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David Barton, Christopher Columbus and the Potential Costs of Myth-Making

When I was in elementary school we were taught all about Christopher Columbus in Kindergarten; then, for the next six years, we were retaught all about him each fall.  Because of this constant educational reinforcement (underscored by years of assigned readings, essays, dioramas and finger puppet plays) I can recite the whole lesson from memory…

Progressivism’s American-ness

Over my last few posts on progressivism (here and here), I’ve made a fairly straightforward argument with three big claims: 1. Today’s conservatives consider progressives to be not just political opponents, but also un-American. 2. This is historically inaccurate. Most of the original progressives aimed at recuperating the nation’s core Founding ideals. 3. Furthermore, I argued…

What Progressivism Is (Updated)

Back in 2010, Paul Ryan told Glenn Beck: …what I’ve been trying to do is indict the entire vision of progressivism because I see progressivism as the source, the intellectual source for the big government problems that are plaguing us today and so to me it’s really important to flush progressives out into the field…

That Horse? It Left the Stable Long Ago. We Called Him Seabiscuit

David Rivkin and Lee Casey take to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to claim that any individual insurance mandate would “likely” fail to pass Constitutional muster under even a modern understanding of Constitutional law and the commerce clause.  Whatever my thoughts on the value of an individual mandate, this is a shoddy piece of legal commentary…