The government of the United States of America has been stable and continuous for almost 230 years. As a constitutional republic of 230 years it is old by historical standards. No other modern government has existed that long or produced such dramatic success for its citizens, and for that matter, for the world. Our founders would be surprised that their work has lasted so long.
For all the brilliant intellect invested in our founding, the longevity of the United States would depend less on the work of our founders than on the character of Americans - something the founders understood well. The Declaration of Independence is a powerful statement and The Constitution is a careful and wise guide to legitimate and stable government. But only the values, beliefs, and character of Americans can give them value. If Americans fall too far away from their principles, The Declaration and Constitution will cease to matter. But what are these principles that were written down so long ago? Should they still matter? Hasn't society changed? The longevity of our government removes today’s youth 8 or 9 generations from its origins. We are prosperous and comfortable. Like a fish unaware of salt water, our long-running success has become an uninteresting condition of life.
CW's original mission was to provide a forum for fact-based civil discourse, free of demagoguery.
And by doing so, to equip voters to make better informed choices. CW was and still is a reaction to the political process as it has become today - filled with unsupported assertion, fact presented out of context, one-sided half-truths, fabrication presented as fact, and rhetoric calculated to elicit an emotional reaction, all to serve political agendas at the expense of truth and the general welfare.
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CW's mission also includes an examination of the ideas and heritage behind American success.
CW pursues this mission by presenting the story of America in several parts
- 1. Our debt to the recognition of rights and the development of liberty in England
- and then in the English colonies in America
- 2. The journey from proud English colonists to the Declaration of Independence.
- 3. The ideas, debates, and founding documents that resulted in the United States.
- 4. Economic freedom's role and importance. and
- 5. How do we want our government to behave and the big issues that are important to us today.
The best tutorial for how the story is organized is to click on and read the introductory pages for each article category listed on the left sidebar or the upper right of the main page.
At the beginning, a relatively few CW pages are written; most are blank. We must depend on our readers to help us write the pages and maintain content quality. So, CW needs the help of writers and editors. Perhaps you would like to participate.