Impeachment Inferno: Can President Trump Be Tried After Leaving Office?

By |2021-01-20T11:07:40-06:00January 18th, 2021|Categories: Constitution, Donald Trump, Presidency, Thomas R. Ascik|

In passing its resolution impeaching President Donald Trump just seven days before he leaves office, the House of Representatives has embarked on a new American legal, constitutional, political, and historical journey. An End Without a Means In its political haste to impeach President Trump, the House Democratic majority (along with ten Republicans) decided that an [...]

James Otis, Then and Now

By |2021-01-18T15:38:58-06:00January 18th, 2021|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, History, Politics, Rights, Senior Contributors|

Going back to the first principles of the Founding, one finds that the Founders talked unceasingly about rights. Rights language became a critical part of the cultural landscape when James Otis delivered his oration on the nature of rights, the common law, and the natural law. Feel free to call me a conservative (I won’t [...]

Exploiting the Capitol Riot to Kill Trump

By |2021-01-15T08:44:19-06:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Pat Buchanan, Presidency|

What would be the purpose of impeaching a president who hasn't been president for three months?  Answer: A conviction would strip Republicans of the right to reelect the man who got the largest number of votes in their party's history. Donald Trump has stumbled and fallen, and the establishment is not going to let slip [...]

Institutionalized Obedience: Americans & the Lockdowns

By |2021-01-12T10:56:12-06:00January 11th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Liberty|

This year, against the backdrop of pandemic, the level of obedience manifested in many Americans stunned me: Why do Americans, the rugged individualists, obey edicts issued at the whim of “King” Newsom or “His Majesty” Cuomo, without a questioning of the legitimacy of those mandates? They remind me of my fellow Chinese who have been [...]

Where Are We Going?

By |2020-12-30T14:54:05-06:00December 31st, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Europe, Politics, Progressivism|

The progressive left seems to want us to become something akin to social democratic Europe with all its cultural trimmings, while the right wants us to remain more like the America of old. To satisfy both parties, is the answer for the United States of America to become like the Europe of old? Just where [...]

Conservative Skepticism and the Pandemic

By |2020-12-29T20:06:20-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

Conservatives tend to be skeptical about the doom-and-gloom scenarios that are being presented as absolute certainties unless the country as a whole is essentially shut down for months. Many have called us “deniers” or accused us of valuing money over human life. But I believe that this skepticism is both eminently reasonable and will prove [...]

The Korean War and the Nuclear Bomb

By |2020-12-30T07:54:42-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Military, War|

While the United States used nuclear weapons against Japan in 1945, she did not use them against North Korea in 1950. With vanishingly few geopolitical—or even partisan political—guardrails to keep her from doing so, why did the United States not drop the bomb in the later war? At 10:15 at night on September 6, 1950, [...]

Tom Joad and the Quest for an American Eden

By |2020-12-28T14:26:45-06:00December 28th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Fiction, Literature, Mark Malvasi, Senior Contributors|

In the course of telling the story of a people and a country in “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck offers an unforgettable evaluation of the American desire to enter the Promised Land. But Steinbeck’s garden is Eden after the fall dominated by the expectation of hardship, suffering, and death. In such a world, men [...]

William Grant Still: The Founder of American Music

By |2020-12-27T10:27:15-06:00December 26th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Audio/Video, Music|

If you’re a fan of classical music and American history, Symphony No. 5 “Western Hemisphere” by William Grant Still serves as an excellent starting point for studying America’s unique cultural footprint. Contained within its four movements are a heroic but soulful three-note melody, which graces its way across a plethora of musical textures before finally [...]

Dickens and America

By |2020-12-25T17:05:49-06:00December 25th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Charles Dickens, Literature|

Charles Dickens loved the “idea” of America so much that, as with so many idealized romances, his beloved could not quite live up to his high expectations. G. K. Chesterton, that archetypal Englishman—he really could not be imagined as any other nationality—wrote probably the best biography of another quintessential Englishman, Charles Dickens. Chesterton’s biography is [...]

Is Patriotic Education a Good Idea?

By |2020-11-26T18:59:28-06:00November 26th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, History, Patriotism|

We are not only failing to educate our young people, but we are also teaching them to despise their country. But the left immediately attacked President Trump's solution to this problem, comparing his commission on patriotic education to the indoctrination of Hitler Youth organizations in Nazi Germany. Last week my friend John was chatting with [...]

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