The Progressives Are On The Wrong Side Of History

by Burt August 26, 2014

Who is “on the wrong side of history,” progressives or conservatives? Progressives often insist they are “on the right side of history,” but their ideas failed 100 years ago. Today, for example, progressives have opposed fracking and have halted the building of the Keystone Pipeline to bring cheaper oil from Canada through the United States. […]

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The New AP U.S. History Standards Earn a Grade of F

by Burt August 18, 2014

Sadly, the best and brightest of American high school students will be taking Advanced Placement (AP) United States history courses this fall. I say “sadly” because the AP committee has expanded its History Standards, which will guide the teaching of this course to millions of students in the fall and in years to come. These […]

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Why Do So Many Know So Little About History?

by Burt August 14, 2014

The problem starts in the schools, and with the content taught (or not taught). If, for example, most high school students today don’t know when the Civil War occurred, or why it occurred, how will they understand what it accomplished? The Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school are important because they attract the best […]

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Who Really Cares For the Poor?

by Burt August 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reported today (“Stimulus for Clunkers” Aug 6, p. A12) the financial and environmental failure of the president’s “Cash for Clunkers” program in 2009. It was touted as “very nearly the best possible countercyclical policy,” but instead it was costly and ineffective. Why do the good intentions of political do-gooders always seem […]

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The Disaster That Was World War I

by Burt July 28, 2014

One hundred years ago today, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia–which soon engulfed Europe in World War I. A complex system of alliances among the countries of Europe meant that dozens of governments had declared war within a few days. Sadly, the Great War, as it was then called, is not much remembered today. But it […]

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Let’s Celebrate Liberty!

by Anita July 15, 2014

Posted by Anita Folsom      The 4th of July has reminded us about the importance of our liberty in this wonderful country.  We have a long history of independence and personal initiative.  Our forebears didn’t look to government as the answer for all problems.  Instead, most individuals discovered solutions in the free market and prized […]

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Where Does President Obama Get His Ideas on the Constitution?

by Burt July 8, 2014

From the Progressives. And in particular from President Woodrow Wilson, who was president one hundred years ago. Wilson was the first president who explicitly attacked the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as well. Here’s the story. Before he was president, Professor Woodrow Wilson taught history and politics at Princeton. He admired the idea of […]

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Is Today ‘The Worst of Times?’

by Anita June 26, 2014

Posted by Anita Folsom “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the […]

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The Day Before D-Day: Leadership In Action

by Anita June 5, 2014

Posted by Anita Folsom Seventy years ago today–June 5, 1944–Dwight Eisenhower wrestled with the most important decision of his life.  He was Supreme Commander of the allied forces poised to invade Europe.  Hundreds of thousands of men were under his command, yet Eisenhower had to wait on a report from a weatherman before making a […]

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James Madison vs. Barack Obama

by Burt June 3, 2014

The scandal at the Veterans’ Administration highlights the differences between constitutionalists and progressives. Constitutionalists often see history as the story of how and why power is abused and people are oppressed. Constitutionalists believe in limited government because kings have almost always abused power. Liberty is best preserved when power is fragmented among different branches of […]

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