President Reagan had a gift for proving his critics wrong. Almost none of the leading economists of the late 1970s thought that his supply-side tax-cutting agenda, along with stable monetary policy and deregulation, could revive the U.S. economy.
Ever since 9/11, whenever Americans seem especially polarized over a controversial issue, you'll hear pundits recall how united we'd became in the aftermath of that vicious attack. Why, they ask, can't we be like that again?
"They won't go to Indiana, but they will go to Saudi Arabia." That's Carly Fiorina speaking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and his well-publicized opposition to Indiana's religious-freedom law.
"Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." The words of the First Amendment couldn't be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate.
If you're like most Americans, you haven't been questioning the welcome drop in gasoline prices. You just fill 'er up and feel grateful that you're spending less.
When July 4 rolls around, there's no mistaking it. There are fireworks, parades and other patriotic tributes to our Declaration of Independence. But if you're like most Americans, September 17 comes and goes without any fanfare.
It's good to see President Obama move beyond the "we don't have a strategy yet" phase in the fight against the Islamic State.
You've no doubt seen those polls where Americans are asked if they think our country is heading in the right direction. Perhaps you've even been asked that yourself.
As ambitious government programs go, it's hard to top the "Great Society," which recently marked its 50th anniversary. President Lyndon Johnson, after all, vowed "to give every citizen an escape from the crushing weight of poverty."
Imagine if Congress passed and the president signed a law making it a crime to utter "false, scandalous and malicious" statements "against the government." Think that would violate your right to free speech?
For generations, people worldwide who yearn for freedom have looked to the United States. Here, every citizen can speak his mind, pursue his passion, and exercise other God-given liberties that are unjustly denied many others around the globe.
Think it's too late for a Christmas gift idea? Not for the one I have in mind. It's something you can give right now to anyone you like. Something that's sorely needed in policy circles and political debates: civility.