Tag Archives: Constitution

Jerry Bowyer: Toward a Principled Conservatism

There seems to be a verbal civil war of sorts brewing over control of the Republican Party, and like any civil war, it pits brother against brother. The Powerbrokers of the GOP establishment face off against the Populists: power vs. populism.

Let me suggest we follow another “P”—principles.

We should unite around the fundamental principles of constitutionalism and ordered liberty, not around any particular personality, nor around the donor class or the party apparatus. We should instead unite around the founding ideas of America. We should support candidates who support the constitution and are conservative—whatever their previous or current relationship with or assessment of President Trump.

Let’s have no loyalty tests other than the constitutional one. We conservatives rightly condemned purges and purity spirals from the left, so let’s not imitate the worst in our opponents.

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Albert Mohler: Renewing Our Commitment to Ordered Liberty

The American experiment is founded upon a presupposition, a prior commitment to an ordered liberty—an established order. That means policies, it means a covenant, in our case, it means a Constitution. As of right now, the U.S. Constitution is the longest surviving written constitution in human history.

It’s a remarkable document.

All of that came to the fore this past week in the violent events that interrupted the joint session of Congress to count the votes of the Electoral College.

At the end of the day on Wednesday, our constitutional order proved itself, once again, resilient. But that doesn’t take away any of the tragedy and the horror of what took place.

It was an enormous stress test on ordered liberty—a stress test brought on by the President of the United States.

It’s an opportunity for the right, the left, conservatives, liberals, all Americans, to repudiate political violence and reaffirm—once again—our commitment to ordered liberty.

It’s the American way.

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Albert Mohler: The Legacy of Attorney General William Barr

Attorney General William Barr has announced that he is resigning, effective December 23rd.

He will go down in history as both the 77th and the 85th Attorney General of the United States.

He was a very loyal attorney general—but it’s also clear that he got crosswise with President Trump.

Attorney General Barr is going to be known in history for his defense of religious liberty in the face of an in increasingly hostile secular culture.

In October of 2019, the Attorney General delivered an address at the University of Notre Dame. “The framers’ view,” he said, “was that free government was only suitable and sustainable for a religious people, a people who recognize that there was a transcendent moral order antecedent to both the state and man-made law.”

He’s referring to an enduring moral law that exists even before the US Constitution.

Those were fighting words from a sitting Attorney General.

Attorney General William Barr will be missed.

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Albert Mohler: Our Cultural Moment

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on religious liberty was a flashpoint—revealing much about our cultural moment.

A large number of leading voices on the left have condemned the ruling. But liberals in the United States used to defend the First Amendment and religious liberty.

Why not so much now?

The short answer is the LGBTQ revolution.

And it comes down to this: None of the rights related to the sexual revolution are enumerated—that is, explicitly guaranteed in the Constitution. Religious liberty, you note, is.

And the Supreme Court has sent a signal this it is not going to just willingly go along with the moral revolutionaries. The Court has not reversed the revolution, but it has at least put itself in the way.

And to its credit, it has at least said so, and said so boldly: Religious liberty is right there in the Constitution: It’s in the text.

Deal with it.

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Hugh Hewitt: A Divided Nation; A Free People

For more than a quarter-century, Thomas Ricks covered the U.S. military, first for the Wall Street Journal, then for The Washington Post. He’s now directed his talents on to the Framers who shaped the Constitution of this country and what shaped them in turn.

In his book “First Principles,” Ricks provides us the reading list that we’d have to undertake to get close to the Framers’ worldview. He’s not squeamish about their collective blindness to the evils of slavery. He does dive deep into their education.

Ricks reminds us that the original patriots, worked with what they had, compromised when they were obliged to, accepted defeats and moved on. They celebrated victories but with an understanding that they were always transient.

This entire election cycle has certainly reminded us that we are today a divided nation. Yes, we’ve seen violence, but nothing near the levels of 1966-68.

But we are a free people, and we’ll remain that next year, in 10 years and 100 more after that, if we just trust the guide that nature and nature’s God gave us.

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Albert Mohler: America on Election Day

America now goes to the polls, and more than 90 million citizens have already voted. We are participants in and witnesses to one of the greatest political achievements in the history of the world. America’s constitutional order continues—and it continues as the marvel of the world, the longest enduring government under a written constitution.

America’s voters exercise a rare privilege—to participate in choosing our own national leaders, charting our own national future, planting the flag of liberty in the soil of America once again.

So much is at stake, and we know it. Feelings run high because the issues are real. And so we vote, and so we pray.

May God grant his grace on America this Election Day. As Longfellow said, “Sail on, O ship of state. Sail on.” Indeed.

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Michael Medved: Campaign Finance Reform: Washed Away in a Tidal Wave of Money

In the midst of all the sound and fury of the campaign, you may not have noticed that Democrats have entirely abandoned one of their favorite issues of the past two decades.

In 2020, you hear nothing about campaign finance reform, or long-standing liberal hopes of limiting citizens and companies in supporting their favorite causes.

As recently as 2012, Obama, Hillary and other prominent liberals spoke of amending the Constitution to strike down the Citizens United case that made it easier for corporations to participate in ongoing public debates.

Why have Democrats dropped that point of view?

Because Joe Biden has uncorked a gusher of money—breaking all records, outspending Trump by more than three to one on TV ads in key swing states. Four years ago, Hillary also outspent Trump but lost the election.

Biden’s runaway spending should strip Democrats of any ongoing ability to attack their opponents for trying to “buy” elections.

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