Today in 1751, James Iredell was born. A brilliant figure of the founding era, he was considered a legal prodigy at an extremely young age. Just prior to the American War for Independence, he penned a pamphlet, To the Inhabitants of Great Britain, which espoused his constitutional arguments against the British concept of Parliamentary sovereignty. […]

Teacher unions echo far left

by Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)

There are still echoes from last spring’s Oklahoma teacher walkout, not all of them welcome.

Most recently, Randi Weingarten, president …

IT WAS JUST OVER A YEAR AGO THAT WE TRIED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE DANGER IN THIS ALLEGED MAN

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It would be nice if we didn’t have to reveal our own legislators’ transgressions. Unfortunately, this is not the case here. It was a lit…

Today in 1787, representatives in Philadelphia signed the finalized United States Constitution. This occurred after a summer filled with contrasting proposals and rigorous debate. The convention decided upon a league of states rather than a national government, settling on “a more perfect union.” Throwing monarchy to the wayside, the body embraced the separation of powers […]

SHILLING FOR THE UNIONS THIS RINO NEEDS TO GO
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If you want to know how corrupt an organization is, all you need to do is follow the money. We did that with Senator Ron Sharp. What we found is a conflict of interest between his duties th…

As fond as Americans are of referencing the founding fathers, we should also keep in mind that those men drew much of their philosophy and ideas on liberty and governance from classical thinkers whose writings are just as relevant today as when they were first written. One passage from Quintus Curtius’ translation of Cicero’s Duties:  A…

Today in 1632, John Locke was born. One of the most influential political philosophers and Enlightenment thinkers, his theories on natural law, social compact theory, property, monetarism, and republicanism have had a profound effect on the development of the western world. Locke believed that humanity was inherently cooperative and tended to work for the mutual…

Better teacher payby Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)How many teachers can be hired with a school superintendent’s compensation?This isn’t a riddle. It’s data relevant to the school shutdowns of 2018 when educa…