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Tom DeLay's Getting it Right

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay is a former House majority leader, the second-ranking leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. As majority leader, he was responsible for developing the issues and policies that formed the Republican agenda. When Mr. DeLay left Congress in 2006, he devoted himself to helping conservatives. He is the founder of First Principles LLC, a consulting firm that works with a range of political organizations in the fields of grass roots, new media, communications and issue advocacy.

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President Barack Obama listens to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speak after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Uncertain trumpet: An anti-war president goes to war

As the Congress and the country debate the momentous question of how to meet the threat posed by the Islamic State and other enemies in the war on terrorism, one thing has become increasingly clear: It’s impossible to conduct and win a war when you’re led by an anti-war president.

U.S. President Barack Obama, center, waves as he arrives for a group photo during a NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. In a two-day meeting leaders will discuss, among other issues, the situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

DeLAY: Obama’s schedule, rhetoric belie world realities

You can tell a lot about a person from his appointment book, and that’s certainly true of our president this week. Meeting with Democratic supporters in Wisconsin one day and world leaders in Europe just a few days later, President Obama told us all we need to know about his administration’s shortcomings, in both foreign and domestic policy.

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President Barack Obama speaks at 1776, a hub for tech startups, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

DeLAY: From King George III to King Obama I

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."

Thomas Jefferson

DeLAY: From the Declaration, a clarion call to fight tyranny

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."