Liberty Medal live blog + video

The National Constitution Center this evening awards the 2011 Liberty Medal to former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, in honor of his five decades of distinguished public service. A tireless advocate for the welfare of American troops, Gates has been called “the ultimate soldiers’ secretary.” A former CIA director, he led the Department of Defense […]


When Texas governor Rick Perry suggested earlier this year that his state might consider seceding from the Union, it was greeted as the persistent echo of the Southern Confederacy. So I was surprised when, vacationing in Vermont last month, I listened to a local political activist there make his case for the Green Mountain State, […]

“I believe that long after people have left my classes and forgotten what I have tried to teach them I want them to have the 14th Amendment floating around in their heads… when people have protested the denial of civil rights and civil liberties and claimed equal protection under the law, it’s the 14th Amendment […]