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  • Heritage Intern Award Winners: Our American Heritage

    Each semester, we bring together more than 60 young leaders from across the country to participate in our internship program in D.C. They are given the opportunity of practical experience working on policy research, marketing, and business, and training in communication skills like blogging and public speaking. They learn about America’s founding principles while visiting important sites including the Pentagon, National Archives, and Mount Vernon. Combining an engaging curriculum with each intern’s individual talents and passion, the Young Leaders Program prepares students for success.

    This summer, we challenged the interns to use their creativity to bring conservative principles to life. Heritage President Ed Feulner selected the winning projects. Alec Moen is the third place winner. Stay tuned for the second and first place winners this week.

    We can learn quite a bit from a rhyme and a verse
    And reflection on our past never made things worse
    In this age of big government and secular pride
    We must look to the Founding as our one true guide

    The Founders held beliefs that apply to our lives
    To say that they don’t is a political guise
    The question that we will try to answer today
    Is what did those first and great Americans say

    “All possess certain unalienable rights”
    This thought led to the revolutionary fights
    With unanimous consent from the thirteen states
    Fifty-six men signed, thus sealing all of our fates

    For what did they risk their property and their lives?
    For the right to be free and for free enterprise!
    And from where did they think that true liberty came?
    From their Creator, not the state – O what a claim!

    And so much more than light and transient causes,
    brought about these revolutionary clauses.
    A history of repeated usurpations,
    Led to our split with the then greatest of nations

    They fought for life, for liberty, and the pursuit
    To break away from Britain was the only route.
    As soon as the lanterns above the old church shone
    Mr. Revere took his midnight ride all alone.

    Once the battle was won and the fighting had ceased
    The king’s reign ended but stability decreased
    How did we propose to secure our liberty?
    By drafting a constitution we were made free

    It created a system to protect us all
    Separation of powers drives some up the wall
    But a necessary check on tyranny ‘tis
    So a man cannot rise up and think it all his.

    The federal system gives us safeguards as well,
    That way power resides where the people do dwell.
    A sovereign people we are declared to be
    And the land of the free shouted Francis Scott Key

    We have come a long way from this initial zeal
    We’ve fought wars and expanded and got a New Deal
    While some change has been good, some parts have been less so
    Some now view our past as a fading memento

    Government is the answer to any question
    Of the problems that afflict and ail our nation.
    This massive expansion will not give up and yield
    “This solution is great,” say those out in Left field.

    Big government did not help the Russian people,
    It hurt; it oppressed; and it took a massive toll.
    The Founders freed us from an overbearing state
    We must turn back our course before it is too late

    Men are born free.  This is a self-evident right
    And we should trust them to do whatever they might
    But unfettered liberty turns into license,
    What can save us from this political crisis?

    A look back to the Founding and our nation’s roots
    Can help us settle most of our current disputes
    Understanding the past is the key for today
    We can solve our problems the American way

    What started as a protest on the Boston Dock
    What was furthered by Jefferson, Jay, and Hancock,
    What many derided and few thought could last
    What we zealously defended with canon blast

    Is the land of the free and the home of the brave
    Which cannot be submerged by a big statist wave
    A place where freedom was encouraged to flourish
    Will not fall to a model that is so boorish

    We were built on principles that we still hold true
    The greatest achievement of the red, white, and blue
    Men have fought and died defending this privilege
    Now we must protect our American Heritage!

    Alec Moen is a recent graduate from Vanderbilt University in philosophy and political science. He is starting law school at Saint Louis University this fall.

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    One Response to Heritage Intern Award Winners: Our American Heritage

    1. mma4cmt says:

      Amazingly well said! This should be required reading for…everyone! Regaining the spirit of the Founding would help resolve…everything! I would like your permission to re-post this…everywhere!-Richard A Wheeler

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