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Upstairs into the Plague

I was driving into work this morning and I hit the traffic jam. Every morning at about 6:30 am the traffic begins to back up on the highway leading into my medical center. It’s the morning shift — hundreds of nurses and clerks and aides and orderlies and housekeepers bleary-eyed and guzzling Starbucks and they wait to enter the parking Read More ›

The 2020 Census is Here and it’s Counting on You!

In mid-March you will receive a letter from the US Government preparing you to reply to the 2020 Decennial Census. Therewith starts a large series of changes, from numbers for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives to the allocation of $1.5 Trillion in federal aid to states and localities. The 2020 Census also will give us a new Read More ›

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Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

When frustrated by election results, it’s useful to remember why it’s hard to live with politicians but even harder to live without them. Bruce K. Chapman’s Politicians: The Worst Kind of People to Run the Government, Except for All the Others offers warm wit seasoned with some sharp-edged anecdotes. He reminds us that “a good political life, in the spirit of the Constitution, aims at a ‘more perfect union,’ not a perfect one.” Read More ›
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Is America on a Slippery Slope Toward Becoming a Banana Republic?

Who would have ever thought the United States could lose its way and find itself on a slippery slope to becoming a banana republic in which political power is typically determined by coups rather than elections? But it appears many in the Democratic Party are willing to go down this road and risk the nation’s continuity and stability in a desperate effort to regain power and control. Since there is simply no greater crime against the United States, its Constitution and its people than subverting the government that is duly elected by the people, Americans need to clearly remind Washington that the legitimacy of our government comes exclusively from the people. Think about it... why should Democrats in Congress be ignoring their legislative responsibilities and wasting their time and the nation’s scarce resources with impeachment proceedings less than a year away from the next presidential election? And why would Democrats think impeachment a wise course to follow, particularly after putting the country through nearly two years of the Mueller investigation? Read More ›
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Dreading the Coming Gloom? Blame Congress For Not Making Daylight Saving Time Permanent

It’s already too late to fix the clock this year. Congress has failed to pass legislation to allow states to stay on permanent daylight saving time. On Nov. 3, we return to tiresome old Standard Time. Some people like that, but most don’t. Last spring the cause of permanent daylight saving time seemed bright. State after state asked Congress for permission to enact the change. California voters in a November, 2018, referendum supported it 60% to 40%. Floridians, led by Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott and House Rep. Vern Buchanan, were enthusiastic. Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Patty Murray of Washington joined Rubio to co-sponsor the Sunshine Protection Act of 2019. “Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” tweeted President Donald Trump. Read More ›
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President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence participate in a roundtable with CEOs in the Cabinet Room of the White House Monday, March 30, 2020
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Like Him or Not, Trump is Uniquely Suited for Such a Time as This

With the constant drumbeat from the mainstream media, Democrats now hope that the whirlwind in Washington of the so-called impeachment investigation will spread so much smoke that people won’t be able to see what’s going on, except to subliminally conclude that with all that smoke around Donald Trump, there must be a fire, and that it’ll die down with his removal from office. Read More ›

6th Annual Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership Benefit Luncheon

We invite you to join friends and supporters of Discovery Institute at 12 PM on Wednesday, November 6 for the 6th annual luncheon to benefit Discovery Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership. The luncheon will feature a keynote by author, futurist, and publisher of Forbes magazine Rich Karlgaard. Read More ›
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We Need to Bring Back Real Debates in America

The televised Democratic presidential sound byte pageants will not be true debates by any realistic standard. They are reminiscent of the 2016 Republican primaries that started with 16 candidates preening on a platform and enduring “gotcha” questions by reporters/moderators trying to get themselves into the news story. Until the nominee field narrows, these shows are almost a parody of real debates in the Lincoln-Douglas or Oxford Union manner. That’s too bad. We need to bring back real debates in America, and not just among candidates. Name the issue (climate change, foreign interference in our elections, abortion, immigration, tariffs, privacy online, the future of artificial intelligence, the meaning of “free speech,” whatever): Americans are badly divided. Since media and politicians often operate in inward-looking communities, they tend to ignore or distort views that differ from their own. In this environment, mere calls for greater civility don’t work. What can work is facing issues straight on and together. Read More ›

Springtime for Israel

Please join us on Thursday, June 20 for a captivating discussion on the current state of Middle East geopolitics, as Israel prepares for a new election, and how it will affect the United States with Discovery Senior Fellow and foreign policy expert John Wohlstetter. President Trump’s first year saw the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War–and also of the Read More ›

Ronald Reagan’s ‘Hidden Political Mentor’

This event is presented by Town Hall and University Book Store. You can register at the Town Hall Seattle website. In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, historian Gene Kopelson offers a look back at the power of political mentorship, campaign persona, and what factors lead to victory in an election. Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Read More ›