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

    Morning Bell: Putting 'Deliberate' Back in 'Deliberative Body'

    On Sunday the New York Times profiled Diane McLeod, a 47-year-old single mother working two jobs, who by her own admission acknowledges she spent too much money shopping to make herself feel better without reflecting on how it would impact her future. Commenting on reader reaction to the article, former … More

    'Independence Forever'

    The 4th of July is no ordinary holiday. As we travel and spend time with our families this weekend, we must take a few moments to reflect on the meaning of our Declaration of Independence, and its ongoing significance in light of our nation’s current struggles. The resolution to declare … More

    Lithuanian Laurels for Lee Edwards

    For years, he worked tirelessly to tell the stories of the courage shown — and horrors endured — by the tens of millions who lived and died under tyrannical regimes. He honored those who resisted, those who were silenced and those whose names never would be known to the wider … More

    Americans Cherish the 'One' in Our 'Many'

    Widespread ignorance of U.S. history is only the most visible symptom of a troubling decline in popular knowledge of the nation’s core principles. Some hopeful news, as well as sobering facts, arrived earlier this month in “E Pluribus Unum,” a report issued by the Bradley Project on America’s National Identity. … More

    Lobbying to Violate the Constitution

    Last year, Congress rejected legislation that would violate the Constitution by granting the District of Columbia voting representation in the House of Representatives. But advocates of this plan haven’t given up hope. Instead, voting rights activists have stepped up their lobbying efforts, and Roll Call reported last week that they … More

    Morning Bell: Getting States Off the Dole

    What do the Bridge to Nowhere, the highway bill, the “subsidies for millionaires” farm bill and our crippling entitlement crisis have in common? They are all examples of the corrupt governance that is guaranteed to happen when the federal government takes over responsibilities best left to the states. In each … More

    California Marriage Decision Shows Constitutional Amendments Are Only Protection from Activist Courts

    The California Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to grant same-sex couples a fundamental right to marriage disregards voters’ 61 percent decision in favor of marriage as one man and one woman, a domestic partnership law already granting same-sex couples the benefits and privileges of marriage, and centuries of tradition and precedent–corroborated … More

    Typical Histrionics from Glenn Greenwald

    There is no legal commentator today more fundamentally dishonest than Glenn Greenwald. And the tricks of his dissembling trade were on full display following the California Supreme Court’s decision striking down two state laws that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Desperate to defend the … More

    This Week in Washington: So Much for Equal Protection

    Here’s a preview of the week ahead in Washington. [youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=JzXN6A6LYOM[/youtube] Late last year, the House passed by a large margin a bill that allows federal recognition of “Native Hawaiians” as a distinct group, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised some floor time this year. This legislation would establish … More

    Is the New York Times Familiar with Legal History at All?

    In their editorial today celebrating Barack Obama’s victory of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, the New York Times attacks John McCain and his promise to appoint conservative judges to the bench. They write: Mr. McCain predictably criticized liberal judges, vowed strict adherence to the Founders’ views and promised to … More