The American Spirit: A Book Review

On May 14, 2017, in America, Books, Freedom, History, Liberty, Patriotism, by Derrick G. Jeter

It has been said before, and by more eloquent voices than my own, but it bears repeating: David McCullough is a national treasure—not merely because he is one of America’s preeminent historians (which he is), but because he is a good and generous man. McCullough embodies a word rarely used to day: He is a […]

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 […]

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, […]

In Gardens of Stone

On May 25, 2015, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

In gardens of stone, lay soldiers who stood alone on frozen hills, beside vallied rills. In gardens of stone, a trumpet blown over markers of the brave, who rest within the grave. In gardens of stone, our flag is flown in vigil of red, white, and blue, for those who loved their country true. In […]

“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 […]

The Soldier on Crutches

On November 11, 2014, in America, Courage, Freedom, Heroes, Liberty, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of eleventh month in 1918, “the war to end all wars,” as it was touted, ended. The Great War—World War I—was the first modern war and ushered in a century of warfare that left in its wake unimaginable death, destruction, and disabilities. World War I itself took […]

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 […]

The Colossus of Independence

The morning of July 1, 1776, dawned hot and humid. Before the morning ended a summer storm engulfed Philadelphia. John Adams woke before the dawn. He dress, wrote a letter to Archibald Bulloch, ate breakfast, and walked to the State House. “This morning is assigned the greatest debate of all,” he told Bulloch. “A declaration, […]

To Love Liberty is to Love History

On June 26, 2014, in America, Education, Freedom, History, Liberty, by Derrick G. Jeter

The history of America is the history of liberty. As a course of events, American history is progress toward liberty. As a record of those events, American history is progress toward understanding liberty. Until the mid-1960s, American children were taught at home and at school, and breathed it in the native air, that America was […]

“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 […]