American Commonwealth is a newsletter about history, politics, and the democratic values we must embrace––and hand down to the next generation––in order to sustain our constitutional democracy.
Trump's Place in History? He is the Supreme American Demagogue It is never too early to begin to consider an ex-president's place in history. And, in…
Benjamin Rush's Idea of 'Civic Virtue' is Still a Prerequisite of Democracy This essay, published shortly after the first Biden-Harris Summit for…
Would the Founders Convict Trump and Bar Him From Office? They believed as a matter of civic principle that ethical leadership is the glue that holds a…
A Day of Ignominy in the U.S. Senate, One Year Later: Remembering Trump’s Impeachment Acquittal This opinion essay remembers Saturday, February 13…
MLK's Prescription For Healing Hate Was Embracing 'Agape' This op-ed in USA Today, published to commemorate the Birmingham campaign of 1963, describes…
The Constitution Must Be Our ‘Political Religion’: Remembering Lincoln’s Words This op-ed in the Seattle Times, telling the story of Lincoln's historic…
How to Sustain a Constitutional Democracy: The Legacy of Judge Gilbert S. Merritt This opinion essay memorializes the life and legacy of Judge Gilbert…
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