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  • The Constitution in One Sentence: Understanding the Tenth Amendment

    After the House of Representatives’ reading last week, the Constitution is suddenly the talk of the town.  Congressmen and women on both sides of the aisle are eager to display the latest “must-have accessory” – their pocket Constitutions.  This renewed interest goes beyond simply reading the document; people actually want … More

    Over the River and Through the Woods…

    On Christmas Day in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, approximately 100 patriots will re-enact George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River.  This annual memorial to the Christmas Night crossing of 1776 historically draws large crowds, and takes place regardless of inclement weather.  In a war known for its many heroic deeds … More

    Do We Still Believe in American Sovereignty?

    The current language surrounding American foreign policy (and the New START Treaty in particular) is diplomatic and courteous.  It is also dangerously ambiguous about American sovereignty.  As Steven Groves explains in the latest installment of the Understanding America series, “Sovereignty is a simple idea: the United States is an independent … More

    Historical Precedent: Treaties and Lame Duck Sessions

    As newly-elected members of the Senate pointed out in a letter to Majority Leader Reid: “no bilateral strategic arms reduction treaty with the Soviet Union or Russia has ever been ratified during a lame duck session.”  Let’s go further: Has any major bilateral U.S. treaty ever been ratified during a … More

    New START And America's Role In The World

    With the nuclear New START Treaty causing waves in Congress, President Obama’s recent overseas trips drawing criticism from both supporters and opponents, and the upcoming NATO heads-of-state summit in Lisbon this month, a fundamental question arises: What is America’s role in the world? In the newest installment in the Understanding … More

    The Tea Party Goes International

    Despite the media’s negative portrayal, support for the Tea Party is growing at astonishing speed.  Over half of the electorate now consider themselves favorable to the Tea Party, according to recent polls.  Just this weekend, the Virginia Tea Party Convention, co-hosted by The Heritage Foundation, attracted over 2,000 attendees – … More

    The New (Constitutional) Kid on the Block

    In celebration of Constitution Day, The Heritage Foundation welcomed its new neighbor and ally across the street: Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship.  Hillsdale College in Michigan has been an institution committed to “educating for liberty” since 1844, but with the addition of the … More

    A "Living" Declaration?

    President Obama has finally stopped ignoring the Declaration of Independence altogether, but he still seems averse to certain elements of the founding document. In his remarks to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute annual awards gala, President Obama stressed the importance of Hispanics in American history, and declared that what “made … More