Reflections is a blog of the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy. We publish original content from Lincoln Memorial University faculty members on politics, constitutionalism, and public policy in contemporary and historical context. Our goal is to elevate the level of public discourse by providing expert analysis and commentary on important public issues in a manner accessible to the intelligent citizen.
Our name comes from a famous passage from Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist #1:
“It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.”
We hope that the reflections offered here will contribute to an elevated discourse on the issues of the day, making it more likely that political opinions may be shaped by, in Hamilton’s words, “a judicious estimate of our true interests, unperplexed and unbiased by considerations not connected to the common good.”
Like the Institute, Reflections, is non-partisan and does not promote any particular ideological perspective. Our authors come from differing ideological, theoretical, and disciplinary backgrounds, and any opinions expressed in published content are those of the author alone.