The attitude of Abraham Lincoln concerning respect for the law can be summarized as such: we should obey the laws, even bad laws, until we are able to properly fix them. This may seem somewhat trivial to most, or it may seem oppressive to those who are currently living under bad laws. Nevertheless, the wisdom of Lincoln should be considered. Continue reading
This is the first of a four (4) part series on the long historical relationship between the political left/Progressives and the global Jihadi Movement over the last century and its current culmination in the attempt to bring down Western civilization in general, and the United States specifically.
In this first edition, we will review the general history of the relationship between the Left and the Islamic Jihad movement, and the disconnect from reality that must take place for the Left to believe the leaders of any totalitarian movement will allow them to survive despite a hundred years of history to the contrary.
(Centennial Fellow) On this Presidents’ Day it’s worth recalling the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933: “Our greatest primary task is to put people to work.”
Although sometimes considered the father of the American entitlement state, FDR understood that our sense of achievement and self-sufficiency comes from our work. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) The results of the 2014 elections had barely been tabulated before the Punditocracy launched into exhausting speculation about the 2016 Presidential contest.
For over three months a bemused public has been subjected to endless crystal ball gazing regarding the identity of America’s 45th President. With excruciating detail we’ve pondered profound questions like Why Mitt got in. then out? Will Jeb vacuum up the money? Will Huckebee and Christie have to lose weight? Will Hillary ever wear a dress? etc.etc. Continue reading
Imagine catching a lethal, fast-growing, yet operable cancer in a child before it’s spread. The doctors assure a high survival rate, assuming traditional protocols. Meanwhile, a third opinion proposes no treatment, believing the child can coexist normally with cancer. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) It’s Lincoln’s birthday tomorrow, and here’s why that still matters as we near the 150th anniversary of his tragic death: According to Lincoln, to understand America, you needed first to understand the Declaration of Independence Continue reading
In the 1987 film, Broadcast News, Tom Grunich, the news anchor played by William Hurt, conducted an interview with a woman describing how she was date-raped. The interview was filmed with one camera, facing the woman. When the interview was over, reaction shots of the reporter were filmed. At one point, Grunich manufactured a tear, which was later edited into the interview sequence so that when the interview was broadcast, he was shown with a tear running down his face as the woman described her traumatic experience. Continue reading
Free speech is often hailed among the most significant of our fundamental freedoms. In the Western world in particular, freedom of speech and press has allowed for a range of voices, including voices of dissent that seem to indicate that our democracy is in a sense working. However, free speech is not completely free. There are limits and curbs based on what may be of greater importance in various contexts – such as if the speech might endanger others. That is why we can’t yell “fire” in a theater as a joke – the potential chaos and harm it raises in that context outweighs some one’s freedom to say what they want. Continue reading
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. But as the month winds down, and the fight against human trafficking carries on, how aware are we and what does that awareness prompt us to do? For many the term human trafficking does not have a clear definition. For others, the definition may be clear, but how it applies may be uncertain. Still others either don’t understand why this issue is drawing such attention or are turned off by the topic because of its salience in certain circles. The purpose of this article is to guide us toward a shared understanding of what constitutes human trafficking, how it impacts society locally and globally, and how we as individuals can address this injustice. Continue reading