History

Resisting the spirit of lawlessness

By |February 22nd, 2015|

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. […]

Lincoln and the unfinished work

By |February 11th, 2015|

(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 […]

The new civil rights and the Republican Party

By |October 12th, 2014|

A new civil rights agenda is taking shape in America, and the institution best suited by history to carry this agenda forward is the Republican Party.  Look at the record of 160 years: […]

Great Britain in transition: From empire to devolution and beyond

By |July 22nd, 2014|

(London) The origins of Great Britain were humble- a beleaguered aggregation of newly Christianized tribes made vulnerable to Vikings and other marauders by the 5th century departure of the last Roman legions. […]

America hasn't peaked yet

By |July 17th, 2014|

(’76 Editor) “Contrition is BS.” Press secretary Ronald Ziegler’s acid tone shocked me – and he didn’t use the initials. It was 1973, a bad year in a bad decade for America. I was a young speechwriter in the Nixon White House, assigned to gather input from Ziegler and national security advisor Henry Kissinger for a TV address […]

Think Again: The importance of bearing witness

By |May 8th, 2014|

There are childhood memories so penetrating they run like movie reels in the mind’s eye, molding our character. […]

U.S. risks repeating mistakes of history

By |April 18th, 2014|

Looking back on the events of the last few weeks, I found myself wondering if there’s a Russian word for Lebensraum. For those who have an appreciation of the history of World War II — I’m not sure how modern progressive high school history texts might refer to it, if at all — the parallels between the Nazi’s territorial expansion and Russia’s recent actions in Crimea are striking and more than a little terrifying. […]

Long live the Republic!

By |April 10th, 2014|

For over two hundred and thirty years the American Republic has weathered wars, epidemics, hostile neighbors, worldwide conflicts, economic disasters, internal struggles, and competing ideologies. Its birth was a long and desperate struggle for independence against the strongest and most advanced military in the world. […]

The Kremlin’s worldview: understanding Russian behavior

By |March 25th, 2014|

(Nantucket) In March it is possible to walk three or four miles along this island’s magnificent windswept beaches without encountering a single human being yet always in the presence of the awesome power of Nature in the form of the huge Winter surf that relentlessly pounds and reshapes these shores. It is an excellent circumstance to contemplate Eternal Questions or more immediate ones like “What explains Russian behavior and what should we do about it?” […]

JFK, Conservative: “Johnny, we hardly knew ye”

By |March 8th, 2014|

(Boston) Ah, Boston, so much History in such a small space. As I walk from Copley Square up Beacon Hill and down toward Quincy Market for a luncheon at the Union Oyster House the history I reflect upon is that of the last of Massachusetts’ four Presidents- John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963). […]