The Fourth of July: An Englishman’s Perspective

By |2018-07-04T11:37:26-05:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, England, Independence Day, Joseph Pearce|

Many moons ago, for this very journal, I wrote an essay entitled “Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving,” offering an Englishman’s perspective on the singularly American feast that ushers in the holiday season. In that article I compared my enthusiasm for Thanksgiving with “my relative indifference to the Fourth of July:” What is an Englishman, living [...]

A Healthy Respect for Limits: Recovering the American Founding

By |2019-03-26T16:43:59-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Declaration of Independence, Independence Day, Mark Malvasi|

The Founding Fathers and their heirs wanted to establish and maintain a prosperous republic, yet they welcomed limitations on prosperity as much as they had welcomed restraints on power. This healthy respect for limits offers a way to recover the political and moral realism that contemporary Americans have lost… Somewhere I recall reading the [...]

Four Things Every American Should Know About Independence Day

By |2019-06-04T16:05:16-05:00July 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 Day Rick Monday Saved the American Flag

By |2019-06-06T12:33:26-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Baseball, Independence Day, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

On April 25, 1976, the year of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saved an American flag from being burned by two protestors who had trespassed onto the field during a game at Dodger Stadium. As the bottom of the fourth inning got underway, the protesters placed the flag in left-center field [...]

The Fourth of July

By |2014-07-04T01:53:11-05:00July 4th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Freedom, Independence Day|

Like most Americans, I have wonderful memories of family picnics on the Fourth of July. When grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and various other relatives got together we’d have seventy-five or a hundred people. Picnics on the farm meant setting up big plank tables under the large trees on the front lawn. It was [...]

The Stars and Stripes of Freedom and Responsibility

By |2014-12-29T13:20:43-05:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Freedom, Independence Day|

When the children were at that delicate cusp between eighth grade and high school we had a conversation about freedom. There was not anything particularly new or innovative about my ideas. In fact what I told them was as old as grandpa. I explained that as they entered high school and then college they [...]

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 [...]