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Constitutional Marriage

What role, if any, does the government play in marriage? According to recent jurisprudence, civil marriages must not discriminate on the basis of sex, and all legally obtained marriages, hetero- or homosexual, must be treated by the state as equally valid and binding....

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A Quick Guide to the Left-Right Ideological Spectrum

In many political conversations, you'll hear the terms “right” and “left” tossed around to refer to a person, group, or movement's general attitudes toward governmental policy. But what do they mean? It can be confusing, mostly because people have intentionally made...

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Becoming American: The Moment Identity is Born

In 1754, a young Lieutenant Colonel George Washington led an ambush against a French-Canadian patrol in Pennsylvania. Washington won the Battle of Jumonville Glen with ease -- the first conflict of the French-Indian War. Facing off against French soldiers, French...

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Herrod and Kennedy Lost. Did We Learn Anything?

In a staggering yet not at all stunning turn of events in Utah's GOP primaries on Tuesday, Mitt Romney and John Curtis obliterated their respective opponents, Mike Kennedy and Chris Herrod, each earning approximately 75% of the vote. As I say, each was a staggering...

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Modern Republicans are the Whigs of 1850

George Washington preached against a party system, but he couldn't avoid it for long. Only halfway through his first presidential term, the Federalists were born under Alexander Hamilton and John Adams. Rising to meet them were the Republicans, led by James Madison...

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The Case for Any Government at All: A Prequel

Earlier this week, Jacob Hibbard posted an article in which he sought to explain why a constitutional limited government is fully justified in appropriating your property through force in the form of taxation. After all, a collective body cannot possess rights that...

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