Dr. Robert J. Allison
Robert J. Allison has taught American history at Suffolk University in Boston since 1992, when he earned his doctorate in the History of American Civilization at Harvard. He currently chairs Suffolk’s History Department, and also teaches history at the Harvard Extension School.
His books include The American Revolution: A Concise History (2011); The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776–1815 (2000); A Short History of Boston (2004) and A Short History of Cape Cod (2010); Stephen Decatur, American Naval Hero (2005); The Boston Massacre (2006); The Boston Tea Party (2007).
He also produced “Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies” for The Teaching Company’s Great Courses (2009). His edited books span American history from the colonial period to the 20th century, and he currently hosts a free, on-line course on the U.S. Constitution (http://www.udemy.com/us-constitution/).
Professor Allison received the Petra Shattuck Distinguished Teaching Award from the Harvard Extension School in 1997, the Suffolk University Student Government Association's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006, and the Suffolk University Outstanding Faculty Award in 2007 and 2010.
Professor Allison was a consultant to the Commonwealth Museum at the State Archives in Boston, and he is on the board of trustees of the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He is vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He and his family live in South Boston, Massachusetts, where he serves as President of the South Boston Historical Society.
Jane Hampton Cook
A frequent national media guest and public speaker, Jane Hampton Cook is the author of eight books, including American Phoenix--John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812 and the Exile That Saved America (Thomas Nelson, 2013) and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG, 2007). Her passion is to bring stories to life and make history memorable and relevant to today’s news, current events, issues of faith, and modern-day life.
Jane served former President George W. Bush as a webmaster for five years, including two years in the White House and three in the Texas governor’s office. Her love for U.S. history skyrocketed when she discovered that posting historical stories about the White House, presidents, and first ladies were among the White House website’s most popular pages. Inspired by these stories, she received a fellowship from the Organization of American Historians and the White House Historical Association to conduct historical research on the White House.
Ben Franklin once quipped, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write the things worth reading or do the things worth the writing." Many Americans have done things worth the writing. Jane hopes each new book is increasingly worth the reading, each speech worth the hearing, and each TV segment worth remembering.
With degrees from Baylor University and Texas A&M University, she can both Sic’em and Gig’em.
Unlike nations throughout history, the United States is founded on the idea that everyone has the right to pursue big dreams. Success in America doesn’t depend on the circumstances of one’s birth; instead, as Abraham Lincoln said, “work, work, work is the main thing.” Ron DeSantis knows this because he has lived it and he embodies it.
A native Floridian from a working class family, Ron studied, worked and paid his way through Yale University, where he took on every odd job he could find to earn an education. He was the varsity baseball captain and graduated with honors in History. He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School while he worked numerous jobs to pay the tuition.
Ron rejected the political leftism that pervaded these institutions. He found the prevailing ethos at these schools to be hostile to religious faith, unreasonably critical of America, and antagonistic to the free enterprise system.
Despite those years in liberal higher education, Ron never wavered or hid his firm conservative convictions, something he went on to prove with his words and with his actions. He turned down the business suit, and put on a uniform.
After graduation, Ron reported for duty with the U.S. Navy. Ron served our nation in uniform as a JAG prosecutor, and deployed to Iraq as an advisor for a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL counterinsurgency mission. For his sustained performance in Iraq, the Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command awarded him the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.
While in the Navy, he supported operations at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which is home to some of the world’s most ruthless terrorists. He also served as a federal prosecutor, aggressively seeking justice in cases ranging from theft of sensitive military property to child exploitation.
Today, Ron continues to serve as an officer in the United States Navy reserve. With his wife, Casey, he remains dedicated to being true to the enduring principles on which America was founded.
As he witnessed politicians such as Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid turn their back on America’s founding principles, Ron decided to do something about it. To this end, he authored a book on the origin and the importance of America’s founding principles called Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in The Age of Obama. Rather than seeking to accommodate bigger government and accepting a post-constitutional society, Ron chooses to champion and advocate for a truly limited government in accordance with our Founders’ vision.
