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The M______est of All Time

In what way could it be said that Joe Biden exceeds all others? To make a point and to balance last week’s look at Donald the G.O.A.T./goat, we thought hard about the current president.

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The G____est of All Time

There are a lot of words that describe our most recent former president. Are any of those good words, or are all of the adjectives for Mr. Trump ghastly?

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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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My Enemy’s Enemy

In a world of “us versus them” politics, is it true that your enemy’s enemy is your friend? Principle Based Politics does not think this is a good strategy for choosing who to support in elections.

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Sealing the Ceiling

Politicians and the media say an unraised debt ceiling will cause an economic disaster. Put succinctly, unless the current ceiling rises, the sky will fall.

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Purple People

Prone to think way-too-much about sports and politics, the writer of this blog often wishes things could be different in both arenas. In short, we hunger for the glory days of the Purple.

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