About Gary L. Gregg II

Dr. Gary L. Gregg II holds the Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership at the University of Louisville and is director of the McConnell Center. He is the author or editor of six books, including The Presidential Republic, Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition, and Securing Democracy—Why We Have an Electoral College.

Why Do We Have an Electoral College?

By |2020-11-01T19:07:15-06:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Constitution, Electoral College, Politics, Timeless Essays|Tags: , |

The modern Electoral College may not be exactly what the Founders intended, but it fits the spirit of their decentralized federal system. During the debates over the ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton remarked in Federalist 68 that the method of presidential selection was “almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which [...]

Liberals, Conservatives, and the American Presidency

By |2020-11-02T15:37:45-06:00February 18th, 2018|Categories: Featured, George Washington, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

Immediate popular majorities do not bestow greatness on statesmen. Rather, it is the longview of history and experience that will be the arbiters of the place each of our presidents will ultimately find. The office of the presidency has always been controversial. Born of the Founders’ struggle to create a stable republican political order, it [...]

C.S. Lewis’ “Present Concerns”: A Gift of Wisdom

By |2021-04-28T10:00:45-05:00November 28th, 2017|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Featured, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Each of the nineteen essays in Present Concerns is packed with wisdom that can profitably be taken in little chunks over time and meditated upon over a steaming hot cup of tea or an even bigger pint of ale, perhaps even with a pipe pinched between one’s teeth, as Lewis surely would have it. Present [...]

A Very Beery Christmas: How Homebrewing Can Preserve the Republic

By |2019-12-26T17:18:57-06:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Brewing one's own beer helps the conservative settle back into a habitual patience and a dedication to process and institutions that are assurances of good government in any republic... For the Christmas of 2016, I recommend you get the conservative in your life a homebrewing kit, such as the starter kit available from Northern Brewer. Now, before [...]

A Tocqueville Christmas

By |2014-12-10T11:37:07-06:00December 17th, 2013|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Culture, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Alexis de Tocqueville Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in 1831. Though the French aristocrat came for only nine and a half months, his understanding of America and democratic peoples more broadly has never been matched. Most imaginative conservatives have probably read Tocqueville (and may well be some of the nation’s great experts) [...]

50th Anniversary: Remembering Lewis and Huxley

By |2016-02-12T15:51:42-06:00November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Aldous Huxley, C.S. Lewis, Christianity|Tags: |

For the last week our televisions and newspapers have been taken up with commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As I write this, we are just an hour away from bells tolling across the land. It is right that we pause and remember the event that changed so [...]

“Chickamauga”

By |2020-11-22T04:51:59-06:00November 1st, 2013|Categories: Civil War, Fiction|Tags: |

It was a crisp fall evening when I met the storyteller for the first and only time. He was old, but probably not as old as he looked. Preoccupied with the few hairs he had left growing out from above his ears, he pushed the thin weeds back over his dome each time the wind [...]

Little League Baseball as Culture Tonic

By |2020-03-27T09:30:53-05:00June 15th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Baseball, Culture, Sports|Tags: |

Baseball is republican; baseball is deliberate; baseball is particularly American. May Little League baseball endure as long as the Republic it supports. Tonight one of the most important episodes in the life of the Gregg family came to an end.  With Nolan (12) throwing a newly developed knuckle ball toward home plate, thirteen years of [...]

The Dalai, the Dinosaur, and the Tao

By |2016-02-12T15:28:24-06:00May 23rd, 2013|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Moral Imagination, Morality|Tags: , |

The Dalai Lama In his inaugural lecture at Cambridge University, C. S. Lewis referred to himself as a type of dinosaur; a species of “Old Western man” that was about to go extinct in the mid-20th century. Today I had the extraordinary opportunity to spend some time watching a man who I fear might [...]

A Player Piano for the Twenty-First Century

By |2014-01-04T20:26:20-06:00February 7th, 2013|Categories: Books, Culture, Kurt Vonnegut|Tags: , |

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. I have long resisted reading Kurt Vonnegut. In this life of finite time and seemingly infinite and ever expanding good things to read, his biography or writing just did not seem enough to clear the bar to justify pushing some other unread book aside. I am very glad, however, that [...]

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