ON-Lion Letter

The 11th annual Bradley Prizes gala ceremony was held in June at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The 2014 Bradley Prize recipients are Georgetown University law professor Randy E. Barnett, Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen, Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley A. Strassel, and Wall Street Journal drama critic and Commentary critic-at-large Terry Teachout.  Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

During his acceptance remarks, Barnett sketched out two understandings of the Constitution.  “The Democratic Constitution views sovereignty as residing in the people, collectively," he said, and "[t]he Republican Constitution views sovereignty as residing in the people as individuals.” 

Olsen called on us all to “put on the full armor of liberty” during her remarks.  "What if the solution to Washington," she asked, "isn’t in Washington?"

Strassel spoke of public discourse. "We in the press corps owe a duty to the public to question the accepted storyline," she said.  

And Teachout talked about the value of art.  “The arts are central to any truly conservative understanding of the world," he said.  "Art makes sense of life.”

 (Photos by Robert Burgess)

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