The Case for Limited Government

By Lee H. Hamilton It has been 35 years since Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural speech as President — the one in which he said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Over
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On Voting … And Not

By Lee H. Hamilton The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, (more...)

They’re Off and Running

By Lee H. Hamilton The presidential election is 16 months away, but already we’re smack in the middle of the usual media scrum of campaign coverage, prognostication, and strategizing by many of us who have nothing much to do with the real campaigns. I’ve been following the rhetoric of both parties, and there are (more...)

Congress Says, “War Powers? What War Powers?”

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation’s ongoing war against Islamic militants. “The silence of Congress in the midst of this war is cowardly and shameful,” he said. (more...)

Integration Is The Open Secret To Deradicalization

Alon Ben-Meir Dominique Bons shows a photo of her son Nicolas, a young convert to Islam who has died fighting in Syria. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau One of the most troubling developments resulting from the escalation of violent extremism in the Middle East is the rise in the number of Muslims from the West (more...)

Money and Politics: We Need Change Now!

By Lee H. Hamilton I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. The people who matter most to a representative democracy — the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to (more...)

Iran, Not ISIS, Is The Real Menace

By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir Whereas the international focus today is on how to counter violent extremism, which is behind many of the violent conflicts sweeping the Middle East, the real destabilizing power and sponsor of terrorism in the region and beyond is Iran. Unlike violent extremists and religious fanatics such as (more...)

Black History Month?….who needs it!?

By Pastor Joseph L Green http://www.theconservativepundit.net/meet-the-pundits/joseph-green/ Why do we still have to talk about race? Aren’t we all just Americans? These are some of the many utterances that come up every time “Black History Month” comes around. Black History month is something that many people think should just go away. In (more...)

“Looking Forward by Looking Back”

The leadership of the new Congress is under pressure to show Americans that they can be successful. Let’s hope they consider “success” to include avoiding the bad habits of the past. By Lee H. Hamilton With the 114th Congress just underway, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, (more...)

Lee Hamilton: The Summer of Our Discontent

By Lee H. Hamilton Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the (more...)

The Lesson Congress Should Learn from the VA Scandal

By Lee H. Hamilton Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of Congress. Finally, major reform bills get introduced, debated, then put (more...)

What Our Country Needs From the Press?

By Lee H. Hamilton These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for (more...)

Author Robert Service on “Putin’s Czarist Folly”

This article was originally published in the New York Times on April 6, and is republished on the web-site america.gov  by permission for three months only. © 2014 The New York Times. All rights reserved. By Robert Service Oxford, England — Russian school textbooks praise Peter the Great as an industrialized (more...)

There’s an Alternative to the Imperial Presidency

By Lee H. Hamilton In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities. He insisted he intends to act with or without Congress, and listed well over a dozen actions (more...)

Flood Insurance Act is Washing Away the American Dream

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty D-Lackawanna www.pahouse.com/Haggerty The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 is quite possibly destroying the American Dream to own a home. Locally, I am investigating several problems with flood insurance that are essentially forcing families in supposed flood zones to pay ridiculously high premiums in order to even (more...)

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