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America Is More Than Its Broken National Political Rhetoric

During the pandemic, a vehicle breakdown in the middle of Montana becomes a teaching moment on how a good Samaritan is seldom a person of one’s own stamp, which is the point of Luke 10: 25-37.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 29, 2020
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James Earle Fraser and the Legacy of His ‘Vanishing Indian’

Who was the man who sculpted the controversial statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the Museum of Natural History? He was no racist, but the messages of his famous figures have become problematic.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 22, 2020
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Theodore Roosevelt, His Statue and the Problem of the Past

Of all the ways the 21st century might wish to memorialize Roosevelt, that statue was the least representative of the whole man, his staggering achievement and his largely untarnished place in American memory.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 15, 2020
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The Very First Fourth of July

Thomas Jefferson was not the first choice to write the Declaration of Independence. He accepted the assignment reluctantly, but he brought genius to the project, including the 35 most important words in the English language.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 3, 2020
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The Year We Couldn’t Breathe

The act of breathing, which we take for granted, has become the focal point in how we deal with racism, the COVID-19 pandemic and the air our modern society pollutes, killing millions every year.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  June 25, 2020
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Racism and Rights: America’s Long, Complicated History

Many of America’s founders were slaveholders yet wrote eloquently about the rights of man. To understand Jefferson, Washington and the rest, we need to see them for what they are, not for what we wish they had been.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  June 17, 2020
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George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

In his review of Lindsay Chervinsky’s ‘The Cabinet,’ Editor-at-Large Clay Jenkinson finds a well-researched, thoughtful and fascinating book that points to the strength and the weakness of the U.S. Constitution.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  June 11, 2020
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The American Ethos and the Betrayal of Expertise

History provides us with numerous examples of how knowledge and, most importantly, leadership either withstood the strain of a crisis, or unraveled. We are in one of those periods right now.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  June 4, 2020
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Why We Should Be Reading Albert Camus During the Pandemic

The author’s masterpiece, The Plague, will make you think, ask all sorts of Socratic questions of yourself and form resolutions about how you intend to measure your life after getting through this global catastrophe.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  May 26, 2020
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Drawing Lessons from a Government Protest in North Dakota

A rally at the steps of the state capitol in Bismarck presents an important moment to revisit the unique federalist form of our republic that Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers created more than 200 years ago.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  May 20, 2020
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Why America's Public Health Has Always Been Fragmented

The nation has enjoyed public health triumphs, with life expectancy far higher than it was a century ago. But responsibility for health has always been scattered, with disease tracking less a priority than treating individuals.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  May 13, 2020
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