It Really is a Wonderful Life


The editor (and primary writer) of this site will be taking the next two weeks off to celebrate the holiday season and move south to our Florida residence for the winter. At a time when these holidays may be tinged with disappointment and trepidation, we should remember that American history is full of heroes who can still serve as role models.

Many of you will remember the great actor Jimmy Stewart, who starred in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, but may not know the full story of his military service during World War II and the personal toll it took on him. Ned Forney, a blogger specializing in Korean War history, has written an inspiring account of Stewart’s career and a revealing back story of how it affected his role in the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Trust me, you’ll never see the movie the same way again.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year to all of you. See you next year!



Happy Thanksgiving from New Nationalism

Theodore Roosevelt with his family, son Quentin in his arms

As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and count our blessings, let us remember to include the fact that we are Americans dedicated to and enjoying the fruits of freedom, democracy and the American Dream. I wish all of you a happy day with your families and friends!