The Conservatism of John Quincy Adams

By |2019-07-03T14:24:12-05:00October 15th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Conservatism, History, John Quincy Adams, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind, Timeless Essays|

A scrutiny of John Quincy Adams’ words and deeds across his broad public life shows him to be a successful conservative, both as a thinker and as a leader… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Sean Mattie as he explores the conservatism of John Quincy Adams through [...]

Sons of the Founders: A Great Generation?

By |2019-02-14T12:45:29-05:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Bradley J. Birzer, History, John Adams, John C. Calhoun, John Quincy Adams, World War II|

When the second generation of Americans inherited the leadership of the republic, they must have felt, in equal measure, a mix of immense pride and a sense of dread… I often imagine how difficult it must have been to be the son of a Founding Father. Can you imagine trying to live up to [...]

Imagining the Father of Our Country

By |2017-02-22T14:14:26-05:00February 22nd, 2017|Categories: George Washington, Imagination, John Quincy Adams, Quotation|

Would it be an unlicensed trespass of the imagination to conceive, that on the night preceding the day of which you now commemorate the fiftieth anniversary—on the night preceding that thirtieth of April, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, when from the balcony of your city-hall, the chancellor of the state of New York, administered [...]

The Principles That Bind Us: The Jubilee of the Constitution

By |2019-07-03T14:42:47-05:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured, George Washington, History, John Quincy Adams|

“Lay up the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in your hearts, and in your soul—teach them to your children—cling to them as to the issues of life—adhere to them as to the cords of your eternal salvation…” Editor’s Note: John Quincy Adams, at the time a former President of the [...]

The Jubilee of the Constitution

By |2016-11-22T23:55:17-05:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: Constitution, History, John Quincy Adams|

The Constitution consummated the work commenced by the Declaration of Independence—a work in which the people of the North American Union had achieved the most transcendent act of power that social man in his mortal condition can perform… Editor’s Note: John Quincy Adams, at the time a former President of the United States and [...]

The Conservatism of John Quincy Adams

By |2016-11-12T04:20:20-05:00December 6th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, Conservatism, Featured, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|

In The Conservative Mind, John Quincy Adams appears as a flawed, failed conservative. Though he “felt the pressing necessity for conservative principle in the conduct of American affairs,” Adams “never quite discovered how to fix upon it.” This is a serious judgment, given how much of Adams’ life and attention was dedicated to conducting [...]

Virgil: Forgotten American Founder

By |2018-10-09T13:08:27-05:00October 7th, 2014|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Classics, Featured, John Quincy Adams, Virgil|

The American Founders were Men of the West. For all intents and purposes, they might as well have been the remnants of Numenor, each capable of wielding Anduril. As such, they would not readily recognize the divisions modern historians and scholars often proclaim in history. Indeed, for the founders, history was a continuity and [...]

On United States Foreign Policy

By |2019-05-05T20:14:43-05:00December 10th, 2011|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Independence Day, John Quincy Adams|

John Quincy Adams And now, friends and countrymen, if the wise and learned philosophers of the elder world, the first observers of nutation and aberration, the discoverers of maddening ether and invisible planets, the inventors of Congreve rockets and Shrapnel shells, should find their hearts disposed to enquire what has America done [...]

Republicanism and Liberty: The “Patrick Henry”/”Onslow” Debate

By |2019-05-23T11:24:17-05:00July 1st, 2011|Categories: John C. Calhoun, John Quincy Adams, Lee Cheek, Republicanism, Sean Busick|

The fiercely contested, yet inconclusive election of 1824 set the stage for one of the great debates of American political history. According to Irving Bartlett, “the key to understanding Calhoun’s political behavior and thinking from 1825 through 1828 may be found in the peculiar conditions under which the election of 1824 occurred.” The same [...]