Tag Archives: David Davenport

David Davenport: We’re Number 45

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For nearly 50 years now, Freedom House has published its annual survey of the freest countries in the world. This year’s report contains some troubling news. First, with an increase in authoritarian regimes and populism, overall freedom in the world declined in the past year. Second, the United States, after...

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David Davenport: Civic Education To Save The Republic

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A recent report reminds us that if the future of the American republic is in question, doing a better job with civic education is the answer. The report for the “ Democracy at a Crossroads National Summit ” provides plenty of reasons for pessimism: people don’t trust their government, they don’t vote, they don’t take part...

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David Davenport: Free Speech Under Threat

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This summer, Commentary magazine published a forum on the question: Is free speech under threat in the United States? Ironically, in a country where the Constitution and the courts carefully protect free speech, many people do not feel free to speak freely. Why? Because of a smothering blanket of political correctness that...

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David Davenport: California’s Bully Federalism

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California’s travel ban, forbidding the expenditure of state money to travel to states that have policies they don’t like, is what I call bully federalism. You may remember federalism, the idea that state and local governments retain considerable power in our federal system. Under the 10th Amendment, states can fight...

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Davenport: Win or Lose, The ACA Has Federalized Health Care

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No matter how the efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare turn out, I’m sorry to say that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has federalized health care forever. It has changed the conversation so that, instead of debating whether the federal government should or constitutionally may take over health care, we...

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David Davenport: Free Speech Under Threat

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This summer, Commentary magazine published a forum on the question: Is free speech under threat in the United States? Ironically, in a country where the Constitution and the courts carefully protect free speech, many people do not feel free to speak freely. Why? Because of a smothering blanket of political...

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David Davenport: The Future Of Freedom

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A new survey by the Fund for American Studies reminds us that millennials do not understand economics. The same group that does not know basic civics—such as who their senator is or whether Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court—also doesn’t get how free markets work. While 60% of millennials...

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David Davenport: Tax Reform Should Not Increase The National Debt

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This is David Davenport of the Hoover Institution for Townhall.com. One more dilemma for our leaders in Washington is that we desperately need tax reform, but we can’t afford to increase the national debt. The debt is already large and growing. Our leaders say it’s nearly $15 trillion, but that...

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David Davenport: There Is A Trump Doctrine: America First

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For journalists and academics searching to find a Trump Doctrine in foreign policy, it’s right in front of you. It’s called: America First. And what it means is putting America’s national interest in the center of our foreign policy decision-making. It’s not the George W. Bush exporting democracy philosophy, it’s...

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David Davenport: Trump’s First Hundred Days: Doing What He Promised

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Since Franklin Roosevelt, presidents have been evaluated at the end of a hundred days.  Donald Trump drafted his own report card in a campaign speech last fall, saying what he would do in his first hundred days. And here’s the surprising thing:  he’s doing what he said. •    Appoint judges...

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David Davenport: Why Hasn’t International Law Stopped Chemical Weapons in Syria?

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Where is international law when you need it? The Syrian government has again used chemical weapons on its own people, despite signing the international convention banning chemical weapons as well as a specific agreement to destroy them. So why is this still happening? It’s one thing for countries to sign...

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David Davenport: Young People Robbed Of Individualism

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America used to be a land of “rugged individualism.” People came to this country so that the key decisions about their lives would no longer be made by kings and queens, or the church, or their social class, but rather for themselves. Individual freedom was promised by the Declaration of...

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