9/11 and the American Soul

Has it really been fourteen years? In my mind’s eye it was just yesterday when Chris Williams, Jan White, and I left our Boston hotel on our way to your Rhode Island client, CVS Pharmacy, and Chris received the call from Joe, her husband: America was under attack. In the days following September 11, 2001, […]

“The Liberty Threat”: Is America Losing Her Religious Freedom?

The power and beauty of “We the people” no longer means what it once did because we the people no longer give much thought to the document that made famous that phrase. In fact, we the people no longer remember that that phrase and document, among other things, were drafted to “secure the blessings of […]

Os Guinness’s Ambitious Plan for a Global Public Square

On November 3, 2014, in America, Books, Faith, Freedom, Future, Government, Liberty, by Derrick G. Jeter

During the Constitutional Convention many feared that the proposed form of government granted too much power to the federal institution. Tepid supporters and critics, as well as Anti-Federalist opponents, believed the Constitution should have included a list of citizens’ rights. Ardent supporters, like James Madison, believed an articulation of rights was a Pandora’s Box, fearing […]

Obamacare: Tyranny Unmasked

On February 20, 2014, in America, Barack Obama, Congress, Freedom, Government, Liberty, Politics, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

Settled law. That’s what we were told Obamacare was. But there’s nothing settled about it, which is what makes it so unsettling—from the Supreme Court’s ruling that the government can compel citizens to engage in commerce (thereby delegitimizing the people’s liberty), to the amateurish rollout of the health care website, to Congress excusing themselves from […]

The Gutters of Washington

On October 21, 2013, in America, Government, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

The government is reopened and running again. World War II veterans can visit their memorial on the Mall without having to storm the barricades and tourists driving through the Black Hills of South Dakota can pull off the side of the road and take snapshots of Mount Rushmore. Whether for good or ill (the latter […]

The Forgotten First Freedom

On August 19, 2013, in America, Bill of Rights, Faith, Freedom, Government, Liberty, by Derrick G. Jeter

The surest way to destroy a country is to destroy its liberty . . . from the inside. And once inside, the surest way to destroy a country’s liberty is to destroy its memory—its history. The 2013 annual survey of the “State of the First Amendment,” published by the First Amendment Center, is an indication […]

Political Shenanigans: The IRS and the Tea Party

On June 26, 2013, in America, Government, Liberty, Politics, Taxes, by Derrick G. Jeter

It’s a dirty little secret of modern political history that John F. Kennedy’s 1960 victory over Richard Nixon very well may have been the result of ballot box shenanigans. Many in the Nixon campaign thought so and urged the candidate to demand an investigation and a recount. Nixon refused. The margin of victory of Barack […]

Americans Have Always Distrusted Government

It should come as no surprise that Barack Obama is a man of the left. As such, he tends to downplay American exceptionalism and overplay his global worldview. As a partisan politico he has elevated opponent bashing into an art form. But his latest scree against conservatives was historically unhinged. On May 5, 2013, President […]

Tread on Me . . . I Think Not

On April 24, 2013, in America, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Government, Liberty, Patriotism, Politics, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

Yesterday I posted an article at The Black Sphere addressing the issue of liberty and security—“The Unanswered Question of the Boston Bombings: Liberty or Security?” In that piece I decried the fact that too few of our fellow citizens are willing to discuss an important question: Where does the good of security tread on the […]

Founding Fathers Friday: William Paterson

Most of the Founding Fathers were men of means—the cream of their colonies—wealthy and privileged. This included the famous and the not so famous. Only a handful were men of meager means, and William Paterson was among them. But he wouldn’t stay there. The son of a shop keeper, some say a door-to-door salesman, Paterson […]