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Donald Devine Seminars


Donald Devine Seminars

Dr. Donald Devine is a columnist, author and the Grewcock Senior Scholar for The Fund for American Studies. Devine served as President Ronald Reagan’s civil service director during the president’s first term in office. During that time, The Washington Post labeled him Reagan’s “terrible swift sword of the civil service” for cutting bureaucrats and reducing billions in spending. Today, Devine travels the country teaching Constitutional Leadership Seminars to young people and speaking to groups about reviving the Constitution and saving the marriage between libertarianism and traditionalism.

Devine spells out the solution for the modern GOP – a fusion of the best of conservative ideas with those of the liberty movement, all rooted in the Constitution.

–  Senator Rand Paul

About Dr. Donald Devine

Before and after his government service, Devine was an academic, teaching 14 years as associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and for a decade as a professor of Western civilization at Bellevue University. He is a columnist and author of eight books, including his most recent “America’s Way Back: Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition and Constitution.” Devine served as an advisor to Reagan from 1976 to 1985, to Sen. Bob Dole from 1988–1996 and to Steve Forbes between 1998–2000.

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Op-Eds by Dr. Donald Devine



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Foray Into Political Swamp Distorts Freedom House Ratings

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Congress Must Charge Stonewalling DOJ, FBI With Contempt

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Abigail’s 16-Year Senate Victory Over FDA Bureaucrats

How many thousands died because the Food and Drug Administration refused to provide access to drugs that might have saved their lives?

Manafort Indictment Late, Political Blackmail, Morally Wrong

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Trump Breaks Bureaucracy Dogma

A curious situation — he’s named fewer political appointees than expected yet still has unabashedly moved to deregulate government.

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The partisan left is in a dither: unless the Supreme Court Whitford v. Gill case requires "equal" legislative lines, the country will cease to be democratic — or was that Democratic?

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Or is he simply being himself? So President Donald Trump has kissed and made up with Democratic Senate Leader Charles Schumer and House chief Nancy Pelosi. “Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” he said, agreeing to a debt increase and continued spending for two months only, when Republican leaders desperately wanted these delayed until after the critical 2018 election.

Building Emergency Missile Defense Best Option on North Korea

By exploding a super-grade thermonuclear bomb with the means to deliver it, destitute North Korea has forced the powerful United States to a historic nuclear decision.