Gary L. Gregg II

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.

Fine Fountain Pens for Christmas

By |2018-12-13T10:04:54-05:00December 13th, 2018|

As I reflected on our annual assignment of suggesting gifts for our imaginative conservative brothers and sisters, I struggled with ideas until Thanksgiving morning came. As I gave thanks for so many people in my life, my mind wondered over the material gifts I had been given over the years. There are many great books [...]

Liberals, Conservatives, and the American Presidency

By |2019-02-28T10:40:08-05:00February 18th, 2018|

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, [...]

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

By |2018-07-24T21:02:01-05:00November 28th, 2017|

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 |2016-12-11T14:10:08-05:00December 9th, 2016|

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 [...]

Why Do We Have an Electoral College?

By |2016-12-05T09:02:28-05:00November 10th, 2016|

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 has escaped without severe censure or which has received the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents.” If only we could say [...]

A Tocqueville Christmas

By |2014-12-10T11:37:07-05:00December 17th, 2013|

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 [...]

50th Anniversary: Remembering Lewis and Huxley

By |2016-02-12T15:51:42-05:00November 22nd, 2013|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 [...]


By |2014-02-10T17:05:35-05:00November 1st, 2013|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 [...]

Little League Baseball as Culture Tonic

By |2016-04-25T14:35:54-05:00June 15th, 2013|Tags: |

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 Little League came to an end for us. The emotions and memories flooded over us as his mother and I sat [...]

The Dalai, the Dinosaur, and the Tao

By |2016-02-12T15:28:24-05:00May 23rd, 2013|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 [...]

The Platonic Imagery of Mumford & Sons

By |2015-05-19T23:10:18-05:00February 22nd, 2013|Tags: |

I am not someone who should ever review music, my tastes being without pattern when they exist at all. But, my students and an old friend have recently introduced me to a very intriguing band who released their second album to great fanfare in late 2012. Mumford & Sons, a quartet from west London [...]

A Player Piano for the Twenty-First Century

By |2014-01-04T20:26:20-05:00February 7th, 2013|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, [...]

A Very Cato Christmas

By |2014-12-10T10:38:59-05:00December 18th, 2012|Tags: |

Now well into the third century since our nation’s birth, imaginative conservatives can’t help but wonder where we might be in the life of the Republic. It is instructive to note that when our Founders were preparing to give birth to our Republic, they were imagining the end of the Roman Republic and pondering how to [...]