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  • Commentary posted June 21, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Defeating the Next Strain of Terrorism

    It's been only 15 years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But when you look at how the terrorist threat has evolved since then, it seems as if a century or more has gone by. Things have been changing — fast. And if our response doesn't change, and just as quickly, we're practically begging for trouble. Not another Sept. 11, necessarily — but another Orlando. Another…

  • Commentary posted June 15, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why 'Brexit' Makes Sense

    Full disclosure: I'm an Anglophile. In other words, I admire all things British. Well, almost all things: British cooking isn't always great, and the weather can be miserable, but when it comes to the basics — a commitment to the rule of law, punching above its weight in the world community, standing up for traditional values and individual liberty going back many…

  • Commentary posted June 9, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Blueprint for Balance

    Which takes up a greater percentage of the federal budget — national defense or entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare? Even if you picked the right answer (entitlements), you may be surprised by the gap between the two. National defense accounts for 16 percent of the federal budget. Entitlements? 52 percent. Social Security alone dwarfs defense spending,…

  • Commentary posted June 1, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The Last Full Measure

    "The last full measure of devotion." That's what President Lincoln called the ultimate sacrifice as he dedicated the cemetery at Gettysburg in 1863. It's what Memorial Day is all about: remembering those who laid down their lives to defend their families, their friends, their country. They've done it in such great numbers over the years that the magnitude of it almost…

  • 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 25, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Pulling People from Poverty

    "Go roll up your sleeves and go find out what poverty is all about." You won't find many people on either side of the welfare debate willing to say that. But they probably aren't looking at the issue the same way Paul LePage is. Maine's governor, who has spearheaded one of the most remarkable welfare-reform initiatives of recent years, knows about poverty. A childhood…

  • 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 April 19, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Turning up the Heat on 'Climate Change Deniers'

    In the 1950s, it was: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” Today, it’s: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a climate change denier?” I’m not referring simply to the fact that it’s politically incorrect to question assertions of man-made global warming. That’s bad enough, but no — I mean that if some powerful individuals get their way,…

  • Commentary posted April 12, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Unleash the Power of Real Tax Reform

    Tax reform often seems like an elusive goal. But as we mark another Tax Day, conservatives should be pleased about where we are on this issue. We’ve come a long way in just a few years. The ideal tax reform would lower tax rates on families and businesses and establish a consumption tax base. A consumption base doesn’t necessarily mean a sales tax. It means any plan that…

  • Commentary posted April 6, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Standing up for Religious Liberty

    To see religious liberty under attack in the United States is disheartening — and more than a little ironic. This nation was founded, after all, by people seeking a land where they were free to live their faith without fear of persecution. Not simply to believe what they believe, mind you, but to live their faith. The freedom to keep your beliefs to yourself is no…

  • 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…