From the heroes of the past we learn, and what they teach, by the example of their lives and words, has the special quality of truth by personal example.
In 1936, Roosevelt’s was also the popularity of a leader who had invented a new way to reward the constituencies that he needed to win.
Maintaining the College’s independence, then, is part and parcel of fulfilling Hillsdale’s mission by expounding the ideas that are necessary to preserve.
I think that we need history as much as we need bread or water or love. To make the point, I want to discuss a single human being and why we should know him
You never know. One thing leads to another. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Actions have consequences. These all sound self-evident.
Patton was not merely a great tactician, as Eisenhower seemed to think in deprecating his larger advice about the nature and purpose of World War II.
Of course it was not Reagan’s words alone that caused the Wall to come down in Berlin or the Evil Empire that built it to crumble. But the words were vital.
The unique power of the Lincoln theme is suggested by the fact that it has occasioned more titles in the world’s libraries than any other name.
The second quality of Washington’s character I want to mention is the ability to let go and knowing when to let go.
As Classics teaches us, war in classical antiquity was seen as a tragedy innate to the human condition.