On this day in history: Al Gore concedes the presidential election

On December 13, 2000, the contested election between George W. Bush and Al Gore finally came to an end. It had taken 36 days to decide which candidate won Florida’s slate of electors. Were the weeks of uncertainty caused by the Electoral College? Many commentators act as if they were, but the truth, of course, […]

Federalism Can Save the Republican Party—and Social Conservatives, too.

Should the GOP boot social conservatives from its ranks? Are these (often religious) conservatives hurting the Republican Party? Did the pro-life wing give us another four years of Barack Obama? I’ve been stewing over these questions since the election. I have an admitted bias: I lean conservative on some social issues (very libertarian on others), […]

This Day in History: Washington, Religion, and New Jersey

Today’s Supreme Court may believe in a strict separation between church and state, but George Washington certainly did not. A letter that he wrote on this day in history is a small window into his perspective on the subject. (A more complete discussion of his views can be found in my book with Joe Smith, Under […]

No Electoral College = No President-Elect Yet?

I ran across an interesting post on the Washington Times website the other day.  The post was understated, basically an afterthought to this year’s election.  The writer was simply remarking upon updated popular vote totals. Guess what? Mitt Romney finally passed John McCain’s high water mark from 2008.  One less thing to bash the Romney […]

Washington’s Forgotten Thanksgiving Proclamation

Washington’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation (1789) is a popular post today, but I thought I would do something a little bit different. Washington’s second Thanksgiving Proclamation (1795) is often overlooked – or even completely forgotten. It should not be. Washington issued this latter proclamation in 1795 on his own initiative.  In sharp contrast, he had issued […]