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Donald Devine Seminars

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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.

Book Dr. Devine

If you’re interested in scheduling Dr. Donald Devine to speak at your event, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org. For media inquiries, please contact Kerri DiNarda at info@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384.


Op-Eds by Dr. Donald Devine

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Is Trump Really Moving Left?

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.

The Unbridled Faith

With an estimated 40,000 Protestant denominations worldwide, how is it possible to compress such a subject in a single book, even in 500 pages on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation? Alec Ryrie offers Protestants: "The Faith that Made the Modern World," whose title itself suggests the difficulty. It is a history of Protestantism but he insists it is merely about Protestants because he would otherwise be overpromising a definitive history.

With Courage, Trump Can Fix Obamacare Now

So the U.S. Senate has been unable to do anything on Obamacare and the end is near? For months it's been obvious that those Keystone cops did not have the courage to act. Conservative Republicans do not even have a real majority in the Senate or the U.S. House and will not for the foreseeable future. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, actually lost her GOP primary.

Election Plot Undermines American Democracy

Permanent paranoia is destroying our politics. What is the real story regarding the foreign threat to U.S. elections? The online media giant Politico magazine’s investigative staff has produced authoritative evidence that a native Soviet citizen so interfered in the presidential election it forced the resignation of a U.S. campaign chairman, critically disrupting his party’s ability to function.

Priorities When Replacing Obamacare

After seven years campaigning against Obamacare, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has now begun the final GOP attempt to reform it. If this fails, his announced next step is working with Senate Democrats to save it by increasing its subsidies — whatever the cost.

Donald Trump and the Future of Conservatism

Six months of the Trump Administration have turned conservatives into Alices peering through the Looking Glass into their own and America’s future. For most, it is an unsettling experience.

Fact Checking the Green, Faith-Based Fact-Checkers

President Donald Trump’s bold decision to cease implementation of the Paris Climate Accord has thrown the mainstream media into what Socrates would label religious enthusiasm. End of times enthusiasm has been the ancient spiritual response since humans lived in caves and witnessed their first eclipse. In fact, a group of modern mystical scientists has proposed to block the sun to save the environment, which the small-minded have noted would have the unfortunate result of destroying the earth in the process.

Impeachment Pandemic

As Sigmund Freud first warned, when virtually everything one person does leads another to the same compulsive conclusion, one may assume this is very important to those with the fixation and that if they get the chance they will likely do what they can to carry-out their obsession. The first warning was a New York Daily News editorial on March 20, 2016, titled “Impeach Donald Trump: It’s not too early to start,” well before he was even the Republican nominee! Now, President Trump has fired an FBI director virtually everyone in both parties recognized as unfit to continue in the job and then warned Russia about airplane terrorism — and the reaction is “impeach him.”

Drain the Swamp, Then Close It

For once I agree with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., "the Democrats cleaned our clock" on the budget — and as a defense hawk he received better than the rest getting two-thirds of what he wanted! The cave in on domestic spending was shameful. After sending a budget plan for 2018 promising cuts for every agency except Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans, just about every other agency received an increase for the rest of this year. Real critical stuff like former Vice-President Joe Biden’s "moonshot" 21st Century Cures Act, increased funds for an Energy bureau slated for abolishment, and more for Centers of Disease Control (CDC) labs they cannot keep clear of impurities.