At some point during their careers, every elected official must decide whether their principles will shape their politics, or their politics will shape their principles.
In my more than forty years in Washington, I have been involved in building more than one movement. There is a political mechanics involved that works pretty much the same way for any movement. Here, I want to share with you briefly how that mechanics of movement-building works.
A prominent Republican pollster's national survey of Democratic voters shows support stalled for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton while Sen. Barack Obama has come from nowhere and now looks like her only serious contender for the 2008 presidential nomination.
The top ten charitable gift ideas (linked) below prove that you can be ruthlessly demanding as a strategic donor and still get the warm fuzzies when you decide to give.
Last week, I was sorely disappointed that the House of Representatives failed to pass the most commonsense of bills – the Defense Spending Report Card Act.
It’s not unusual for us to host some high-profile guests at The Heritage Foundation. Congressmen, senators, cabinet secretaries and other officials pass through our halls almost daily, and it’s always an honor to welcome them. But we got a special treat recently when another kind of celebrity came to visit: Pat Boone.
I consider myself a solid, conservative Republican. Like many fellow Republicans, I was dismayed and disappointed with the Democrats' big showing in the midterm elections. I'm worried about the future of the country with people like Nancy Pelosi in leadership positions in Washington. But there is simply no excuse for politics when a man is fighting for his life.
Johns Hopkins University President William Brody (410-516-8068; email@example.com) recently wrote a column in response to the public outcry over his university’s handling of the now-infamous Hopkins Halloween controversy. His column evidences both a profound ignorance of constitutional principles and a profane indifference towards intellectual honesty.
Funny thing about the recent op-ed by Nawaf Obaid in The Washington Post outlining likely Saudi actions if the United States withdraws from Iraq: namely, that Saudis would both support Sunnis in Iraq (versus Shiites supported by Iran) and manipulate the oil market to "strangle" the Iranian economy.
Merry Christmas! I hope this letter finds you well. Congratulations on a successful first year as the president of the University of North Carolina system. Sometime I’ll have to ask you how this gig compares with your work as White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton.
So, in military lingo, a “situation report” (SITREP): Regarding Iraq, the past months have brought these developments. . .
Believe it or not, it's less than fourteen months until the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Thus, there's hardly a potluck dinner or a PTA meeting in either state that won't be graced by the presence of at least one would-be presidential candidate.
My guess, I told them, was that in the not so distant future senior elected offices --in the Congress, statehouses, and certainly the presidency-- would be very difficult to obtain for the young men of today who did not volunteered to come to the defense of their country after it had been attacked on 9/11.
One of the many bizarre recommendations in the recently released report from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group is the call to talk with Iran. A formal dialogue with the present Iranian leadership is, for a number of reasons, as misguided as it is amoral.
Hitherto, I have refrained from wading into the argument over whether we need more troops in Iraq because I am not a military expert and felt obliged to defer to what President Bush has consistently said was the stated belief of the generals in charge that no more were needed.
The report of the Iraq Study Group was eagerly awaited by many Americans, but no one was more thrilled to get it than staunch supporters of the Iraq war.
At first incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stumbled, trying to foist Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.) on the Democratic Caucus as its majority leader and the formerly impeached federal judge Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) on the nation as chairman of the Intelligence Committee.
This Christmas, while most Americans are looking for presents under the tree, the American Civil Liberties Union will be following their own hallowed holiday tradition: looking for scapegoats, under the guise of preserving liberty.
If enacted, the Fair Tax would eliminate: the federal individual income tax, alternative minimum tax, corporate and business taxes, capital gains tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes, and estate and gift taxes. These taxes would be replaced by a 23 percent sales tax on all goods and services sold at the retail level.
Imagine the progress Franklin D. Roosevelt might have made as commander-in-chief of American forces during the Second World War if only he could have had the benefit of advice from James Baker, Lee Hamilton and the other members of the Iraq Study Group.
Who are the bad guys in the Hanukah story? And who are the good guys? These are serious questions with serious consequences.
If you spend much time in bookstores, you'll appreciate that the nation is in no danger of running out of personal finance books. Most of these books are written by financial personalities with mediocre results. But crammed on the shelves along with these clunkers are some jewels.
Indeed Monday of this week was a memorial service at our Presbyterian church in which I was privileged to give a eulogy.
In America, Halloween costumes are hardly put away before Christmas decorations start appearing in stores. Christmas songs begin playing on the radio in November. Halls are decked with boughs of holly shortly after Thanksgiving. Then, on December 26, it all goes away.
Decided that you want to become more active in the conservative movement? Well, here are some suggested web sites you may find helpful.
Whether it involves providing backpacks filled with school supplies for kids in Macomb County, Michigan whose parents have low incomes to providing a married couple with a needed tank of gas so they could travel to their jobs, the Salvation Army is a continual provider of goods and services to many in need.
Somewhere along the way I also started wondering how a guy who flunked English four years in a row in high school managed to trick people into paying him large amounts of money to make fun of feminists and ride in limousines driven by registered Democrats.
The city government -- which recently considered letting people officially designate themselves a sex different from the one indicated by their anatomy -- has decided it cannot stand by as citizens exercise their own choices about eating trans fat.