Many in the West were surprised by Yuri Andropov's rapid seizure of power in the Soviet Union following Leonid Brezhnev's death in November 1982.
Most historians agree, I think, that the United States was born of a conservative defense of American liberty.
From the days of the Puritans to the age of Ronald Reagan, a sense of uniqueness and of destiny has infused the American character.
St. Paul viewed the Roman state not only as benign, and protective of the rights of its citizens, but even as in some way part of the Providence of God.
The fact is that we live in a time of fateful challenges. As a people and a nation we are under test. This challenge is, of course, Marxism-Leninism.
We happen to be present at a point in time when being armed with that truth is the most important single tool in the world.
Alexis de Tocqueville, wrote these words: “The American republic will endure until the politicians find they can bribe the people with their own money.”
Unfortunately, the growth of popular and media interest in conservatism has not been matched by a growth in philosophical understanding.
Even before the first of our bicentennial observations began, it was altogether predictable that their emphasis should fall more upon the what than the why of events transpiring during and prior to our original War for Independence.