“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 […]

“Founders’ Son”: The Fathers in Abraham Lincoln’s Life

When Abraham Lincoln departed his Springfield, Illinois home in 1861, to be inaugurated as the sixteenth President of the United States, he told his friends and neighbors that the task before him was “more difficult than that which devolved upon General Washington.” One could argue the historical accuracy of that claim, but all must agree […]

“Inventing Freedom”: A Book Review

On May 9, 2014, in America, Books, Declaration of Independence, Freedom, History, Liberty, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

In the midst of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln observed that “the world has never had a good definition of the word liberty . . . [but was] much in want of one.” It was true then; it is true now. In Lincoln’s context the issue was slavery. “With some the word liberty may […]

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 First Amendment Be Damned: Evolution and the Threat to Religious Liberty

On January 16, 2014, in America, Belief, Faith, Freedom, Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Truth, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

“I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey,” Charles Darwin wrote in 1871, “as from a savage who . . . is haunted by the grossest superstitions.” And millions of Darwin’s acolytes voiced a resounding “amen.” It matters not that biologists have never observed or duplicated mutations, even in the simplest organism, […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Abraham Baldwin

In the late eighteenth century, Georgia was America’s far-flung and backwoods colony. More of an appendix than a vital organ to the overall wellbeing of the original thirteen. Large in land, Georgia was puny in population—in 1787 it boasted of approximately 25,000 souls, while the city of Philadelphia boasted of 40,000 souls. But Georgia was […]

The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton

On December 19, 2013, in America, Character, Congress, History, Lying, Politics, President, Truth, U.S. Constitution, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

December 19, 1998—fifteen years ago, today—the United States House of Representatives impeached President William Jefferson Clinton. It was a dark day in our history, but darker days were ahead. These are my journal entries. ✯ ✯ ✯ Tuesday, 15 September 1998 Whenever great nations reach “the summit of grandeur,” John Adams wrote his friend, Nathan […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Pierce Butler

On November 22, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

When British soldiers disembarked onto the shores of America in the mid- to late 1760s, or during the War of Independence, they could hardly believe their eyes. America was a paradise, a land “flowing with milk and honey.” Americans had land in abundance, clear air and water, food stores bulging to overflowing, educated citizens, and […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Charles Pinckney

On November 15, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

Everybody knows James Madison is the “Father of the Constitution”—it’s architect and author. Right? Well, not exactly. Madison didn’t author the document—a committee of five put the draft together and Gouverneur Morris wrote the preamble. And there’s some evidence—or at least tradition—that Madison wasn’t the first architect of the Constitution. That designation may belong to […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Few of the Founding Fathers, during their lifetimes, were overshadowed by their family members. The Adams cousins being the exception. Samuel Adams was more famous than his younger cousin John—for a time—until Sam dropped out of national politics and John became President of the United States. But Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was almost overshadowed by his […]