What Makes Black Friday Possible?

Black Friday has come and gone in the United States. As you’re surely aware, millions of shoppers are spent the day after Thanksgiving pouring into stores searching for bargains. True to the nature of capitalism, that’s good for the buyers and good for the sellers as well. In Venezuela, a black Friday already happened this […]

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Is Our Government Still “Of the People”?

Seven score and 10 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the greatest speech in American history. Standing on the bloodied battlefield of Gettysburg, Lincoln urged the fractured nation to dedicate itself to the “unfinished work” of the battle. In only 10 sentences—272 words in all—he made clear the far-reaching implications of the Civil War: “that government […]

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Why the Fear of American Exceptionalism?

Newscom Talk of American exceptionalism  enrages some liberals. For example, it drove Oliver Stone and American University professor Peter  Kuznick to pen a USA Today commentary  saying Washington should have a wall with “the names of all the Vietnamese,  Cambodians, Laotians, and others who died [in the Vietnam War].” That, they  said, would be “a […]

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Obama’s Insurance “Fix” is Unconstitutional

Outlets are quoting Democratic operative Howard Dean saying of President Barack Obama suspending certain Obamacare requirements, “I wonder if he has the legal authority to do this.” To remove all doubt: The Take Care Clause of the Constitution absolutely forbids any president from doing exactly what Obama did Thursday. Obama said he would allow insurance companies […]

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Why Our Veterans Fight

We get a feeling when we see the American flag raised, the national anthem played, and our men and women in uniform saluting. Children look up and put their hands over their hearts. Men take off their hats. For a moment, we are united. But in the daily rancor of politics, which leaves so many […]

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I Solemnly Swear to Support the Government?

World War II Memorial (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom) When lawmakers were debating how to end the federal government shutdown and whether they should authorize Washington to borrow even more money by raising the debt ceiling, Representative David Scott (D–GA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives and asked for a minute to speak. […]

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