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Mickey  Edwards

Mickey Edwards

Former US Congressman & Professor


Former Congressman Mickey Edwards is a lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also a vice president of the Aspen Institute and director of the Institute’s Rodel leadership program for elected public officials.  Read More >

Edwards served as a member of Congress for 16 years, during which time he was a senior member of the House Republican leadership as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, a member of both the House Appropriations and Budget Committees, and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. After leaving Congress, he taught government and public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for 11 years before moving to Princeton in 2004. He has also taught at both Harvard Law School and as a visiting professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.

Edwards has been a regular columnist for a number of newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, and Boston Globe, and broadcasts a weekly political commentary on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” His articles have also appeared frequently in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner, Miami Herald, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Boston Herald, Tulsa World, and other major newspapers, and in such publications as The National Interest, The Public Interest, and Policy Review. He is the author of two books, co-author of a third, and has contributed chapters to several more. His latest book is Reclaiming Conservatism.

In the summer of 2011, Edwards’s article, “How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans,” was featured in the “Big Ideas” issue of The Atlantic. The UN and World Bank later reposted it to their respective websites. His book based on the same concept, The Parties versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans, due for release in summer of 2012, describes the current dysfunction in government, the causes for it, and ten specific steps to fix it.

Mickey Edwards has chaired task forces on foreign policy for the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations and is a director of several organizations in the fields of public policy and foreign affairs, including the Constitution Project. He has also been an advisor to the State Department.  He has degrees in both Journalism and Law. Read Less ^

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Mickey Edwards

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Constitution & Government

We are in the process of significant changes in our form of government, with the constitutional system set up by our founders increasingly misunderstood, ignored, or challenged.  There is a persistent demand to change the supreme court to make it "responsive" to the majority views of the moment rather than ensuring that our laws adhere to the constitution.  Edwards will explain that the President is not, actually, the 'head of government' (we don't have a "head of government"; he's the head of one of the three equal branches of government (one of the two "political" branches) Americans must understand that the constitution very expressly gives the President only two options when he receives legislation from congress -- veto it or make it the law. However, in reality we have become a system in which a President can simply declare the right to disobey the law (thus making ours a system more like those in a Venezuela or Pakistan or the old Soviet Union than the system of separated powers the founders created in order to protect our freedoms from the dangers of arbitrary rule).  Read More >

Edwards warns that we are at a critical point in deciding whether we will continue to be "exceptional" in our preservation of a system that limits and divides power or whether we will be just another nation with a "leader" who will make our laws and decide when to send us to war. Read Less ^

How to Turn Republicans & Democrats into Americans

Reclaiming Conservatism