The Making of Winston Churchill

On July 23, 2017, in Books, Heroes, History, Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, by Derrick G. Jeter

Some men’s lives are larger than life; men possessed by a unique spirit and passion, who by the fortunes of unique circumstances are able to bring to bear that spirit upon their age. Theodore Roosevelt was one such man. Born to wealth, Roosevelt could have spend his life in ease and repose. But he chose […]

Coolidge: A Lesson for Conservatives

On December 20, 2015, in America, Freedom, Government, History, Liberty, Politics, President, Taxes, Theodore Roosevelt, by Derrick G. Jeter

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, once remarked that our thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, looked like he had been weaned on a pickle—and a sour one at that. Coolidge is one of those presidents we think we know, but we don’t. We know anecdotes about the man, like Alice’s comment on his […]

American Motherhood

On May 8, 2010, in America, Children, Family, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Theodore Roosevelt, by Derrick G. Jeter

Theodore Roosevelt was the father of a large family—he had six children in all. He believed the stability of the American republic lay in the stability in the American family. Always preaching the doctrine of family first, Roosevelt held that America could not be great unless fathers and mothers devoted themselves first and foremost to […]

Way to Go America: Black and White

On November 6, 2008, in America, Freedom, History, Martin Luther King Jr., Patriotism, Politics, President, Theodore Roosevelt, by Derrick G. Jeter

Way to go America. You did it again—you made history, and made me proud to be an American.   On October 16, 1901, the newly ascended President Theodore Roosevelt, dined with Booker T. Washington, the black orator and educator, in the White House. Roosevelt was damned by the Southern press. The Memphis Scimitar excoriated the […]

The Great American History Tour: Sagamore Hill

On July 1, 2008, in America, Family, Freedom, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Theodore Roosevelt, Vacation, by Derrick G. Jeter

Saturday, 28 June 2008   Children were a joy to Theodore Roosevelt. The father of six, stories abound of his many letters to and romps with his children. I like one in particular. When he was President, Roosevelt was engaged in an important meeting that went longer than expected. A couple of his boys had […]

The Great American History Tour: New York City

On June 30, 2008, in America, Family, History, September 11, Theodore Roosevelt, Vacation, by Derrick G. Jeter

Friday, 27 June 2008   September 11, 2001, changed almost everything. Not everything . . . but enough.   The most obvious change is to the skyline itself: the twin towers are absent. From the Staten Island Ferry you can now see what once was obscured—the Empire State Building. A more subtle change, probably unnoticed by […]

A Question of Patriotism

On August 9, 2007, in America, Evil, Freedom, History, Lying, Patriotism, President, Rhetoric, Theodore Roosevelt, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

“A fish starts smelling from the head.” This proverbial sounding statement came from the highest-ranking intelligence officer to have ever defected from the Soviet bloc to the United States, Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa. In a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, “Propaganda Redux,” General Pacepa warns that America’s political left is falling into […]