Prof. Robert George Endorses Ted Cruz

Princeton University Professor Robert George

On Thursday, America’s “most influential conservative Christian thinker” announced his support for Sen. Ted Cruz in the GOP primary race.

Professor Robert George once taught Sen. Cruz when Cruz was a student at Princeton University, where Prof. George holds the McCormick Professorship of Jurisprudence. George has more than personal reasons to support Cruz, however, as he has made his opposition to front runner Donald Trump clear in “An Appeal to Our Fellow Catholics,” a National Review article slamming Donald Trump as “manifestly unfit to be president of the United States.”

Prof. George praised Cruz’s dedication to the founding principles of the country, saying, “Moreover, he understands and is determined to restore the basic structural principles of the Constitution that our Founding Fathers knew were the true bulwarks protecting liberty.”

An October Bloomberg article identified Robert George’s role as a much sought after adviser for most of the Republican presidential candidates. Based on his record of political advice and philosophy, it seems that his primary reason for endorsing Ted Cruz is their shared focus on founding principles. George stated that Cruz “…will not only devote political capital to ensuring that every [judicial] nominee will protect our constitutional freedoms, but he will foster a culture, from the top down, that honors the Constitution – the one thing that, despite our differences, binds us all together as Americans.”

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Robert George on Radical Gratitude

Princeton University Professor Robert George

This interview with Katherine Jean Lopez and APP’s founder Prof. Robert George is a must-read:

“Gratitude radicalized me.”

Back in December, some of us stopped in place and fell to our knees. I happened to be at a conference with many friends, colleagues, and admirers of Princeton professor Robert P. George, when we learned he was in the hospital with heart trouble, and it did not sound good. We prayed. We were not alone. Robby is one of those people, like the late Justice Scalia, who are irreplaceable. (Of course, each of us is, if we only knew it and treated one another that way.) Our public and intellectual world wouldn’t be the same without him. Even with the tremendous legacy Professor George has created by mentoring young academics and activists, the loss of the man himself would run deep.

He’s long back at work now. And I thought of him when a comment that feminist icon Gloria Steinem made on Bill Maher’s show resurfaced after Lands’ End inexplicably made an unforced error by profiling her for its spring catalogue. (When you think “practical family clothing” — and school uniforms! — bra burning in the Seventies isn’t the first image that comes to mind.) What this reminded me of was her comment, a few weeks ago now, that “gratitude never radicalized anybody.”

She was talking about trailblazing and Roe v. Wade and Hillary Clinton running for president. She infamously got in trouble during that interview for explaining away young women supporting Bernie Sanders as simply being where the boys are.

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Jeb Bush Asks Twitter Followers to Pray for APP Founder Robert George

Princeton University Professor Robert George

Good news: the American Principles Project’s founder, Princeton Prof. Robert George, who was hospitalized earlier this week is now out of danger.

Bradford Wilson, the executive director of the James Madison Program at Princeton University, also confirmed that George is “out of danger.”

“Although the condition can be life-threatening, we are pleased to report that Professor George now appears to be out of danger, thanks to swift and astute diagnostic work done by the staff of University Medical Center of Princeton before his transfer to Weill Cornell,” Wilson said in a statement posted online. “Although the Superior Mesenteric Artery is a branch of the aorta, the condition is not a form of heart disease. It threatens the digestive organs by impeding blood flow to them. We are grateful for the prayers and good wishes of Professor George’s many friends and admirers here at Princeton and around the nation and world. We look forward to providing additional reports on Professor George’s recovery.”

Jeb Bush tweeted his prayers for Robby:

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Prof. Robert George’s Quiet Influence on 2016

Princeton University Professor Robert George

You have to read this amazing profile of APP’s founder, and the leader of the Campaign for American Principles. To join Team Robby, go here:

Robert P. George is not a political consultant. “I’m not Karl Rove or David—what’s his name?—Axelrod.” In fact, he says, “Any candidate who’d ask me for campaign advice should drop out immediately, because he’s too stupid to be running for president.” Yet few advisers are having more influence on conservative thinking this presidential campaign cycle. The McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, George is an unofficial counselor to several Republican hopefuls, including Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush.

Senator Marco Rubio’s staff calls George, too, mostly on religious liberty issues, and Mike Huckabee has named him as the thinker whose work has most influenced him, though they’ve never met.

He’s also helping conservative officials all over the country wrestle with the recent ruling on same-sex marriage, or, as he puts it, “how ought we to think about, say, a Supreme Court decision where the Supreme Court has clearly overstepped its authority. And I might discuss that with, say, Senator Cruz, or anyone else who wanted to talk to me about it.”

A traditional Catholic in a secular academic world, George believes that almost all of the answers supplied by faith can also be arrived at through reason—or, as he tells students, by “using the old noggin.”

“What he brings to the debate is even more method than ideas,” says his friend Mary Ann Glendon, of Harvard Law School.

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What Should Christian Conservatives Do Next?

