Time to hear from Abraham Lincoln on reverence for law:
“Let every man remember that to violate the law is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own and his children’s liberty. Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap; let it be written in primers, spelling books, and almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit; proclaimed in the legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. In short, let it become the political religion of the nation.”
The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions:
Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois
January 27, 1838
At the Independent Institute, we believe that individual liberty—in the context of constitutionally limited government and free markets—produces great results. Our defense of individual liberty does not arise out of a philosophy that says to the world, “Leave me alone.” Rather, Read more
Carved into his memorial in Washington, D.C., are these words of Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?” Turning then to slavery, he said, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” Obviously, his trembling was justified. He should have taken his own anxiety more seriously.
Jefferson’s statement located the value of liberty within a larger context of meaning Read more
The Electoral College was conceived for just the kind of national leadership crisis we now face.
Originally published October 24, 2016, Public Discourse (www.thepublicdiscourse.com)
In ordinary times, members of the Electoral College have a boring, honorific task. They’re the ones we’ll actually select when we vote on November 8th. There are 538 of them; each state gets electors equal to the number of its Representatives plus its two Senators. About six weeks after Election Day, they meet, once, in their respective state capitals to cast their votes for the presidential candidates who won the popular vote in their respective states. They rubber-stamp the results and go home to watch the pre-ordained outcome unfold on TV.
But these are not ordinary times. Read more
Independent-minded Republicans failed to dethrone Trump in Cleveland. Many Democrats in Philadelphia only grudgingly reconciled themselves to Clinton. Is there any way to save the country from the evil-of-two-lessers choice between Donald and Hillary?
Yes, but to explain how we have to dust off the hoary old Twelfth Amendment. Ratified in 1804, the Twelfth Amendment frames the actual process for electing the President—not by popular whim in a national plebiscite but by vote of an Electoral College and, if necessary, by action of Congress.
Not only is it possible for the Electoral College to upend the binary choice of Hillary versus Donald but, under current circumstances and given the right alternative candidate, it’s almost likely. Arguably, the Electoral College was conceived for just the kind of national Read more
Ideas move men and nations. Sound ideas foster a prosperous, free and morally responsible society; flawed ideas corrode it.
Americans have enjoyed unparalleled liberty and prosperity under a Constitution of unprecedented longevity. Such an experience is historically rare. What made it possible? I propose that it was the distinctive American conjunction of civil liberty and moral responsibility. By connecting governmental protection of freedom with cultural protection of morality, Americans have enjoyed their freedoms with an Read more
“In God We Trust” on our coins and bills. “One nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Ten Commandments posted on schoolroom walls, in courthouses, and in the U.S. Supreme Court building. Prayers by student leaders at high school graduations and football games. The “Mount Soledad Cross” erected on public land above San Diego.
These symbolic affirmations of faith—and others like them—involve big public controversies. Read more
In the past, law and society formed a fixed background for business operations. A business simply conformed to legal requirements and established social practices, while providing its distinct product or service to the marketplace. That time is past. Now both law and society are in flux, and whether they like it or not, business organizations cannot escape Read more
Baccalaureate Address by Graham Walker at Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Virginia, May 2011
Those who are preoccupied with cultural impact will undermine the very cultural impact they seek to exercise. The only foundation for life, work, and advocacy is a conviction of truth, independent of any calculation of its effect.
Watch the video: Walker Baccalaureate May 2011
The following is a transcript of farewell remarks delivered by Graham Walker in a convocation of faculty, staff and students at Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Virginia, on December 1, 2014.
I thank the college leadership for allowing this opportunity for a few good-bye remarks, which is also an opportunity for giving thanks publicly to the Lord for our nearly nine years of being connected to Patrick Henry College. Naturally I find myself in this season both looking back and looking forward. Read more