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The American Revolution was not just about battles, international politics, and the men who willed the nation into being. It was also about the changes occurring in society that took men and women from observers in the political system to active participants. This was a period of intense strife among the civilian population. Those who […]

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Once again I’m looking at the Declaration. In the PowerPoint version of the Declaration, this would be one of the bullet points on the “We hold these truths to be self-evident” slide:

That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

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One of the complaints in the Declaration of Independence addresses the king’s position on immigration. Let’s have a look, shall we?

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States, for that reason obstruction the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

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Angelo Codevilla isn’t as prolific as, say, Victor Davis Hanson, but when he drops one it’s time to pay attention. The latest is no exception: Our Revolution’s Logic.

His main thesis is that a spiral has begun, away from the American system of resolving political differences, and into a tit-for-tat of using power, fair and foul, not just to be left alone, but to force the other party to conform. Trump, the Resistance, and Kavanaugh all play starring roles. Read the whole thing.

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“No, posterity, you will never know how much it cost us to preserve your freedom. I hope that you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”

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In the latest Editors podcast, Reihan Salam says (at minute 41), …Iran is an older country. Its birthrate has fallen steeply. And one thing you see is that when you have a really young country you might have more revolutions. You might have more overthrows of the government. But then you move right back to […]

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An acquaintance of my family is running for office this year. I only knew him as a kid, so can’t verify much other than that he has long operated a respectable business and has taken good care of his family. But I heard he’s running as a conservative Democrat and so looked up his platform […]

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Why do texts, some hundreds, even thousands of years old, still speak to us? Why is the Torah, the Bible, Magna Carta and the revered parchments of our own Republic, the Declaration and the Constitution still as relevant as ever? Because simply put, no matter what the activists and political elites would have you believe, […]

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Fellow Ricochetti, this is my final dispatch from Bucharest. Politics, such as it is, looks like its heading towards normality, such as we have it. The process of normalization is as full of disappointment as you would expect. There is very little reflection on the difference between the two states, though everyone can tell abnormal […]

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Cancer ruins families. There is no treatment that isn’t horrific. I said to my Fathers oncologist the day he was released from the hospital for home hospice that we are still in the dark ages. And then last week I saw this documentary from the guys at Vice. It’s on HBO but the feed here is available […]

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From The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn: Routines are not just good theory. They work in practice. Order makes life more peaceful, more efficient, and more effective. In fact the more routines we develop, the more effective we become. Routines free us from the need to ponder small details over and over again; routines let […]

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