A Moving Moment in American History

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

Whether you voted for Barack Obama, or John McCain, you had to be deeply moved by the images and scenes of last evening. Having grown up in the old South, as an early advocate of civil rights in the 1950s, I was moved to a few tears last night. I always felt  might live to see such a moment but … Read More

Patriotic Grace

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

Peggy Noonan, the author of the best-selling book, When Character Was King, has authored seven major works on American politics and has for some years written a regular column for The Wall Street Journal. She is one of the most intellectually rigorous, and totally honest, writers in the field. She is also a serious, practicing Roman Catholic and wrote a … Read More

Christmas and the Market

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

There was a time when most of us thought that the Christmas season began after Thanksgiving. Then the retail stores began to start the festivities earlier and earlier in order to boost their year-end gains. I seem to recall that we began to hear Christmas music and see lights and Christmas-themed sales in mid-November just a few years ago. Yesterday, … Read More

Andrew Jackson: His Times and Ours

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

The two-hour DVD Andrew Jackson is a well conceived historical account of the life and presidency of our seventh president. The story of Jackson is of great personal interest to me because as a school boy I was routinely taken on school field trips to his home and burial site in Tennessee: The Hermitage. What a boy sees, a man … Read More

9/11: The Day We Should Never Forget

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

Because the "war on terror" is so hotly debated I believe most Americans have little or no concept of what our civilization is engaged in right now. I know this sentence is controversial to some readers but I am convinced it is true. I majored in history and have always had a great love for the subject. I have studied … Read More

A Lovely Tribute to the USA

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

Political conventions always seek to impress you with which party is more faithful to America and our idealism than the other. Much of what is said and shown is very partisan, for obvious reasons. Now and then a really great video appears and captures something of the great spirit of our nation quite well. Such was the case on Tuesday … Read More

Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Great Challenge

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

When the recently-deceased Russian dissident, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, gave his now famous address to Harvard thirty years ago this summer, he warned us that we should not buy into the belief that all nations longed for American style democracy.  But this is precisely the thinking that is behind the philosophy promoted by President Bush at the present moment. It makes the … Read More

Alexander Hamilton on Facing Danger

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

As a nation, Alexander Hamilton was one of the more important of our founding fathers . He once said, "A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one." I am not a conspiratorialist. I do not think, for example, that one election will forever alter our society. I also believe that cultures and … Read More

How the U. S. Army Learns from Mistakes

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

David Ignatius, Washington Post syndicated columnist, recently wrote that the U. S. Army was better able to admit its mistakes and change its ways than almost any institution in our society. Intuitively this seems preposterous until you think about it. For eighteen months the army messed up the plan in Iraq very badly. While civilian leaders and politicians are still … Read More

I Am a Patriot, Not a Nationalist

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism

Today we celebrate the birth of the freest and most amazing country on the planet. I know, such words offend some people. They see all of America’s flaws, and there are many to see. I talk about a lot of them on this blog spot. But still I defy you to name a better and freer and place to live … Read More