Vol. 43, No. 3

In This Edition

It’s been said that politics is like a pendulum because it swings between two extremes. Over the past eight months or so in Washington, we have certainly seen that to be the case.

Congress Must Take the Giant Leap for Future Generations

As America marks the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, the Virginia Congressman states that the country’s next great challenge is to eliminate the nation’s debt.

Keeping TARP Transparent

With over $700 billion authorized to shore up the country’s financial markets, the Senator from Florida declares that taxpayers have a right to know how it is being spent.

The New Revolutionary

The continuing protests in Iran may have been fueld by the controversy over the dispute presidential election. But they are being led bu brave Iranian women who no longer want to be oppressed.

Ileana’s Cause

The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee discusses her longtime fight against tyranny in Latin America and why the U.S. must stand with those who are seeking justice and liberty.

Why Democracy Matters

In a speech at the Reagan Library, the former Secretary of State argues that standing for freedom is in America’s best interests, and is the moral thing to do.

Securing Our Future

The European Union’s Ambassador to the U.S. discusses the transatlantic bond and the need to keep this relationship strong.

To Russia with Hope

Instead of resetting our relationship with Russia, President Obama may have set himself a trap.

Hunger is on the March

The head of the World Food Program discusses efforts to confront the global food crisis.

H20=Health, Hope and Opportunity

Bad water kills 1.8 million children each year. One non-profit in Haiti is showing how the problem can be addressed.

Flight of the Centrists

To reach centrists, [Republicans] need to return to being the party of ideas. We cannot afford to simply discredit the Democrats’ programs; we have to propose solutions and show why ours are the right ones for America.

Minivan Moms and the GOP

The Republican Party’s slippage with married women with children is concurrent with the party’s slide in the suburbs.


The Ripon Society convenes its Second Bully Pulpit of the Year on Health Care

Ripon Profile of Jan Brewer

“Although immigration remains an important topic in our national debate, public discussion on the true cost of illegal immigration enforcement needs more emphasis.”

In This Edition

It’s been said that politics is like a pendulum because it swings between two extremes. Over the past eight months or so in Washington, we have certainly seen that to be the case.

Take foreign policy. If foreign policy in the Bush Administration was marked by a fierce determination to safeguard American lives and interests regardless of what other nations thought, the early months of the Obama Administration have revealed a clear willingness to consider other nations’ interests alongside our own.

But as this summer has shown, diplomacy has its limits. From the protests in Iran to the unrest in Honduras, events have transpired that no amount of talking could have stopped. And so we are left with the question – what should the United States do now? To help us answer this question, we feature essays by two leading voices in each of their respective fields.

From academia, professor and Iranian-American activist Elham Gheytanchi discusses the protests in her native land and how they are being led by the brave women of that country who have long been oppressed. From the arena of policy and politics, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, writes about the slide toward tyranny in Latin America and her belief that the U.S. government needs to take a stronger stand in support of freedom.

This edition of The Ripon Forum also features a little-noticed speech that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently gave at the Reagan Library. In it, she not only lays out a strong case for “Why Democracy Matters,” but also explains, in a question and answer session afterward, why she believes the current Iranian regime is nothing more than a “hollow shell.”

The European Union’s distinguished Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable John Bruton, provides an excellent assessment of the EU-U.S partnership, while David Satter of the Hudson Institute looks at the President’s recent trip to Russia and what it did – and, more specifically, did not – accomplish. Also, in a pair of essays, Josette Sheeran of the World Food Program and Carolyn Crowley Meub of the non-profit Pure Water for the World look at the formidable challenges facing each – global food shortages, and the lack of clean drinking water around the world.

On the domestic front, this edition of the Forum also features Congressman Frank Wolf writing about entitlement reform and Senator Mel Martinez writing about TARP transparency. Former Governor and Cabinet Secretary Christine Todd Whitman pens a timely essay on why President Obama is hemorrhaging support in the political center, while Republican pollster Christine Matthews writes an equally important piece about minivan Moms and why Republicans need their support.

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of The Ripon Forum and encourage you to contact us at editor@riponsociety.org with any thoughts or ideas you may have.

Lou Zickar
The Ripon Forum