Freedom Caucus Proposals

At Roll Call, Jim Saksa reviews how the Freedom Caucus is proposing to change Republican Conference rules and House rules. “Congress has been testing this speaker-dominant model for at least 30 years,” said Kevin Kosar, congressional scholar at the American Enterprise...

Reagan on Lincoln

  Today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  In 1987, President Reagan said: This is Lincoln’s greatest lesson, this lesson in liberty. He understood that the idea of human liberty is bound up in the very nature of our nation. He understood that...

Two Roads

Senator Mitt Romney last week: Depending on the outcome of several key races, the Republican Party could soon have control of one or both houses of Congress. Robert Frost and politics don’t really mix, but his famous allegory is apt: Two roads diverge before this...

Reagan on the Men in the Kremlin

On January 29, 1981, President Reagan described the leaders of the USSR.  His words still apply to Putin and company: Now, as long as they do that and as long as they, at the same time, have openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is what...

And the Courage and Civility Award Goes to…

Chloe Melas at CNN: Dolly Parton is the latest recipient of the Bezos Courage and Civility Award.  “Jeff [Bezos] and I are so proud to share that we have a new Bezos Courage and Civility Award winner — a woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and...

Technology and Community

Nathan Gardels at Noema: Democracy in its republican form is fundamentally about how diverse citizens within one community relate to each other through the institutions of self-government. And where there are interpersonal relations, there are ethics of communication...