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  • First Principles

    The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.

    An Imperial Immigration Policy

    On Friday, the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum telling U.S. immigration officials how they should “enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home.” The Administration’s move is an attempt to … More

    War of 1812 Showed Importance of Maintaining Military Strength

    This week 200 years ago, Congress passed and President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain, then the world’s most powerful nation. Our young country had already fought three wars since adopting the Constitution in 1788, yet this marked Congress’s first such declaration, and the highly controversial … More

    How Pure Is Your Democracy?

    How would you rewrite the Constitution? The Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer did that for his latest book Me the People, and he invited readers of Slate to do likewise. Several proposals are straight out of an Occupy Wall Street drum circle: the money-is-not-speech amendment, the corporations-are-not-people amendment. Other proposals … More

    A Farm Bill That’s Not About Farming

    Were we directed from Washingtonwhen to sow, when to reap, we should soon want bread. – Thomas Jefferson The federal government hasn’t stuck its nose into when to plant crops (yet, anyway), butJefferson’s warning is worth remembering as another farm bill chugs through Congress this year. Federal lawmakers are planning, yet again, to … More

    LOST on the Web Ads

    You may have seen the Web ads: “Five Secretaries of State from Former Republican Administrations Endorse Law of the Sea Ratification,” they declare. The point is obvious: If these grizzled foreign-policy veterans support the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), so should you. But hold on. When it comes to … More

    Is Flag Day Passé?

    When humankind has enjoyed the blessings of liberty to any degree for any substantial length of time, it has been made possible by a nation-state that is properly defined and enforced, with its sovereignty respected. Of course, all nations are not established equally, and the United States is exceptional among … More

    Online Chat on Reagan’s Impact on Foreign Policy

    Earlier this week was the 25th anniversary of President Reagan’s monumental “Tear Down This Wall” speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate. It was the beginning of the end of the Cold War, a war that was won without a shot being fired. Click here to join us right now. We … More

    Rugged Individualism Fades from National Character

    “That’ll be the day!” John Wayne’s gravelly, dry voice connected with millions who recognized in its tenor something of America’s pioneer character. In dozens of popular movies, Wayne— who died on this day in 1979—played the no-nonsense, self-reliant cowboy who had an innate and profound, if not quite scholarly, understanding … More

    Paring Back the Regulatory State

    Here’s a question that will be important throughout 2012 and probably for many years beyond: What did the Dodd–Frank financial regulation accomplish? The best answer is: “We don’t know.” Because in a very real way most of this law, passed almost two years ago, hasn’t been written yet. How’s that … More

    The Morality of Conservatism

    Liberals often appeal to morality in policy debates with conservatives—with much success. But conservatives should not cede the moral high ground. In fact, a strong case for conservatism can be made on the basis of morality. Consider why shrinking government is moral. The more the federal government provides for people, the more … More