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 […]

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 […]

Speeches That Made History: Edward M. Kennedy Eulogizes Robert F. Kennedy

On June 5, 2014, in America, Death, History, Rhetoric, by Derrick G. Jeter

Edward Kennedy, the youngest of nine children, lost two brothers within the span of five years. Like many other families, the Kennedys have known the piercing grief of loosing loved ones in the prime of their lives. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., the bright shining hope of Joe Sr. to become the first Irish Catholic American […]

John F. Kennedy’s Undelivered Speech

On November 22, 2013, in America, Patriotism, President, Rhetoric, by Derrick G. Jeter

John F. Kennedy was our most eloquent president since Franklin D. Roosevelt—until the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address was the most rhetorical pleasing since Abraham Lincoln’s Second. And though Kennedy never reached Lincolnesque heights, he, like Lincoln, understood and used the power of words to propel his policies. But even the most gifted […]