A respect for individualism, the benefits of market efficiency, and compassion for vulnerable populations should be the priorities driving the American healthcare system. By empowering citizens with control over their own healthcare, the quality of medical care increases while the cost is naturally set by the market demand. The current healthcare system does not embody these values and is failing Americans because of that.Read More
You’ve probably seen it before.
The trolls dig up something offensive that this person said. It could be a tweet they wrote in high school or a message they sent their best friends in 2012. It doesn’t have to be recent. It may not even have been offensive at the time. It doesn’t matter.Read More
As conservatives, as people of faith, and as human beings, one of our primary duties is to care for our neighbors. Part of this means we must ensure that the 12.3 percent of Americans who live in poverty can have their basic physical needs met. Ideally, this is what everyone would associate conservatism with.Read More
In 2019, the total student loan debt in the United States was over $1.5 trillion. Many college students are graduating, not to a promising career, but to a lifetime of debt payments.
Some politicians left-leaning, like Senator Bernie Sanders, think the answer to this epidemic of debt is to “forgive” student loan debt. But plans like this require millions of dollars in taxpayer funds.
We don’t need another government bail-out plan. What we need is a new way of thinking about college.Read More
Economic freedom plays an essential role in safeguarding all other freedoms that we have. It begins and establishes a foundation with private property, and subsequent freedoms are built upon it. Even seemingly unrelated freedoms such as speech, religion, etc. depend on economic freedom. This is why proposals, such as universal basic income, that seek to control our personal fiscal opportunities should be treated with austerity. Not only do they threaten to undermine our freedoms, but they undermine the dignity of work and elevate the state to a treacherously powerful entity that assumes the God-given role of man.Read More
As conservatives who advocate for principles such as the importance of communities and subsidiarity, it’s crucial that we practice what we preach and give of ourselves in ways that personify the philosophy we claim. There is a myriad of examples of conservatism in practice, but one that has visibly and undeniably impacted her community and myself is Annette Kirk.Read More
Whenever our nation faces a tragedy, it seems the same pattern repeats. Members of both parties take to the internet and media in order to detail why those who disagree with them are responsible for the calamity. In the pall and emotional turmoil, we lambast one another and malign each other’s motives and character. Meanwhile, we continue despising each other, the victims are left ignored, and the crisis never gets solvedRead More
Our era is one in which we’ve lost a sense of the sacred. The nihilism that plagues our communities has caused a severing of social order from sacred order. In result, there exists an indifference toward and disarray within sacred institutions- the family unit being one of the most evident with a fifty percent divorce rate. This indifference is a symptom of rampant individualism that threatens the family structure and destroys community in very real ways.Read More
It’s time to celebrate all the K-12 schooling options Arizona has to offer. Contrary to what we often hear from the media, there are some incredible things happening in Arizona schools. Because of the array of educational options, more and more kids throughout Arizona have been able to find the educational setting that best meets their needs. These stories are ready to be told!Read More
There has always been skepticism toward the free market among some cultural conservatives, and the arguments they present in opposition of the free market are not without merit. However, no economic system is perfect, and conservatives can recognize and combat the flaws of capitalism while embracing it as the most moral economic structure.Read More
America has long valued the right to religious freedom and was the first nation to have the right enshrined among its founding principles. This constitutional right to the free exercise of religion is embedded in the First Amendment, which reads:Read More
Acceptance, belonging, and community are fundamental to human happiness. The bonds we build with others through interests such as sports, culture, and hobbies are beneficial in building relationships with those around us.
In the American context, the Church has been one of the largest hubs of social cohesion. While there is a plethora of other social institutions such as clubs, associations, and organizations that thrive in the American system, none have been as historically powerful at linking individuals together as the Church.Read More
Policy change can tend to be slow, as we often lament. But could this be a strength, rather than a weakness? How should conservatives view the speed of change?
One tenant of conservative thought is the desire for gradual change that occurs naturally or undergoes intense deliberation with eternal principles in mind, rather than rapid change in response to the whims of the public. Many prominent conservative thinkers, including Russell Kirk and Edmund Burke, discuss the importance of a deep appreciation for tradition and the wisdom of the past. We recognize that we can only see farther than those who came before us because we are standing on their shoulders.Read More
Conservatives are often accused of being uncompassionate because we promote free market and private charity poverty solutions over large welfare programs. While liberals and progressives champion “Medicare for All,” large welfare programs and high minimum wages, conservative opposition makes us appear uncharitable to many people. But free markets and private charities have lifted millions from poverty worldwide while promoting human dignity and opportunity. So why aren’t our solutions seen as compassionate? It could be that we often fail to effectively communicate that free markets and private charity are more effective than massive government programs that cannot be held accountable.Read More
There is a constant question among current conservative circles about what approach to take with regard to a hostile culture. Between leftist activists and the media, it sometimes feels like we are in a no-win situation. As society at large seems to be shifting more and more away from where we want it to be, conservatives have to wrestle with how to approach the situation.Read More
The freedom to live according to one’s religious beliefs is a fundamental human right and one of the founding principles that distinguished America from other nations. Religious liberty has been a staple of the American political sphere since its conception. This liberty is key to the success of our past, and it is the key to our future as we work to ensure our children have the same freedom that Americans have enjoyed for generations.Read More
We are excited to have had the opportunity to talk with Cathi Herrod, President of Center for Arizona Policy. Sometimes as conservatives we find ourselves in the middle of a balancing act between purism and the pragmatism that politics so often calls for. Cathi Herrod has been fighting the good fight for many years and we were eager to get some insight from her about what she has learned and how she would encourage young conservatives moving forward.Read More
Scientific advancements have increasingly continued to affirm the humanity of pre-born children. People are learning about the humanity of pre-born children and becoming more supportive of the pro-life position in this regard. If we can also persuade the culture that we are the Movement that effectively cares for pregnant women in crisis, we can completely control the abortion debate and save more lives than ever before.Read More
Early on in my career, I knew I was conservative, but I also knew I didn’t like the way some of our elected officials or political organizations talked about conservative issues. But when you are 19 and your role is to stuff envelopes and shred old letterhead, you just put your head down and work.Read More
The four pieces of what Brook’s calls the “happiness portfolio” are faith, family, community, and ‘earned success through work.’ I think that fourth one is a pillar itself, but it is also built on the other three. Free enterprise was birthed with the assumption that faith, family, and community are foundational to society.Read More