15 Years Later: A 911 for 19/11

On September 11, 2016, in America, September 11, Terrorism, by Derrick G. Jeter

On this fifteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I am making available a free PDF copy of my ebook, A 911 for 9/11: Finding Answers to the Evil of September 11, 2001. For those who died and for those who live. Send to Kindle

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, […]

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 […]

Twelve Years Ago

On September 11, 2013, in America, Evil, Freedom, History, Liberty, Patriotism, September 11, Terrorism, by Derrick G. Jeter

Twelve years is a long time. In the life of a child its a lifetime—an inconceivable span of days, weeks, and months strung out for what seems like an eternity. In the life of an adult it can seem like yesterday, especially when thinking about how time flies across the faces of your children. Within […]

Comfort Amid Chaos and Carnage

On April 16, 2013, in America, Courage, Culture, Death, Evil, Heroes, September 11, Suffering, Terrorism, by Derrick G. Jeter

With a sudden shock—an explosive concussion—we were reminded, once again, that evil is in our midst. The two bombs that killed three and injured 150 more at the Boston Marathon bespeaks of the fact that free societies cannot eliminate all evil acts and maintain freedom. But the bombings also bespeak of another truth—a truth more […]

Which Is to be Master?

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.” [1] On August […]

America’s Boneless Wonder

In the midst of the Arab Spring I had lunch one day with a middle eastern colleague who expressed deep concern about what was taking place in Egypt, particularly over the possible ouster of Hosni Mubarak and the fall of Egypt into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. My friend was no fan of Mubarak, […]

Lincoln’s 9/11

On this, the eleventh anniversary of the terrorists attack on America, it’s appropriate that we reflect and remember, pause and pray. It’s appropriate that we read the names of those who lost their lives in New York City, Washington D.C., and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It’s appropriate that we give and listen to speeches. It’s appropriate […]

2011 in Review

Bowing to the year in review tradition, I offer my top ten articles for 2011. These aren’t necessarily the most popular essays or the ones that received the most comments. Rather, these articles are the ones that dealt with important events or I just had a special affinity towards. I hope you’ll give them a […]

Before the Towers Fell

On September 9, 2011, in America, Books, Culture, Freedom, History, September 11, Terrorism, by Derrick G. Jeter

When Chris Williams, Jan White, and I traveled to Boston on September 8, 2001, the events of 9/11—the destruction and death—were as alien to our minds as little green men from Mars. In fact, the entire weekend seemed like something from another world, and it began with a ridiculous trip from the Boston airport to […]