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 […]

Founding Fathers Friday: John Rutledge

Many of the Founding Father had tragic lives, especially at the end of their lives. But John Rutledge’s life was the stuff of Greek tragedy. Born on September 17, 1739, to one of the wealthiest families in Charleston, South Carolina, Rutledge his early childhood surrounded by luxury and ease. His father, an Irish immigrant and […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Nathaniel Macon

Unlike politicians today, we tend to think of the Founders as men who struck to principle. More statesmen-like than politician-like. And while anyone who whose actually looked deeply into the lives of our Founders knows this isn’t always true, anyone who looks into the life of Nathaniel Macon has to conclude that this unknown Founder […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Hugh Williamson

We often think of the enlightened men of the American Founding as renaissance men—men of letters, science, art, languages, and politics. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin come immediately to mind as men of broad knowledge and diverse skills. And so these two, especially, were. But we never think of a third who easily joins their […]