Category: Team Articles

Pioneer Day to Me: Family, Faith, Freedom

“Since I was young, my ancestry … was marching martyrdom across the …plains of Utah.” 1 Like many of Imagine Dragons’ songs, the particular tune which contains these words, Cutthroat, has been played tens of millions of times across the globe. A simple internet search will reveal that Dan Reynolds – the lead singer and…

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Memorial Day: A Time to Remember and Honor

Two days before Memorial Day 2021, on a beautiful Saturday morning, I and several members of the Madison Liberty Institute team found ourselves at a graveyard, pacing the rows of the headstones as we diligently searched for emblems of military service. We, along with many others, combed the names and titles on each headstone to ensure…

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5 Christopher Columbus Myths Dispelled

Photo Credit: Jose Maria Obregon / Public domain (Used with permission from columbuscenter.org. Italicized text extracted from Christopher Columbus: Man of Myth? or Man of God?) Compiled by Jacob Householder The “sound bite” style of writing on Christopher Columbus fails to provide a fair or accurate account of the mission of Christopher Columbus. A casual…

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As easy as ACB: Why Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination to the Supreme Court Must Be Confirmed

As you might expect from someone who hails from England, I feel no personal loyalty towards either Republicans or Democrats. I care far more about the principles which unite us: principles which underpin the functioning of society and the nature of our respective justice systems.  Let’s put aside, for one moment, what we believe about…

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What does Idaho Mean to You?

Do you know what the name “Idaho” means? Nothing. Literally, the name “Idaho” doesn’t mean anything. Idaho was a made-up name and was actually almost the name of one of our sister states. In the early 1860s, a lobbyist named George M. Willing made up the name “Idaho”, claiming it was a Shoshone term meaning “the sun…

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Liberty in Law

Most Americans can easily name “The Star Spangled Banner” as our national anthem, but few realize that another song has, from time to time, been recommended as a replacement for this patriotic anthem. “America the Beautiful,” written first as a poem by  Katharine Lee Bates and put to music by Samuel A. Ward, has won…

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Your Voice Deserves to Be Heard And Respected.

Ever since 2009, when Idaho first joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative, Idaho parents have been requesting an open discussion with the State Board of Education regarding the state’s choice to adopt this initiative through administrative rules. After the administrative rules expired this past summer, numerous concerned parents signed petitions to request public hearings…

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Smaller Regs, Bigger Government

The Madison Liberty Institute on Governor Little’s State Address: Last year, in his first State-of-the-State address, Idaho Governor, Brad Little, was disappointing.  He tossed out one or two conservative nuggets but mostly delivered a big-government banquet that would please any progressive or socialist.  It was disappointing from freedom, liberty, and constitutional perspectives, but it was…

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The Great Charter: The First Great Step In Constitutional Liberty

During the early Middle Ages, English kings were oppressive, and neither the nobles nor the people had any voice in the affairs of state. The nobles despised the absolute rule of the king, and the common people resented the high taxes. The clergy, the nobles, and the middle class concluded that the only way they…

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What Is My Role In Civil Society?

Standing up for what you believe in and having an opinion on an issue doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? My experience leads me to the conclusion that it must be difficult, as I have seen a pitiful lack of shouldering our civic responsibility to be involved in politics and current issues. And I’m guilty…

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