Presidency

A Heart Devoted to the Welfare of Our Country

By |2019-12-01T00:21:48-06:00December 1st, 2019|Categories: American Founding, John Quincy Adams, Presidency|

This was delivered by President John Quincy Adams at his Inaugural, March, 1825.  In compliance with an usage coeval with the existence of our Federal Constitution, and sanctioned by the example of my predecessors in the career upon which I am about to enter, I appear, my fellow-citizens, in your presence and in that [...]

Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day

By |2019-11-28T12:28:03-06:00November 28th, 2019|Categories: Donald Trump, Presidency, Thanksgiving|

On Thanksgiving Day, we remember with reverence and gratitude the bountiful blessings afforded to us by our Creator, and we recommit to sharing in a spirit of thanksgiving and generosity with our friends, neighbors, and families. Nearly four centuries ago, determined individuals with a hopeful vision of a more prosperous life and an abundance of opportunities made [...]

Proclamation Appointing a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer

By |2019-11-28T12:32:53-06:00November 27th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Presidency, Religion, Thanksgiving, Thomas Jefferson|

Whereas the Honourable the General Congress, impressed with a grateful sense of the goodness of Almighty God, in blessing the greater part of this extensive continent with plentiful harvests, crowning our arms with repeated successes, conducting us hitherto safely through the perils with which we have been encompassed and manifesting in multiplied instances his divine care [...]

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2019-09-08T23:16:39-06:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: Congress, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Populism, Presidency, Timeless Essays|

The constitutional inheritance is not merely a gift to be expended or consumed; it is a responsibility to be stewarded. This sense of intergenerational obligation—debts to the past and future—is the most solid and powerful grounding for originalism and respect for constitutional form. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the [...]

The Emptiness of the Coming Presidential Primaries

By |2019-04-21T22:16:39-06:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Liberalism, Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors|

Emptiness is defined negatively as the absence of something. It can involve structures which are not occupied or filled, as in empty bottles. Emptiness can refer to situations lacking reality, substance or meaning, as in empty pleasures. Actions can be empty when they have no consequences, as in empty gestures or threats. […]

The Wall: Echoes of a Distant Empire

By |2019-03-03T22:19:09-06:00March 3rd, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Civilization, Donald Trump, Government, History, Immigration, Joseph Mussomeli, Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors|

How often have we not seen, even in our own lives, that actions we take to preserve something we cherish end up destroying that which we seek to protect? Patriotism may be the last refuge of a scoundrel, but the desire for security and the yearning for justice are forever the final refuge of [...]

What President Trump Has in Common With President Polk

By |2019-10-03T15:11:38-06:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, History, Politics, Presidency|

If James K. Polk can be credited with adding a huge swath of territory to the American empire, might Donald Trump one day be credited with preserving that long ago victory by reversing the gradual makeover of the southwestern United States? The game of presidential parallels can be endlessly fascinating. Sometimes it can also [...]

Our Enemy: The (Imperial) Presidency

By |2019-11-21T19:44:37-06:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Books, Civil Society, Democracy, Featured, Federalism, Government, Libertarianism, New Deal, Paul Krause, Presidency, Senior Contributors|

Many Americans fear the dysfunction in Congress and the rise of an “activist” Supreme Court. Both worries are misplaced, at least in relationship to the larger problem at hand: the growth of presidential imperialism… Albert Jay Nock was an important literary and social critic of the first-half of the twentieth century. Part scholar, part pundit, [...]

Putting Old Hickory in Context: Bradley Birzer’s “In Defense of Andrew Jackson”

By |2019-08-06T15:54:00-06:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, History, Politics, Presidency|

Rather than justify Jackson’s deeds, In Defense of Jackson instead depicts its subject in the context of his own world. In doing so, author Bradley Birzer makes a remarkable contribution to the Jackson historiography that effectively tackles Old Hickory’s political disposition in a concise single volume. Whether one enters into its pages admiring or loathing Jackson, Dr. [...]

Donald Trump and the Path to a New Conservatism

By |2019-11-21T19:44:40-06:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Democracy, Donald Trump, Politics, Populism, Presidency|

It was Donald Trump’s sense of fraternity that most incensed his opponents. For the liberals, it was his solidarity with people they thought deplorable. For the libertarians, it was the safety net he’d offer Americans. For both he was toxic, but his fraternity brought him to the sweet spot in American presidential politics, the place [...]

What Andrew Jackson’s Critics Get Wrong

By |2018-09-24T23:31:52-06:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, American West, Bradley J. Birzer, In Defense of Andrew Jackson Series by Bradley Birzer, Presidency|

Like all human beings, Andrew Jackson certainly had his faults—sometimes spectacular, brutal, and violent ones—but is it just to label him, as one recent critic has, simply as "a slaver, ethnic cleanser, and tyrant"? Sometime in the last several years, it has become the cultural norm to see President Andrew Jackson as the sum of [...]

In Defense of Andrew Jackson

By |2018-09-10T13:12:16-06:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Presidency|

The vast majority of Americans think of Andrew Jackson as a despicable man: a scoundrel, an uncouth violent redneck, hell-bent on the imperial expansion of the United States with the American Indians his burnt offerings to whatever god he worshipped. But my research has revealed Jackson as a true American republican, a virtuous man of the [...]

“Foundations of the Republic”: The Declaration of Independence

By |2019-06-05T17:08:40-06:00July 4th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Declaration of Independence, Freedom, History, Presidency|

The Declaration of Independence is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for [...]