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Boston Shows America’s Goodness

Boston Shows America’s Goodness

As our heads reel with news of the death of one Boston bomber and capture of his brother–as our emotions surge and sink, from joy to heartbreak, from relief to righteous anger–let us pause to remember something important here, now. The story of the Boston Marathon bombing has been gripping news. Americans across the country have been glued to their tvs, radios, and computers, trying...

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The Wit of Alexander “Publius” Hamilton

The Wit of Alexander “Publius” Hamilton

When the new Constitution was proposed to the American people in September, 1787, its critics came out swinging. Those opposed to the Constitution — and they were many, they were loud, and they were not stupid — adopted Roman pseudonyms in their pamphlets such as Brutus, Cato, etc. Why Roman? Because Rome was longest living republic in history, and everyone at that time was studying...

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Boston Marathon Massacre

Boston Marathon Massacre

I just heard news of the explosions in Boston. I know of no better way to describe such a thing than shameful cowardice. It was a terrible wrong, and my heart goes out to all who were hurt and the many more affected. Before we begin wringing our hands, however, at the political use of this event that will be made — and it will — let us be prepared to respond intelligently. Making...

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The Problem with Slavery in America

The Problem with Slavery in America

It might sound strange at first, but the problem of slavery in America best reveals America’s goodness. Throughout history, slavery was a common practice that few, if any, thought to condemn — much less try to end. But in America, slavery became a problem, one that would not go away without unprecedented bloody sacrifice. This fact alone tells us much about the goodness of...

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2nd Amendment and the Freedom Recipe

2nd Amendment and the Freedom Recipe

After a century of “progressive” and “New Deal” political thought and policies, the Constitution has lost much of its authority in American government, law, and public life. As a nation, we still seem to adhere to select parts of the Constitution — such as the requirement to hold elections for Congressional offices and the Presidency — though it’s not easy to discern a...

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Krannawitter on Alexander Hamilton

Krannawitter on Alexander Hamilton

I’m announcing a special lecture the evening of April 11, 2013. The location will be the Independence Institute. The subject will be Alexander Hamilton. The speaker will be yours truly. The annals written by historians have been less than kind to Hamilton. Sure, Hamilton had his faults and his failings. He was no angel. He was thoroughly human, very imperfect. But this is precisely what...

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