The Ripon Forum

Volume 50, No. 3

July 2016

In this edition

By on July 7, 2016
In this edition

by LOU ZICKAR

“Why Trump Resonates.” When people see this headline on the cover, they may think it is an endorsement of Donald Trump. It’s not an endorsement. It’s an explanation. An explanation of how someone who displays so few of the personal qualities we look for in our leaders now finds himself the presumptive Republican nominee.

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Why Trade Keeps America Strong and our Workers Employed

By on July 7, 2016
Why Trade Keeps America Strong and our Workers Employed

by DAVE REICHERT

The benefits of free trade to our economy are proven and easily seen: small business expansion, job growth, wage increases, lower consumer prices, and an overall strengthening of the economy. But the overwhelming benefits of trade can also be tracked through the journey of tiny hay seeds planted in the fertile soil of Ellensburg, Washington.

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Bad Trade Deals are Keeping Our Economy in Neutral

By on July 7, 2016
Bad Trade Deals are Keeping Our Economy in Neutral

by RICK MANNING

As President Obama prepares to leave office, his final legacy item — and quite possibly the final nail in the coffin of our free market — is the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, another bad trade deal that has left America’s economy stuck in neutral.

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The Future of NATO

By on July 7, 2016
The Future of NATO

by LAMONT COLUCCI

NATO is at a crossroads of identity and purpose. It can either rest on 19th century alliance rules, based on reaction and diminutive diplomacy, or it can create the destiny of the 21st.

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The Scalia Election

By on July 7, 2016
The Scalia Election

by ELIZABETH SLATTERY

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February led to deadlocks and compromises in some of the biggest cases of the term, highlighting the importance of his replacement on the Court.

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WHY TRUMP RESONATES

By on July 7, 2016
WHY TRUMP RESONATES

by LOU ZICKAR

Americans are ashamed of their government and ready to turn the tables on the governing class. Who better to shame Washington than someone who has no shame?

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Tradition and Novelty in Mr. Trump’s Running Mate Selection

By on July 7, 2016
Tradition and Novelty in Mr. Trump’s Running Mate Selection

by JOEL K. GOLDSTEIN

The 2016 GOP vice presidential candidate is uncertain, but the selection process will likely be unique even as it honors certain patterns.

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Picking a VP: Why Rules Matter

By on July 7, 2016
Picking a VP: Why Rules Matter

by BILLY PITTS

The rules governing conventions have been used for political ends in the past. That is likely to continue in Cleveland, where the selection of the running mate will be critical this year.

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Time for a New Start

By on July 7, 2016
Time for a New Start

by TREY MAYFIELD

As another Republican nomination process comes to an end, this constitutional attorney and GOP activist argues that it’s time to revisit the 40-year old tradition that dictates where the process begins.

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Storm Clouds over Philadelphia

By on July 7, 2016
Storm Clouds over Philadelphia

by SUSAN DEL PERCIO

With some Republicans wringing their hands about the candidate they nominated, it’s worth noting that many Democrats are doing the same thing as the party gathers for their quadrennial convention.

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