Crossroads

For America

 

Challenges and opportunities in renewing our republic

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Introduction

BY WILLIAM S. MORRIS III

America is at a crossroads. We must face as many fundamental and fateful decisions as we have in more than a century.

What kind of country are we? What kind of government should we have – and how much should it do for us? What is the nature of our relationship to our government, and to each other? What is America’s role in the world?

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Capitalism

BY MICHAEL RYAN

There’s a lot of buying and selling that goes on in the free market. Yet the one thing the free market can’t seem to sell these days is itself.

As demonstrated dramatically in the odd and chaotic “Occupy” movement of a few years ago, a lot of folks just aren’t buying the benefits of capitalism these days. Young people in particular are a tough sell – even as they hold a Starbucks latte in one hand while they tweet their anti-capitalist rage on their smartphone. No irony there.

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National Debt

BY MIKE CLARK

American households understand debt. Too much of it can put you in the poorhouse.

On a national scale, however, debt is less easy to understand. Can’t the nation just print more money? Even on a national scale, however, too much debt can hurt America.

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Entitlements

BY DAMON CLINE

You may not be around after 2033. But your children and grandchildren probably will.

And they likely will wish you and your peers had done something to fix the nation’s decades-old entitlement programs – Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Taxation

BY DAMON CLINE

Income taxes are one aspect of federal law every American has dealt with personally.

The topic was no doubt on the minds of voters in November as they chose the candidate who pledged to overhaul the U.S. tax code – which many rightly criticize as being needlessly complex, difficult to administer and unjust in how it rewards and punishes economic behaviors.

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Economy/Jobs

BY DAMON CLINE

If the past eight years taught America anything about Washington’s ability to cook up economic growth, it’s that the best recipe is no recipe at all.

Most jobs and wealth could have been created after the Great Recession had Washington done nothing. Instead, misguided intervention helped make the recession recovery the longest since the 1960s.

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Health Care

BY MIKE CLARK

Americans live in an era of technological wonders that couldn’t even be imagined generations ago.

The increasing power of computers puts all of the world’s information in the palm of a hand. Nowhere are the changes more dramatic than in the medical field.

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Government Dependence

BY DAMON CLINE

Are we winning the war yet? Is victory even possible?

Those are questions about the ongoing “War on Poverty” Americans should ask before allowing Washington to continue dumping money into welfare programs that simply do not work.

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Law And Order

BY MICHAEL RYAN

Law and order is among the most popular genres on television. In real life, it’s not so popular these days.

There was arguably a war on law enforcement the past year, fueled by a particular handful of killings of black men by police in the past three years.

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Separation Of Powers

BY MICHAEL RYAN

Have you ever thought about how absolutely crucial certain constitutional provisions are to your own life?

We often take freedom of speech and religion for granted, though they are always under assault. And everyone knows, by now, our constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure, self-incrimination and more.

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Founding Principles

BY HEATHER MARTIN

I hear a lot of talk about the disunity of the American people.

The election cycle we just went through, and the reaction to the outcome, just keeps sending that point home.

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Immigration/
Border Security

BY MIKE CLARK

America is a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of laws.

The estimated 11 million immigrants who are here outside the legal immigration system is a challenge to everything this nation stands for.

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America’s Role
in the World

BY Dr. Craig Douglas Albert

The United States is an exceptional country – imagined from philosophical republics of theoretical history.

It was designed as the exemplar republic: a shining city on the hill of hope in the midst of decaying regimes in the “graveyard of history.”

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Foreign Policy

BY Michael Ryan

“I am very optimistic about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration.” – Vice President Joe Biden, in 2010

In Iraq and in Syria, as in Libya, where the unofficial Obama Doctrine was written – “leading from behind” – America’s foreign policy is in tatters today.

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China

BY DAMON CLINE

President Donald Trump has said that China’s economic treatment of America is akin to personal assault.

“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country,” he told an Indiana crowd in May. “That’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.”

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Cybersecurity

BY MICHAEL RYAN

Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks were actual assaults on our homeland, acts of war in which thousands of people died.

But while nothing can hold a candle to the physical devastation wrought by enemy bombs and hijacked airliners, the fact is we are under cyberattack every day in this country – in fact, by some estimates, as many as 500,000 times each day, at a potential cost of $2 trillion by the year 2019.

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Energy

BY DAMON CLINE

America’s preeminence in the world is partly because of its plentiful natural resources – and its ability to use them.

But never in American history has an administration made it so onerous and politically unpopular to tap its own wealth.

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Civility

BY MICHAEL RYAN

In this very special 24-page section, which is about renewing our republic, we’re exploring the biggest challenges facing America today. But none might be bigger than civility – or the lack thereof.

If we can’t treat each other with respect, dignity and civility, after all, then how are we going to even discuss all our challenges and opportunities? Yet, increasingly, it seems we can’t.

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Media

BY MICHAEL RYAN

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Our Founders knew the critical importance of a free press to a free people. That’s why, through the First Amendment, they protected the press from government intervention.

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Civics

BY MICHAEL RYAN

“Most of us don’t understand the idea of self-government enough to be properly astonished by it.” – Eric Metaxas, author of ‘If You Can Keep It’

We absolutely need to be astonished by the idea of self-government – or we may soon lose it.

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America’s Identity

BY MICHAEL RYAN

We should be amazed at the rise of Bernie Sanders. We should also be alarmed.

A plug on Amazon.com for his book ‘Our Revolution’ recalls that the presidential candidate was “just an Independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment.”

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