The Extraordinary George Washington

George Washington was an extraordinary man. Perhaps none, certainly few, in American history have exhibited such ambitious personal humility and patriotic spirit as Washington. He is rightly deemed the “Father of his country,” leading American forces to victory and independence over Great Britain, shepherding the Constitution through a contentious convention in the summer of 1787, […]

I Vote for . . . Me

On November 8, 2012, in America, Barack Obama, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Government, Patriotism, Politics, Power, President, by Derrick G. Jeter

The sun rose this morning, as it did the morning after the election. But it isn’t morning in America. Perhaps my progressive friends will disagree, believing instead that a new day is dawning on Utopia—the benevolent nowhere land that champions the notion, as one friend put it, that “government has a vital role in protecting […]

From Good to Very Good to Glory: The Art of Making Culture

Andy Crouch is a master communicator about culture. You’ve never heard of Andy? Well, he calls himself a journalist—“one who makes the complex simple”—and works for the magazine Christianity Today. Andy is, however, more than a journalist, he’s a thinker. And he’s thought a lot about culture. Earlier this week I attended a conference, hosted […]

September Surprise

On September 6, 2012, in America, Barack Obama, Culture, God, Government, History, Language, Leadership, Philosophy, Politics, Power, President, Rhetoric, by Derrick G. Jeter

The rough and tumble of American politics has a long and rocky history. But modern American politics has added a new twist of the knife to what is often called America’s “blood sport”—the October Surprise. So fearful are campaigns, especially presidential campaigns, that a shocking revelation about a their candidate will break on the news […]

Intelligence and the Proper Role of Politics

I like Charles Krauthammer. He’s one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, and articulate political thinkers in the country today. In an article for Nation Review Online (“Are We Alone in the Universe?”), Krauthammer discusses the recent discovery of two new earth-sized planets and explores the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe. His conclusion? […]

The Politics of Power and Lust

On June 8, 2011, in Character, Culture, Love, Power, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

The great observer of life, G. K. Chesterton, wrote: “There is only one very timid sort of man that is not afraid of women.” [1] Yes, and his name is fool. This rooster came home to roost this week once again with the admission from U.S. Representative Anthony Wiener that he had been carrying on […]

A Great Experiment: Balancing State Sovereignty and Human Liberty

On November 23, 2010, in America, Freedom, Government, Politics, Power, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sitting at his executives desk in New York City, on January 9, 1790, president George Washington penned a letter to the famed British historian, Catherine Macaulay Graham. He told her that “the establishment of our new Government seemed to be the last great experiment for promoting human happiness.” [1] What Washington meant, of course, was […]