Signs of Healing in Ferguson

We’ve had plenty of rhetorical villains since the fatal police shooting of a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, little more than grandstanders stirring up fear in vengeful tones. And we’ve had violence and looting, mostly by nonresidents taking advantage of a tragedy to enrich themselves. But we’ve had heroes, too, and, at the young man’s funeral, we had calls for engaged citizenship and a stop to community disruption.

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If Christians Don’t Vote, More Christians Will Be Persecuted

Mike Huckabee said on his show recently that only about 40 million of the 80 million evangelical Christians in America are even registered to vote. Only about half of those actually vote in presidential elections and only half of them, about 10 million, vote in midterms like the important election coming up Nov. 4. His numbers seem pretty accurate according to various sources, yet nearly 80% of Americans say they’re Christians. Continue reading

Innovative data tool could help GOP counter Dems’ targeting advantage

When, in the eyes of Democrats, President George W. Bush “stole” not one, but two presidential elections, the party did not stand idly by. Democrats came back unified, strong and –most importantly — with better research, messaging, and targeting. Continue reading

The most powerful weapon to fight poverty

My grandmother passed away a decade ago. Yet I can still remember her warm smile. She and most of my dad’s side of the family lived in a small village in East China. I first visited her back in 1983. By then, China had started limited economic reform for three years. People’s living standards had improved, but life in a village was still very hard. Continue reading

Education reform’s bridge to nowhere

Sigmund Freud’s classic definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over yet always expecting different results- seems not to have registered with American education reformers who endlessly propose look-alike standards and assessments they claim will really, really work this time. Continue reading

Government scrutiny of sermons should set off constitutional alarms

(Centennial Fellow) This week several news stories have covered a uniquely problematic situation in Houston, TX. Houston’s city officials subpoenaed sermons of local pastors who oppose an ordinance that provides certain protections for LGBT community members. The ordinance would ban discrimination against LGBT by businesses serving the public, private employers, housing, city employment and city contracting – including provision for transgender people who are denied access to a particular restroom to be able to file a discrimination complaint. 

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‘Flight of Eagle’ a primer for choosing against decline

(’76 Editor) How swiftly did the United States of America burgeon from a handful of settlements on the edge of a wilderness to its dominance today as a superpower bestriding the globe like no other in history? Consider a typical American Continue reading