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On 9/11 – What Abraham Lincoln Taught Us About Remembering

September 11, 2016

The 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was an important moment for our nation. But Abraham Lincoln said everything said on September 11, 2016 more poignantly in 1838. In his famous “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions” speech in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln brilliantly captured the challenge of remembering and reapplying our founding […]

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U.S. Senator Tim Scott, not Colin Kaepernick, Deserves to be Heard on Race

August 31, 2016

That San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s could capture the nation’s attention by sitting during the National Anthem to protest oppression of minorities says a lot about the state of race relations in America. Compared to Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King Jr., however, Kaepernick’s behavior is protest juvenilia — a youthful and immature outburst […]

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Hillary’s “Checkpoint Clinton” Tax Plan

August 22, 2016

Donald Trump made himself infamous to critics for saying he wanted to build a wall on the southern border and make Mexico pay for it. But Hillary Clinton deserves equal scorn for wanting to build a wall around American companies and make middle-class workers pay for it. Earlier this month, Trump announced he would cut […]

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No, Reviving Earmarks won’t Revitalize our Democracy

June 30, 2016

In a recent piece in The Atlantic “How American Politics Went Insane,” Jonathan Rauch argues that the bizarre 2016 cycle is essentially the consequence of over-reforming Washington. The problem, according to Rauch, is that when you try to take the politics out of politics nothing gets done. The solution? Bring back pork. Rauch writes: “For […]

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Sanders is a Bigger Story than Trump

January 28, 2016

At the final Democratic town hall before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) delivered a passionate closing argument. He said the country needs a “political revolution” toward Democratic socialism. Sanders’ belief that his message has “touched a nerve” isn’t bleary-eyed optimism. The latest poll average at Real Clear Politics  shows a dead heat in […]

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