American History & Presidents

The Catholic Bishops v. Obama? President Obama and Justice Ginsburg on America’s “Rather Old Constitution”

The Catholic Bishops v. Obama? President Obama and Justice Ginsburg on America’s “Rather Old Constitution”

I’ve gotten some very interesting emails regarding President Obama’s mandate commanding Roman Catholics (and many evangelical Protestants) to violate their consciences by providing mandatory contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. The emailers noted that Obama’s action will force Catholics to challenge … More>

When Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

When Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

For more than a century baseball has been called America’s national pastime, and Major League Baseball is flourishing today. However, in recent decades, football—college and professional—has surpassed baseball in popularity and prominence. For many men and some women, fall weekends … More>

John Lennon’s Revolution

John Lennon’s Revolution

John Lennon of The Beatles wrote the surprisingly and relatively conservative song “Revolution” in 1968. Compared with the Rolling Stones’ 1968 “Street Fighting Man” written by Mick Jagger, Lennon’s lyrics are tame and earned him the scorn of the New … More>

Defending the American Cause

Defending the American Cause

While America fights two wars this Memorial Day, comforts grieving families whose sons and daughters made the ultimate sacrifice, battles economic problems at home, and grows increasingly concerned about Korean peninsula tensions, I am reminded again of Russell Kirk’s slim … More>

Reagan and Joe

Reagan and Joe

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at National Review, February 6, 2010. This February 6 marks the 99thanniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. In a telling development, Republicans around the country have begun holding “Reagan Day” dinners, as they’ve … More>

The American Cause this Memorial Day

The American Cause this Memorial Day

“Based upon our observations of American soldiers and their officers captured in this war, the following facts are evidenced,” a foreign intelligence officer wrote. “There is little knowledge or understanding, even among United States university graduates, of American political history … More>

Rush and Rick

Rush and Rick

I was in the third row as Rush Limbaugh spoke for nearly 90 minutes to a wildly exuberant audience as he closed this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. I was also in the third row to … More>

An Obama-Reagan Presidency?

An Obama-Reagan Presidency?

What’s the state of the republic—and its citizens—this Presidents’ Day 2009? It is a state of deep confusion. Here are some polls to ponder, as America considers presidents past and new. Brace yourself.

Before he was elected president, Senator Barack … More>

The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

On Feb. 12 we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The relatively short history of our nation makes this a particularly momentous milestone. Of all of our leaders after the founders, only Franklin Roosevelt approaches Lincoln’s renown and … More>

A Tale of Two Inaugurals

A Tale of Two Inaugurals

Watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama, I was impressed by the graciousness and civility by the two presidents at the platform during the transition. To tepid applause, Obama began his Inaugural Address by thanking George W. Bush for his … More>

General Powell’s Endorsement

General Powell’s Endorsement

Many conservatives wonder why retired Army Gen. Colin Powell endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The quick answer—and the most inadequate one—is that Powell is obliged to endorse the first African-American with a real chance to win the presidency. That … More>

V&V Q&A: “Where Have You Gone, Thomas Jefferson?” (An Interview on America’s Founding Fathers and Modern Presidents)

V&V Q&A: “Where Have You Gone, Thomas Jefferson?” (An Interview on America’s Founding Fathers and Modern Presidents)

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

Four for the Fourth

Four for the Fourth

It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas. When December rolls around everyone knows which movies to watch to celebrate the holidays. Sadly, America’s birthday doesn’t seem quite so lucky. So, here is a list of four films … More>

Pile of Manure

Pile of Manure “It reminds me of the story about that little boy … in this room filled with manure.”
—Hillary Clinton, April 1

As Senator Hillary Clinton presses on in her battle to win more primaries on the road to the Democratic … More>

El Cinco de Mayo

El Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) festivities are to Mexican-Americans what St. Patrick’s Day festivities are to Irish-Americans—a joyful expression of ancestral pride and a celebration of the rich diversity of American culture. Mexican-Americans, like Irish-Americans, migrated to the United … More>

God and Man at Pitt

God and Man at Pitt

I discovered William F. Buckley, Jr. in the late 1980s as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, where I was a pre-med student preparing for a career in organ transplantation. I had been bit by the political bug. It … More>

Lessons from Lincoln

Lessons from Lincoln

As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, we can learn much from Abraham Lincoln about how to apply Judeo-Christian values to political life. Governing our nation during its darkest days, Lincoln affirmed God’s sovereignty, sought to discover God’s will, used biblical principles … More>

Hillary’s Dewey Moment

Hillary’s Dewey Moment

Political pundits took to the airwaves and their ink-wells after Hillary Clinton surprised the press by posting a first-place finish in New Hampshire this week. The talking heads have credited Senator Clinton’s atypical show of emotion for helping her to … More>

Thoughts of Thanksgiving

Thoughts of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. It fuses the secular and the sacred—that special synthesis that forms our national identity. Our celebration of a Day of Thanksgiving underscores both our commonality, as citizens of one republic, and our diversity, as … More>

No Exit

No Exit “The man who runs away will fight again.”
– Menander, 303 B.C.

