The John Adams Society

Theodore O. Olsen


Christopher T. Wolff


G. Larry Colson Jr.

Chief Whip

Katey Haflund



Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.

- Harry Browne

LEFT WING BELIEFS are usually progressive in nature, they look to the future, aim to support those who cannot support themselves, are idealist and believe in equality. People who are left wing believe in taxation to redistribute opportunity and wealth.  Right wing beliefs value tradition, they are about equity, survival of the fittest, and they believe in economic freedom. They typically believe that business shouldn’t be regulated, and that we should all look after ourselves. 

Left and Right wings divide both the country and the parties themselves. Both left and right wing politicians will say anything to get the most votes among their constituents.  What they say when campaigning is seldom what is carried out when they enter their elected office.  It is political corruption and greed that has diseased our political and justice systems to the point of ineffectiveness.

ON THE OTHER HAND, Both wings are needed to fly.  But the wings need to understand each other.  The left and right wings are both helpful and contributory between or within the same party.  Even if the result is less than perfect, without either one of the wings the bird would be unfit.  Were it not for two wings and their constituents having different values and priorities, it is entirely possible that America would not have fared as well as it has.  A healthy debate between the wings will better define the differences between people who assume freedom is innate, and people who assume no freedom is allowed unless there is a specific right defining it. 

THE CHAIRMAN, who is partial to drumsticks, has called a debate to settle the question. 

RESOLVED: Both wings are from the same turkey!

The Debate will be held on November 18, 2015, at the University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, in Saint Paul. The Chancellor will preside over drinks beginning at seven o’clock p.m. The debate will begin at half past seven. There is no dress code, however gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie; ladies are encourage to adhere to a similar sartorial standard. For those gentlemen arriving sans tie yet wishing to discourse on the resolution, the Purveyor of Ties will keep on hand several remarkable selections. Questions regarding debate caucus procedures of about the John Adams Society itself may be directed to the Chairman at (651) 269-1890 or the Secretary at (651) 494-9008.