Like the greatest President of his lifetime, Ronald Reagan, Ron’s conservatism is an outgrowth of his understanding of – and belief in – the bedrock principles of American society. These first principles guide Ron as a citizen seeking to put the American people back in control of their own destiny. He fully understands that we are supposed to be a people served by our government, not mastered by it. Ron will be guided by these core convictions as a U.S. Congressman. He represents a new generation of conservative leaders who we need to save the Republic from decay and insolvency.
Dr. Matthew J. Franck
Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University, in Radford, Virginia, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy from 1989 to 2010, and was Chairman of the Department of Political Science from 1995 to 2010. At the Witherspoon Institute, an independent research institute, among his other duties he supervises two Task Forces of scholars studying problems in religious liberty, and summer seminars on Church and State in American History and the Moral Foundations of Law.
Franck earned his B.A. in political science (magna cum laude) from Virginia Wesleyan College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University. He was a Henry J. Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, 1993-95, J. William Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 1998, a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, 2008-09, and a Visiting Lecturer in Politics at Princeton in 2012.
He is the author of Against the Imperial Judiciary: The Supreme Court vs. the Sovereignty of the People (1996); co-editor with Richard G. Stevens of Sober As a Judge: The Supreme Court and Republican Liberty (1999); and contributor to History of American Political Thought (2003), The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2005, 2012), Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism (2009), and Print the Legend: Politics, Culture, and Civic Virtue in the Films of John Ford (2009). He has other academic works in progress, has published essays and reviews in numerous academic journals, and has published many general-interest articles and commentaries in newspapers, magazines, and online, including the Washington Post, First Things, National Review, and Public Discourse.
Franck is a regular blogger on NRO's "Bench Memos" page and the "First Thoughts" page at First Things, and has appeared numerous times on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show, as well as on CNN, Fox, NPR, and Relevant Radio. He has testified before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, and has given presentations at many professional academic meetings, as well as invited lectures at Princeton University, the University of London, the University of Notre Dame, Union University, St. Vincent College, Oglethorpe University, and Hillsdale College, among other venues. He was the recipient of the Radford University Foundation Award for Creative Scholarship in 2001. Franck is married to Gwen O. Brown, Professor Emerita of Communication at Radford University and Adjunct Professor of Communication at Rider University. They live in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Dr. Allen Guelzo
Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College.
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson
Victor Davis Hanson is a noted historian and social critic whose philosophies are rooted in classicism, agrarianism, and military history. An author, contributing editor and professor, Hanson writes a world affairs column syndicated by Tribune Media Services.
Hanson received his Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University in 1980, attended the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and graduated with a B.A., with highest honors in classics, from the University of California Santa Cruz. He is a professor of classics emeritus at California State University, a senior fellow in residence in classics and military history at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and a fellow of Hillsdale College. In 1991, Hanson was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award, and received in 1992-3 a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Center for Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, Calif. Hanson is the author or editor of more than 350 articles and 16 books, including "Warfare and Agriculture," "The Western Way of War," "The Soul of Battle" and "Fields Without Dreams." His book "Land Was Everything" was a Pen semi-finalist in 2000 his book and "Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power" appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List; his 2005 history, "A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War," was named one of the 100 most notable books of 2005 by the New York Times. In 2002, Hanson received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Hanson is a contributing editor to Arion, the Military History Quarterly and City Journal. His editorials and reviews have appeared in many periodicals, including the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio and has appeared on the news hours of PBS, MSNBC and Fox.
