Declaration of Independence

Harry Jaffa and the Demise of the Old Republic

By |2019-04-07T10:50:06-06:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Edmund Burke, Featured, Foreign Affairs, History, Political Philosophy, Politics, Tradition|

Harry Jaffa’s constitutional history of America’s late-eighteenth-century is not credible nor, in keeping with many of his own pronouncements, is it conservative… The writing of history, as we have learned from authors as diverse as Thucydides, Voltaire, Nietzsche, Butterfield, Collingwood, and Oakeshott can and has been done in strikingly different ways while serving radically [...]

The Americanization of Conservatism

By |2019-09-17T15:27:08-06:00October 25th, 2017|Categories: Constitution, Culture, Declaration of Independence, Featured, Federalist, History, M. E. Bradford, Russell Kirk, Willmoore Kendall|

We need to develop a fully American variant of conservatism; to advance our understand­ing of the conservative nature of the political traditions we have inherited; and to do so with a dignity that will permit us to stand before God, the American public, and our conservative forebears… In the next century, because of both [...]

Four Things Every American Should Know About Independence Day

By |2019-07-03T13:20:05-06:00July 3rd, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Declaration of Independence, History, Independence Day, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson|

The need for understanding our roots is as timeless as the human story itself and explains why we cling to the Declaration of Independence. Most people know that the Fourth of July—Independence Day—is a celebration of America’s separation from Great Britain. July 4, 1776 marks the beginning of the United States. It’s like our national [...]

The American and French Revolutions Compared

By |2017-05-11T13:58:08-06:00May 7th, 2017|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, History, Revolution, Timeless Essays|

Americans turned to the concrete lessons of history and experience to guide them in securing their liberty. The French, on the other hand, deified Reason above not only experience, but also above religion and divine revelation… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Sean Busick as he explores [...]

Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time

By |2019-02-14T12:02:19-06:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Declaration of Independence, Featured, History, Thomas Jefferson|

In a certain sense, Thomas Jefferson’s allies and enemies invented him in the years following his resignation from the Washington Administration. To the former, he became something akin to a Second Coming of the Savior, while to the latter, he seemed nothing less than a version of the Anti-Christ… Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image [...]

Locating the Tory Tradition in American History

By |2019-10-30T13:35:35-06:00January 4th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, Declaration of Independence, Featured, History, Revolution|

We ought to locate the basis of American conservatism in our colonial past, at a time when the English Tory variant of the old order of Europe had a real presence in our civilization, and we ought to remember that the old Tory order survived in the American historical tradition despite the Revolution of '76, [...]

The Principles That Bind Us: The Jubilee of the Constitution

By |2019-07-03T14:42:47-06:00November 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 [...]

Fudging the Founding: When Theory is Disguised as History

By |2019-04-02T15:07:58-06:00July 19th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Books, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured|

Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of “We the People” by Randy Barnett (Northampton, MA: Broadside Books, 2016) Ostensibly a work on constitutional history and proper constitutional interpretation, Randy Barnett’s, Our Republican Constitution, is actually theory disguised as history. He argues that the Founders, through the Declaration of Independence, grounded our constitutionalism on [...]

Thomas Jefferson & the Declaration of Independence

By |2019-12-13T15:00:42-06:00July 3rd, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Essential, Featured, Myth, Political Science Reviewer, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Ross Lence as he unravels the myths that obscure our understanding of the Declaration of Independence.  —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher It is not accidental that the Greek word for history (historia) is a derivative of the verb meaning to narrate what one has [...]

A Revolution Not Made But Prevented

By |2019-07-03T13:36:55-06:00July 3rd, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Edmund Burke, Featured, RAK, Revolution, Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Russell Kirk as he reflects on Edmund Burke’s understanding of the American Revolution. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Was the American War of Independence a revolution? In the view of Edmund Burke and of the Whigs generally, it was not the sort of [...]

The Last of the Romans: Charles Carroll of Carrollton

By |2019-08-07T00:17:35-06:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Bradley J. Birzer, Charles Carroll, Declaration of Independence, Featured|

The last of the American signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass from this world, Charles Carroll of Carroll was also one of the most formally educated of the American founders. Living seventeen years in France and England, Carroll earned his B.A. in the traditional liberal arts and an M.A. in philosophy. He [...]

How Equality Is Misleading

By |2016-07-04T01:02:48-06:00February 28th, 2016|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Equality, Featured, History, M. E. Bradford, Slavery|

I Let us have no foolishness, indeed.* Equality as a moral or political imperative, pursued as an end in itself—Equality, with the capital "E"—is the antonym of every legitimate conservative principle. Contrary to most Liberals, new and old, it is nothing less than sophistry to distinguish between equality of opportunity (equal starts in the "race of [...]

Thirteen Clocks Striking Together: The Forging of American Independence

By |2016-07-04T01:02:49-06:00November 25th, 2015|Categories: Declaration of Independence, Featured, History, Literature, Thomas Jefferson|

Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776, by Richard R. Beeman (Basic Books, 2013) The Declaration of Independence is a document more revered than understood. Unlike the Constitution, the framing and ratification of which produced volumes of contemporary commentary that continue to inform political and legal debate, [...]

The Ravishing Rays of the Glory of Independence

By |2019-06-27T11:11:12-06:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Declaration of Independence, Featured, John Adams|

Yesterday, the greatest question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was nor will be decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, and as such they have, and of [...]