Frederick Douglass’ Garrisonian Years

Frederick Douglass’ life and work highlight the best and worst of American history. Today, Douglass is generally known for his escape from slavery, but he was also a brilliant thinker whose writings are worthy of serious study to better understand slavery and America itself. His view of America changed over time, but his early understanding was highly critical of this country’s foundation, which he believed was linked to slavery, a sin to which he himself had been subject.

The Time and Crises of Today

We’ve all been there – talking with friends, colleagues, family, and the subject turns to how good people had it before us. We wish we had this president again, or that time of goodwill. Yes, we undoubtedly have ties to the past – we are creatures of time and space, after all. But there’s something important and worthwhile about being grounded in the present.

We Can't Forget Bobby

History has been kind to Bobby. It is easier to look back fondly on idealists who spoke of peace, tolerance, and understanding when war and violence dominate the current news cycle. Bobby was not perfect. In fact, he was a tragically flawed man, but he took what he had and strove “to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” Bobby's mission is still as important today as it was when he died for it. The people together must strive for justice, love, and wisdom if they wish to continue the cause of liberty.

Italy's Soft Crisis

For the past few weeks a political crisis has been brewing in Italy with the potential to shock European politics; if it were not corrected, it’s consequences would have been far-reaching. But, last week, this conflict was resolved. How did this crisis come about, how was it resolved, and why was it so important?

The Corruption of a Noble Idea

The black man may not have been treated as a man by his white contemporaries, but the truth remained, even if the people had to undergo a violent conflict to adhere to it. The brutal lessons America learned through the work of Lincoln and the perilous Civil War were required for her to more fully adhere to its great creed that “all men are Created equal.”

MS-13 and the Imago Dei

While President Trump’s initial comment that members of MS-13 are animals could be explained as rhetorical flare, both his doubling down on the remark and subsequent defenses of his word choice ought be more directly confronted. All mankind is created in the image of God, a fact which confers inherent dignity and value onto every human being.

The Neglect of Classical American Culture

If we want to rise above the cultural wasteland that surrounds us, we need to acquaint ourselves with the best culture—some of which, would you believe, happens to be American! Acquiring an appreciation of our cultural contributions will in turn instill pride in our nation's traditions and values. It will give us an idea of how the culture of America fits in with the larger culture of the West.

Contra Senator Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders is at it again with yet another harebrained scheme. He has rolled out a plan to guarantee to every American a publicly funded job, paying $15 per hour, with an additional $3 for health benefits. The price tag on this proposed plan is around $450 billion dollars, or 2.3% of America’s GDP. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Sanders’ plan faces a multitude of political and economic hurdles. In order to fund this program Sanders calls for large tax increases to be levied on America’s top earners and the ever expanding bracket of who this includes.

First, Let Me Be Clear

We are seemingly in the middle of a crisis, where political speech is simply a machine of manipulation for partisan battles. Is it too far gone to remember the days of Lincoln, when clarity was still seen as virtuous and a path to truth and goodness? Maybe not, but reflection, discussion, and clarity above all are desperately needed in a world sorely lacking.

The 100% Debt Club

Being part of the 100% debt club is not a designation that countries should strive for, as significant debt has been shown to slow economic growth. Slower economic growth leads to slower job creation and expansion. That said, being a member of the club does not, by default, lead to economic disaster. Some countries’ economies can handle the amount of debt while they work to decrease their debt-to-GDP ratio.

Kanye West, Childish Gambino, and Woke Black America

In the past couple of years, there has been a palpable shift in the black American mind. It is reflected most clearly in recent pop culture trends with the rise of films like Get Out and Black Panther and musicians like Donald Glover and Kanye West. The movement is not reactionary but contemplative and introspective, and it is beginning to gain traction politically.

Crossing the Threshold of Hope: Why Smiling is Great

I’ve proclaimed this theme quite often over the past few articles. This is not an accident. I want to urge you, dear reader, that while this world may seem cold and hard (which it can be), that you are capable of more. The joy of life is to be found today, here, now! It’s to be found as we engage in the world around us, in perfecting and working amid the work of creation, no matter how dark and stormy it may become. If we are truly encountering the Gospel, the good news, we want to do something with it.

Is This Really America, Donald Glover?

While Glover does not goes so far as to offer suggestions about what should be done to realign our moral compass, "This is America" does take that first step to finding a solution: recognizing there is a problem. In this age of media misguidance, celebrities and tragedies are merely American spectacle. One day, the public can care so deeply about a tragedy and then the next, allow it to be forgotten just like the latest trend.

LeBron James and the Quest for Excellence

The excellence of LeBron James is something all basketball fans ought to relish. We have never seen a player like him before, and we may never see another again. Standing at 6’8,” 250 pounds with a vertical jump well over three feet, LeBron’s renowned athleticism and physical ability are what have allowed him to put together the most prolific basketball career of all time. Few realize, however, the dedication this also requires off the court.

In Defense of the Founders: Why their Monuments Should be Preserved

It is important that their monuments stand as a reminder to future generations that liberty is the base on which this country was built, and that it must be defended. If those who advocate for the removal of the monuments to the founders really want equal justice under the law, and freedom for all, they should defend the monuments against the sledgehammer.  They should embrace the words of those men whom they seek to dishonor. Dr. King, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln did just this, and so should modern day Americans.

Another 50 Years Hence

In Great Britain, Churchill’s prophesy from “Fifty Years Hence” has already come true. Science is on its march to “destroy all that makes human life majestic and tolerable.” Perhaps the link of the English-speaking peoples means that America is doomed to a similar fate. Or perhaps that ancient tradition can endure even this trial. If it is to do so, it will again need defenders. It will need heroes. It is not a matter of Right vs. Left, but of Good vs. Evil.