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    What Would Ben Franklin Tweet?

    Benjamin Franklin would have been an excellent blogger. And he would have enjoyed using Twitter. He was the sharpest communicator of his time, so profound that many of his sayings are still in use today. There’s no doubt he would have thrived using modern communication methods and perhaps even invented … More

    Reagan and the 1980s: Back to the Future

    Fans of pop culture and pop history are enjoying a documentary series on the National Geographic Channel: The ’80s, The Decade That Made Us. A recent installment focused on Ronald Reagan’s defense posture, including the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or “Star Wars,” as its critics called it. Host Rob Lowe … More

    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

    Herbert Croly: Bad Prose, Even Worse Ideas

    Writers of the world, rejoice: It turns out we don’t have to write well to write powerfully. Consider Herbert Croly. Few Americans in 2013 are familiar with the name. But 100 years ago, Croly was among the country’s most influential intellectuals. He co-founded The New Republic and edited it for … More

    Ronald Reagan at 102

    Barack Obama frequently reminds Americans that he took office during difficult economic times. But he’s certainly not the first president to have done so. What matters isn’t how the country was doing when you were elected; it’s where you lead the country once in office. Ronald Reagan, who would have … More

    Ryan and Rubio on the Promise of American Opportunity

    At Tuesday night’s Kemp Foundation Leadership Award Dinner, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) talked about ways to promote opportunity, battle poverty, and get the country back on track. Both men aim to further successful reforms triggered by former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and longtime … More

    Can the President Raise the Debt Ceiling by Himself?

    As the federal government once again approaches the debt ceiling, partisans are again pulling out the heavy artillery: Don’t bother negotiating with Republicans on taxes and spending, they tell the President, just declare the debt ceiling in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and ignore it. As a matter of law, … More

    Senator Mike Lee Argues to Restore Debate and Deliberation

    As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) gathers ideas to limit the filibuster, he has not ceased abusing power to block amendments he does not like. Reid has used a parliamentary trick over the past few years to stop the minority party from participating in the amendment process called “filling … More

    On an Earlier Election Day…

    If the final polls are to be believed, the 2012 election will be decided by a narrow margin. But despite a seemingly endless string of negative ads, this year’s contest is nowhere near as contentious as the one that ended 152 years ago today. On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln … More

    The Heritage Guide to the Electoral College

    Abigael Evans should be happy. She’s the four-year-old who’s so sick of the election that she cried. Her tears went viral. It should all be over soon, although we’ll have to wait a bit for the official tabulation of the Electoral College. Here’s how it works: Each state has a … More