• Wasting Money, Ignoring Issues

    Wasting Money, Ignoring Issues

    Political conventions waste vast sums of money that could be used more effectively to promote desperately needed reform. Donors provided at least $65 million for the GOP convention I recently attended in Cleveland, but four nights of repetitive, partisan speeches did little to inspire voters with hopeful conservative strategies for…

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  • Michael’s New Book: The American Miracle

    AT KEY TURNING POINTS IN HISTORY, AMERICA CATCHES EVERY BREAK The history of the United States displays an uncanny pattern: at moments of crisis, when odds against success seem overwhelming and disaster looks imminent, fate intervenes to provide deliverance and progress. Historians may categorize these incidents as happy accidents, callous…

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  • Character Still Counts

    Character Still Counts

    In choosing the next President, character matters more than ideology. An individual of low character and troubled temperament won't keep campaign promises, no matter how appealing, and won't be able to work with others to achieve those goals, even if he tried. What's more, a president with a tendency toward…

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  • Lessons from Presidents who Lived Past 90

    Lessons from Presidents who Lived Past 90

    Of the 43 individuals who have served as president of the United States, only six lived to celebrate their ninetieth birthdays – John Adams, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. Reviewing this list raises two points that connect to the current presidential campaign.…

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  • Should Government Block “Fat Shaming”?

    Should Government Block “Fat Shaming”?

    Complaints about EU bureaucrats interfering with every aspect of British life helped spark the recent Brexit vote in the UK. But English officials are even more intrusive – and more ridiculous – at home. The new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, kept a campaign promise by banning ads on public…

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  • Hillary’s Vulnerability Goes Far Beyond Emails

    Hillary’s Vulnerability Goes Far Beyond Emails

    Republicans feel perplexed and indignant over the decision by FBI Director James Comey to recommend against prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the careless, likely illegal handling of her e-mails. In responding to this troubling but predictable development, conservatives should avoid the temptation of focusing our ire on Director Comey instead of…

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  • Elie Wiesel’s Less-Celebrated Role

    When Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel died at age 87, the whole world honored him for his noble work in building Holocaust awareness through his novels and personal testimony, for his political activism in fighting genocide in around the world, and for his efforts to support a secure, humane state…

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  • Beyond Gripes and Gloom

    Beyond Gripes and Gloom

    Is American greatness a relic of the past or a reality of the present? If Republicans fumble this fundamental question and become the party of gripes and gloom, they will blow their chance of 2016 victory and imperil the party's long-term survival. The American people might feel deeply dissatisfied with…

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  • A Representative Republic Beats Pure Democracy

    A Representative Republic Beats Pure Democracy

    The UK's Brexit vote should remind Americans of the advantages of a representative republic over a pure democracy. The close vote to leave the European Union has already damaged the life savings and pension plans of millions who didn't vote for it—while a switch of just 2 percent of the…

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  • Brexit: Deferred Benefits, Immediate Damage

    Brexit: Deferred Benefits, Immediate Damage

    Within days after the close “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union, there's evidence of second thoughts among portions of the British public, with demonstrations to protest the decision, petitions to reconsider it, and efforts by leaders of Scotland and Northern Ireland to overturn it, or else to separate from…

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