Emmet Kennedy is professor emeritus of European history from the George Washington University, where he taught for thirty-eight years. He has also taught in French at the University of Toulouse (France) and recently a seminar at Christendom College. Kennedy's education was Catholic, (Portsmouth Abbey in R.I)., secular (Johns Hopkins, B.A.) and Brandeis University (non-denominational but Jewish in origin), where he received his doctorate in 1973. He specializes in the history of France, the French Revolution, Franco American relations and European intellectual history. His Cultural History of the French Revolution (Yale U.P.) was selected by the New York Times Book Review’s Editors’ Choices in July, 1989 and also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book Secularism and its Opponents from Augustine to Solzhenitsyn (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) argues for the existence of a "Christian secularism" which supported the distinction between church and and state and the moral values underpinning our constitution. The onslaughts of nihilism, relativism and totalitarianism have not undermined it. Neither French philosophes nor the founding fathers all agreed that democracy could not survive without "morality." One of Kennedy's favorite seminars is "Tocqueville in France and America." One of his recent articles is devoted to a famous Catholic convert and long-time Columbia University historian, Carlton J.H.Hayes, who became FDR's personal ambassador to Spain during World War II (Diplomatic History, April 2012). Hayes later became the first Catholic president of the American Historical Association (1945).
Ken Klukowski serves as Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council. Klukowski is a contributor to many media outlets, including Fox Forum at FOXNews.com, BigGovernment.com and Townhall.com and is a fellow and senior legal analyst with the American Civil Rights Union.
He holds an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Notre Dame, studied history and political science at Arizona State University and earned his law degree from George Mason University.
Klukowski recently co-authored The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency with FRC's Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment Ken Blackwell.
Klukowski has also been published in several law journals, including the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, the George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal, the New Mexico Law Review and the Yale Law & Policy Review.
Mark R. Levin, nationally syndicated talk-radio host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation, is the author of Liberty and Tyranny, the 38-week New York Times bestseller that spent more than three months at #1 and sold more than one million copies. His books Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America and Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish were also New York Times and national bestsellers; he also contributed the preface to his father Jack E. Levin’s Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Illustrated. He has worked as an attorney in the private sector and as a top adviser and administrator to several members of President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet. He holds a B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from Temple University Law School.
Michelle is a mother, wife, blogger, conservative syndicated columnist, author, and Fox News Channel contributor. Despite her online presence, she was born and remain an ink-stained wretch. Michelle started her newspaper journalism career at the Los Angeles Daily News in 1992, moved to the Seattle Times in 1995, and has been penning nationally syndicated newspaper columns for Creators Syndicate since 1999. She is also the author of four books: Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores(Regnery 2002), In Defense of Internment: The Case for ‘Racial Profiling’ in World War II and the War on Terror (Regnery 2004), Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild (Regnery 2005), and her latest Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies (Regnery 2009). Michelle was born in Philladelphia, PA and is a South Jersey-raised alumna of Holy Spirit HS and Oberlin College. She lives with her husband and two children in the Colorado Springs, Colorado, area.
Edwin Meese III
Edwin Meese III holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based public policy research and education institution. He is also the Chairman of Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, California.
Mr. Meese is the author of With Reagan: The Inside Story, which was published by Regnery Gateway in June 1992; co-editor of Making America Safer, published in 1997 by The Heritage Foundation; and co-author of Leadership, Ethics and Policing, 2nd Edition published by Prentice Hall in 2009.
Mr. Meese served as the 75th Attorney General of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988. More recently, he has served on the Iraq Study Group, the National War Powers Commission, and the Evaluation Committee for the National Institute of Justice.
From January 1981 to February 1985, Mr. Meese held the position of Counsellor to the President, the senior position on the White House Staff, where he functioned as the President’s Chief policy advisor. As Attorney General and as Counsellor, Mr. Meese was a member of the President’s Cabinet and the National Security Council. He served as Chairman of the Domestic Policy Council and of the National Drug Policy Board.
Formerly, Mr. Meese served as Governor Reagan’s Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff in California from 1969 through 1974 and as Legal Affairs Secretary from 1967 through 1968. Before joining Governor Reagan’s staff in 1967, Mr. Meese served as Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County, California.
From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Meese was a professor of Law at the University of San Diego, where he also was Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management.
In addition to his background as a lawyer, educator and public official, Mr. Meese has been a business executive in the aerospace and transportation industry, serving as Vice President for Administration of Rohr Industries, Inc. in Chula Vista, California. He left Rohr to return to the practice of law, engaging in corporate and general legal work in San Diego County.
