The Federal Government: The Creature of the States

By |2019-10-16T13:41:06-05:00September 29th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Featured, Quotation|

The Federal Government is the creature of the States. It is not a party to the Constitution, but the result of it—the creation of that agreement which was made by the States as parties. It is a mere agent, entrusted with limited powers for certain specific objects; which powers and objects are enumerated in [...]

Destiny of the Republic: The Murder of James A. Garfield

By |2016-10-10T14:42:48-05:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: Books, Featured, History, Quotation|

The idea came to Charles Guiteau suddenly, “like a flash,” he would later say. On May 18, two days after New York Senator Roscoe Conkling’s dramatic resignation, Guiteau, “depressed and perplexed… wearied in mind and body,” had climbed into bed at 8:00 p.m., much earlier than usual. He had been lying on his cot [...]

Restoring Our Constitutional Morality

By |2019-07-30T15:57:13-05:00August 31st, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Featured, George W. Carey, Quotation|

Our cultural unwritten constitution has been damaged by decades of conflict and abuse. It will not be restored through adoption of one or even several reforms. Nor will our operational constitution be “fixed” through even fundamental changes in formal law. Lacking an appropriate constitutional morality, those who govern will continue to do so through [...]

Why Stonewall Jackson & Virginia Chose Secession

By |2016-08-30T15:59:36-05:00August 24th, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Quotation|

Jackson had remained generally aloof from national politics. As a slaveholder, he was aware of the congressional debate over slavery in the territories, but not deeply versed in it. He was like many ordinary Virginians of his day: a moderate states’-rights Democrat who favored keeping Washington’s nose out of Virginia’s business and working within [...]

How Should We Read a Book?

By |2018-11-21T08:38:51-05:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Quotation, St. John's College|

Peter Kalkavage's The Logic of Desire presents an exemplary attitude for a reader to adopt toward a book. To use a fancy term, it embodies a “hermeneutic,” a principle of interpretation. The most respectful such hermeneutic rule I know is the so-called “principle of charity:” give the text a chance to make maximum sense. Mr. [...]

God Is Not Mocked: Against Christian Wars

By |2016-07-30T16:53:41-05:00August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Quotation, War|

Plato somewhere says, that when grecians war with grecians, (notwithstanding they were separate and independent dynasties) it is not a war, but an insurrection. He would not consider them as a separate people, because they were united in name and by vicinity. And yet the christians will call it a war, and a just and [...]

The First Function of Founders of Nations

By |2019-08-06T16:55:41-05:00July 4th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Forrest McDonald, History, Quotation|

The first function of the founders of nations, after the founding itself, is to devise a set of true falsehoods about origin—a mythology—that will make it desirable for nationals to continue to live under common authority, and, indeed, make it impossible for them to entertain contrary thoughts. Ordinarily the founding, being the less subtle [...]