Catholicism and the Presidency

By |2021-01-27T10:33:42-06:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Politics, Presidency|

Today’s Democratic party is not the Democratic party of Al Smith or John Kennedy, but a secular institution with policy and program positions that fly in the face of Catholic teaching. And Joe Biden, also a Catholic Democrat, has simply drifted along with his party on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage. “What [...]

Biden’s America: One Nation or Us Versus Them?

By |2021-01-23T13:45:34-06:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Joseph Biden, Pat Buchanan, Presidency|

Joe Biden's inaugural address was the most confusing, contradictory and incoherent ever delivered from the steps of the Capitol, reflective of the mind of its author and the state of the Union he now leads. "We have met the enemy and he is us," said Walt Kelly's cartoon character Pogo, half a century ago, about [...]

Inaugural Address

By |2021-01-23T13:45:46-06:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Joseph Biden, Politics, Presidency|

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. presented his inaugural address on January 20, 2021 after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris. Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, McConnell, Vice President Pence, my distinguished guests and my fellow Americans, this is America’s day. This is democracy’s [...]

Farewell Address

By |2021-01-21T09:35:35-06:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Presidency|

What has always allowed America to prevail and triumph over the great challenges of the past has been an unyielding and unashamed conviction in the nobility of our country and its unique purpose in history. The key to national greatness lies in sustaining and instilling our shared national identity. That means focusing on what we [...]

With Charity For All: What Joe Biden Should Learn From Abe Lincoln

By |2021-01-23T13:45:36-06:00January 19th, 2021|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, American Republic, Joseph Biden, Presidency|

The new president would do well to take a lesson from history’s greatest orator and remind his increasingly diverse constituents that we all share the same uniquely American principles. Freshly sworn in after a contentious election, the new president stands to give his first inaugural address. Violence had begun to erupt immediately after the announcement [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

By |2020-12-29T20:07:19-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Donald Trump, Presidency|

Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket for the Defense of Religious Liberty Today is the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket on December 29, 1170. Thomas Becket was a statesman, a scholar, a chancellor, a priest, an archbishop, and a lion of religious liberty. Before the [...]

What Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Might Look Like

By |2021-01-23T13:45:37-06:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Joseph Biden, Pat Buchanan, Politics, Presidency|

The truly formidable challenge for a President Biden will be China, which is not the China of 2016 that Vice President Biden recalls. The Biden-Harris administration will confront "a pandemic, an economic crisis, calls for racial justice and climate change. The team being assembled will meet these challenges on Day One." So declares the transition [...]

“Day of Infamy Speech”

By |2020-12-07T06:41:06-06:00December 6th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Presidency, Primary Documents, World War II|

President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the following speech to a Joint Session of the United States Congress on December 8, 1941, one day after the Empire of Japan's attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Though Roosevelt referred to December 7th as a "date which will live in infamy," the speech itself [...]

A Historic Presidency

By |2020-11-28T22:16:42-06:00November 28th, 2020|Categories: Donald Trump, Pat Buchanan, Presidency|

Can anyone believe that Bush Republicans or the "Never-Trumpers" are the future of the party when one considers the massive and visceral reaction of millions of Trump voters even to the idea of conceding his defeat in this election? In the first two decades of the century, President-elect Joe Biden's choice for secretary of state [...]

In Defense of the Old Republic: The Problem of the Imperial Presidency

By |2020-11-20T09:41:32-06:00November 15th, 2020|Categories: Constitutional Convention, Featured, Federalist Papers, George W. Carey, Government, Presidency, Timeless Essays|Tags: |

The dangers associated with the imperial presidency are compounded by an awareness that, while new and more expansive theories of executive authority are seriously advanced, the office is not attracting individuals of high moral and intellectual character. The Philadelphia Constitution may be dead, but the basic problems which troubled the Framers—e.g., preserving the rule [...]

“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 [...]

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