Policy Today was founded in July 2004 to report on the structural as well as policy-specific areas of American government. All the clever sound-bytes and “positions on the issues” come to naught if the political apparatus to implement them isn’t there. Along the way, we’ve also asked, “can principled decision making play a role in practical politics?” The country’s early leaders thought so, and left us the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and more to prove their point. PRINCIPLES OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC seeks to identify these core ideals across the political, economic, social and legal realms while serving as a starting point for PT’s own reporting and analysis.