Doug Wilson

Americans move fast. We dream, plan, and build all in the blink of an eye. At times, our pursuit of progress consumes us; we get so caught up with making things bigger or better that we forget about making things right. Funny thing about progress though, it doesn’t mean much unless you’re going in the right direction.

Are we going in the right direction?

Well, no. But the good news is we can right the course by getting back to basics - by asking questions about the proper role of government in America. That’s why I teamed up with my good friend Ed Feulner, President of The Heritage Foundation, to write a book called Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today.

Our blueprint is simple: six practical questions that every citizen and every policymaker should be asking and answering about every government action or policy that comes up for discussion. A quick overview of the questions:

1. Is it the government’s business?
2. Does it promote self-reliance?
3. Is it responsible?
4. Does it make America more prosperous?
5. Does it make us safer?
6. Does it unify us?

Over the coming weeks, I will be writing columns addressing these six questions. We’ll begin at the top—because it’s no coincidence that 'Is it the government’s business?' is number one on our list.


Most Americans don’t expect the federal government to stay altogether out of their lives. Simply put, we accept that there are certain things that the federal government should and must do.

As conservatives we think those "shoulds and musts" are important, but few: primarily, providing for the common defense and providing the basic infrastructure necessary for interstate commerce.

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson is the the co-author, with Edwin Feulner, of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today.

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