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  • First Principles

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

    First Principles and Foreign Policy

    One common way of thinking about foreign policy is that it exists in its own world, separate from domestic policy or the first principles on which a nation is founded. According to this view , the job of the foreign policy expert is to deal dispassionately with the world as … More

    Whatever Happened to Advice and Consent?

    The Senate floor may be empty, but debate over the New START Treaty continues. Dismissing calls for debate as petty partisanship, many on the left urge a quick vote on the treaty. The treaty’s proponents fail to appreciate the Senate’s constitutional role in the treaty-making process. In Article II, Section … More

    Morning Bell: We Can't Spend Our Way to Recovery

    When President Barack Obama was selling his economic stimulus plan to the American people, he promised that, if enacted, the legislation would prevent unemployment from rising above 8%.  $3 billion in Cash for Clunkers bailouts, $10 billion in government union bailouts, $16 billion in Medicaid bailouts, $13 billion in home … More

    Does the Declaration of Independence Prevent Women’s Suffrage?

    Did you know that the first female member of the Congress was elected prior to the ratification of the 19th amendment? It is true that today, August 18, 2010, marks the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, ensuring the right to vote regardless of sex. But that … More

    VIDEO: Students Debate Conservatism's Shared Values

    During his 1964 acceptance speech, Barry Goldwater described his movement to the audience with these words: This party, with its every action, every word, every breath and every heartbeat has but a single resolve, and that is freedom — freedom made orderly for the Nation by our constitutional government; freedom … More

    Milton Friedman’s 98th Birthday: His Wisdom Shines Brighter Than Ever

    Tomorrow, July 31, would be Milton Friedman’s 98th birthday. To honor the great man, we offer a quote that, though written three decades ago, is shockingly relevant today. In his last major work, Free to Choose, Friedman wrote words of hope: Fortunately, we are waking up. We are again recognizing … More

    DISCLOSE Act – Cloture Fails

    There was good news this afternoon in the Senate. The effort to end the filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act, the campaign finance bill that would overturn the Citizens United decision and impose onerous new disclosure requirements, by invoking cloture was defeated 57 to 41, so it will not proceed to … More

    DISCLOSE Act Assault on First Amendment Continues

    For those of you who believe in bygone notions like free speech rights and the ability to criticize politicians when they do things like nationalize 1/5 of the U.S. economy, you better taken advantage of that while you can. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed for cloture on … More

    Reclaiming America: Why We Honor the Tea Party Movement

    Remember when Conservatism was supposed to be dead and America was primed for a New New Deal? Well, a funny thing has happened on the road to the latest iteration of progressive liberalism—The Tea Party Movement. The Tea Party Movement has been one of the most significant citizen efforts in … More

    First Principles of Economic Policy

    There simply is no way to avoid thinking and, perhaps, even starting the analysis of economic policy except from a set of principles.  Whether it be labor, investment, trade, or a host of other pieces of our national economic policy; analysts only will be able to understand policy change if … More