Category Archives: American History

The American Bald Eagle: A successful story of environmental protection

This dramatic picture from Florida’s Caloosahatchee River by my old friend and former colleague David Singer brings to mind the great success story involving America’s national symbol, the bald eagle. The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Ferment: Protests against oppression and corruption spread in Arab world. Echoes of Bush’s Second Inaugural Address

The genesis and success of the Jasmine revolution in Tunisia can be found in an ancient and dreadful form of protest—self immolation, and in the relatively secure means of modern protest—Facebook. These very different means of expression led to the … Continue reading

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The need to elevate political rhetoric and to better inform our grief

I find in my grieving over the senseless loss of human life and vitality at the hands of the Arizona madman a sad recognition that it will be used endlessly for political purposes. It is inevitable and has already been … Continue reading

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The Lost Lessons of Thanksgiving

Emerging from the tryptophan-induced lethargy of Thanksgiving and the fleeting stimulus of Black Friday sales stampedes I’m reflecting on two lost lessons of the first Thanksgiving and the people who celebrated it, the Puritans.  The Puritan understanding of deferred gratification. … Continue reading

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Heroic and Tragic Life of a Guy Named Button Gwinnett Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

Gwinnett County, Georgia, where I have lived for the last 13 years, was named for Button Gwinnett, one of three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence (nearby counties—Hall and Walton—were named for the other two). I understand that Gwinnett … Continue reading

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More Skepticism on Deep Throat

I wrote earlier this month that Woodward and Bernstein’s Deep Throat May Be Composite of Multiple Sources, which has been the opinion of Nixon aide Charles Colson. Here, Jonah Goldberg explains why he believes Deep Throat is “Bob and Carl’s … Continue reading

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Rhetoric, Legitimacy, and War

As the German Army marched down the Champs-Elysées in the summer of 1940, and across the channel the English endured the German Air Force blitz of London, President Franklin D. Roosevelt assured American voters in the heat of an election … Continue reading

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