Quote of Note #92: The Idea of America

"China is a nation in the classic sense.  It is blood and soil.  It's a great wall, a fascinating people, an extraordinarily long-lived culture.  But America is something different.  America is an idea -- it is a creed.  The American idea is a commitment to the universal dignity of persons everywhere.  That's what America is.  … Continue reading Quote of Note #92: The Idea of America

Quote of Note #65 — Integrity in Political Life

"We need to believe that both the dignity of our opponents, and the character we aim to model for our kids, require some basic rules for public debate.  We should stop holding the candidates on 'our side' to lower standards than we expect from our opponents.  This shouldn't be hard.  Lying matters, and truth matters.  … Continue reading Quote of Note #65 — Integrity in Political Life

Quote of Note #63 — Political Tribalism and National Suicide

"What is needed is for people from both sides to agree that the political and policy divides are not our primary identities or our primary divides.  As Americans, we need to agree first on the universal dignity of all people, before we descend to the more divisive but less important debates about the prudential use … Continue reading Quote of Note #63 — Political Tribalism and National Suicide

Quote of Note #55 — Guarding Freedom and Dignity of All Americans

"Our Founders built democratic government as an alternative to monarchy, but they also intentionally built an anti-majoritarian government because the worst form of democracy -- mob rule -- is always a danger against which we must be on guard.  If we fail to preserve our anti-majoritarian guardrails against the mob, we will end up subjected … Continue reading Quote of Note #55 — Guarding Freedom and Dignity of All Americans