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  • 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…

  • Commentary posted December 1, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Making the Nation More Secure

    You'll find charts galore in the 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength, but two at the start of the detailed report are particularly troubling. One shows the overall state of our military. It's not "very strong" or even "strong," according to the foreign-policy experts who wrote the index, but "marginal" for all branches except one — the Army, which is rated as "weak."…

  • Commentary posted November 24, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Restoring a sense of gratitude

    Many Americans still believe in this nation's enduring principles. It's easy, alas, for our gratitude to become perfunctory — more something we say than something we feel. But take it from someone who has traveled to many countries: A look at what some people around the globe endure can make your appreciation genuine. Examples abound, but consider this item from The…

  • Commentary posted November 17, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Caving in to crybullies

    Millions of people worldwide were horrified to learn that Paris had been attacked by terrorists. But some supporters of the student protests at the University of Missouri had a unique reason for their dismay: outrage over what had happened in France was taking the spotlight off their grievances. "Wow, all this ruckus on the news and on social media about Paris in…

  • Commentary posted November 10, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A renewed call for Senate civility

    It's billed as "the world's greatest deliberative body." But at a time when public polls routinely place the popularity of federal lawmakers in single digits, it's time to ask: What happened to the U.S. Senate? That's a question that has troubled many, both inside and outside of Washington, for a long time. The dysfunction has reached such a low that a freshman…

  • Commentary posted November 3, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The declining state of the U.S. military

    It seems fitting that the Heritage Foundation released its latest Index of U.S. Military Strength just before Halloween. It makes for some scary reading. It's easy to assume that our military will always be prepared to not only defend our shores, but to protect our allies and interests worldwide. Indeed, to suggest otherwise might seem unnecessarily pessimistic.…

  • Commentary posted October 27, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Environmental Protection Army?

    Even those of us who have worked in Washington for many years and become accustomed to the inner workings of government can still be amazed by what lurks behind the curtain sometimes. Case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency. Most Americans have at least heard of the EPA, even if they have only a dim notion of what the agency actually does. It tends to skate…

  • Commentary posted October 20, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A heated debate over climate change continues

    Debate. It's the hallmark of an open society. We may hold different points of view on a certain topic, but we can express those views freely, without fear of repercussions. Unless, that is, you dare to question the idea of man-made global warming. That, apparently, puts you beyond the pale. You can insist the 1969 Apollo moon landing was staged, or that 9/11 was an…

  • Commentary posted October 15, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Nurturing a Crucial Alliance

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye is in Washington this week as the third of President Obama’s summit trifecta with Northeast Asian leaders. She has the opportunity to address growing regional security challenges and reassert an important Korean role on the world stage. When I attended President Park’s inauguration in 2013, I stated that I had “every confidence…

  • Commentary posted October 13, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. When cops steal from innocent civilians: Civil forfeiture undermines the justice system

    Not many people make a habit of carrying large amounts of cash around. After all, thieves could steal it. How ironic, then, that a growing threat to your money is the people you’d call if your money was stolen: the police. And all because of a little-known law-enforcement tool known as civil forfeiture. It allows police departments to keep the proceeds from whatever…