Entries by Stan Rasmussen

‘The Conservative Heart’

  Hmm, you’re thinking … the annual question: How to commemorate Bastille Day? Well, wonder no more: Swing by your favorite local bookstore today or go online and order a copy of The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America, by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute […]

Religious freedom event opens Monday at BYU

On Monday, July 6, through Wednesday, July 8, the BYU International Center for Law and Religious Studies will host their annual conference – Religious Freedom Annual Review: Fairness to All. The conference features important opinion leaders including Governor Gary Herbert, Utah State Senator J. Stuart Adams, Robin Fretwell Wilson, Alexander Dushku, W. Cole Durham Jr., […]

Liberty and eternal vigilance

  “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” – John Philpot Curran (1750-1817; Irish lawyer, judge and orator) Today, July 2, marks the 239th anniversary of the Second Continental […]

On the cusp of the Obamacare ruling

As the country anticipates the impending U.S. Supreme Court announcement of its decision in the King v. Burwell Obamacare lawsuit, journalist Katie Pavlich today provided an update on a key figure in the controversy. Over the past several years, Jonathan Gruber has made numerous statements regarding tax-credit subsidies on coverage purchased through federal exchanges that […]

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 […]