Mr. Meese is a graduate of Yale University, Class of 1953, and holds a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He is active in numerous civic and educational organizations.
Mr. Meese is married, has two grown children and resides in McLean, Virginia.
Larry Schweikart, a native Arizonian, began drumming while in high school. Before long, his bands were opening for "Steppenwolf," the "James Gang," "Mother's Finest," and other acts. Returning from the road, he suddenly shifted gears to become a history professor. His writings focused on business and economics, particularly banking, finance, and national defense. In 2004, along with Mike Allen, he published the best-selling A Patriot's History of the United States, with almost a half-million copies in print, and has since published several best-selling non-fiction books including Seven Events that Made America America. With David Dougherty, he will publish a sequel to Patriot’s History in 2012, the first of two volumes of A Patriot’s History of the Modern World, from America’s Exceptional Ascent to the Atomic Bomb. He was regular on "Fox and Friends" morning show and appearing on television and radio shows as diverse as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Al-Jazeera Television. His film company, Rockin’ the Wall Studios, completed its first documentary in 2010, “Rockin’ the Wall,” about music’s part in bringing down the Iron Curtain. That film will premiere on PBS on Nov. 9, 2012. A sequel, “Other Walls 2 Fall,” is in production, dealing with music’s part in bringing down other oppressive societies and features Busta Rhymes, Yanni, and Clint Black. Rockin’ the Wall Studios, in association with Citizens United, has begun development of a television miniseries about Patriot’s History.
Congressman Allen West
Congressman Allen West proudly and humbly serves the constituents of Florida's 22nd district, encompassing parts of beautiful Broward and Palm Beach Counties along South Florida's coastline. Born and raised in the inner city of Atlanta, in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached, patriotism is in Congressman West's blood. His father was a Corporal in the U.S. Army and served in the European theater of operations in WW II, and his mother, the outspoken and lovable "Snooks" West, worked as a civilian on a local Military Installation. Congressman West's nephew currently serves in the Army. Before retiring as an Army Lieutenant Colonel, West served as a Field Artillery Officer in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was battalion commander for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and in Afghanistan, where he trained Afghan officers to take on the responsibility of securing their own country.
"My father was proud of his own service, and believed that serving your country was the greatest of all honors," West said. "Both of my parents taught me that it was not necessary to rely on a government handout to achieve my goals. They wanted me to believe in myself and told me that in America, with hard work, all things are possible."
In 2004, after serving 22 years in the Army, West retired from the Military, and brought his wife, Angela, and two daughters, Aubrey and Austen, to South Florida, to be closer to his wife's family. Congressman West taught high school for one year and then returned to Afghanistan as a civilian advisor to the Afghan army. A proud conservative and American patriot, and with the encouragement of friends and neighbors, Congressman West decided to make a bid for Congress. With a purely grassroots movement, that ignited support across the country, West's fresh, no nonsense approach launched him from being a virtual unknown to raising the second highest amount of money for a Congressional candidate in the entire country. Almost all of the donations pouring in to Congressman West's 2010 campaign were from individual donors. In November of 2010, Congressman West was honored to be able to continue his oath of service to his country when he was elected to be a Representative in the United States Congress.
"I have traded in my camouflage uniform for a suit," West said. "But the commitment to protect the people of the United States is still my mission."
Congressman West received his Bachelor's degree while at the University of Tennessee and later went on to get a Master's degree from Kansas State University, both in political science. He also holds a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military operations.
In his Army career, Congressman West has been honored many times, including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals (one with Valor), and a Valorous Unit Award. He received his valor award as a Captain in Desert Shield/Storm, was the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year in 1993, and was a Distinguished Honor Graduate III Corps Assault School. He proudly wears the Army Master parachutist badge, Air Assault badge, Navy/Marine Corps parachutist insignia, Italian parachutist wings, and German proficiency badge.
In his free time, Congressman West enjoys cheering on his beloved Tennessee Volunteers, is an avid distance runner, a certified SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and attends Community Christian Church in Tamarac, Florida.