Joseph P. Duggan

Joseph P. Duggan lives in his native St. Louis. Formerly he worked in Saudi Arabia as speechwriter for the chairman and CEO of the oil company Aramco, and in Washington as speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.

Nikki Haley’s ‘Song of Myself’

 

During the Reagan Administration, if a Cabinet member or other official wanted the prestige of an op-ed publication in the Washington Post, New York Times, or other major newspaper, he needed explicit approval from the White House for the text and the placement. So it was too for national television interviews. Toward the end of […]

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The Senate’s Unremembered Ex-POW

 

His path to distinguished service in the United States Senate led through the Naval Academy, aerial combat over hostile territory, and long years of confinement, beatings, and torture in the Hanoi Hilton. He was a man worth remembering. No, his name was not John McCain. Six years before McCain’s election to the Senate, Alabama voters […]

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Mike Pompeo’s Man-Bites-Dog Moment

 

When a cabinet secretary supports, or at least does not publicly dissent, from presidential policies, that’s commonly known as a “dog-bites man” story, not exactly newsworthy. The case of secretary of state-designate Mike Pompeo is different. He has a significant record of supporting the domestic social-issues agenda of the President who has nominated him — […]

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Ferguson: The Town That George Soros Couldn’t Shut Down

 

Ferguson, Missouri In August 2014, billions of people suddenly came to know the name of this suburban town of 21,000 souls near the St. Louis international airport. The dominant media influenced much of the world to accept a description of Ferguson not as it really is, but instead as an ideological “narrative.” Ferguson became a […]

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A Schlafly Tribute — and Praise for Phyllis, Too

 

Real St. Louisans, people with roots here along the great river, either loved or loathed Phyllis Schlafly. But all would agree on one critical point: She wasn’t a Schlafly. The former Miss Phyllis McAlpin Stewart was married to a Schlafly. Her husband, the late J. Fred Schlafly, was the lawyer scion of a Swiss-German Catholic family prominent […]

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Havel’s ‘Respect for Mystery’ versus the Techno-Gnostics

 

Václav Havel’s noble life showed how the disciplined practice of critical thinking and moral imagination in the arts and letters can translate directly into statesmanship of the highest order. His courageous and effective Velvet Revolution against one of the most brutal of the Soviet satellite regimes remains a model for nations still searching for safe […]

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McLuhan’s Centennial

 

MANAMA, Bahrain — I had a meeting in Bahrain, not far from where I live, on March 2, 2011, at about the midpoint of a month of street demonstrations that began with euphoria over Egypt and Tunisia’s popular uprisings and ended in martial law. There was no violence in Bahrain that day, but there were […]

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Tyre and the Poets

 

TYRE — For $50 a family can take a safe, radio-call taxi from the congested heart of Beirut to the uncluttered ancient waterfront of Tyre, a few miles north of the border with Israel. Lush banana plantations line the coastal route. People are all around, but only God knows how many there are. Among the […]

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America’s Forgotten Newman?

 

It is accepted wisdom that the newly beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) and his associates in the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement were influences in the faith formation of members of the Episcopal Church in the United States, including some who followed Newman’s path of conversion to Roman Catholicism. Less appreciated are the stories of made-in-the-USA […]

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Prague Autumn

 

PRAGUE — A week of flawless Indian summer weather diverts this bittersweet land of liberty from events and conditions auguring a long, anxious autumn. November will mark 20 years since the Velvet Revolution ended the Communist dictatorship, but the celebration is likely to be tempered by Czechs’ disillusionment with the half-hearted promises of democracy and […]

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