Rev. Michael P. Orsi

Rev. Michael P. Orsi is a chaplain and research fellow in law and religion at the Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida.

Character: The Key to the Good Society

 

General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has recently stated that the armed forces should place more importance on the character of officers. The military has been rocked by a Navy contracting scandal involving allegations of bribes, high profile sexual assault cases, and test-cheating involving nuclear missile crews. The general stated […]

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The Uniters of America

 

Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution By Charles Rappleye (Simon & Schuster, 530 pages, $30) The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture By Joshua Kendall (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 355 pages, $26.95) Robert Morris and Noah Webster are Founders of the American Republic. In Charles Rappleye’s Robert Morris: […]

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Small Government’s Last Hurrah

 

The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election. By Garland S. Tucker, III (Emerald Book Company, 306 pages, $29.95) The last time Democrats and Republicans matched ideologically in a presidential campaign was 1924, according to Garland S. Tucker, III, president/CEO of Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded specialty-finance company. Republican Calvin […]

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After the Founding

 

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 By Gordon S. Wood (Oxford University Press, 778 pages, $35) Gordon S. Wood, renowned scholar of the American Revolution, is professor emeritus at Brown University. In Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, he examines the major changes that took place in […]

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The Nonhuman Animal

 

A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement By Wesley J. Smith (Encounter Books, 249 pages, $25.95) The title of Attorney Wesley Smith’s book, A Rat Is a Fish Is a Dog Is a Boy, was borrowed from Ingrid Newkirk, president and co-founder of […]

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A Founding Paleocon

 

Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin By Bill Kauffman (ISI Books, 166 pages, $25) Lost in the mists of our historical mythology is the fact that America’s Constitution was not always the “sacred text” it has come to be considered. Indeed, among America’s Founding Fathers there were many who had deep reservations […]

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Washington and Rome

 

Parallel Empires: The Vatican and the United States—Two Centuries of Alliance and Conflict By Massimo Franco (Doubleday, 221 pages, $26) Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace By George Weigel (Crossroad, 339 pages, $24.95) Two recent books attempt to explain the relationship between the Vatican and the United States. Each has a different […]

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Faith of Our Fathers

 

Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America By Steven Waldman (Random House, 205 pages, $26) THE PLACE OF RELIGION IN AMERICA is a problem as old as our republic. It has been a flash point of debate between liberals and conservatives on a wide range of issues–such as aid to […]

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Evangelist and Enabler

 

The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House By Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy (Center Street Books, 352 pages, $26.99) The Preacher and the Presidents is what the title advertises, a look into the Reverend Billy Graham’s relationships with every U.S. president since Truman. Time reporters Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy show […]

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Calumny in the Blogosphere

 

Calumny is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as a “false statement maliciously made to injure another’s reputation.” Calumny has been part of life since the dawn of time. But opportunities for calumny have proliferated with the advent of the Internet, especially since the rise of the phenomenon known as “blogging.” An especially compelling element […]

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