“It Was All a Lie”: Stuart Stevens and Trump Derangement Syndrome

By |2020-11-02T16:24:41-06:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Books, Donald Trump, Politics, Presidency, Republicans|

At the heart of Stuart Stevens’ “It Was All A Lie” are, ironically, lies about Donald Trump.  Though he relentlessly attacks the president’s character, the author actually exposes his own heart by way of offering a mea culpa for his long-time association with and advocacy for a political party that he now deems to have [...]

Larry Elder’s “Uncle Tom”: The Challenge for Black Conservatives

By |2020-10-30T15:21:57-05:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Culture, David Deavel, Film, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Larry Elder’s film “Uncle Tom” is a must-see for anybody who thinks all black people think alike or that American black history is simply a history of victimhood. They’re black, they’re proud, and they’re all-American—just like the film they’re in. While it is unlikely that blacks will vote as a majority for Donald Trump or [...]

Russia, China, & the U.S.: Three Actors, One in Search of a Role

By |2020-10-29T14:22:46-05:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Foreign Affairs, Modernity, Politics, Russia|

Even if we cannot fully grasp the shape of the near-future international order, either because it has yet to crystalize fully or because we lack the historical distance to see it clearly, we can know some things about it: While Russia and China have settled into their roles, the U.S. remains an actor in search [...]

Making America Great Again: Orestes Brownson on National Greatness

By |2020-10-26T16:08:45-05:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Catholicism, Government, Natural Law, Politics, Religion|

It’s time for Orestes Brownson to re-enter our contemporary political discourse, and on the campaign trail to remind us, first, that all just authority is from God, who instituted natural law, and also, that moral authority is not relative. I. The Brownson Revival In 1993 Peter J. Stanlis revisited Orestes Brownson’s political thought by reviewing [...]

Is the Electoral College Fair?

By |2020-10-25T15:26:17-05:00October 25th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Electoral College, Politics, Presidency|

The electoral college has at least indirectly done its work by helping to assure that a successful presidential candidate would have broad support throughout the country, as opposed to simply being the overwhelming choice of only a section/slice of the country. The 2016 election of Donald Trump put many things in motion. The 2020 election [...]

“The Glory of Being an American”

By |2020-10-25T14:11:20-05:00October 25th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Audio/Video, Catholicism, Patriotism|

Piety and patriotism go together. In the profundity of our vocation, we've chosen as our national symbol an eagle, flying upwards and onwards to the source of all our rights and liberties, unto God! "The Glory of Being an American" originally aired on Bishop Sheen's popular television show, "Life Is Worth Living." Please enjoy this [...]

America: A Land of Ceaseless Conflict

By |2020-10-24T08:39:53-05:00October 24th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Pat Buchanan|

The idea of bipartisan comity, or some new era of national unity should Joe Biden win the coming election, is self-delusion. New divides in our society, manifest in 2020, are piled upon old divisions dating back decades. Now, not only are we fractured over ideology, religion, race, culture and morality, but also our country's history [...]

“The Reactionary Imperative” Revisited

By |2020-10-18T16:54:10-05:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Constitution, Government, M. E. Bradford, Politics|

In “The Reactionary Imperative,” Mel Bradford calls for a return to the roots of American order. Sadly, a return to a revised form of the Articles of Confederation is all but impossible. Hope, however, lies in a revivification of the principles of the Old Republicans of Thomas Jefferson’s day. Mel Bradford published a collection of [...]

We’re All Muckrakers Now

By |2020-10-20T16:37:31-05:00October 20th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Information Age, Journalism, Modernity, Politics, Technology, Teddy Roosevelt, Truth|

Today, Theodore Roosevelt prompts us to ask the same question he raised over a century ago in his speech “The Man with the Muck-Rake”: How do we devote our attention to society’s problems without allowing them to devour us? Our survival in the Information Age hinges upon on our ability to address this problem. In [...]

“The World Turned Upside Down”

By |2020-10-16T11:37:49-05:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: American Revolution, Audio/Video, Music|

The World Turned Upside Down" is an English ballad. It was first published on a broadside in the middle of the 1640s as a protest against the policies of Parliament relating to the celebration of Christmas. Parliament believed the holiday should be a solemn occasion, and outlawed traditional English Christmas celebrations. There are several versions [...]

British Surrender at Saratoga: Turning Point of the American Revolutionary War

By |2020-10-17T07:37:07-05:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, American Revolution, History, War|

On October 17, 1777, with his troops surrounded and vastly outmanned, British General John Burgoyne surrendered. The final battle of Saratoga was a major defeat for the British and word of British surrender further rallied troops in the Continental Army and the Militias. Although the end of the war and full British surrender was years [...]

The Birth of the United States Navy

By |2020-10-12T17:22:01-05:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, American Revolution, History, Politics, War|

The United States Navy celebrates October 13, 1775 as its birthday because that is the date on which the Continental Congress officially authorized the funding of two ships to interdict British forces. Over the course of the Revolutionary War, more than 50 Continental vessels harassed the British, seized munitions, supplied the Continental Army, and engaged [...]

What Is Patriotic Education?

By |2020-10-12T09:07:17-05:00October 11th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Education, History, Liberal Learning, Patriotism|

Patriotic education is less about the specific curricular concepts that are featured in American history classes, and more about a philosophical stance that informs our approach, one full of explicit values and assumptions. It involves an audacious faith in America and tells the whole story of our past, which includes the bad with the good. [...]

Is America Tumbling Toward 1917 Russia?

By |2021-01-30T08:51:45-06:00October 9th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Freedom|

Americans have concluded that our prosperity, the flexibility of our political system, and the forward march of civilization ensure that a Bolshevik-style revolution could never happen here. But are we really so safe? When the Russian Revolution toppled the czar and put the Bolsheviks into power, the civilized countries of Western Europe had good reason [...]

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