Eleven years ago, like every citizen elected to serve in Congress or any person appointed to any federal position, I swore an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic."
A dry pun asks, "When is a door not a door?" - the answer being, "When it is ajar." But dry humor is clearly preferable to the deluded warping of the lexicon by the Obama administration's lead counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, which leads to this question, and requisite answer, "When is jihad not jihad?" - "When it is bloodless, spiritual struggle."
Two Frenchmen's nine-month tour of Jacksonian America forms the basis for Alexis de Tocqueville's seminal book, "Democracy in America." Leo Damrosch, the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University, describes this journey in his new book, "Tocqueville's Discovery of America."