For the Founders, the issue of luxury was intimately connected with liberty. They firmly believed that liberty was man’s birthright, but they also knew that opposed to his birthright was his predilection for preferring the proverbial bowl of stew—our desire for creaturely comforts tend to overwhelm our adherence to principles and ideals, causing us to lose our taste for liberty.Read More
[T]he first Inaugural Address of our first President acknowledged, addressed, and supplicated God in the most reverent terms. Biblical concepts of God’s rule over the nations, His blessings for righteous behavior, and His continuing guidance of the new nation are emphatically asserted. It is undeniable that in his first great act as President, Washington intended to involve not just his countrymen, but God, in the event.Read More
While his religious views were not orthodox, they were nonetheless deeply formed by what he considered to be the proper meaning of the Bible, a book which he considered “the best book in the world.”Read More
Many are familiar with the Farewell Address of President George Washington. But fewer people are familiar with Washington’s first “farewell address,” namely the farewell he thought would be his final public one. I refer to his 1783 Circular to the State Governments…In general, while Washington gave his advice on specific policies, the Circular is full of admonition for Americans to recognize that they had been given a truly unique opportunity by God, and they best not waste it.Read More
Franklin believed that gratuitous welfare offered a powerful incentive to not work, and thus remain poor, rather than rise out of poverty…[He] knew there were only “Two D’s” to choose between: Dignity, or dependence.Read More
Hitler did like one religion in particular—so much so that he wished ancient Germans had converted to it rather to Christianity.
What religion was it?Read More
It would seem that long before 9/11, long before the fall of the mighty Ottoman Empire, long before CAIR, long before the CIA, long before the advent of the American Empire, long before there were those in the present who who dared to conclude that Islam’s relationship with war was a bit too cozy for comfort, that Muslims themselves not only confirmed this fact, but were proud of it.
I didn’t say it. They did.Read More
How one of the earliest Church Fathers who knew the Apostles, and wrote some letters barely 75 years after Christ’s death, changed my life forever.Read More
There has never been a “small ‘c’” catholic church. Only a “Big ‘C’” Catholic Church. The Church Fathers prove it.Read More
After nearly 30 years as a devout Protestant, I decided in February 2018, after nearly a year of in-depth study, to become Catholic…So I’ve decided that I will be doing a large, multi-part series of blogs which show some of the reasons I decided to convert…A big reason why I am writing these posts is not only to explain, in depth, the reasons for my conversion, but also provide good resources for people who simply don’t have the time or willingness to do the sort of in-depth study I have done.Read More
See my brief reflections on the 2018 elections, from a column I did for Catholic Vote.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More