Category Archives: American History

Zero-Sum Federalism

Our federal bonds are fraying. We Americans increasingly are conditioned to view federalism and, along with it, national unity, in zero-sum terms. And why should we be surprised? The century-old cookie-cutter-style federalism imposed on this country via Wilsonian progressivism has … Continue reading

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An Old Map that Inspired

I owe this framed map of the post-colonial United States, which hung in my parents’ den for many years while I was growing up, an immense debt. For starters, it invokes happy memories of my parents and of a secure, … Continue reading

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Five Remarkable Facts about D-Day

Most of us are familiar the basic facts of D-Day from watching movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers. So, today, I thought that I would share a few of the facts relating to the fascinating backstory … Continue reading

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“Hostiles”: A Reminder of Stubborn, Enduring Faith

My wife and I saw the new Western film “Hostiles” last week. It essentially could be described as a sort of Westernized version of Fury. Christian Bale aptly depicts a character named Captain Joseph J. Blocker, a career U.S. Cavalry … Continue reading

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Among the World’s Great, but Unwitting Innovators

I’ve mentioned before how fascinating it is to consider how religious mystics, leaders and reformers have unwittingly contributed to innovation – entire platforms, in many cases – that have transformed the world in ways that they scarcely could have imagined. … Continue reading

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Why I Can’t Stop Watching the Exorcist

Every time I encounter The Exorcist while channel surfing I invariably end up watching all of it. I can’t help myself.  I’ve always been fascinated with the film, though for largely unconventional reasons. Though only an pre-teen when the film came … Continue reading

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What’s Left When There’s Nothing Left to Unite Us?

The subject of American unity,  raised by Pat Buchanan in his latest and previous columns, has fascinated me for a long time, as many of my readers have surmised by now. More than a century ago in the decades following … Continue reading

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