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APP News Update: More States End Common Core, the Border Crisis and more  

Aguilar on MSNBC's Reid Report
It's the Biflation, Stupid!
On Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholding Common Core Repeal “Today, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld the power of the legislature to set education policy. In so doing, it has quashed the problematic, Progressive idea that the state board of education is vested with both legislative and executive powers."  - APP Education Dir. Emmett McGroarty
Breitbart News - 7/15/14
A Better Migrant Worker Plan Would Stem the Flow of Unaccompanied Children to the U.S.
By Alfonso Aguilar (NY Times)

The surge of unaccompanied minors entering through the southern United States border illegally is just another crisis produced by our dysfunctional immigration system. Contrary to the narrative of some opportunistic politicians and pundits, this unfortunate situation is not the result of the Obama administration failing to enforce the law. In reality, most would-be-migrants believe that crossing the border has become much more difficult, and in the last decade, the U.S. government has greatly strengthened border security and interior enforcement.

Increased violence in Central America – mainly El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – is said to be the immediate reason so many children are now coming to our borders alone. But many of these children are making the dangerous journey to reunite with their parents, who came here looking for a good-paying job and a better future. (read the rest)
Keene: Editing out an elightened history of America
In the early days of the American Republic, Thomas Jefferson was perhaps the staunchest advocate of public education. Jefferson authored a plan for public primary and secondary schools and is father of the University of Virginia. He would be appalled at the state of public education today.
  Jefferson loved reading and knowledge for its own sake, of course, but believed the success of the American experiment depended on an educational system that would instill a knowledge of history and values in the citizenry. He was not alone among the Founders in this belief, but few expressed themselves better. Jefferson was eloquent on the study of history as especially important because, as he put it, “apprising [students] of the past will enable them to judge of the future.” (read the rest)
Is Sound Money the Next "Big, Bold Idea" for Conservatives
By Paul Dupont

One of the important arguments made by last year’s American Principles in Action report, “Building a Winning GOP Coalition,” was that voters are concerned with rising prices and the shrinking value of the dollar, problems which could be addressed by “picking up the forgotten of the Reagan economic agenda: sound money.”  Monetary reform is a relevant and populist issue, one which would help Republicans connect effectively with the average voter, unlike their failed 2012 economic message.

Judy Shelton, senior fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, makes a similar case in the upcoming issue of The Weekly Standard (the article is available online here).  Dr. Shelton argues that supporting sound money is imperative for restoring economic prosperity, both in the U.S. and internationally, and that Republicans have much to gain by joining the movement to re-link the dollar to gold (read the rest)
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APP News Update - 7/9/14 


New Twist in Common Core Wars
Amid Border Crisis, Advocates Talk
Next Steps on Immigration
On Marriage & Religious Freedom“We as Christians speak up about this, because if we don’t we hand this off to our grandchildren and they’re not going to be able to speak up about it”
  - APP Executive Director Terry Schilling
 EWTN Interview 7-2-14
The Gold Standard and the History of American Money

Over at last week, Peter Ferrara, in his review of Steve Forbes’ recently released book Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy and What We Can Do About It, treated readers to an interesting lesson in the history of American monetary policy.

During the defining early years of the nation, one of the priorities of America’s first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, was to link the value of the dollar to gold, a policy which would be adhered to for over a century and lead to a period of unrivaled economic growth and prosperity: (read the rest)

Obama to Go It Alone on Immigration

Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, says the president’s decision to go it alone illustrates a breaking point for the White House and its ability to shepherd legislation on Capitol Hill.

“That is a Band-Aid to the real problem,” Aguilar says. Still, he admits the president does have freedom to stem deportations and help fix the broken immigration system. “The law does provide him a lot of discretion, so if he would decide to give further actions to the rest of the undocumented population, he does have that authority,” he says.

Aguilar says even if the White House has been a poor negotiating partner on issues in the past, House Republicans should be kicking themselves for letting the president get out ahead of them on immigration. While Republicans in Congress may be deeply divided about how to proceed on issues like citizenship and low-skill worker visas, Republicans nationally understand the party must do something to make inroads with Hispanic voters if they want to win the White House in 2016. (read the rest)

OpEd: By Any Name You Call It, Common Core Is a Loser

When it comes to the issue of the Common Core national school standards, Florida may be the nation in microcosm.

On one side are the powerful political and corporate elitists, epitomized by Jeb Bush, and on the other are parents and other citizens who strongly oppose relinquishing local control over education to anonymous, unaccountable entities in Washington, D.C. Until recently the elitists, with all their money, seemed to have the upper hand. But recent developments suggest the tide may be turning.

The elitist view is that only “experts” (and preferably experts in Washington) know how to educate Florida children to prepare them to be fodder for the economic machine, and parents should quite simply shut up and do as they’re told. But parents’ refusal to comply has necessitated a change in strategy. (read the rest)
Photo: Jeb Bush at 2013 CPAC by Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-2.0)

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APP painted D.C. ‘Red, White and Blue’ last Wednesday Night 

American Principles Project


Dear Friend,

The past week has been another exciting one for the American Principles Project.

