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

    Silent Cal: The Declaration's Great Defender

    America’s birthday is also that of Calvin Coolidge, the only President to be born on the Fourth of July. This is altogether fitting, as the man remembered as “Silent Cal” is one of the most eloquent voices for the great and enduring principles expressed in our Declaration of Independence. There … More

    Morning Bell: Does the Declaration of Independence Still Matter?

    The Declaration of Independence was partly intended as a list of grievances against a distant monarch. And both George III and the colonists who disagreed with his rule are long dead. But so are many of those who’ve argued that the Declaration is obsolete. In fact, this is exactly what … More

    Send Profits on Ahead

    Everyone knows you can’t take it with you. But you can use it to make the world a better place—both while you’re in it and after you die. That’s a key message from Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the winner of this year’s Salvatori Prize, presented by The Heritage Foundation. Hasson … More

    Remembering July 2

    “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival,” John Adams wrote about the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought … More

    What's the Limit on Congress's Power to Tax?

    The Supreme Court on Thursday introduced lawmakers to a new Obamacare. The justices held that Congress does not have the power under the Commerce Clause to force you to buy health insurance, even though that’s what lawmakers and the President thought they were doing when they passed the law. Instead, … More

    Morning Bell: Imperial Presidency

    The United States was born when rebellious colonists declared their independence from an imperial ruler who had vastly overstepped his bounds. “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over … More

    Mirroring Political Greatness

    It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day attacks of a political campaign: Which candidate is mean to dogs versus which candidate has eaten them, and so forth. But sometimes it’s worthwhile to take a step back and remember how great politicians of the past carried out their craft. … More

    The Founders’ Individual Mandate?

    Once, Obamacare’s defenders were certain the Supreme Court would uphold the individual mandate requiring every citizen to purchase health insurance. Then came the oral argument. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was unable to articulate a limiting principle to Congress’s powers. That set off a scramble to find historical precedent for the … More

    Finding the Answer in the Founding

    There are certain existential questions that humans have wrestled with since the dawn of time: “What is the meaning of life?” “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” Perhaps even “Does the refrigerator light stay on when I close the door?” Recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried … More

    An Imperial Immigration Policy

    On Friday, the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum telling U.S. immigration officials how they should “enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home.” The Administration’s move is an attempt to … More