Ryan L. Cole

Ryan L. Cole writes from Indiana.

American Moses

 

James Madison By Richard Brookhiser (Basic Books, 287 pages, $26.99) Over the last half century Americans have sought a more enlightened, often politically correct, evaluation of their founders. Not for us, for example, are Parson Weems’ tales about George Washington or Washington Irving’s affectionate treatment of the father of our country. But modern appraisals of […]

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Positively Shermanesque

 

Republicans, increasingly anxious about the approaching presidential contest, are spending an inordinate amount of time searching for saviors. As a result, accomplished governors, charismatic candidates-turned talk show hosts, and rising congressional stars have been beseeched to run, and all have politely declined. Disconsolate, GOP faithful wonder how any concerned and qualified citizen could possibly resist […]

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Everybody Loves Reagan

 

The arrival of Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday will be accompanied by a chorus of fond reminiscences and misty-eyed appreciations. In fact, the tributes are already underway. And, they are not just coming from Dutch’s ideological descendants. President Barack Obama, writing in USA Today, gushed about the 40th president’s fondness for change and compromise. There was […]

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Meet Todd Young

 

From the rolling hills of Brown County to the banks of the Ohio River, the stretch of land that constitutes Indiana’s 9th Congressional District is strikingly serene. You would never know it’s a war zone.  Since 2002 the 9th has been home to the third most competitive congressional race in the country. And it has […]

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School Uniform Option Anyone?

 

Anyone else eagerly anticipating President Obama’s forthcoming proposal to encourage the wearing of school uniforms? Or not…

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Paul Johnson’s Churchill

 

Churchill, by Paul Johnson (Viking, 192 pages, $14.99)  According to the British historian Walter Reid, some 1,663 books have been written on Winston Churchill. The latest addition to this extensive list, Paul Johnson’s biography, Churchill, may be one of the shortest — and one of the most enjoyable. Of course, the definitive treatments of this […]

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Brooks Again

 

David Brooks had a thoughtful profile on South Dakota Senator John Thune in Friday’s New York Times. It is a useful introduction to a man who we will likely be hearing more about and from as the clock slowly ticks away towards 2012. But that said, as is the routine with everything Brooks’ pen produces […]

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Art Doesn’t Work

 

Rocco Landesman, the newly minted Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will soon hit the road to promote “Art Works” — a six-month fact finding mission that will take the former Broadway producer across the country to remind Americans of the profound importance of art and, presumably, federally subsidizing said art. The […]

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There Is No Right To Strike Against The Public Safety By Anybody, Anywhere, Any Time.

 

On a distantly related note to that Rasmussen Poll showing dwindling public support for unions, we should reflect on the fact that is was on this day exactly 90 years ago that the majority of Boston’s police officers (1,100 out of 1,500) abandoned their posts and went on strike after Boston Police Commissioner Edwin Upton […]

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There Is No Right To Strike Against The Public Safety By Anybody, Anywhere, Any Time.

 

On a distantly related note to that Rasmussen Poll showing dwindling public support for unions, we might want to reflect on the fact that is was on this day exactly 90 years ago that the majority of Boston’s police officers (1,100 out of 1,500) abandoned their posts and went on strike after Commissioner Edwin Upton Curtis […]

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