In this week’s Engaging Democracy podcast, we explore the idea of American Exceptionalism. You’ve heard arguments for and against this idea from opinion leaders, pundits, and the President. Is America exceptional? And if so, why should we be any more exceptional than say, Sweden or France? Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, and [...]
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Eric O’Keefe reminds us that American independence was not, as we sometimes hear, an edict handed down from the Founding Fathers. We interview “American Scripture” author Pauline Maier and hit the streets of Chicago in a quest to get the Founding right.
Magazine publisher and bestselling author Myrna Blyth joins us to discuss her book, “How to Raise an American.” Myrna shares some ideas on things parents can do to teach their children about our country, discuses the importance of knowing your family’s American story, and gives her thoughts on how youth and young adults today understand [...]
In Search of Self-Governance featuring Scott Rasmussen. Eric welcomes pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports to the podcast to discuss the most recent data on what Americans think, and what they want from their government. They also take a moment to talk about Rasmussen’s latest book, In Search of Self-Governance.
The Fall and Rise of the Income Tax: On May 20, 1895, the Supreme Court ruled the income tax unconstitutional. Eric discusses that case and the history of the federal income tax in the U.S.
Primary season gets into full swing today with elections in North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana. When voters in those states go to the polls, they will participate in a voting tradition that has been extremely favorable to Congressional incumbents in recent years, despite the growing unpopularity of those same representatives. The numbers are staggering. U.S. [...]
The passage yesterday of unpopular new health care legislation marks a sharp turning point not just for our health system, but for the future of the American economy. Despite poll after poll indicating Americans were in strong opposition to the kind of reform up for a vote, not to mention the unmistakable warning sign of [...]
Reading the Tea Leaves featuring Anne Sorock (video) Two weeks ago, Sam Adams Alliance released a groundbreaking study on the Tea Party movement. Our report, The Early Adopters: Reading the Tea Leaves offers the first-ever insights into the Tea Party movement that include a survey sample made up entirely of recognized Tea Party leaders. In this [...]