Month: May 2009

American Character: Edward Winslow

There probably aren’t too many Americans who know the name Edward Winslow. He was one of the Pilgrims, a trusted friend and helper for William Bradford for many years. As with Bradford, Winslow’s Christian faith led him to depart England for Holland, and then on to the New World. Winslow suffered in the same way Bradford did at first in the new colony of Plymouth. The first winter was severe, and half the company died. One of those was Winslow’s… Read more »

A Poisonous Doctrine

When President Obama prepared to nominate someone for the Supreme Court, he said he wanted someone who had “empathy” with minorities and others who felt the law was against them. He obviously has found that person in Sonia Sotomayor. This may sound good, but it is a pernicious approach to the law. Perhaps it might be best to let one of those minorities comment on this approach so my views won’t be attributed merely to a white male. Thomas Sowell, a scholar… Read more »

A Less-Than-Supreme Choice

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” — Judge Sonia Sotomayor, in her Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law in 2001 Now there is a quote, which if you reversed it, would get someone into trouble. Let’s say a white… Read more »

Reacting to the Threat

Cartoonists, having now passed the Memorial Day weekend, have caught up with the events from North Korea. One sample: What about the effect of missile tests on other “peace-loving” nations and groups? Fortunately, we have the United Nations to keep rogue nations such as North Korea in line. The response has been particularly bold: As for our own country’s response to the threats in the world, there is something the current administration seems to want people to forget: Thank God… Read more »

Deliver Us from Evil

N. Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il We awake this morning to the news that North Korea has shot off two new missiles. This follows the nuclear test it conducted just a few days ago. This is a rogue state, “led” by a egotist fueled by communist ideology. Then we have Iran. We always have Iran. Iranian Leader-Fanatic Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Not only has this Islamic nation’s leader denied the Holocaust ever took place, he has repeatedly stated his desire to wipe… Read more »

Remembrance Day

I chose the title for today’s post on purpose. We are so used to seeing “Memorial Day” that we probably don’t stop and think about what the word means. Memorial is based on other words—memory and remember. As a nation, we need to maintain a collective memory. We need to consciously remember what has gone before us. As a historian, I can say with some authority that we are a nation that is losing its memory. Knowledge of American principles and… Read more »

President Above-It-All

In yesterday’s post, I compared Obama and Cheney’s speeches. Rich Lowry, of National Review, does an excellent job of dissecting the Obama approach in speeches, as he always tries to portray himself as the centrist, moderate, reasonable man in the middle, protecting America’s values. You can find Lowry’s article here. Where is the president’s lack of seriousness on the national security issue going to lead? Let’s pray that’s not prophetic.