In April 1972, with North Vietnamese forces advancing as part of their Nguyen Hue Offensive, Seventh Air Force Headquarters in Saigon began drawing up evacuation plans. Approximately 60,000 … More>

Get Back to the House!

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>

Victory Japan Tilford

Victory Japan Tilford

In early August, members of the Witherspoon Society, a “progressive” religious advocacy group affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, attended the “Ghost Ranch Week of Peace” in rural New Mexico. Ghost Ranch participants generally are anti-war and anti-military, support the … More>

A Series of Miracles

A Series of Miracles

On October 3, 1789 George Washington signed the first Thanksgiving Proclamation of the newly constituted American Republic. He called upon the American people to enjoy “a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts … More>

Victory Lessons

Victory Lessons

Editor’s note: The below remarks were made at a symposium about college and university based think tanks sponsored by The Atlas Economic Research Foundation titled “Preserving the Roots of American Liberty: Pursuing Excellence Through Academic Centers.” The symposium was held More>

Stuck in the Sixties

Stuck in the Sixties

The 1960s was nirvana for American liberalism. From the day John F. Kennedy inspired a new generation of Americans to the time that newest of the new generations, my generation now entering our sixties, rebelled against the war in Vietnam, … More>

Storm Warnings

Storm Warnings

“The aircraft carrier Eisenhower, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage, guided-missile destroyer USS Mason and the fast-attack submarine USS Newport News, is, as I write, making its way to the Straits of Hormuz off Iran. … More>

Mea Culpa

Mea Culpa

Recently, President Bush released a 23-page booklet titled “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism.” With the release of this document, more than three years after the invasion of Iraq, now is a time for a sober reassessment of the Bush administration’s … More>

Policing the Border

Policing the Border

Immigration is one of the most controversial issues facing the American people today. Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, loud voices in the media are pointing to “open borders” and hinting at dangerous “illegal aliens” who are … More>

Christ and Politics

Christ and Politics

Garry Wills’ claim in a recent op-ed in the New York Times “Christ Among the Partisans” that “there is no such thing as a ‘Christian politics’” is biblically and historically suspect. Wills cites Christ’s statement to Pilate, “My reign is … More>

Ungracious Idiocy

Ungracious Idiocy War is such a dangerous business that the mistakes
which come from kindness are the very worst.
—Carl von Clausewitz, On War, 1832

The Father of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Vladimir Lenin, used the term “useful idiots” to describe … More>

Portrait of an Anti-American

Portrait of an Anti-American

They come in all shapes and sizes, without regard to age, race, color, credo, Speedo, national origins, pedigree, filigree, or no degree.  They are full-blooded, half-blooded, sixteenth-blooded, green-blooded, one-sixty-fourth-blooded something or other, Vulcanese, Pekinese, or strip tease.  They are mono-cultural, … More>

Alito’s Epistle

Alito’s Epistle

I get angry emails anytime I accuse the dominant press of hostility toward religion, and specifically toward the religious right, as opposed to the religious left. The press is silent (or at least not hostile) when a liberal preacher denounces … More>

Conservatives Are Blowing It

Conservatives Are Blowing It

Conservatives are blowing it. In Harriet Miers, George W. Bush designated a nominee to the Supreme Court who, without conservative opposition and digging, particularly by the diligent Wall Street Journal, would almost surely have sailed through Senate confirmation. By all … More>

Generalissimo Bush

Generalissimo Bush

Effective wartime presidents are generalissimos, commanders-in-chiefs wielding military power to achieve historically monumental strategic ends; visionaries who shape and mold events through bold political and military action. Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, America’s two greatest wartime Presidents, served the … More>

Breaking All the Rules

Breaking All the Rules

There is a time-honored tradition in American politics — a gentlemen’s agreement of sorts: Former presidents do not openly criticize current presidents, particularly on sensitive foreign-policy matters. Ex-presidents know intimately the difficulty of the job; they understand how much more … More>