Last Wednesday we celebrated our 2nd annual ‘Red, White and Blue’ Gala, which was a great success and received unprecedented media coverage.

I hope that you were able to join us, but if you were unable to attend – here’s what you missed:

Senator Rand Paul was our keynote speaker for the evening. It was a great honor for us to have him attend and he gave a very powerful speech, which garnered a great deal of media attention. You can watch his remarks below, and I assure you it is well worth your time. This video includes an introduction for Senator Paul by APP’s Chairman, Sean Fieler. 

Following Senator Paul, both APP’s President Frank Cannon and Executive Director Marion Boteju addressed the crowd to discuss APP’s work thus far and what is to come in 2014. Please take a few moments to watch their presentations.

APP Executive Director Marion Boteju at the 2nd Annual ‘Red, White and Blue’ Gala

APP President Frank Cannon at the 2nd Annual ‘Red, White and Blue’ Gala

We also had the honor of hosting a very special guest, Michael Reagan, who offered a toast in honor of his father, Ronald Reagan. You can watch his remarks and toast here:

During the Gala we debuted a new video, which promotes APP’s mission and purpose, and features memorable news clips and APP television appearances from 2013.

You can watch this new video “Human Dignity at the Heart of Public Policy” here:

(Please watch and ‘share’ this video)

We would also like to offer special thanks to Monsignor Stuart Swetland, of Mount St. Mary’s University, who lead our evening in prayer.
Our 2nd annual ‘Red, White and Blue’ Gala was a tremendous success. We had an enthusiastic crowd, good food, and empowering presentations about life, liberty, and the foundational principles of our nation.
The room was ablaze with people who hold steadfast hope for the future of our country and who are ready to join the battle for America in 2014.
We can never be silent. We must never be passive. We must continue to do everything in our power to fight for America and for the principles that make our nation great.    
Thank you for supporting the American Principles Project and we look forward to working with you throughout 2014. 



Kate Bryan
Director of Communications
American Principles Project


AmericanPrinciplesProject - Social Conservatism, APP Leading Politico Story 

Dear Friend,
Happy new year to you and yours. This morning, the American Principles Project was featured in the lead story in Politico’s Playbook. It is currently the top read story of the day.
Social Conservatives make big money plans” discusses social conservatism going into 2014 and quotes APP President Frank Cannon and Chairman Sean Fieler with regards to the GOP’s strategy.
The article also discusses American Principles in Action's recent report “Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012”. The report makes a case for social issues as winning issues, and argues that a winning economic message must address the concerns and realities of middle-class voters. Please read the article and pass it on.
With your continued support, we look forward to advancing our issues and ideals in the months ahead.
Marion D. Boteju
Executive Director
American Principles Project
American Principles in Action
P.S. Please help us continue our important work by donating to the American Principles Project today.


American Principles In Action - Looking for to 2014 

Dear Fellow Conservative,
2013 was an important year for the conservative movement and should bring us great hope for the future of our country.
In 2012, conservatives were on the losing side of the Presidential election. Instead of giving up, conservatives became motivated and more energized than ever, and continue to work to protect America and our values.
APP Economics led the battle against a Keynesian nominee for the Federal Reserve chair and worked to promote sound money at the national and state levels in 2013. We have even more planned for the new year and look forward to 2014.
Will you help us push forward our plans for 2014?
Over the past year, APP Economics successfully helped pass hard money laws in Texas and Louisiana. Our team helped persuade over 30 members of Congress to sponsor the Centennial Monetary Commission Act, a much-needed proposal to redo the Federal Reserve.
APP Economics led the charge against Larry Summers, and then Janet Yellen, as the world’s most powerful central banking job came open. We launched a website,, to expose the truth about Janet Yellen’s left-wing economic beliefs. We also partnered with a former high-ranking Fed official to brief Republican Senators about this nomination. Our campaign attracted national media attention by USA Today, Fox Business Channel, Bloomberg, and many other outlets.
Will you help us continue our work in 2014 by donating $100,
$50, $25, $10 or more today?
Middle class Americans are watching their paychecks buy less as they continue to be weighted down by household debt. Our chief goal in 2014 is to educate and engage a broader audience, and work to promote sound money, which will promote a stable economy.
Donate today to help promote sound money and a principled approach to the economic well-being of our country.
APP Economics is a project of the American Principles Project. APP relies on the generosity of Americans, who stand with us in our values and believe in our work.
Please make a donation of $100, $50, $25, $10 or more today, to help us continue our important work.
Thank you for helping us in the battle to protect America’s founding principles and promoting these principles within monetary policy and the economy.
For America,
Rich Danker
Economics Director
American Principles Project