Current Domestic Political Issues

While the primary focus of the Foundation is on international affairs, we are certainly aware of any erosion of our basic rights through the activities of our federal and state governments. The Foundation is non-partisan but regarding domestic issues, the Foundation agrees with precepts enumerated by Abraham Lincoln:
    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    ......Abraham Lincoln


President Lincoln (center right) with, from left, Generals Sherman, Grant and Admiral Porter.
1868 painting aboard the River Queen in March, 1985

As examples of our commentary on domestic issues, periodically we have written issue papers on the over-zealous protection by the government (the “Nanny State”) and government efforts to direct funding from philanthropic organizations (“Philanthropy Under Attack”). We view the return to freedom in Cuba as primarily a US political issue.

States Rights

The 10th Amendment to the Bill of Rights reserves for the people any rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution and reserves all powers not specifically granted to the federal government to the people or the States. In its effort to quickly implement its social policies, the federal government too frequently attempts to circumvent the rights of the states which need to constantly protected.