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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

BY T.F. STERN We were watching a movie the other day on one of the regular channels where you get to see a few minutes...

Dwindling Right to Freedom of Movement

BY T.F. STERN Hello America, it’s a little over a week until we celebrate our Independence Day and consider all the rights and privileges associated...

Natural Rights vs. Human Rights: The State Department’s New Commission on Unalienable Rights

ROGER PILON, CATO INSTITUTE Yesterday afternoon we learned from Politico that the State Department had just “quietly published” in the Federal Register a notice that the department intends to...

Brown v. Board Did Not Start Private Schooling

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE A common refrain in opposition to school choice is that choice is rooted in racial segregation. Specifically, that people barely thought...

Phyllis Schlafly’s Daughter: The Equal Rights Amendment Is Still A Bad Idea

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV6KrzR3AVk] ANNE SCHLAFLY CORI, EAGLE FORUM Used with the permission of Eagle Forum. Eagle Forum has been leading the pro-family movement since 1972.

Even Something as Great as School Choice Should Not Be Federalized

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), in conjunction with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will unveil...

Thomas Jefferson on Religion and Islam

BY T.F. STERN Reading about Thomas Jefferson and his impact on America’s experiment with self-governance makes for an interesting enlightenment.  Jefferson’s understanding and beliefs may...

A Double Win in the Dusky Gopher Frog Case

ROGER PILON, CATO INSTITUTE By a vote of 8-0 (Justice Kavanaugh did not participate), the Supreme Court today gave a rational reading of both the...

Are we being played?

BY T.F. STERN These past few weeks have been interesting to watch from the Peanut Gallery, a reference to a television program from back in...

John Marshall born SEPTEMBER 24, 1755

American Minute with Bill Federer "The power to tax involves the power to destroy," wrote Chief Justice John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819. Perhaps no one...

Oaths and the Constitution

American Minute with Bill Federer Chief Justice James Kent explained in People v. Ruggles, 1811, what made OATHS effective: "In Taylor's case ... the court ......

Fisher Ames helped ratify the Constitution

American Minute with Bill Federer He sat next to George Washington in the pew at St. Paul's Chapel in New York during the religious service...

Emerson, “America is another name for opportunity…”

American Minute with Bill Federer "Done ... the SEVENTEENTH DAY of SEPTEMBER, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven." This...

Partisan Gerrymandering: Another Supreme Court Showdown?

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE It would have been natural to assume that partisan gerrymandering would not return as an issue to the Supreme Court until...

The Warren Plan and the History of Corporate Chartering

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal for drastic changes to corporate governance, which I wrote about in this space last week, continues to draw thoughtful...

James Wilson, “Religion and Law are twin sisters…”

American Minute with Bill Federer He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President Washington appointed him...

Superintending Providence and our Constitution

American Minute with Bill Federer George Washington dictated a "talk" to the Cherokee Nation, August 29, 1796: “Beloved Cherokees, The wise men of the United States...

Federalism Wins Supreme Court Jackpot

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE The smart money was always on the Supreme Court to make the kind of ruling it did today, strike down a federal law...

The Age of Discretion, As the Post Sees It

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE The Washington Post editorialized last month in favor of dropping the voting age to 16. I dashed off a letter to the editor,...

Homeland: Art imitating Life

BY EARL H. TILFORD “All theory is gray.  But forever green is the tree of life.”                                                          Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1842) I have enjoyed every season...

Supreme Court Hard to Predict in Important Securities Case

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE Investment adviser Ray Lucia conducted some seminars that ran afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC fined him $300,000...

America’s greatness requires heroic virtues

American Minute with Bill Federer John Adams wrote to his cousin, Rev. Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776: "Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for...

Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men

American Minute with Bill Federer There never was an abolitionist movement within the Islamic world to end slavery, as Mohammed himself owned slaves. The U.S. State...

PATRICK HENRY’S WARNING

American Minute with Bill Federer The Declaration of Independence indicted King George III because: "He has obstructed the administration of justice ..." "He has made judges dependent...

Thomas Hooker – “Father of American Democracy”

American Minute with Bill Federer On MARCH 22, 1758, Princeton University President Jonathan Edwards died from a smallpox inoculation. He had been the valedictorian of his...

James Madison born MARCH 16, 1751

American Minute with Bill Federer Called the "Chief Architect of the Constitution," he also wrote many of the Federalist Papers which helped convince the States...

What we leave to our POSTERITY

American Minute with Bill Federer "A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children." -Proverbs 13:22 After signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote...

Dear Lord, what were you thinking?

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~A subtle suggestion during a jazz concert got me thinking about history, politics and energy~ What a marvelous evening it was. World-class drummer...

Restoring Something Beautiful

BY T.F. STERN We’re in the process of going through items left after my parents died.  They had an old Steeple Clock on their mantle...

Justice William Douglas’ influence on America

American Minute with Bill Federer He served the longest term in the Supreme Court's history -- 36 years. He taught law at Yale and Columbia University...