Fox News contributor and decorated Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Pete Hegseth resurrects Theodore Roosevelt’s famous Citizenship in a Republic address – best known for the Man in the Arena quote – as a roadmap for addressing the massive challenges facing America today. In order to rejuvenate what makes America exceptional, he argues we must unapologetically get back into Roosevelt’s arena as engaged good citizens at home and powerful good patriots in the world. Bolstered by his own personal experiences, Hegseth makes a case for turning America’s highest ideals into action. An exceptional American experiment was entrusted to average citizens in 1776 and has been perpetuated by every generation since. If we won’t fight for American now, then what will we fight for – and when?
Pete Hegseth is the former CEO of Concerned Veterans for American and Vets for Freedom. As a Fox News contributor, he regularly appears on Fox & Friends, The Kelly File, America’s Newsroom, and Outnumbered. An infantry officer in the Army National Guard, he is a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay who holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time overseas. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he also writes frequently for National Review and The Wall Street Journal.
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James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow