NCPA Commentaries by Pete du Pont

Pete du Pont served for many years on the NCPA Board of Directors, first as policy chair and then as chairman of the board, in addition to his current service on the NCPA’s Emeritus Board of Directors.  He also wrote a regular column for, the online news service of The Wall St. Journal for many years.

Pete du Pont has served as Governor of Delaware, U.S. Congressman (R-DE), and former candidate for President of the United States (1988). Gov. du Pont formerly hosted a nationally-syndicated radio commentary and appeared on several editions of the PBS Firing Line debates with William F. Buckley, Jr.

  • May 27, 2014


    Some thoughts on the views that have animated this column.

    The Wall Street Journal: This will be the last of my columns for this publication, so I thought it fitting to note the views that have most influenced these writings. Foremost is my appreciation of America's character and strength and my opinion that the only earthly thing that can stop this great country is a national failure of will or a continual series of misguided political decisions.

  • Apr 28, 2014

    The Real Inequality Problem

    It isn’t that some people are wealthy but that others are struggling.

    The Wall Street Journal: The answer to reducing economic inequality is to raise the living standard of those in the lower end of the economic spectrum, says NCPA Emeritus Board Member Pete du Pont in a Wall Street Journal commentary.

  • Mar 28, 2014

    The Left’s “Wars”

    The Wall Street Journal: As public attention turns to the midterm elections,NCPA former Board Chairman Pete Du Pontoutlines the Left’s attacks on education, the rule of law, and the Republican Party.

  • Feb 27, 2014

    Global Warming Heats Up

    The public could use an honest debate.

    The Wall Street Journal: Global warming is back. Not actual global warming, as the decade-long trend of little to no increase in temperatures continues. But the topic of global warming is back in the news. From Secretary of State John Kerry's recent climate comments in Jakarta to the White House's 2014 "year of action" plan on carbon emissions, global warming has garnered more ink and pixels than we've seen in a while.

  • Jan 21, 2014

    Our Gravest Peril

    ObamaCare? Stagnant economy? Crushing debt? Foreign-policy fecklessness may trump them all.

    Wall Street Journal: Of all the concerns facing the nation, NCPA board member Pete Du Pont asserts that it is our foreign policy failings that require the most attention.

  • Nov 25, 2013

    The Great Destroyer

    ObamaCare wreaks havoc on health care, the economy, American freedom and Obama's presidency.

    Polls show an increasing majority of Americans dislike President Obama's health-care law and disapprove of the job the president is doing.

  • Oct 29, 2013

    Hillary Will Run

    How could she not?

    Wall Street Journal: NCPA’s Pete Du Pont explores the possibility of a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential run.

  • Sep 26, 2013

    The Beltway Stalemate

    Democrats and Republicans have never had such a conflict of visions.

    The Wall Street Journal: The debate about military action in Syria seems over for now, and Washington is back in campaign mode. We have a president who seems to have nothing but disdain for those who disagree with him, who forsakes no opportunity to attack congressional Republicans, and who is in full agreement with congressional Democrats that government is the key to creating jobs, prosperity and equality. We have Republicans who feel they cannot trust the president, are more dubious than ever of the government's ability to make the right decisions, and who think such decisions belong instead with individuals, families and businesses. What we don't have is much in the way of an incentive, or even a desire, to compromise.

  • Aug 27, 2013

    Obama's Foreign Failure

    The world hasn't lived up to his Pollyannaish expectations.

    Wall Street Journal: President Obama’s foreign policy decisions have severely weakened America’s standing in the world, says NCPA Board Member Pete du Pont.

  • Jul 27, 2013

    Second-Term Nightmare

    ObamaCare's chickens come home to roost.

    The Wall Street Journal: The Obama administration is broadening its efforts to put a positive face on the tangled snarl of ObamaCare implementation.