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Forget reading the bill after you pass it — now Senate Democrats want to pass a bill that doesn’t exist! Taking their abuse of the legislative process to new heights, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) did something that no one learned on Schoolhouse Rock: he held a vote on nothing. Just …

After the Biden administration failed to meet its target of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4, the president suggested he may turn to drastic measures to boost vaccination rates, including sending people “door-to-door — literally knocking on doors.” The remark earned swift criticism. Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) tweeted, “BIG …

I learned the word “entrepreneurship” when I was 12. I had just started my first business, and my mother informed me I was now an “entrepreneur.” I didn’t know what the word meant, but I liked the way it sounded. Even better, I liked having a business. I was selling …

Are fathers necessary? For all of recorded history, the need to explain why fathers are necessary would have been regarded as, well, unnecessary. It would have been like explaining why water, or air, is necessary. But we live at a time in which the obvious is routinely denied. There have …

For months, Americans were told to do what Dr. Anthony Fauci said. We shut down businesses and churches, locked up schools, and wore masks. Now, 800-pages of redacted emails later, the country’s finding out that the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases hardly believed a word …

Our contemporary American experience seems often Orwellian. We have a Congress that denies our Rights in the name of security. We have a judiciary that often denies the Constitution and violates it by asserting a power to make law. Many patriots have expended a great deal of energy this year …

Before the Constitution, America’s national government operated under the Articles of Confederation, which was a flawed document that went through numerous attempted fixes. In September 1786, delegates from five states met in the Annapolis Convention as part of these efforts. At the end of that convention, they called for a …

One of the most important differences between the Left and the Right is how each regards the role and the size of the government. The Left believes that the state should be the most powerful force in society. Among many other things, the government should be in control of educating …

The social contract of Life, Liberty, and Property, derived from the Bible and defined for us by famed philosopher John Locke, is the legal foundation to a free society. Without it, a free society falters into corruption, tyranny, despair, and eventually failure. The perversion and abuse of this social contract …

John Locke’s writings did much to inspire the American Revolution. A number of times throughout history, tyranny has stimulated breakthrough thinking about liberty. This was certainly the case in England with the mid-17th-century era of repression, rebellion, and civil war. There was a tremendous outpouring of political pamphlets and tracts. …