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    The Diversity of the Founding

    In the latest paper in the Makers of American Political Thought series, Colleen Sheehan looks at the long career of James Madison. In it, we see that “diversity” was a key component of the American Founding. Of course, Madisonian diversity had nothing to do with tallying up racial, ethnic, or … 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

    Morning Bell: Our Constitution Is Under Fire

    Today, the federal government has acquired an all but unquestioned dominance over virtually every area of American life. It acts without constitutional limits and increasingly regulates our most basic activities, from how much water is in our toilets to what kind of light bulbs we can buy. So while we … More

    Women: America's Largest Special Interest Group?

    “Women are not an interest group,” said President Obama in a video aired on television Tuesday. “Women shouldn’t be treated that way.” Fair enough. But in a campaign where “women’s rights” are supposedly front and center in the national debate, the left has been claiming there’s a “war on women” … More

    Morning Bell: Does the Declaration of Independence Still Matter?

    The Declaration of Independence was partly intended as a list of grievances against a distant monarch. And both George III and the colonists who disagreed with his rule are long dead. But so are many of those who’ve argued that the Declaration is obsolete. In fact, this is exactly what … More

    Finding the Answer in the Founding

    There are certain existential questions that humans have wrestled with since the dawn of time: “What is the meaning of life?” “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” Perhaps even “Does the refrigerator light stay on when I close the door?” Recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried … More

    Providing for the Common Defense

    America was founded on the blood, sweat, and tears of ordinary, brave colonists who accomplished extraordinary things in waging a war for their independence and founding a new government. And in that great experiment that was the Constitution, the Framers made national defense a primary responsibility of the federal government. … More

    Morning Bell: Faith in America

    “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time,” Thomas Jefferson once wrote. “The hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.” Among the American Founders, there was a profound sense that faith and freedom were deeply intertwined. Nowadays, we are often told that religion … More

    Is the Declaration of Independence Illegal?

    Silly Brits. After all these years, they still don’t understand natural rights. During a moot debate last week at Franklin Hall in Philadelphia, British lawyers argued that the 1776 American Declaration of Independence was not only illegal, but actually treasonable. “There is no legal principle then or now to allow … More

    Paul Revere Sounded the Alarm, and at Lexington They Stood

    “The British are coming!” cried Paul Revere.  On April 19th, 1775, the British marched toward the small villages of Lexington and Concord to seize supplies of the citizen militia and snuff out the colonial resistance. But the British would not succeed.  Warned by Paul Revere’s alarm, the militia, made up … More