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George Washington’s old church should be ashamed for removing his plaque

Christ Church is a historic religious institution in Alexandria, Va., that has had some very important parishioners. George Washington was a member and regular attendee at the congregation. Most churches, I reckon, would be honored by this, but Christ Church, the Washington Times reported, has suddenly grown embarrassed: This week the church announced it was

George Washington University Study Guide: Only Whites Are Racist

Hank Berrien,   A study guide used at George Washington University asserts that only whites can be racist. As Paul Mirengoff writes at Power Line, the study guide for one class reads: Prejudice + Power = Racism * Racism, however, requires institutional power * In the U.S. white people alone hold the institutional power to

Washington, D.C. Has Little in Common with Namesake

Tom Purcell, The Washington Post headline caught my attention: “Federal workers grow increasingly nervous about Trump’s proposed budget cuts.”  That’s a headline that would surely make George Washington smile.  He appointed three commissioners who named America’s then-new capital city for him in 1791. They also called its site the Territory of Columbia, which Congress renamed

America Still Needs George Washington

Brion McClanahan, In just a few days, the Senate will conduct its annual reading of Washington’s Farewell Address. The tradition began in 1862 and has continued unabated since 1896. Washington had both James Madison and Alexander Hamilton prepare the letter, and some speculate that the final draft was more Hamilton than Washington, but it has

President’s Day: The secret Trump could learn from George Washington

Dr. Peter A. Lillback, On this Presidents’ Day, one of many American traditions we owe to George Washington, let’s reflect on another tradition he established – the farewell address. Washington’s Farewell Address first appeared – it was written, not spoken – in a Philadelphia newspaper, the American Daily Advertiser, in 1796. In those days, Philadelphia

You Can Love The Founding Fathers And Still Think The Electoral College Sucks

Kyle Sammin, Most everything in the Constitution has stood the test of time, but the method for electing the president was the Founders’ biggest error. Because of the unusual popular/electoral vote mismatch, partisans of losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton have called for abolising the Electoral College. Both sides have found support for their actions in

The inauguration is why I love America

Jane Hampton Cook, The inauguration is why I love America. Of all the presidential events, from election night to the State of the Union, from press conferences to state dinners, the inauguration is my favorite for one simple reason. More than any other moment, the inauguration is a picture of our Constitution, proof that we

From a lassoed president to drunk VP, inaugurations have often been unpredictable affairs

Brooke Singman, George Washington had to walk home after his ended. A drunken mob wrecked the White House after Andrew Jackson’s. And legend has it that at his, William Henry Harrison caught the cold that eventually killed him. Presidential inaugurations – long known for stirring speeches and decked out galas – also sometimes bring about