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  • Commentary posted May 25, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Liberal in Name Only

    Do you support free speech, individual liberties and protections for private property? You must be a liberal. Did that last sentence cause you to do a double take? I'm not surprised. I've been reading a new book, "The Closing of the Liberal Mind," and it shows that much of what passes for liberalism today is, historically speaking, anything but. Moreover, many who call…

  • Commentary posted May 4, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. How to Encourage Peace in North Korea

    SEOUL – Every Korean I know remains saddened by the division of the Korean people into a North and a South at the 38th parallel. The Korean people still dream of reunification, even as they tell me about their appreciation for the sacrifices that their friends, the Americans, made for Korea’s freedom. When we talk about the situation north of the demilitarized zone, it’s…

  • Commentary posted April 27, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Four Decades of Patriotism

    Americans still enjoy freedom of religion. But these days, they’re expected to leave their faith in the pew or at home — not allow it to influence their behavior in the public square. The Founding Fathers didn’t take that view. “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports,” George Washington…

  • Commentary posted March 29, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Ruled By Bureaucrat

    President Obama opened the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House this year by saying it was a bittersweet moment: It would be his last time hosting it. The term “Easter egg” is also used to indicate little surprises hidden on a website or DVD menu. Of course, those surprises are pleasant and intended to be found. As the Obama administration approaches the end of its…

  • Commentary posted March 22, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Encouraging Real Change in Cuba

    It’s been over a year since the United States “normalized” relations with Cuba, making concessions that, supposedly, would encourage the island nation to become freer and more open. In light of President Obama’s visit, however, it’s clear that this policy has proven to be a failure. You would think that only by making concrete improvements in the lives of ordinary Cubans…

  • Commentary posted March 9, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Seeking Safe Spaces on Campus Report

    Once upon a time, a conservative speaker was invited to a university to speak. Although many liberals on campus disagreed with him, they listened to his speech and then asked questions, leading to a discussion that left everyone better informed about current issues. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. The reality, circa 2016, is this: The conservative speaker was…

  • Commentary posted February 26, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The EPA's Toxic Tailings

    Remember the Gold King mine spill in Colorado last August? Probably not. It was big news at the time, with pictures of people kayaking in the state’s Animas River, which had turned a kind of sickly yellow from a flood of toxic waste water accidentally dumped into it by the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s right — the EPA. The river had been contaminated not by a…

  • Commentary posted February 24, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Time to Budge on the Budget

    The year 2016 may well go down in history as the Year of the Fed-Up Voter. On issue after issue, too many of our elected officials refuse to make hard choices. They govern on autopilot, apparently hoping that some rousing speeches at election time will distract us. Take the federal budget. For years, it’s been ballooning out of control. Government has grown to an…

  • Commentary posted February 12, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Provocation

    For many years Korea has been known as “The Land of the Morning Calm.” Sunday, Feb. 7, I could have added a postscript: “The morning calm and the afternoon chaos.” I was sitting at Seoul’s magnificent Incheon International Airport, waiting to board my flight back home, when the news came that the Communist half of Korea — the so-called Democratic People’s Republic of…

  • Commentary posted February 2, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. America's Declining Economic Freedom

    When you think of the United States as being free, what comes to mind? The ability to speak your mind? To vote? To live and work where you please? Good answers, but there’s another kind of liberty that’s easily overlooked, although it affects nearly everything we do. I’m talking about economic freedom. How free are we to earn without being overtaxed and overregulated?…

  • Commentary posted January 26, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. In Search of Solutions

    Whether you’re liberal or conservative, it’s usually easy to say what you oppose. Both sides spend a good deal of time trying to shoot down policies from the other side. But do you know what you favor? It’s not enough to simply say “no” all the time. Yes, that’s an important function in our system of government. Opposing bad policies is part of the job. But only part.…

  • Commentary posted January 20, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Assimilation Nation No More

    America has always been a melting pot. We are a nation founded by people from all over the world who came here seeking a better life for themselves and their families. So why is immigration such a hot-button issue? To be sure, it has often been steeped in bitter controversy at various points throughout our history. Certain ethnic groups have bravely borne the brunt of…

  • Commentary posted January 7, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Taking a Closer Look at the Terrorist Threat

    A recent Gallup poll asked Americans to name the No. 1 issue facing the country. What do you suppose came out on top? Not the economy. Not health care. Not immigration. No, the issue that headed the list was terrorism. This hardly seems surprising in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. Yet that didn’t stop certain critics from dismissing this fear and…

  • Commentary posted December 16, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Climate Deal Worth a Small Degree of Success

    Figuring out what to make of the climate change talks recently held in Paris isn’t as easy as you might think. Talk about a confusing atmosphere. There was the positive: The Paris deal “establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis,” President Obama said. “I believe this moment can be a turning point for the world.” U.N. Secretary-General…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. No Change of Course, of Course

    Yes, Mr. President, it was "an act of terrorism." The Obama administration has been so ineffective in reacting to the threat from the Islamic State (also called ISIS and ISIL) that hearing the president use that phrase to describe the San Bernardino attack felt like a real breakthrough. Unfortunately for a nation anxious to avoid becoming home to the next…