History

Biden’s Brezhnev vibes

Featured image Born in the Soviet Union, Katya Sedgwick now lives in the United States. She brings a valuable cross cultural-perspective to our perception of Joe Biden’s age-related mental impairment in the Spectator USA column “Biden’s Brezhnev vibes.” She discusses Brezhnev’s impaired physical condition and relates: [W]atching news segments on TV, it was hard to avoid conclusion that the general secretary was unfit to rule. His speech was slurred, and his movements »

America’s first socialist republic

Featured image Paul A. Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College and is one of the country’s most distinguished scholars of history and politics. In view of his study of Republics Ancient and Modern, Professor Rahe is the academy’s foremost authority on the history of republics. Although his subsequent work on Soft Despotism was not far from his Thanksgiving reflections when »

Rudy Boschwitz at 90

Featured image Former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber helped put together a 90th birthday tribute to former Minnesota Senator Rudy Boschwitz via Zoom yesterday afternoon. Rudy turned 90 on November 7. I was grateful to be on the invitation list for the Zoom celebration. Getting to know Rudy over the past 25 years has been a personal highlight. He is an extraordinary man and walking testimony to the power of the American dream. »

Trump establishes 1776 Commission

Featured image This afternoon, President Trump signed an “Executive Order Establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.” The order marks an important step in Trump’s efforts to foster patriotic education. Stanley Kurtz says of the Order: The text is longer and more substantive than typical presidential EOs. It offers sharp criticisms of current educational trends, a definition and explanation of patriotic education, as well as a vision for how to realize it. Following »

CRB: A towering achievement

Featured image We wind up our preview of the new (Fall) issue of the Claremont Review of Books with this bonus edition featuring our own Steve Hayward’s review of Charles Moore’s three-volume biography of Margaret Thatcher. Steve’s review is “A towering achievement.” As the author of his two-volume history The Age of Reagan, Steve is well equipped to take the measure of Moore’s work. Reflecting his view that biography is a neglected »

CRB: Presidential library

Featured image We are winding down our preview of the new (Fall) issue of the Claremont Review of Books with our friend Tevi Troy’s review of Craig Fehrman’s Author In Chief: The Untold Story or our Presidents and the Books They Wrote. The review is short. It is educational. It is entertaining. It even made me laugh: “Ronald Reagan left office as a popular president beloved by his supporters. Yet he phoned »

CRB: Plymouth Rock landed on them

Featured image We continue our preview of the new (Fall) issue of the Claremont Review of Books with Christopher Caldwell’s valuable essay “Plymouth Rock landed on them” (subhead: “The immigration crisis of 1620”). I picked it out for Power Line readers and I will tell you why. Among the critically important tasks before us is the rescue of our own history. Caldwell writes: As in every matter that involves ethnic, cultural, or »

Columbus Day

Featured image Christopher Columbus was one of the great figures of world history, not because he was a moral paragon (although he was deeply religious) but because he was an extraordinarily skillful sailor and leader of men. Today President Trump issued a proclamation on the occasion of Columbus Day: More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus’s intrepid voyage to the New World ushered in a new era of exploration and discovery. His »

Times Change—or Stephens’ Suicide Note? (Updated)

Featured image It is worth taking a second look at Bret Stephens’s extensive takedown of the New York Times‘s egregious 1619 Project on Friday. My understanding from a longtime Times person I know is that one of the unwritten rules is that you never criticize a colleague in print—especially on the editorial pages. And yet Stephens names names and takes prisoners: Those concerns came to light last month when a longstanding critic »

Biden at Gettysburg

Featured image These three words are enough to make me sick. Why? Because as my friend Steve Silbiger reminded me, in 1987 when Biden was running for President he bragged that “we Delawareans were on the South’s side in the Civil War.” He also touted the fact that George Wallace once praised him as one of the outstanding young politicians in America. That’s not all. In the 1970s, Biden worked closely with »

A Pulitzer Prize that should be revoked

Featured image An open letter released today calls on the Pulitzer Prize Board to rescind the Prize for Commentary awarded to Nikole Hannah-Jones for her lead essay in “The 1619 Project.” The letter is signed by 21 Scholars and public writers. Among them are Victor Davis Hanson, Charles Kesler, Roger Kimball, Stanley Kurtz, Glenn Loury, Wilfred McClay, Peter Wood, and Jean Yarbrough. For reasons I discussed in this post, the “1619 Project” »

Leo Baeck, Berlin, 1935

Featured image Jews begin the observance of Yom Kippur at sundown tonight with the Kol Nidre prayer service. A few years ago our friend Rachel Paulose asked to join us at our service. Since then she has regularly joined my family when we break our fast, as I hope she will do again next year when life returns to normal. During the service she pointed in our prayer book to an adaptation »

How to break the left’s chokehold on the teaching of American History

Featured image The left has hijacked American history. Due to its unrelenting attacks on America, our brilliant but flawed history is now presented to students at all levels with the brilliance excised and the flaws vastly overstated. We have discussed the hijacking in posts like this one and this follow up. The questions are: (1) will patriotic Americans muster the determination to reverse the hijacking and (2) what is the best way »

Slavery or freedom: The conception of America

Featured image The National Association of Scholars is hosting an online conference responding to the odious Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project promulgated by the New York Times. The conference began yesterday and runs through Friday. After a welcome by NAS president Peter Wood, Peter Kirsanow kicked off the conference with a sort of keynote speech. Kirsanow was followed by Professors Diana Schaub speaking on Frederick Douglass and John Stauffer on the white abolitionist »

Among the heroes

Featured image With incredible courage and composure, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 waged our first counterattack against al Qaeda on 9/11. Recounting Todd Beamer’s call to GTE operator Lisa Jefferson, the AP’s Joann Loviglio began to piece the story together a few days later in “Last words from victims: ‘Let’s roll.'” In the video below, Jefferson recalls her conversation with Todd Beamer. In a 2002 letter to William Buckley, »

Is Joe Biden another Tom Dewey?

Featured image Joe Biden and Thomas Dewey don’t seem similar. When Dewey ran for president in 1948 (his second attempt as the Republican nominee), he was 46 years old. He had been a brilliant prosecutor and was the successful governor of New York, then the nation’s largest state. Biden is 77 years old. He’s been in politics longer than Dewey had been alive when he ran in 1948. He didn’t distinguish himself »

Watching Joe go slow, history edition

Featured image In case you missed it, Matt Margolis documents Joe Biden’s history lesson to a lucky audience in Kenosha yesterday: “Prof. Biden Claims ‘a Black Man Invented the Light Bulb, Not a White Guy Named Edison'” (video below). Biden instructed his audience in the higher sociological wisdom with which Obama loved to condescend to us: “People fear that’s, which, that which is different.” And then the history: “We gotta, for example, »