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Stories by Allan Brownfeld

Received B.A. from the College of William and Mary, J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary, and M.A. from the University of Maryland. Served as a member of the faculties of St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Alexandria, Virginia and the University College of the University of Maryland. The recipient of a Wall Street Journal Foundation Award, he has written for such newspapers as The Houston Press, The Washington Evening Star, The Richmond Times Dispatch, and The Cincinnati Enquirer. His column appeared for many years in Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill. His articles have appeared in The Yale Review, The Texas Quarterly, Orbis, Modern Age, The Michigan Quarterly, The Commonweal and The Christian Century. His essays have been reprinted in a number of text books for university courses in Government and Politics. For many years, his column appeared several times a week in papers such as The Washington Times, The Phoenix Gazette and the Orange County Register. He served as a member of the staff of the U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, as Assistant to the research director of the House Republican Conference and as a consultant to members of the U.S. Congress and to the Vice President. He is the author of five books and currently serves as Contributing Editor of The St. Croix Review, Associate Editor of The Lincoln Review and editor of Issues.
Criminal Justice System, Defund the Police, Crime

A criminal justice system in crisis as violent crime escalates nationwide

Americans are now experiencing a crime wave after decades of decline. Due to an eroding Criminal Justice System, shootings have surged in recent years. In 2020, gun deaths reached their highest point in U.S. history—-in the midst of a pandemic. In 2021, Philadelphia had more murders than much larger cities such as New York and ...

Democracy, Jan 6, Republicans, Democrats, Trump, Economy, Founding Fathers, Socialism, Democratic Socialism, Founding Fathers, Impeachment, 2A rights

Democracy at Risk: Founding fathers would be disappointed, not surprised

There are many reasons to be concerned about the future of America.  In a democracy, the values of the people are reflected in a nation’s political life.  What are the values of American society in 2022? The commemoration of the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol has led to discussions about the state of ...

Death, South Africa, Apartheid

Remembering Desmond Tutu: Advocate of racial justice and non-violence

Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s apostle of racial justice and reconciliation, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle against apartheid, has died at the age of 90. After the fall of apartheid, Archbishop Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that sought to heal the wounds of the apartheid era. The archbishop ...

Division, Unity, Christmas,

A Christmas message of unity during a time of division

Christmas 2021 comes at a time when our society is deeply divided. Our political parties no longer view themselves as engaged in a common civic enterprise but increasingly view those of the other party as “enemies.” On Jan. 6, those displeased with the results of the 2020 presidential election invaded the U.S. Capitol. As one ...

Bob Dole, Democracy

Bob Dole fought for Democracy and he feared for its future

The death of Bob Dole has taken from us the kind of public servant democracies depend upon to survive, much less thrive. Today Democrats and Republicans tend to view themselves as enemies rather than joint participants in the democratic enterprise of governing. Thus the very future of our society is open to question. The Founding ...

History, Tenement Museum, Rewriting history

New York Tenement Museum – Combatting distortions of American History

WASHINGTON: American history is complex. It has its high points, and its low ones——and many in between. But in discussing history, it is essential that we be accurate. In recent days, such accuracy is in short supply, and an effort to distort our history is growing. Consider the recent example of New York City’s Tenement ...

Thanksgiving, Turkey, Roasting

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Democracy in retreat – at home and abroad

WASHINGTON: If we ever needed to celebrate Thanksgiving and reflect upon our blessings, now is undoubtedly the time. Our political life, sadly, has become increasingly destructive. Our political parties do not view themselves as friendly adversaries engaged in the joint enterprise of governing. Instead, they view themselves as enemies, suggesting that the other party will ...

The death of F.W. de Klerk and his impact on ending Apartheid in South Africa

F.W. de Klerk, who, as South Africa’s last white president, opened the door to black majority rule by releasing Nelson Mandela from prison, died Nov.11 at the age of 85. de Klerk and Mandela shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. At the peace prize ceremony in Oslo, Mandela praised de Klerk: “He had the courage ...

Peace, Unity, Antifa, Hypocrisy, Democrats

Defunding the Police loses at the polls, yet Police accountability matters

WASHINGTON: In the November election, those who advocated defunding the police suffered significant defeats across the country. The political loss came in many places where progressives are demanding police budgets be cut. As a result, violent crime is increasing dramatically. In Buffalo, the Democratic nominee for mayor was a self-proclaimed socialist and advocate of defunding ...

Thomas Jefferson, New York, statue

NYC removes Jefferson statue as assaults on American History continue

NEW YORK CITY: A statue of Thomas Jefferson is on its way out of New York’s City Council chamber.  In mid-October, the Public Design Commission agreed to take the nation’s third president, author of the Declaration of Independence and founding father, off his pedestal. The statue now occupies a prominent place near the members’ main ...

first moon landing, baseball

A changing population and the need to transmit our history and values

WASHINGTON DC – The US population is changing.  The first race and ethnicity breakdown from the 2020 Census shows a more diverse population than ever in the nation’s history. The report marks the first time the number of people who identify as White alone has shrunk since a census started being taken in 1790. The ...