America’s Faltering Faith

Center for a Just Society | Ken Connor | Mar. 20, 2009

Americans appear to be losing faith in God and in our cultural institutions. Is the loss of confidence in one related to a loss of confidence in the other? The answer is unequivocally yes.

How we view God inevitably determines how we view our fellow man. And how we view our fellow man, in turn, determines how we treat him. Created in God’s image or creature of chance? The answer makes a difference because what we believe determines how we behave. [Read more…]


Those arrogant Americans

AmericanThinker | James Lewis | Apr. 6, 2009

We have a rock star president who for the first time in American history fired the President of a private corporation, General Motors, then immediately flew to Europe with an entourage of 500 courtiers and a worshipful media, bowed waist-deep to the King of Saudi Arabia, and proceeded to accuse his own country of arrogance. In France, of all places. [Read more…]


Why be a conservative?

AmericanThinker | Christopher S. Brownwell | March 25, 2009

Why would I choose to be a conservative? Why would I choose the persecution? I am constantly ridiculed for my beliefs. I have been compared to Nazis. Liberals call me a sexist, racist, bigoted homophobe. My intentions are mischaracterized, and then I am judged by those mischaracterized intentions. For example, because I favor policies to help get everyone off of welfare to succeed on their own, my intentions are characterized as trying to keep blacks and minorities poor. These liberals then brand me a racist because they perceive my intentions are to keep blacks poor. [Read more…]


America, the Blessing

American Thinker | Kyle-Anne Shiver | Nov. 27, 2008

What is to become of modern civilization if we Americans throw in the towel on the ideals of liberty and individual dignity, and stop believing that these are worth the suffering required to protect them? How can it be that young Americans do not see the bountiful blessings bestowed upon the rest of the world by us? [Read more…]


The Thin Margin of Freedom’s Victory

American Thinker | Lee Cary | July 4, 2008

We the people metaphorically dodged a bullet when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Second Amendment is still alive. While many of us celebrated, we were also dismayed by the thin margin of freedom’s victory.

But that should not surprise us. There have been close calls in the past. And there will be others in the future, because, as once the Liberty Bell cracked soon after it was hung, so too, from time-to-time, freedom itself hangs by the thin margin of one vote. [Read more…]


The Wages of Race-and-Gender Socialism

American Thinker | James Lewis | Mar. 14, 2008

Europe started with class-war socialism. The United States started with race-and-gender socialism. The end result is the same. When affirmative action was first made the law of the land, there were lots of promises that “once the playing field was leveled,” racial socialism would be phased out. Instead, the gender demagogues, the ethnic demagogues, and the sexual sport demagogues immediately jumped on the gravy train and have been riding it ever since. Ever since the 1970s the Left has been playing race against race, gender against gender, class against class. They will keep doing that because it keeps them in power forever. You may be stupid, but they aren’t. [Read more…]


Independence Day Messages From John Adams | Michael Medved | July 4, 2007

On July 2, 1776, after long and wrenching debate, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the Mother Country and the next night John Adams went back to his rooming house in sweltering, sticky Philadelphia to write, by candlelight, two of the most famous letters in American history. Addressing his beloved wife Abigail in far-away Boston, he exulted in the birth of a new nation:

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The American Biblical Tradition: The King James Version used to be our common text

Wall Street Opinion Journal Mark A Knoll Friday, July 7, 2006

In 1911 the English-speaking world paused to mark the 300th anniversary of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, with American political leaders foremost in the chorus of exaltation. To former president Theodore Roosevelt, this Bible translation was “the Magna Carta of the poor and the oppressed . . . the most democratic book in the world.” Soon-to-be president Woodrow Wilson said much the same thing: “The Bible (with its individual value of the human soul) is undoubtedly the book that has made democracy and been the source of all progress.”

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The Forgotten Founder

Ed. This must make the ACLU shudder. Imagine if they had been around at the founding. They would have tried to prevent Witherspoon signing the Declaration of Independence.

Wall Street Opinion Journal Roger Kimball July 3, 2004

John Witherspoon was the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.

“He is as high a Son of Liberty, as any man in America.”–John Adams on John Witherspoon, 1774

Who is the most unfairly neglected American Founding Father? You might think that none can be unfairly neglected, so many books about that distinguished coterie have been published lately. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington–whom have I left out? It has been a literary festival of Founders these last few years, and a good thing, too. But there is one figure, I believe, who has yet to get his due, and that is John Witherspoon (1723–1794). This Scotch Presbyterian divine came to America to preside over a distressed college in Princeton, New Jersey, and wound up transmitting to the colonies critical principles of the Scottish Enlightenment and helped to preside over the birth and consolidation of American independence.

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Gone with the Wind George Will June 25, 2006

Confined to her bed in Atlanta by a broken ankle and arthritis, her husband gave her a stack of blank paper and said, “Write a book.” Did she ever.

The novel’s first title became its last words, “Tomorrow Is Another Day,” and at first she named the protagonist Pansy. But Pansy became Scarlett, and the title of the book published 70 years ago this week became “Gone With the Wind.”

You might think that John Steinbeck, not Margaret Mitchell, was the emblematic novelist of the 1930s, and that the publishing event in American fiction in that difficult decade was his “The Grapes of Wrath.” Published in 1939, it captured the Depression experience that many Americans had, and that many more lived in fear of. Steinbeck’s novel became a great movie and by now 14 million copies of the book have been sold.

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Valley Forge

American Minute

Driven into Pennsylvania by the British, it was on this day, December 19, in the freezing winter of 1777 that the Continental Army set up camp at Valley Forge, just 25 miles from British occupied Philadelphia.

Lacking food and supplies, soldiers died at the rate of twelve per day. Of 11,000 soldiers, 2,500 died of cold, hunger and disease. A Committee from Congress reported “feet and legs froze till they became black, and it was often necessary to amputate them.”

Soldiers were there from every State in the new union, some as young as 12, others as old as 50, and though most were white, some were Black and American Indians.

Quaker farmer Isaac Potts observed General Washington kneeling in prayer in the snow.

Hessian Major Carl Leopold Baurmeister noted that the only thing that kept the American army from disintegrating was their “spirit of liberty.”

In a letter written to John Banister, Washington recorded: “To see men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lay on, without shoes, by which their marches might be traced by the blood from their feet…and at Christmas taking up their…quarters within a day’s march of the enemy…is a mark of patience and obedience which in my opinion can scarce be paralleled.”


Civil War

Less than two months after Lincoln was inaugurated President, the Civil War began this day, April 12, 1861, with Confederate troops in Charleston, South Carolina, firing upon Fort Sumter. The Confederate Army was unstoppable, twice winning battles at Bull Run, Virginia, just twenty miles from Washington, D.C., forcing the Union troops to retreat to the fortifications of the Capitol.

It wasn’t until the Battle of Gettysburg, over two years into the war, that the tide began to turn. President Lincoln confided: “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.