Doubting Thomas

A newsletter of political relationships

Setting a New Course in Steamboat, August 23

How often do you hear: “We only preach to the choir!” After six decades of conservatism, is government bigger or smaller? Is the Constitution even relevant to our politics and policies today? Freedom lovers everywhere are frustrated by the answers to these questions. Yet the temptation is strong to do more of the same. It’s familiar. It’s what we know. But it’s not working. THE PATH...

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Freedom Needs Hearts, Not Charts

Numbers move few souls. Numbers don’t sway the human heart. THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT The modern freedom movement—by which I mean the conservative and libertarian push against growing government regulatory power, government redistribution of wealth, and the diminishing individual and entrepreneurial freedom that necessarily follows—has been in motion for six decades. But it has failed to move...

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Declaration of Independence: Radical Then and Now

Declaration of Independence: Radical Then and Now

As we sip beer and watch fireworks this 4th of July, think of all the freedoms we enjoy: The freedom to speak our mind, to pray in a church we choose or not pray at all, to keep what we produce, to vote fellow citizens into or out of government office. No people ever have enjoyed the freedoms Americans have. Further, think of all the good Americans have accomplished. They instituted the first...

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Republican Long-Term Strategy Looks Like Déjà vu All Over Again

Conservative Republicans seem to have come to the strategy, at least in speech, that progressives figured out a century ago: the key to advancing one’s agenda is long-term political investments and infrastructure that change the culture and inform public opinion, not short-sighted support for this campaign here, that ballot initiative there. But have Republicans actually adopted the strategy...

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Where Are We, and Where Should We Go?

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.” So said Abraham Lincoln as he opened his famous “House Divided” speech in 1858, drawing upon an ancient notion of prudence found in the works of Aristotle. So say I in this opening issue of my newsletter, Doubting Thomas. This newsletter aims to serve several...

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