Jeffersonian wisdom for today

by Joshua Charles -- I recently ran across a collection of life observations by Thomas Jefferson, "A Decalogue of Canon for Observation in Practical Life," which he wrote in the last year more…

Americans' civil literacy: Pathetic

by Joshua Charles -- "Have you considered the Meaning of that Word 'worthy'? Weigh it well. I had rather you Should be worthy Sergeants, than Unworthy though conquering Generals; Worthy Midshipmen than more…

3 reasons O's 'Crusades' scolding is bogus

by Joshua Charles -- The president made a fundamental error in his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast: He tried to maintain the liberal absurdity that all religions, all beliefs, all theologies, more…

To a new citizen of this great republic

by Joshua Charles -- On Jan. 27, 2015, a staff member at the university at which I am a fellow became an American citizen. This person is from an Eastern European country more…

De Tocqueville was right about Islam

by Joshua Charles -- Terrorism is both a complicated subject and a simple subject. It has its complexities, but there are also really bright red lines of moral differentiation that we must more…

Bring 'Christmas spirit' into our politics

by Joshua Charles -- I received some great gifts for Christmas, but I can honestly say that I really don't care about gifts when it comes to Christmas. It's all about being more…