We’ve been fighting against big government for eighty years. And we keep losing. Here’s why.
The left argues that inequality is the cause of all other economic woes. But in reality, it is just the other way around.
With First Amendment freedoms, the courts act as guardians, protectors from whatever social and cultural attitudes might threaten those freedoms. In the area of religion, however, the courts have not been so steadfast. Overall, the Court has been far more hospitable to free speech cases than to cases involving religious expression or exercise. . . .
Unquestionably, its rise to power in the latter part of the twentieth century demands that the conservative agenda be judged on its record. But this rise to power also affords another opportunity: that of judging the wisdom of the conservative cause during those not so distant decades when it was far from the pinnacle of power. Indeed, the most illuminating time to judge a belief is when it is out of favor, to see how it held up during periods of public criticism and condemnation. Values and beliefs, like people, can be best measured by adversity—because the strength of an idea can often be better tested when it is being condemned than when it is being followed. . . .