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Marion Smith is president of the Common Sense Society and a graduate fellow at the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation.
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  • Paul Ryan on restoring America as a world leader

    Paul Ryan on restoring America as a world leader

    Analysis: He is uniquely prepared to clarify the comprehensive choice facing Americans in the twenty-first century: National decline or leadership?

  • Progressive privilege: Divide and conquer by race

    Progressive privilege: Divide and conquer by race

    The United States today may be the most color-blind society in history. We’re a country led by a black president, with legal guarantees of equal rights for all. Racist groups are almost non-existent, and are more likely to invite ridicule | Read More »

  • American Independence requires vigilance today

    American Independence requires vigilance today

    This July 4th, America still stands for freedom — a nation that fosters the virtues of self-government and self-reliance — but precariously so.

  • Rugged individualism fades from national character

    “That’ll be the day!” John Wayne’s gravelly, dry voice connected with millions who recognized in its tenor something of America’s pioneer character. In dozens of popular movies, Wayne— who died on this day in 1979—played the no-nonsense, self-reliant cowboy who | Read More »