Liberty & American Founding

Letting People Help Themselves, and Each Other

By Justin Katz | November 10, 2010 |

The line that I’ve italicized from an article by John Miller that profiled then-Senate-candidate Marco Rubio in an October issue of National Review helps to explain why Rubio won, and why conservatives are so excited about it: Rubio’s favorite subject is American exceptionalism. It’s at the heart of virtually everything he says, whether he’s addressing…

Welfare queens and their pimps: Why the November 2 election matters

By Donald B. Hawthorne | October 28, 2010 |

They come in all shapes and sizes. Don’t like any of them. Yes, indeed, not then and not now (and now). The labels or times may change but not the fundamental issue that any government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. More on bizarre incentives…

Where Freedom Must Be Won

By Justin Katz | October 9, 2010 |

I came across this quotation in a brief obituary that National Review printed memorializing Guatemalan freedom and business advocate, and university founder, Manuel Ayau: I learned that freedom must triumph in people’s minds and hearts before it can make any headway in politics. Here’s an expanded version, from an expanded biography: Even when we won…

A tribute to our country

By Donald B. Hawthorne | July 4, 2010 |

Happy Birthday, America.

David Potts: Enforcing the Constitution Is Our Responsibility

By Engaged Citizen | June 15, 2010 |

One of the largest, if not the largest, fault lines dividing American politics today is that between progressives and liberals — and by liberals, I mean conservatives. Since the theme of this post is the need to restore some honesty to philosophical debate, I am starting by attempting to reclaim the word “liberal” from the…

Challenging the increasing momentum toward a nanny state

By Donald B. Hawthorne | May 15, 2010 |

It seems increasingly relevant so here is a re-run of a February 7, 2009 post, with some updates: As Obama, Pelosi and Reid accelerate the implementation of statist practices in America – building on what Bush started – it is helpful and necessary to reacquaint ourselves with fundamental economic principles and some specific significant issues…

Who gets to play God?

By Donald B. Hawthorne | April 29, 2010 |

Obama: Now, what we’re doing, I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. What does “success fairly earned” or “enough money” mean? Who defines “success fairly earned” or “enough money”? What…

Paranoia, it’s the American Way

By Marc Comtois | April 16, 2010 |

As Rich Lowry explains in his latest column, we Americans are perpetually paranoid about our government, whether it’s the liberal paranoia throughout the Bush years (Patriot Act, world hegemony) or the right wing paranoia amongst conservatives in the Clinton years (Waco, domestic anti-terrorist laws post-Oklahoma City). Lowry explains that our paranoid view of government has…

Will Patrick Lynch be Getting a Phone Call Tonight…

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 21, 2010 |

…and do we have a new issue in both the Rhode Island Attorney General’s and the Governor’s races, based on this facebook post from the Attorney General of Texas (h/t NRO)…Texas attorney general Greg Abbott Facebooks: “I am organizing a conference call tonight for AGs across the country. We will discuss our litigation strategy about…

Making the United States Exceptional Again

By Justin Katz | March 17, 2010 |

Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru had an excellent cover piece in the National Review before last on the domestic battle over American exceptionalism, which divides pretty conveniently along the current line of left and right. President Obama is obviously a key figure in the dispute. Not surprisingly, what strikes me is the gargantuan task facing…