“Voting Matters.” A Catholic Reflection on the 2018 Elections (@Catholic Vote)
Justice for the Justice: or, Law vs. Mobs
Voting matters. In a free society, it’s a duty—not only to vote, but to be worthy of voting, by educating yourself.
Paragraph 2240 of the Catholic Catechism states, “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country…”
We now have the most pro-life Senate in history, with the possibility of two more Supreme Court vacancies coming up, and no longer held hostage to the Murkowskis and Collinses of the Senate.
On Monday, October 8, 2018, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh was formally sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The event marked the official “end” of a rancorous three months that was undoubtedly the most contentious judicial nomination process in American history.
But another victory, more sweeping and fundamental in its consequences, was also achieved: the sacred presumption of innocence was defended against an ideological lynch mob who sought to destroy it.
Thanksgiving, and the Religious Awakening of Abraham Lincoln
The Kavanaugh saga proves what rational people already know: contemporary third-wave feminists don’t want equality between the sexes. If they did, they’d be fine with men treating women the same way they treat other men. But they aren’t.
Knowledge is Power: The Forgotten Perils of the Intellect
Thanksgiving is one of the “high holidays” of America’s civic life. While proclamations of national days of thanksgiving went back to George Washington, the holiday didn’t become an official feature of the American calendar until, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the holiday would fall on “the last Thursday of November.”
Abraham Lincoln’s Advice to Lawyers
I’ve been reviewing some of the stories and lessons in McGuffey’s Readers, which were by far the bestselling textbooks in 19th century America (the only book that outsold them was the Bible). They were originally authored by William Holmes McGuffey in 1836. McGuffey, who was a deeply religious man, believed that education was both intellectual and moral—that to empower someone with knowledge without forming their character would be to only make them a “more clever devil.”
The Bible and the Founders, Part 4—The Inaugural Address George Washington Never Delivered
Abraham Lincoln, who famously served as America’s sixteenth President during the Civil War, was for most of his life prior to the presidency a lawyer. He was moderately successful, but certainly would not have been one of the “celebrity” lawyers of today. His average fee was between $5 and $20. The highest fee he ever charged was $5,000, which, though substantial for the time, was not common for him.
The Bible and the Founders, Part 3—Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
George Washington became the first President of the United States on April 30, 1789 when he was inaugurated in the manner prescribed by the Constitution. His first inaugural speech has gone down in history as one of the best, largely because it set a precedent for all future inaugural addresses.
The Bible and the Founders, Part 2—Presidential Inaugurals
Thanksgiving is among the most American of American holidays. While it was not celebrated as an annual national holiday until 1863, the origins of the holiday are found in a proclamation by George Washington in the first year of his presidency. The proclamation is full of biblical language and religious overtones, imploring the new nation to offer thanks to God for His providential guidance of their affairs, as well as for His mercy for their sins.
The Bible and the Founders, Part 1—George Washington and John Adams
The influence of the Bible on the Founders is readily apparent when one takes a look at the inaugural addresses of our first four Presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.
The role of the Bible in the American founding remains a highly debated topic. Unfortunately, many who comment on this issue do so without having plumbed the depths of the Founders’ writings themselves. What they would find is that the Bible exerted a profound and ubiquitous influence on the founding generation, even on those who were not particularly religious.