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FDL Review is dedicated to providing readers with accurate news, fact-centered commentary, and the results of social media polling on the issues that face our country.

We have published material from heterodox thinkers, but typically, our editorials come from a perspective supportive of the American Constitution. We are in the process of clearly demarcating our news coverage, which we intend to be non-biased, from our opinion coverage. This separation is a work in progress and we would appreciate your assistance in "checking" our bias.

The publisher and editor-in-chief of FDL Review is Declan Hurley, a committed constitutionalist, entrepreneur, and political commentator. He launched the site amid the contentious presidential election of 2016, when now-President Donald Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Hurley is the founder and owner of Hurley Coins, the founder of Students for Constitutional Government, and the author of The Conservative Reawakening, published in December 2016. Aside from his stewardship of FDL Review, Hurley has contributed to The Buffalo News and WorldNetDaily.

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FDL Review's intention is to provide nonpartisan news coverage. However, just as other news outlets produce editorials advancing their perspectives, we regularly publish commentary in defense our views.

For the sake of transparency, we believe:

  • Humans have natural rights endowed onto us by our Creator. Our natural rights include the rights to self-defense, religious choice, and the fruits of our labor. However, in the process of exercising our rights, we cannot attempt to prevent others from exercising theirs.
  • The Constitution, which recognized man's natural rights, is the foundation for our American republic. We agree with Senator Daniel Webster's position: "I am committed ... to the Constitution of the country. ... And I am committed against every thing, which, in my judgement, may weaken, endanger, or destroy it..."
  • The Constitution, which sets limits on the size and scope of the federal government, should be reaffirmed as the public's guardrail against tyranny. The Supreme Court should overturn decisions that unconstitutionally empowered their branch of government; simultaneously they should strike down big-government legislation and return power to the states.
  • Economic regulation is generally unconstitutional; nearly all shackles should be removed from businesses so that they can deliver the American people wealth and prosperity. Most economic regulations should be struck down by the judiciary under the 14th Amendment: "No state shall ... deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law..."
  • The federal government's sole responsibility is to protect the American people -- and the fruits of their labor -- from threats foreign and domestic. The conditional prohibition of abortion; laws prohibiting immigration from high-risk areas; intervention in foreign republics when American property is confiscated; and the prosecution of terrorism are all methods through which the government can protect Americans and their property.
  • American foreign policy should be centered around the achievement of American interests, and we should reject multinational organizations that legislate from foreign capitals and subvert American congressional and state law.
  • The United States should not flinch in the face of foreign menaces; we should confront them with vigor. The exercise of this responsibility may include offensive and defensive measures.
  • The states' role in the national debate should be restored through the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment, which turned elections for the United States Senate into nationalized popularity contests. Now, the Senate is not a body for deliberation or the exercise of federalism; it is a "squawk box" for political amateurs and prospective presidential candidates.
  • The American taxpayer, compelled to pay for his neighbor, is routinely and unfairly pillaged. There should be a flat federal income tax, and the ultimate goal should be the repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment and the institution of a tariff- or consumption-based tax policy.
  • The American educational system has been destroyed by the formation of the Department of Education, the institution of nationalized educational standards such as Common Core, and the proliferation of a culture of political correctness that refuses to uphold millennia-old standards for developing critical thinking. Local school districts should manage American educational policy; we were number one in the world when they were in charge, and now we are average (at best).
  • When public schools prove incapable, there should be charter school accessibility and state-issued vouchers available for education at private schools. As Senator Rand Paul says, "Competition breeds excellence."
  • One of our natural rights is the right to self-defense, and it is expressly protected by the Second Amendment. The American individual, unless he has a criminal record or a debilitating mental illness, should not be prohibited from owning a firearm.
  • The United States dollar should be backed by and redeemable for gold on demand. This would rein in the production of currency, which facilitates egregious government spending, and ensure monetary security. We agree with Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve: "In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value."

Our positions are based on a careful analysis of the mistakes of history, the demonstrated failures of modern American government, and the writings of Calvin Coolidge, Barry Goldwater, Friedrich von Hayek, and Ronald Reagan.

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