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Tailor Swift, Parties

With an alternative spelling of Taylor Swift’s first name to create a whole new word, insertion of a key comma, and changing her surname into an adverb, the headline of this week’s post provides some political advice for 2024.

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Lame Ducks: Donald and Daffy

If either Joe Biden or Donald Trump returns to the White House, he will be a lame duck for the next four years (if he even can fulfill a second term). We cry fowl.

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"Can you imagine a United States in which elected officials make decisions based solely on principles, and they govern pursuant to philosophies that will help all Americans? Our aim is to bring attention to the need for our national leaders to put principles—the right principles—ahead of political tribalism, extremism, and other bad motives."

More than ever, we need politics and government to be based on principles

America has reached an unprecedented and unhelpful level of political dissension. Election campaigns are negative and ugly. Party leaders “whip” their members into line so that all Republicans vote one way and all Democrats the other on nearly every bill. The country has been divided into blue and red teams, the leaders of which seem to want the other to fail nearly as badly as they want the United States to succeed.

 

Principle Based Politics is a forum created to inspire Americans and our leaders to think beyond us-versus-them and instead focus on elevating positive principles, positive philosophies, and positive positions on issues of public policy. Only that will restore confidence in our government. Politics based on principle alone will produce better laws, and it certainly will lead to a better law-making process. In short, adherence to principles will preserve democracy.

Leaders and the government as a whole should be guided by principles

Learn about the principled beliefs we should seek out in our leaders, and the philosophies and practices that should form the basis of all policy decisions

What does politics based on principles
look like in practice?

Ample sources reveal principles that apply to leaders and governments. From the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution of the United States to the Bible, we find principles as helpful today as they were for their original readers. Click below to learn about the policy positions and thought process these sources suggest for our elected leaders, candidates, the voting public, the media, and our federal government as a whole.

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Stormy Times, Indeed

This post raises questions about the criminal case in New York against Donald Trump. These charges involve hush money payments to a woman known as “Stormy Daniels.”

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