The Forgotten Man

What has President Obama done? Against the background of a darkening sky, all of the past Presidents of the United States gather before the White House, as if to commemorate some great event. In the left hand corner of the painting sits a man. That man, with his head bowed appears distraught and hopeless as […]

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The First Conservatives: The Constitutional Challenge to Progressivism

Modern conservatives look to a variety of historical figures for guidance as they confront progressive liberalism.  Some are from the 1700’s and 1800’s, including Edmund Burke, the Founders, and Abraham Lincoln.  Others, like Russell Kirk, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Ronald Reagan, are from the postwar era.  Strangely enough, conservatives rarely turn to the original […]

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When America Paid off the National Debt

Winter has turned to spring and spring has turned to summer, but Congress and the White House are still debating how to handle the limit on our national debt.  In the 1830’s, however, President Andrew Jackson set about an even more daunting task: paying the debt off entirely.  America accomplished that feat in 1835, and […]

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