About James R. Harrigan

James R. Harrigan is a Professor of Political Science at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and a regular contributor to the Institute for Faith and Freedom at Grove City College.

Death Takes a Holiday

Guest Commentary Politics is often a matter of life and death. There are constant reminders of this, from the war in Iraq to America’s abortion debate. The most telling examples, though, often pass unnoticed. Such an example is currently simmering … Continue reading

Law and Order, Texas-Style

Guest Comentary Everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s stomach for capital punishment. Since 1976, Texas has executed some 387 criminals, a number nearly four times as high as the second place total. There has not traditionally been much … Continue reading

A Series of Miracles

On October 3, 1789 George Washington signed the first Thanksgiving Proclamation of the newly constituted American Republic. He called upon the American people to enjoy “a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts … Continue reading

Reasonable Patriotism

Guest Commentary G. K. Chesterton, an Englishman, remarked in 1922 that “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed.”  That creed was given 230 years ago by Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in the Declaration … Continue reading