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The challenge to presidents or presidential candidates is to show how strong convictions remain reconcilable with prudence and the democratic process, so that when chief executive, he or she will not be an imperial, tyrannical executive but a republican one. Even if the Frank Underwoodization of government and the presidency seems inevitable, studying our great statesmen-presidents of old ought to encourage us.
Lincoln himself noted in his Farewell Address of February 11, 1861, as he left Springfield to become president in Washington, that he went “to assume a task more difficult than that which devolved upon Washington.” The words might sound pompous to our ears today, but they were only the blunt but accurate assessment of the challenge he faced — indeed, the greatest challenge ever to face an American statesman.
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With the enormous problems faced in securing their borders and monitoring who is coming and going as Daesh explicitly targets Europe, temporarily suspending Schengen seems a wise move. It would give European countries and the US time to strengthen security measures while slowing the influx of refugees.
A recent investigation found that our border agents are being bribed by drug cartels and human trafficking groups. US Customs and Border Patrol needs to do more to find and fire compromised agents. If the union resists, Congress must empower CBP to fire agents without union interference.
January 30 marks the fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Buckley v. Valeo, a case challenging the constitutionality of every significant provision of the post-Watergate campaign finance “reform” law. Undoubtedly, the struggle to preserve a free political system will continue for as long as the republic lasts, but Ralph Winter — and AEI — will deserve a full measure of credit for protecting the First Amendment.
European countries are fighting a two-front sovereignty fight: an external one with the EU and an internal one with culturally dissimilar migrants, with the two fights increasingly interconnected in a potentially toxic brew. The key issue for them and for America is this: will immigrants and their progeny see themselves as citizens of their adopted countries or will they remain loyal to the places from which they came?
Is America smart enough? In his new book, Hive Mind: How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own, economist Garett Jones explores the important role of national IQ in creating national prosperity. I recently sat down with him to discuss how exactly a country’s cognitive firepower translates into a better economy