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  • Morning Bell: The IRS Wants to Know If You're a "Patriot"

    Across this great land, patriotic Americans are behaving subversively. We’re quoting from our pocket Constitutions, starting reading groups to discuss our founding documents, even gathering together to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Uncle Sam is not amused. As leaders of tea party groups have been painfully aware … More

    The Coming Constitutional Debate

    The Constitution has returned to Congress. It began with a ceremonial reading of the document on the House floor for the first time in US history. While the event had some problems, the act of reading the document that provides the authority for Congress in the first place sets the … More

    Why We Celebrate the Fourth

    During the 1700s, Philadelphia was an unpleasant place in the summer. Malaria and yellow fever were rampant. There were no cures and no known ways to prevent infection. Most people of means tried to escape the city, if they could. But in the scorching summer of 1776, scores of our … More

    Church Over State: A Picture Says a Thousand Words

    For decades now the secular Left has constantly pressed at every opportunity to keep any semblance of religion away from anything that is somehow connected to government.  There must be a complete and unbridgeable separation of Church and State, they always say, a misreading (and misuse) of a letter Thomas … More

    Paul Ryan, Anti-Progressive

    Along with many of our allies, we here at Heritage have been focusing attention on “Progressivism,” the political movement which is largely responsible for the growth and vast expansion of centralized administration in the federal government.  As I have argued in my own book, progressivism challenged the original principles of … More

    Patrick Henry's Fight for Liberty

    In light of this week’s events, many Americans are frustrated and disheartened. But we should take heart. Today marks the 235th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famous speech, when he proclaimed “Give me liberty, or give me death.” This sentiment represents a legacy much older and nobler than tyrannical healthcare legislation … More

    Intolerable Acts and Tea Parties

    In 1774, in response to the first Tea Party, the British Parliament issued a series of acts designed to control the colonists, stop their protests and restrict their liberty. The American colonists called them “The Intolerable Acts.” What we have all just witnessed in the debate over health care reform, … More

    Beyond the Constitution: The Healthcare Bill Violates the Rule of Law

    Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has pointed observers to a problematic section of the health care legislation now before the Senate that proposes (in Section 3403) to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Board. He rightly observes that the bill language makes it virtually impossible to repeal that part of the legislation, … More

    Does Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Violate the Constitution?

    Does Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance violate the Constitution? Interesting question. Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution says that: No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the … More

    God and Liberty: Reasons for Thanksgiving

    Of the many influences that shaped the American concept of liberty, the first and most formative was faith. More than anything else, religion formed the backbone of colonial culture and defined its moral horizon. This religious character was largely a product of the fact that many came to the New … More