s not because I didn’t want to hear from a Republican. I’m … More>
Progressives and the Founders: On Natural Rights, the Practice of Democracy and the Diffusion of Power
The Progressive Movement at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century in the United States confronted a political and social environment that was quite different from the time of the American Founders. In 1790 there … More>
The Good Shepherd and Great Host of Modern American Conservatism
The one time I met William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008), the great figure of modern American conservatism, he was gracious and inviting. In 1991, he was the commencement speaker for my graduating class at Grove City College. My friends were … More>
Get Back to the House!
One of the often overlooked features of the U.S. Constitution is the minimal qualifications for running for office. The Constitution says that any natural-born citizen—male or female—over the age of 35 can be president.
Perhaps we should add one limitation: … More>
Celebrating the 4th
How will you celebrate the 4th of July? Will you have/Are you having a picnic? Going to one? Picnics are fine, but all of us should also truly celebrate the essence of the Fourth – the propositions about rights and … More>
Remembering Thanksgiving’s Political Past
Thanksgiving is a great holiday because of its cultural, religious and political heritage, and that political heritage should not be forgotten.
Most Americans are at least vaguely familiar with the cultural and religious background to Thanksgiving. The story of the … More>