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Poor Mr. Obama. To hear Colbert King tell the story, the President is being put in the impossible position of one of his great predecessors, Abraham Lincoln. In a piece in the Washington Post provocatively titled...

Thomas Jefferson is perhaps the greatest enigma of the American age. He wrote and spoke on so many topics that he has become the symbol of virtually every strain of uniquely American political thought. Jefferson is...

Allen Tate Who Owns America? followed I’ll Take My Stand--which had appeared six years earlier--as a more diverse sequel and defense of decentralization.  More importantly, Who Owns America? was explicitly a plea...

A day after surrendering his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, Confederate General Robert E. Lee issued the following message to the soldiers of his beloved Army of Northern Virginia, which he had commanded...

John Taylor of Caroline “The present generation suffers every hardship and cost of war, although anticipation pretends that it is covered by future generations. And this delusion is used to involve nations...
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There is a very famous phrase, “the tyranny of the majority,” that was introduced into political discourse by two near contemporaries in the nineteenth century. Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous French writer who wrote Democracy in...

  “It is imagination that governs the human race.” No professor of literature wrote those words: that is an aphorism of the master of...

Way back in my high school years (1982-1986), I took Student Congress (an event sponsored by the National Forensics League) very seriously. I took it as seriously as anything in my life up to that point, and...

James Madison The American experience with self-government has long been the object of admiration by foreign observers. Principally for this reason students have poured over the records, debates, and pronouncements...

Viscounted Foolishness When the Rockingham ministry fell in 1766, one of the most powerful figures to give voice to taxing the Americans, Charles Townshend, emerged. Attempting to bypass America’s extreme reservations regarding internal laws and taxation...

Liberal education ought to be less a matter of becoming well read than a matter of learning to read well, of acquiring arts of awareness, the interpretative or "trivial" arts. Some works, written by men who are...

“America is hard to see,” wrote Robert Frost, not least because there is a duality to the American mind. Americans have long exalted freedom, often depicting themselves as its unique beneficiaries. At the same time, they have...

Luther Martin of Maryland was one of the greatest lawyers of his day and the most outspoken opponent of the proposed Constitution at the Philadelphia convention of 1787. Disgusted with the proceedings at Philadelphia, Martin...
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Natural law seems an unlikely topic for extensive television coverage, nor would one expect United States senators to develop high anxiety over the subject. Yet the confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas brought both of those improbable events...