Reagan’s 9/11

On September 11, 2014, in America, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, President, Rhetoric, Ronald Reagan, September 11, Terrorism, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Few presidents have articulated the principles of freedom with such passion and persuasive force as did Ronald Reagan. None since have. Therefore, it seemed fitting, on this thirteenth anniversary when, in the words of President George W. Bush, freedom was attacked—September 11, 2001—that we read and hear anew from the champion of freedom. On January […]

Why Romney Will Win the Presidency . . . Unless He Doesn’t

Like fungus growing on a putrified log, superstitions abound in politics. During the 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton’s campaign manager, James Carville, practiced the smelly superstition, when things were going well, of wearing the same underwear for days on end. Talk about fungus! And since Clinton won that year there were many good days—and no […]

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Look at the Biden-Ryan Vice Presidential Debate

On October 12, 2012, in America, Future, Government, Language, Leadership, Lying, Politics, President, Rhetoric, Ronald Reagan, Taxes, Terrorism, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

I lived tweeted the Vice Presidential debate last night. My first tweet as Joe Biden and Paul Ryan took the stage: “Grinning Joe. He’s a nut but you can’t help but like Joe.” Well, that is until Joe takes on the appearance of Alice’s Cheshire Cat—“we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” Commenting on […]

We Use to Do Big Things in America

On August 28, 2012, in America, Courage, Future, Heroes, History, Leadership, Patriotism, Ronald Reagan, Vacation, by Derrick G. Jeter

We use to do big things in America. One of my earliest memories as a child was leaning against the bare back of my father, looking over his shoulder, as he sat cross-legged on the floor watching our grainy black and white, wood cabinet encased, television set. I don’t remember the year—I like to think […]

The Myth of “The Orator”

“When Pericles speaks, the people say, ‘How well he speaks.’ But when Demosthenes speaks, the people say, ‘Let us march!’” Pericles’ praise of Demosthenes’ persuasive appeal could have applied to Barack Obama in 2007 and 2008. But today, the one who won the moniker “The Orator” can hardly win the applause of an audience—conservative or […]

A Reagan Wantabe Who is No Ronald Reagan

On February 7, 2011, in America, Government, Philosophy, Politics, President, Ronald Reagan, by Derrick G. Jeter

The anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s 100th birth was Sunday, February 6, 2011. With much pomp and celebration, the Reagan Presidential Library put on a patriotic spectacular, with flags and speeches and twenty-one gun salutes and music and a fly over. But the ghost of Reagan has been hovering in the political ether for a few […]

On the Centennial Birth of Ronald Reagan

On February 6, 2011, in America, Declaration of Independence, Freedom, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Politics, President, Ronald Reagan, by Derrick G. Jeter

Ronald Wilson Reagan was a B-student who became a B-actor, but turned out to be an A-president. Born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois, he attended Eureka College. Foreshadowing his future careers, he appeared in collage plays and served as student body president. But like so many others of his generation, the depression kept […]

Speeches that Made History: Ronald Reagan Comforts a Nation in Mourning

On January 28, 2011, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Patriotism, President, Rhetoric, Ronald Reagan, by Derrick G. Jeter

On January 28, 1986, I was in my final year at the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of a classroom in the Communication’s building, waiting for my next class, I sat in “the pit”—a depression in the floor where four televisions were set up on four different sides of a central post. The televisions […]