Michael Coulter

Michael Coulter

Dr. Michael Coulter is a professor of humanities and political science at Grove City College and a contributor to The Center for Vision & Values. Contact him at [email protected]

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Martin Luther King’s Dream and the Declaration of Independence

August 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

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>

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Pennsylvania, Let’s Move to Elections Once Every Two Years

April 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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>

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Sorry Pennsylvanians, Your Primary Won’t Matter

March 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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>

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State of the Union: The Best Response is not a Formal Response

January 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

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>

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Progressives and the Founders: On Natural Rights, the Practice of Democracy and the Diffusion of Power

June 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

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>

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The Good Shepherd and Great Host of Modern American Conservatism

February 29, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

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>

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Get Back to the House!

September 6, 2007 | by | Topic: The American Story

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>

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Celebrating the 4th

June 30, 2005 | by | Topic: The American Story

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>

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Remembering Thanksgiving’s Political Past

November 25, 2003 | by | Topic: The American Story

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>

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