Jarrett Stepman

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Disobeying Hitler: ‘Operation Valkyrie’ Sparked German Resistance to the Third Reich

On July 20, 1944 Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a high-ranking German officer who had secretly turned against the Third Reich’s increasingly nihilistic war, conducted a botched attempt to assassinate Adolph Hitler in the Fuhrer’s notorious East Prussian “Wolf’s lair” headquarters. This was supposed to be the first big step in overthrowing the Nazi regime in what became the failed “Operation Valkyrie.” Jul 20, 2014 7:23 AM PT

Assassination of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Set Off 'The Month That Changed the World'

On June 28, 1914, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were murdered by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo. The assassination set off a chain of events that led to the outbreak of the First World War in Europe and affirmed famed German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck’s prediction that the next great war would start because of some “foolish thing in the Balkans.” Jun 28, 2014 10:29 AM PT

World War I: The War that Launched the ‘Terrible Twentieth’ Century

July, 28 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, the first truly modern war that nearly destroyed European civilization. This terrible conflict, one that the intellectual elite of the time said could not happen, opened the door for the rise of totalitarian governments and set the stage for future wars and conflicts. Jun 23, 2014 9:58 AM PT

D-Day: ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ Brought to Bear in ‘Operation Neptune’

The greatest amphibious assault in world history took place seventy years ago on the shores of Normandy, France. The incredible story of how Allied soldiers, led by the United States, Great Britain, and Canada boldly invaded German-occupied France in Operation Overlord has been told many times, but few historians have focused on the near miraculous planning and assembly of this world changing event. Jun 6, 2014 8:33 AM PT

D-Day: Ronald Reagan at Pointe Du Hoc

On June 6, 1984, the 40th anniversary of D-Day, President Ronald Reagan stood on what he called a “lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France” to deliver an oration that would become known as his “Boys of Pointe du Hoc” speech. He made this speech in front of 62 survivors of the 2nd Ranger Battalion who courageously scaled the 100 ft. high cliffs on that fateful day. Jun 6, 2014 7:00 AM PT

Ronald Reagan: Beau Ideal Statesman for Young Americans

American civilization endures because it has been placed on the rock of the Constitution. However, that Constitution, under relentless assault by those who wish to undermine and fundamentally transform it, requires support and aid from those who believe in its principles. June 5th, 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Ronald Reagan, a conservative giant who understood this better than anyone. Jun 5, 2014 2:31 PM PT

Memorial Day: Why We Must Study War

As citizens of a free country it is necessary that we acknowledge the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform that died to defend it. Civil society only survives in a world of violence and tyranny if there are rough men ready to do violence on our behalf. May 25, 2014 11:34 AM PT

Victory in Europe: 'The Western World Has Been Freed of the Evil Forces'

Today, May 8, marks the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Though the war would continue against Japan in the Pacific for many more months, the unconditional surrender of Germany at the Allied headquarters in Reims, France ended the over 5-year bloodletting that forever changed the European continent. May 8, 2014 9:50 AM PT

Report: ‘Charter Forests’ Key to Stopping Massive Wildfires

One of the critical policies of the highly successful school choice movement in America is the creation of charter schools, which are publicly financed but privately run. Dr. Robert H. Nelson, a senior fellow with The Independent Institute in Oakland, California suggests a similar system could also work to improve forest management. May 1, 2014 11:02 AM PT

Bundy, the BLM, and the Whiskey Rebellion

The tense standoff at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Clarke County, Nevada tapped into a wellspring of government distrust that dwarfed Bundy's specific situation. A comparable event from just over 200 years ago, the “Whiskey Rebellion,” suggests the government's efforts to quell small pockets of insurrection like Bundy and his allies can easily cause more political problems than they're worth. Apr 30, 2014 7:37 AM PT

This Week in History: ‘Man in the Arena’--TR and the Tea Party

At the Sorbonne in the Grand Amphitheater at the University of Paris on April 23, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt delivered one of his most famous and eloquent speeches. Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech was originally called “Citizenship in a Republic” and expounded on how the preservation of the republic required active and virtuous citizens. Apr 21, 2014 1:55 PM PT

This Week in History: The Birth of Thomas Jefferson--and Freedom

Crafter of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, father of the University of Virginia, and author of the Declaration of Independence: these three acts are how Thomas Jefferson wanted to be remembered. He had them etched on his gravestone in front of his Monticello home in Charlottesville, Virginia, noticeably leaving off the fact that he also served as president of the United States. Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 and would have turned 271 this week. Apr 13, 2014 9:18 PM PT


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