Entries by Stan Rasmussen

The vulnerability of religious tolerance in the U.S.

Last Thursday, June 11, Senator Mike Lee delivered a significant and timely address in Washington, D.C. In Conserving Religious Liberty For All he said: …at this moment in our nation’s history, … cherished American ideals are being questioned, and in some cases threatened, as never before. Today I would like to discuss the challenges and […]

The freeborn mind

The annual ceremonies for college and university graduates have just concluded. In addition to a welcome harvest of newly minted academic survivors, the season again produced a bumper crop of commencement addresses – some entertaining, some inspiring and some not so. One that stands out among the highlights, and well worth taking a few minutes […]

Sage and timeless words of John Adams

  Though official commemoration of the birth of our American Republic is still a month away, it is not too soon to reflect again on insights of the Founders. Today, some of the sage and timeless words of John Adams. A signer and co-author of the Declaration of Independence, Adams twice served the newly formed […]

‘Go make some unlikely friends’

Last week, Sutherland’s radio commentary highlighted the recent article “How the Illiberal Left Uses Silencing Tactics,” by political analyst and commentator Kirsten Powers. The expanding acclaim for this “searing and courageous indictment of the growing intolerance of the American left” by Powers – a proud liberal in the Jeffersonian tradition – is a commentary by […]

Making the world safe for diversity

In one of his hallmark addresses, delivered in 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed,  [L]et us not be blind to our differences – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we […]

The ‘Miracle in Philadelphia’ begins

Two hundred twenty-eight years ago today, on May 14, 1787, delegates from the American states first began arriving in Philadelphia for a convention to compose the U.S. Constitution. The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the Articles of Confederation. Because the delegations from only […]

Obergefell v. Hodges: further commentary on historic case

In one of the most significant and potentially impactful issues the U.S. Supreme Court will consider this term and likely for several years, oral arguments were presented last week, April 28, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case. Initially heard by a federal district court in Ohio, the case was appealed to the Sixth […]

Good servant, onerous master

A few weeks ago, the respected Utah Policy Daily online journal published an article wherein author Bob Bernick discussed a recent UPD/Dan Jones poll about the degree of trust citizens have in the different levels of government. About a third of all Utahns say the federal government affects their lives the most, Jones found. But, […]