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This is a big weekend for historic births and essential Americans. On this day in 1807, an American farm boy named Robert Fulton changed the world as thoroughly as the Wright Brothers would a century later by sailing, nay steaming his Clermont (aka North River) from Greenwich Village to Albany and back again. Bystanders were [...]

WORLD Magazine

WORLD magazine’s Saturday feature, August 2, 2014. There is a recurring, albeit ill-informed, question in Christian circles regarding Romans 13 (which counsels dutiful subordination to legally established authorities) and the American Revolution:  were the Founding Fathers in sin when they rebelled against King George?  Most recently, my son (a Harvard, Yale and Mayo Clinic doctor [...]

Our libertarian friends frequently take an “anything goes” approach to public morality, asserting that it is not the state’s business what an individual chooses to do, particularly so long as it does not directly infringe on someone else’s rights. I generally agree with this.  But America’s Founders did not seek to establish an “anything goes” [...]

This is my end-of-year review of the best books I read this year.  They weren’t all published in 2013 (though some were), nor are they everything I read in 2013; but I did read them in 2013 and hope you will read them in 2014. Moreover, I am leaving out the Bible, which is obviously [...]

ZEDE: Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Economico

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published as the lead article at ZEDE: Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Económico, in Spanish. Please enjoy the English version, as originally written by Rod. The Spanish translation follows. We encourage you to visit the original. Sometimes world-changing innovation isn’t just some new technology. Indeed, some of the most important innovations aren’t technological at [...]

But For One Good Teacher

by Rod D. Martin on 4 November 2013

It was 33 years and a couple of weeks ago, the air crisp in that first blush of “football weather.” Ozark’s Elgin B. Milton Elementary School, a sprawling one-story complex of mostly cinder block and metal construction with a touch of brick here and there, lots of windows, no air conditioning, and more than a [...]

Center for Security Policy

Forty-six years after the Six Day War, its memory invariably produces a deluge of propaganda attacking “the Zionist Entity” and promoting “an independent Palestine”, restricted to the territories Israel took in 1967 (for English-speaking audiences), or “driving the last Jew into the sea” (in Arabic and Persian).  Lost in the din are some particularly “inconvenient [...]

In January 2008 alone, a man who’d held federal office for barely three years and who was considered by virtually everyone to be the underdog for his party’s nomination raised $36 million.  46% of that record haul came from small, individual donors through the internet.  It was three times the take of his party’s frontrunner [...]

  “Bush, Reagan and the Pivot of History” is the concluding chapter to Rod D. Martin and Aman Verjee’s acclaimed 2004 election book, Thank You, President Bush: Reflections on the War on Terror, Defense of the Family, and Revival of the Economy. With an introduction by Jeb Bush and chapters examining every aspect of his [...]

The Washington Post

September 10, 2004 WashingtonPost.com Online Debate: The Bush Legacy Rod D. Martin & Robert Bryce   NOTE: The following text is taken from Robert Bryce’s website, the original Washington Post link having expired. In his new book, Thank You, President Bush: Reflections on the War on Terror, Defense of the Family, and Revival of the [...]

The moon is full, reflecting tonight off the forest of skyscrapers which is Manhattan.  The second act of a quadrennial dance — the 2004 Republican National Convention — plays out across the street in Madison Square Garden.  And as the lights blare, the horns sound, the throngs pulsate in the night, I am struck by [...]

Questions on Iraq

by Rod D. Martin on 23 December 2003

Since my column “The Growing Iraqi Success Story” ran two weeks ago, we have received a great many letters both pro and con, asking all manner of questions. Herein, I endeavor to answer a few of them. Q. ”My question is, Why are we there?” A. Although I was not a big fan of going to war [...]

People have strong feelings about the idea of Christian culture. They have even stronger ones about Christian politics. Few of those feelings are good. This is understandable, not least because the left is good at what we are not, specifically, selling their message. The far left comprises only a tiny percentage of America’s population; what’s [...]


Every so often, someone decides that the world is too corrupt to reform.  And they start a political party. Sometimes this makes sense.  More often, though, it’s just foolishness, and bad stewardship to boot.  And for Christians today, that’s exactly where things stand. Third party advocates will sputter and fume at this.  They’ll talk about [...]