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Bde Maka Ska?  Change the Name.  Rewrite History.  Redefine Politics.

Minnesota’s Left wants to replace our traditional self-understanding as the land of freedom and opportunity with a vision of America as an illegitimate nation that advanced by trampling on victim groups. This article originally appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota.   To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. In George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel, 1984, the main character, Winston Smith, works at the Ministry of Truth in Oceania, a one-Party socialist state in what was once the British Isles and the Americas. The ministry does not promote truth, but rewrites history to...

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Prohibition and women’s suffrage: A 100-year review

It's worth retracing their paths as progressives aim to edit the Constitution again  This op-ed originally appeared as the Sunday Opinion cover in the Star Tribune on October 6, 2019. Progressives today are eager to do some constitutional tinkering. One amendment to the U.S. Constitution many would like to draft would abolish the Electoral College. Another would alter the lifetime tenure of Supreme Court justices. A third would reduce the disproportionate clout of U.S. senators from sparsely populated (and mostly red Republican) states. Pushing for such changes is a progressive tradition, if you will. A century ago, America's original Progressives did quite a lot...

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This Memorial Day, remember the individuals who gave their lives

On Memorial Day, Americans remember and honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. When you look at the numbers - 4,435 in the Revolutionary War, 405,399 in World War Two, 90,220 in Vietnam - you can almost forget the individuals who make them up, each of them with their own families, friends, hopes, and dreams. To imagine the true nature of these people's sacrifices, it can help to look at an individual. This video clip from Ken Burns' incomparable series The Civil War, does just that for one of the 498,332 Americans killed in the...

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