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  • Commentary posted June 30, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. ‘We the People’

    “We the People.” We’ve heard that phrase so often it’s easy to overlook its significance. But as we mark our nation’s birthday, we should take a moment to ask ourselves: What is the role of the people? Our nation is unique because of its universal founding principles. At the heart of these principles is the belief that people are free by nature and possess inherent…

  • Commentary posted June 24, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The empty ‘marketplace of ideas’

    Americans take justifiable pride in their right to free speech. People may be muzzled by their government in places such as Cuba and North Korea, but not here. You can say what’s on your mind without fear of prosecution. But can you do so without fear of persecution? More and more, it seems, the answer is no. Say the “wrong” thing, and the Outrage Police swarm you. Do we…

  • Commentary posted June 17, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Saluting a ‘Great Charter’ of liberty

    It won’t be long before Americans all across the country are celebrating our great national birthday. And we won’t do so quietly. “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty,” John Adams, our second president, wrote of July 4. “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells,…

  • Commentary posted June 9, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Showing the Ex-Im Bank the exit

    Congress does two things well: nothing and overreact. Well, I have some good news: Doing nothing when it comes to the Ex-Im Bank is exactly what we need right now. That’s because the charter for the Export-Import Bank, which provides taxpayer-backed loans to foreign countries and companies to pay for U.S. products, is set to expire June 30. To get rid of this poster…

  • Commentary posted June 3, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Minimum wage, maximum hypocrisy

    Utterly shameless. There really is no other way to describe what some unions are trying to pull when it comes to the minimum wage. The issue, of course, has been in the news quite a bit lately, especially in Los Angeles, with supposedly incensed workers waving their “Fight for 15” placards. It’s all perfectly packaged for the media, an alleged David versus Goliath…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The last full measure of devotion

    “If you can read this, thank a teacher,” begins a saying you can find on T-shirts and bumper stickers. “If you can read it in English, thank a veteran.” It seems particularly fitting to recall that sentiment on Memorial Day. Especially this year, as we mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War…

  • Commentary posted May 13, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Ruled by rules

    Say you got a recall notice for your car. You’d naturally be alarmed, especially after reading that the problem involved Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208 — “Occupant Crash Protection.” Is something wrong with the brakes? The air bags? The seat belts? Nope. You know the airbag warning label on the sun visor? It might peel. That’s why you have to bring your…

  • Commentary posted May 6, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A sour decision over ‘Sweet Cakes’

    When author Nat Hentoff wrote a book about censorship in the 1990s, he called it “Free Speech for Me — But Not for Thee.” The point, of course, was to underscore how easy it is for people on both sides of the political aisle to lapse into doing the very thing they criticize. They want the benefit of certain freedoms even as they deny them to others. Take the case of…

  • Commentary posted May 5, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Fallout from a bad deal with Iran

    Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, whenever Americans seem especially polarized over a controversial issue, you hear pundits recall how united we’d became in the aftermath of that vicious attack. Why, they ask, can’t we be like that again? A big part of the reason, frankly, is a lack of leadership at the top level. The tone set by President Obama and his team as they deal with…

  • Commentary posted April 22, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Recovering ‘Our Lost Constitution’

    Finding Americans fed up with governmental abuses isn’t hard. They wonder why we have politicians who spend too much, bureaucrats who regulate too much, and officials who limit our freedom at almost every turn. The answer, I believe, is mostly rooted in ignorance. They’ve either forgotten what they once knew about the U.S. Constitution and the clear, necessary limits…

  • Commentary posted April 15, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Achieving true tax reform

    Getting Americans to agree on anything isn’t easy. So let’s hand it to our tax code. When asked in a recent survey to rate it, only 5 percent of the public said it’s “working just fine.” When 95 out of every 100 Americans say you’ve got a problem, well — you’ve got a problem. Even Congress averaged a 15 percent job approval rating last year, according to Gallup. It…

  • Commentary posted April 8, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Getting religious freedom right

    “They won’t go to Indiana, but they will go to Saudi Arabia.” That’s Carly Fiorina speaking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and his well-publicized opposition to Indiana’s religious freedom law. Mrs. Fiorina, a former CEO herself, was underscoring what she quite rightly views as hypocrisy. Here Mr. Cook is, excoriating Indiana lawmakers for protecting the freedom of business…

  • Commentary posted April 1, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Muzzling the marketplace of ideas

    “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” The words of the First Amendment couldn’t be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate. Actually, I should amend that (no pun intended). These words would be the subject of debate — if debate were permitted. But these days, apparently,…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Breaking the budget

    Let’s say you were a financial adviser, and a family came to you with the following situation. They make the median family income in the United States — $52,000. But last year they spent $61,000. That’s right, $9,000 more than they’re making, and it all went on the family credit card. That’s bad enough, but then you find out they already have $311,000 in debt. Would you…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. When critics are viewed as traitors

    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Why? Because 47 Republican senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and…