Weekend Reading


Victor Davis Hanson’s “Toast to the Old Breed” was a touching tribute to the Greatest Generation.  While written for the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s still a timely read seeing that Pearl Harbor Day recently passed, the event which sent so many of America’s sons into World War II.

And Hillsdale’s November issue of Imprimis is now available to read: “The Problem of Identity Politics and Its Solution”.


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The Ten Cannots


You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

– Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, 1916

Thanksgiving Day 2017


“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” by Jennie A. Brownscombe, 1914 (source)

“What could now sustain them but the Spirit of God and His grace?  May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: ‘Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice and looked on their adversity,’ etc.  ‘Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good: and his mercies endure forever.  Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord, show how He hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor.  When they wandered in the desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them.’ ‘Let them confess before the Lord His lovingkindness and His wonderful works before the sons of men.’ ”

– William Bradford,
from History of Plymouth Plantation, c. 1650




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Belief In A God All Powerful


“[T]he belief in a God All Powerful wise & good, is so essential to the moral order of the World & to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters & capacities to be impressed with it.”

– James Madison,
letter to Rev. Frederick Beasley,
November 20th, 1825

Weekend Reading


“The way we dress either elevates our sense of beauty or brings it down…Styles are a reflection of how we view the dignity of the human person.”  Enjoy additional nuggets of fashion wisdom in: Style Lessons from My Grandma That Changed the Way I Dress Forever.

Along the same lines, this article from a couple years ago gave an interesting perspective on Americans shifting toward more casual fashion in the 20th century.  What are your thoughts on the matter?

Veterans Day 2017


Private T. P. Loughlin of the 69th Regiment, New York National Guard, bidding his family farewell (source)

“America has many glories.  The last one that she would wish to surrender is the glory of the men who have served her in war.  While such devotion lives, the nation is secure.  Whatever dangers may threaten from within or without, she can view them calmly.  Turning to her veterans, she can say: ‘These are our defenders.  They are invincible.  In them is our safety.’ ”

– Calvin Coolidge,
“America and the War”, 1920

Thank you for your service, veterans!