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    Frederick Douglass: From Slavery to Freedom to Statuesque

    The only thing that’s really surprising is that it took so long. Lawmakers recently unveiled a statue of Frederick Douglass in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Nothing could be more fitting because his life exemplifies the promise and opportunity available to all Americans. After being born … More

    Morning Bell: The IRS Wants to Know If You're a "Patriot"

    Across this great land, patriotic Americans are behaving subversively. We’re quoting from our pocket Constitutions, starting reading groups to discuss our founding documents, even gathering together to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Uncle Sam is not amused. As leaders of tea party groups have been painfully aware … More

    The Good Ol’ Progressive Contempt for the Founding

    Any conservative who takes his bearings from America’s founding principles can’t help but miss the candor with which the early Progressives dismissed our founding documents as antiquated relics of a bygone era. Unlike liberal politicians from FDR onward who couch their statist agenda in the rhetoric of the Founding, Woodrow … More

    Frederick Douglass: America’s Valentine

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to eat chocolate or dote on freshly delivered red roses. Oh, and to celebrate the 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in February 1818, Douglass was given the improbably dignified name “Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.” Like many people born … More

    Why Preserve the Constitution?

    For over a hundred years, Progressives have been trying to persuade Americans that times have changed, and therefore our founding documents (especially the Declaration of Independence and Constitution) must evolve to meet the needs of a developing society. This notion of a “living constitution” is certainly predominant in intellectual circles, … More