The United States is becoming more linguistically diverse. This trend is a precarious one, and far from uniform across the country, but it has the potential to have a significant impact on our society. The American Community Survey, the Census Bureau’s annual demographic survey, tracks a number of statistics — to include those that help us measure linguistic diversity. It publishes one-year estimates (collected over … Continue reading Immigration Continues to Fuel Linguistic Diversity in America’s Cities
The following is a letter written by a soldier in the Third US Army by the name of Frederick Simonton at the end of the Second World War. Frederick Simonton also so happens to be my grandfather. He wrote this when he was about my age. During the War, he served as General George Patton’s secretary. Whenever I read an excerpt of one of Patton’s … Continue reading Czechoslovakia 1945: An American Soldier’s Defense of Internationalism
In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, debates have broken out about what led to the election of Donald Trump, a business playboy and reality television star with no respect for constitutional and human rights, to the presidency of the United States. Many of the arguments that have been made seem to be based on some aspect of progressive politics that progressive pundits themselves … Continue reading How was Donald Trump Elected? An Analysis
“National Parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” -Wallace Stegner, 1983 Last week marked a major milestone in American environmentalism and conservationism. On Thursday, August 25, 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial. Our National Parks have become something we almost take for granted. We know, whether we are … Continue reading A Key Component of America’s Best Idea Turns 100
There’s a reason why Republicans far and wide have been lining up for years to heap praise upon former president Ronald Reagan. It’s not just because he’s a charming pseudo-cowboy-esque actor turned politician, although that undoubtedly plays a huge role in his widespread appeal. No, Ronald Reagan embodies more than just a man’s man, he represents a political party, and a very successful one at … Continue reading The GOP Has a National Electoral Problem
The Republican nominee is like nothing we’ve seen in any election. His rhetoric is widely perceived as divisive, drawing large numbers of disenchanted voters to the polls all the while alienating women, minorities, and traditional core GOP constituencies. This has led many in the Republican establishment to repudiate his conservative credentials, dismissing him as an electoral fluke rather than the sanctioned standard bearer for modern-day … Continue reading Is Donald Trump a Conservative?
We do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest. We are fighting in the defense of our homes, our families, and posterity. We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned. We have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded. We have begged, and they have mocked when our calamity came. We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we … Continue reading Is Donald Trump a Populist? An Analysis of a 19th Century Prairie Fire