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  • First Principles

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

    Will the Left Stop Complaining About the Electoral College?

    Over the coming months, we will witness one of the most remarkable aspects of American political life — the peaceful transfer of political authority from one administration to another. Because this is commonplace in America, we tend to overlook the novelty of this phenomenon. However, Americans from our founding generation … More

    The Founders and Redistribution of Wealth

    We’ve heard a lot lately about “redistribution of wealth.” What would the American Founders think? Property rights provide the foundation of prosperity. As Americans, we’re accustomed to a revolutionary guarantee that we may labor, earn wages and acquire property — and rest assured that what we earn and acquire will … More

    Straw Polls, Straw Men at Box Office

    Sarah Palin maybe forgot to mention this in the debate, but we’re sort of having a pop culture election a month before the presidential one. This weekend, movie lovers have one of those rare opportunities to tell Hollywood they want to see more films that honor America’s traditional values and … More

    Morning Bell: A Presentment Clause Lesson for Constitution Day

    On Sept. 17, 1787, 39 of the original 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that would eventually become our Constitution. In 2005, Congress passed a law designating today as Constitution Day and directed all educational institutions receiving federal funds to honor the day by holding “an educational … More

    How to Celebrate Constitution Day

    September 17 is Constitution Day.  On this date in 1787, 39 of the original 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that would eventually be ratified and enshrined as our fundamental law.  Recently, many have observed the relative decline of civic knowledge among American citizens, and have taken … More

    Charlie Gibson is Utterly Alien

    Speaking at the Voters Values Summit, Newt Gingrich lit into Charlie Gibson and ABC News for their “stunningly distorted interview” of Gov. Sarah Palin last night. Gingrich focused his criticism on Gibson’s butchering of a Palin quote about U.S. policy in Iraq. Here is how Gibson butchered Palin’s quote last … More

    Morning Bell: Letting Victors Vote

    ST. PAUL — Fred Thompson was by far the most well-received speaker last night, and the former senator’s detailed recounting of John McCain’s service and captivity in Vietnam produced more than a few tears inside the Excel Center. But the energizing moment, Thompson’s big applause line about McCain, came later: He has … More

    Morning Bell: Empty Ethics Rhetoric Exposed

    DENVER — One of Barack Obama’s only legislative accomplishments in the U.S. Senate is the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act, which passed in September 2007. When he announced his candidacy in Springfield, Ill., Obama called the bill “the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate.” Critics from left and right, however, … More

    The Decline of the Constitution in Public Discourse

    As all eyes turn to Denver and the Democratic National Convention this week, anticipation is building for Barack Obama’s address to a crowd of 75,000 at Invesco Field. The speech everyone is awaiting is another in a long line of addresses by both candidates this election cycle. What do these … More

    A Re-Engagement in the ‘War of Ideas?’

    It is no secret that public diplomacy, a vital component of America’s strategic victory in the Cold War, has received inadequate attention in recent years. But, of course, we are still engaged in a war of ideas. Thus, the need for a public diplomacy which explains and defends our principles … More