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American capitalism isn’t perfect, but it is worth defending

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In the first two installments of this three-part series, I defended American exceptionalism and American patriotism. In this, the third and final installment, I must defend another important idea that has fallen out of favor: American capitalism. Though imperfect, free market capitalism has been an incredibly powerful force for good in the world. The combination of liberal democracy and free marke... Read more »

Is America inherently bad? Don’t believe it.

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This is the second in a series of 3 opinion editorials by Congressman Chris Stewart During a recent visit to a high school government class, a student asked me what to do to make America better. Though I’ve been asked this question many times, my response this time was different: "When someone tells you that America is inherently bad," I said, "don’t believe it.” Many of us now find ourselves comp... Read more »

I’m Defending an Unpopular Idea — America is Good

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I want to defend a radical idea. An idea that is increasingly unpopular—mocked and sneered at by some: The United States of America is good. In fact, this country has been the greatest force for good the world has ever seen. We have sacrificed blood and treasure to free hundreds of millions of people from oppression worldwide. Free markets and liberal democracy have normalized a standard of living... Read more »

Religious liberty is at the heart of Pioneer Day

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July is the month in which we in Utah celebrate both the birth of the United States of America and the arrival of the pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. I love celebrating both of these important anniversaries so close together. Our forebears who arrived in Salt Lake on July 24, 1847, like the pilgrims centuries before, were fleeing religious persecution and seeking a place where they could freely ... Read more »

As China shows its true colors, America must unite against the real threat

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Anyone who still thinks of China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a viable business partner is sadly mistaken. It is not a country that values human rights, freedom or mutual respect among nations. The reality is, the world has a China problem and it’s time we found the fortitude to deal with it. Consider the reality of CCP rule. More than a million Chinese Muslim Uighurs are imprisoned in... Read more »

Rep. Chris Stewart: Amid protests and reform, we truly need ‘liberty and justice for all’

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This is a critical moment in our nation’s history. At a time when we should be unifying with one another, we are instead demonizing each other, creating a perception that the world is filling with darkness and fear. But I will never quit believing that most people are good. If we ever quit believing that, we lose our ability to solve our most pressing problems. With the eruption of pain and anger ... Read more »

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