There is no doubt that the size and scope of government has changed since the Founding, but a more expansive government requires even more transparency, oversight, and accountability in order to function properly. A return to regular order is just the beginning of reforms to ensure the elusive good governance. Last week, much ink was… Continue reading Defining good governance in the modern era beyond spending money
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Biden fancies himself John Quincy Adams, thinks he can save America
The President delivered a primetime speech about the “continued battle for the soul of the nation,” but who is he to declare close to half the country his enemies? What moral quality and compass does this man have to define democracy itself, proclaim himself everyone else’s better, and demand we conform to his view of… Continue reading Biden fancies himself John Quincy Adams, thinks he can save America
Declare your independence from groupthink
This Fourth of July celebrate your freedoms by embracing your right to the contents of your own mind and conscience. The Founders themselves knew that passions and factions would always run high, but the alternative to a free society would be far worse. Their legacy is your right to say no to groupthink. The Fourth… Continue reading Declare your independence from groupthink
The bipartisan infrastructure push: This is the way things are supposed to work
From the Compromise of 1790 onward, the American system is built around establishing broad consensus for major issues, passing bipartisan legislation where both parties get something they want. The result is increased ownership of government programs and less acrimony. Isn’t that what everyone claims to want for America? Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of… Continue reading The bipartisan infrastructure push: This is the way things are supposed to work
Biden: The Passive President?
For decades if not centuries, Americans have expected energy in the Executive. Founder Alexander Hamilton laid out his vision of energy as a “leading character in the definition of good government,” a concept embraced by even his rivals like Thomas Jefferson. Where does current President Joe Biden fit in? Throughout much of American history there… Continue reading Biden: The Passive President?
Prince Harry and the First Amendment: It’s bonkers that an educated man his age knows nothing about it
Ironically, freedom of speech is a fundamental right designed to protect us from the tyranny of Prince Harry’s own ancestors. A tyranny that apparently still exists today. Consider the example of journalist James Callender from the Founder’s era, and Facebook blocking the dissenting views of a respected scientist and former Obama official from our own.… Continue reading Prince Harry and the First Amendment: It’s bonkers that an educated man his age knows nothing about it
Cancel Barack Obama, Alexander Hamilton, again, biological sex, sheet music, Ken Burns, and the entire state of Georgia?
The woke continue to march, labelling formerly beloved leaders as “oppressors,” rewriting the history of a Founding Father, claiming biological sex is problematic, launching a war on sheet music and Ken Burns, and of course the entire state of Georgia. It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of the woke! Just when… Continue reading Cancel Barack Obama, Alexander Hamilton, again, biological sex, sheet music, Ken Burns, and the entire state of Georgia?
After the attack on the Capitol, what about “whataboutism”? Is “moral relativism” on the rise in conservative circles?
A new line of argument claims it’s moral relativism to question the credibility of your political opponents in their pursuit of power. The argument misses the point: We are unequivocally against violence, but political surrender isn’t morally acceptable either. In other words, it takes two to de-escalate. In the wake of the violent, some call… Continue reading After the attack on the Capitol, what about “whataboutism”? Is “moral relativism” on the rise in conservative circles?
The first close, contested election in America was way back in 1796, followed by a crazier election in 1800
The mainstream media and Democrat politicians have a short memory and seemingly no knowledge of history: Democracy in the United States has always been a topsy, turvy no-holds barred affair Journalists, pundits, politicians, and anyone else weighing in on the unusual nature of Donald Trump’s continuous attempts to win an election he obviously feels was… Continue reading The first close, contested election in America was way back in 1796, followed by a crazier election in 1800
Does anything truly unite us anymore?
Political unity isn’t happening, but perhaps we can unify around a few key founding principles like the Founders themselves The epic political battles between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton began practically on day one of the George Washington Administration, planting the seeds of the two party system as Federalists and Anti-federalists spontaneously organized themselves into… Continue reading Does anything truly unite us anymore?