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    The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.

    How Academia "Observed" Constitution Day

    On Constitution Day, all schools receiving federal funds are required to teach students about the U.S. Constitution. Some higher-education institutions fulfilled the requirement in unique ways. While some colleges were handing out pocket-sized Constitutions and holding public readings of the 225 year-old document, the University of California, Berkeley was celebrating … More

    The Forgotten Constitution

    Today is Constitution Day. It’s not a federal holiday, and that’s fitting. After all, for 225 years now, the Constitution has not taken a day off. Ours is the longest lasting, most successful constitution in history. But, even this relatively short document contains a few clauses that even seasoned experts … More

    Morning Bell: Our Constitution Is Under Fire

    Today, the federal government has acquired an all but unquestioned dominance over virtually every area of American life. It acts without constitutional limits and increasingly regulates our most basic activities, from how much water is in our toilets to what kind of light bulbs we can buy. So while we … More

    10 Steps to Save the Constitution

    Constitution Day is next Monday, September 17. It will mark the 225th anniversary of our nation’s founding charter. Much like the document itself, Constitution Day doesn’t get the fanfare it deserves. But let’s not allow the day to go unobserved this year. Here are 10 steps you can take to … More

    Limits on Free Speech? A Dangerous Message

    Diplomats abroad represent the government of the United States. They must, therefore, speak with tact, but also with honesty. After all, most of the people they’re speaking to have no firsthand experience with the U.S. Our diplomats are teaching foreigners about America. In fact, the “primary purpose of United States … More

    Women: America's Largest Special Interest Group?

    “Women are not an interest group,” said President Obama in a video aired on television Tuesday. “Women shouldn’t be treated that way.” Fair enough. But in a campaign where “women’s rights” are supposedly front and center in the national debate, the left has been claiming there’s a “war on women” … More

    We All "Belong to" the Government?

    The city of Charlotte’s convention motto this week is “We make it possible.” And who is this “we”? Here’s the host committee’s answer: “Government is the only thing that we all belong to. We have different churches, different clubs, but we’re together as a part of our city, or our … More

    George Washington Gives Model of Presidential Leadership

    The old joke about baseball in the District of Columbia was that Washington is “first in war, first in peace, and last in the league.” This slyly played off the age-old description of George Washington himself: “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.” This … More

    Did Castro Channel Marco Rubio and the American Dream?

    A charismatic young Hispanic politician yesterday delivered one of the best speeches in recent memory on the American Dream. In retelling the story of his family’s rise from poverty, he hit all the right notes. He described America as “the land of opportunity,” praised hard work, stressed the importance of … More

    Why Does MSNBC Want to Go Backwards?

    Who knew that telling people they have rights would be so controversial? In his nationally televised address Wednesday night, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) reminded Americans that “our rights come from nature and God, not from government.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went apoplectic. “It’s clear that Paul Ryan was talking to people … More