Derrick G. Jeter

CP Op-Ed Contributor

A 9-1-1 for 9/11

On a beautiful New England morning I was driving from Boston to Rhode Island to visit a client. The morning air was crisp and fresh. The sun had just enough warmth to keep the chill at bay. The sky was a stunning hue of blue. It was one of those days that made you wish you worked outside. That is how the morning of September 11, 2001, began. It ended in ugliness and rubble - and 3,000 of our fellow citizens dead.

To Love Liberty Is to Love History

The history of America is the history of liberty. As a course of events, American history is progresstoward liberty. As a record of those events, American history is progress toward understanding liberty.

Seventy Years On: Franklin D. Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer

Franklin D. Roosevelt perfected the art of speaking directly to the American people. Unlike presidents before him, the invention and availability of the radio allowed Americans from New York to California to hear his voice—all at the same time. The radio transformed America in the 1930s and '40s, and transformed presidential politics.

Obamacare: Tyranny Unmasked

Settled law. That's what we were told Obamacare was. But there's nothing settled about it, which is what makes it so unsettling—from the Supreme Court's ruling that the government can compel citizens to engage in commerce (thereby delegitimizing the people's liberty), to the amateurish rollout of the health care website, to Congress excusing themselves from the law, to the (thus far) twenty-nine changes, exemptions, and cut outs President Obama has implemented without congressional approval.

Fifty Years and Beyond: The Legacies of John F. Kennedy and C. S. Lewis

Fifty years ago today three great men died. In life, though all achieved literary and international acclaim, they could not have been more different. In death, the one overshadowed the two—as the death of Princess Diana overshadowed the death of Mother Teresa. But as was true of the princess and the prioress, so was true of the president and the professor—the memory of the least celebrated on earth often lingers longer in eternity.

Is God's Business Politics? Here's What the Pilgrims Thought

The belief that God's business isn't that of human government but only that of the human soul is to diminish God to a narrow-minded deity unworthy of the God of the Bible. Such an idea makes God both cruel and unjust—cruel since He chooses to leave us in this savage present instead of taking us immediately into that glorious future; unjust since He doesn't really care whether human beings live in peace or in anarchy. And that is an injustice most cruel.

Obama's Unserious Syria Speech

When the America president appears on national television to address the American people it's a big deal. His subject, language, and setting need to carry weight—gravitas. Prime time presidential speeches are serious matters. And for the president—and America by extension—to be taken seriously his speech must be clear, cogent, and commanding; it needs to have a centrality of purpose.

The Bible and Immigration Reform

I always experience a little burp of bile whenever I see or hear the Bible quoted by political talking heads. Without fail verses are quoted selectively, out of context, and to score political points.

The Supreme Court and the Battle Over Marriage

In the bitter aftermath of loosing the 1858 Illinois senate race to Stephen A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln wrote an encouraging note to a despondent friend. "The fight must go on," Lincoln said. "The cause of civil liberty must not be surrendered at the end of one, or even, on hundred defeats."