Sam Heard, the author of one of my favorite Twitter feeds, very kindly put my Easter tweets into one blog post. You can read it here on his blog, praxymetry. I published the original tweets over an eighty-hour stretch — one tweet an hour on the hour. Read in paragraphs now, the tweets show little […]
A return to the Bible’s, the Constitution’s, or any poem’s text, then, isn’t a call to humorless literalism or to a strict constructionism that can’t distinguish between letter and spirit. It’s the slow and repeated enjoyment of a text that won’t be squeezed for, and then discarded in favor of, some dogma or other envenoming essence. It’s an emphasis on story and language and oral expression that might have us, like the Lord, speaking not in theories but in parables, and grounding ourselves in the serious play of prosody.
As you may have surmised, I’ve been immersed in natural law and liberal political theory for these first couple of weeks of my summer vacation. Because I’m most interested in the American republic’s foundation, I’m most interested in John Locke. No book has helped me understand his writing on political theory more than Ruth W. Grant‘s John […]
During last night’s CNN-sponsored Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich alluded longingly, as he often does, to the Lincoln-Douglas debates. “I’d be quite happy to have a three-hour, Lincoln-Douglas-style debate with Barack Obama. I’d let him use a teleprompter. I’ll just rely on knowledge. We’ll do fine.” Gingrich chafes under the modern debate […]
According to Lincoln, it is the Equality Clause, even more than the particulars of the Declaration’s indictment, “that to-day, and in all coming days, . . . shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.” Trump’s campaign is certainly a harbinger of reappearing tyranny. The entire Declaration of Independence rebukes it.