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Professor Robert George today announced two things: the first is the release of a statement signed by 60 legal scholars rejecting the idea that in our Republic the Supreme Court gets to decides what the Constitution means and the rest of us just have to submit and accept.  “We stand with James Madison and Abraham Lincoln in recognizing that the Constitution is not whatever a majority of Supreme Court justices say it is,” these legal scholars proclaim.

Secondly, amazingly, this Princeton professor simultaneously announced he is leading a Campaign for American Principles, which political consultant Frank Cannon describes as “the first Super PAC for social conservatives” committing to demonstrating in this election cycle that the Democrats’ anti-religious extremism is going to cost them the White House.

Robby George’s call to action is here.  Please read it.  Share it on your Facebook page.  And post it on your website.

Since Obergefell, many people have asked me: What next?  What do we do?

Some suggest we retreat from politics, because (and they are right about this) politics is not enough.  But politics is not the opposite of culture, it is one form of culture: it is particularly one way in a democracy we decide what ideas are within the mainstream and what ideas are outside it.

And anyway, while Rod Dreher is right to raise the question of how we transmit a vibrant Christian faith under increasing duress, the true Benedict Option in the contemporary world is not available—there is nowhere to go that aggressive equality progressivism may not follow. Continue Reading

Our Poly Future?

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At The American Interest, Prof. Robert George (founder of American Principles in Action) lays out the case that the principles embraced by Justice Kennedy and the narrow majority in Obergefell makes polygamy inevitable—unless those principles are resolutely rejected by the American people and the next Supreme Court majority.

Kennedy is not immortal.  The next president may choose the future of marriage. This is one reason I have been so involved in scrutinizing the candidates’ responses to Obergefell.

The whole essay is well worth reading. I am not convinced polygamy is inevitable. But it is now a real possibility—judicially created and enforced:

The late and extraordinarily influential legal philosopher and constitutional theorist Ronald Dworkin, a champion of aggressive judicial action to advance liberal causes, taught that law is fundamentally about a society making commitments to certain moral principles and working out their implications over time. Fundamental to that enterprise is treating like cases alike. The heart of the case for same-sex marriage was that gender differences are irrelevant to what marriage actually is, namely, a form of committed sexual-romantic companionship or domestic partnership. The challenge for same-sex marriage supporters is either to accept polyamory on the basis of the very same vision of marriage, or to offer a new and more specific vision—one that can explain why number is relevant but gender is not.

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The idea of marriage as a conjugal union explains the structuring features of marriage in our moral and legal traditions, including (1) the rules of consummation (including annulability for non-consummation, but not for infertility); (2) the requirements of (a) monogamy, (b) sexual exclusivity (fidelity), and (c) permanence of commitment (“till death do us part”); and (3) the treatment of marriage as a properly public matter, something that law can and should recognize, support, and regulate, and not a merely private or religious matter, like baptisms, bar mitzvahs, and ordinary friendships (even the closest and most intimate).

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Robert George Joins 55 Scholars in Denouncing New AP U.S. History Framework

Princeton University Professor Robert George

Princeton University professor and APIA founder Robert George was among 55 scholar signatories on a letter released Tuesday expressing strong opposition to the College Board’s new AP U.S. History framework.  Addressing an issue first brought to the public’s attention last year by the American Principles Project and retired APUSH teacher Larry Krieger, the letter decried the framework’s imposition of “an arid, fragmentary, and misleading account of American history” on APUSH students nationwide.

Among the criticisms leveled by the scholars was the observation that the new framework replaces the earlier less detailed, content-centered outline with a lengthy politically and ideologically biased document which “promotes a particular interpretation of American history”:

The new framework scrubs away all traces of what used to be the chief glory of historical writing—vivid and compelling narrative—and reduces history to an bloodless interplay of abstract and impersonal forces. Gone is the idea that history should provide a fund of compelling stories about exemplary people and events. No longer will students hear about America as a dynamic and exemplary nation, flawed in many respects, but whose citizens have striven through the years toward the more perfect realization of its professed ideals. The new version of the test will effectively marginalize important ways of teaching about the American past, and force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a perspective that self consciously seeks to de-center American history and subordinate it to a global and heavily social-scientific perspective.

These changes expose, as the letter points out, the dangers inherent in the monopoly which the College Board now enjoys over advanced placement testing.  Continue Reading

Robert George Thanks Scott Walker

Princeton University Professor Robert George

Prof. Robert George congratulates Gov. Scott Walker for promising to support a 20-week abortion ban in Wisconsin and nationally:

Yesterday I called for Republicans who aspire to the presidency to demonstrate that they are men and women of conscience who will work to protect children in the womb despite the Supreme Court’s unjust and constitutionally baseless edict in Roe v. Wade. Today Governor Scott Walker did that by endorsing legislation to ban late-term abortions. This legislation is an urgently needed first step in the direction of dismantling Roe and moving us towards our vision of an America in which “every child is protected in law and welcomed in life.” A number of other Republican presidential candidates have also endorsed the legislation, and I congratulate Governor Walker for joining them.

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