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American Principles Project - Speak on Behalf of the Persecuted in Iraq 

Dear friends, 

The fight for religious freedom is one of the most prominent battles in our world today – both here and abroad. When I founded the American Principles Project five years ago, I knew that an important part of our mission would be to defend liberty and protect the most innocent among us. The dignity of human person is at the heart of everything that APP does, including the distinct belief that all people deserve the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.
Today religious freedom is under attack both at home and abroad.  The challenges are great, but we have recently been blessed with some important victories on the domestic front.  Abroad, however, particularly in the Middle East, religious persecution—especially of ancient Christian communities—is intensifying rapidly.
Sign Plea on Behalf of the Victims of the ISIS/ISIL Barbarism in Iraq
I am sure that, like me, you are watching with horror as the barbaric terror organization styling itself “the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) brutalizes Christians and members of other religious minorities in Iraq. In that tortured country, we are witnessing religious genocide.  Many people here in the United States are desperately asking:  “What can I do?”
Sign Plea on Behalf of the Victims of the ISIS/ISIL Barbarism in Iraq
Nothing is more powerful than prayer.  So we as individuals and members of local congregations must pray for the victims—Christians and non-Christians alike—fervently and unceasingly.
We must also put pressure on our government to increase humanitarian aid to persecuted and fleeing victims, and to provide strategic air and intelligence support to the local resistance forces, who alone stand between ISIS and its victims.
That is why I have composed a plea to our government and the international community on behalf of the victims of ISIS barbarity.  I ask you to please read my plea and consider adding your name to mine on the website we have established for this purpose. 
Sign Plea on Behalf of the Victims of the ISIS/ISIL Barbarism in Iraq
We need to let our elected representatives know that we care about Christians and others who are victims of persecution abroad and that we expect our own nation to be in the forefront, defending them when we can.
We are not the world’s policemen, but we cannot stand idly by as ISIS’s attacks continue. Without jeopardizing American lives, our nation can help the suffering Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq at a time when they are facing possible annihilation.  The time to act is now.
Please sign your name to the plea on behalf of victims of ISIS/ISIL barbarism in Iraq, and forward this email on to others and encourage them to sign.
Sign Plea on Behalf of the Victims of the ISIS/ISIL Barbarism in Iraq
We have received thousands of signatures in a matter of hours, but we need as many signatures as possible to truly make a difference. Please sign and encourage others to do so as well.
Yours gratefully,
Robert P. George,
Founder of American Principles Project and
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
Director of the James Madison Program in
American Ideals and Institutions
Princeton University
(affiliation for identification only)

APP News Update: "When You Mess With People's Children They Start to Pay Attention." 


Issue Brief: Unaccompanied Minors at the Border
Emmett McGroarty Joins Glenn Beck's We Will Not Conform
On Common Core.
Common Core is not a political issue. It’s an issue of their children.  You can mess with a lot of things. You can have the IRS going after people. You can have the NSA spying on people, but when you start to mess with people’s children, they start to pay attention.”  - APP Senior Fellow Jane Robbins
Daily Caller Interview - 7/27/14
What the GOP Should Do

I was in the Eisenhower Lounge of the National Republican Club, where the executive directors of the RNC, the NSRC, the NRCC, the RGA, and the RSLC called a press conference to announce: The Rs think Republicans are going to win in November.

Mamie Eisenhower in her sweet pinball gown smiled gently down on the solid show of middle-aged men in suits, blue or grey, and ties ranging from red to auburn (only the NRCC’s Leisl Hickey broke the monotony). While the press turnout is good (the conference closes with a question from Luke Russert), the stories afterward were thin, with the Hill presenting dueling interpretations, “GOP Presents United 2014 Front,” and “GOP Primary Wounds Still Smarting."
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The Immigration Conflagoration
  Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership initiative at the conservative American Principles Project, warns that if Republicans "again fall for the trap" and try to overturn an Obama legalization plan without offering an alternative path to legal status, the party will condemn itself to another lopsided deficit among Hispanics—and to a likely defeat—in 2016. David Ayon, senior adviser to the polling firm Latino Decisions, says that if Republicans erupt against an Obama legalization initiative, it "could turn the Latino vote as ruggedly anti-Republican as the black vote."
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Opposition to Common Core in New York is Widespread

49% of New Yorkers want Common Core implementation stopped in a Siena College poll taken on July 13-16th of 774 likely New York voters. Only 39% want to see the standards implemented. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.

60% of Republicans want to see the Common Core implementation stopped compared to 25% who support the Common Core. 47% of Democrats want to see the Common Core continued, but 40% do not. (Again this demonstrates Common Core opposition is not partisan.). 53% of independents want to see Common Core implementation stopped, while only 39% want to see it continued.

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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