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“Our great little Madison”: Ten reasons to admire the father of the Constitution

By |February 8th, 2016|Categories: America, History|Tags: , , , |

(By Ellen Densmore, '76 Contributor) One of the unsung heroes of the American founding era is, ironically, the father of American independence himself. While it’s true that there would have been no freedom from Britain [...]

Publius #3 – Our Factious Nature

By |January 31st, 2016|Categories: America, Conservatives, constitution, Culture Wars, Economics, Eye On Politics, Government, History, Ideas, Law, Leadership, Liberty, Media, Opinion, Policy, Politics, Republicans, Uncategorized, Values|

“The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man; and we see them everywhere brought into different degrees of activity, according to the different circumstances of civil society. A zeal for [...]

Publius #2 – No Angels Among Us

By |January 30th, 2016|Categories: America, Conservatives, constitution, Culture Wars, Elections, Events, Eye On Politics, Government, History, Ideas, Justice, Leadership, Liberty, Opinion, Policy, Politics, Republicans, Uncategorized, Values|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be [...]

What a debt we owe Washington and Hamilton

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: America, Books, History|Tags: , , , , |

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow) With the new year comes a superb new book that sheds important light on what we often forget is the single most important period in all of our nation’s history. Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America is a book you won’t want to miss. […]

I Have a Dream

By |January 18th, 2016|Categories: 1776 Scholars, America, Centennial Institute, History, People, Race|

(By Ellen Densmore, 1776 Student Scholar) Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice reality for all God’s children. One hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation, Martin Luther King, Jr. led black Americans in the charge for civil rights. In the 1860s, they were freed from the literal bondage of slavery. In the 1960s, they sought liberty and equality legally and culturally—they sought to secure those rights that were acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence: […]

Reflections on wealth, sea power and national destiny

By |October 18th, 2015|Categories: History, Ideas|Tags: , , , , , , |

(Centennial Fellow Bill Moloney writes from Venice)  In 1890 an obscure Naval War College Professor -Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914)- published The Influence of Sea Power Upon History.  An instant classic the book had an electrifying [...]

Letter to a cadet: How Christianity sparked Western civilization

By |July 5th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, History, Western Civilization|

(By Phil Mitchell, CCU Faculty)  This is from a letter I wrote to a young friend from my church, now a cadet at the United States Military Academy in West Point.  Dear Arthur: You mentioned that your history professor at West Point downplays the role of Christianity in the development of Western culture. I would like to give a different view. […]

Freedom’s 800th birthday: Doing your part?

By |June 11th, 2015|Categories: History, Politics|Tags: , , , , |

(By Douglas Bruce, ’76 Contributor) Tradition accepts June 15, 1215 as the start of limited government in Anglo-American law. Magna Carta (“great charter’) was signed under duress by King John. John was the brother and successor to Richard the Lion Heart, whose loyal subjects included that tax rebel, Robin Hood. […]

Still striving for freedom

By |June 11th, 2015|Categories: History|Tags: , , , |

Eight hundred years ago on 15 June 1215, the English people compelled King John to endorse the Great Charter – Magna Carta. The Great Charter confirmed the ancient rights of “all the community.” So what? [...]

Still striving for freedom

By |June 1st, 2015|Categories: History, Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

(By Peg Brady, ’76 Contributor) Eight hundred years ago on 15 June 1215, the English people compelled King John to endorse the Great Charter – Magna Carta.  The Great Charter confirmed the ancient rights of “all the community.”  So what?  Magna Carta is the foundation of America’s Constitution, our defense against tyranny, corruption and civil decay. […]