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

    Leahy Lectures Chief Justice on Obamacare

    It’s not every day that a member of one branch of the federal government tries to be the boss of the leader of a separate branch. But last week, a senior Senator on the powerful Judiciary Committee weighed in to claim that, instead of striving to uphold the Constitution, the … More

    Commencing Liberalism: LBJ Launches the Great Society

    It’s commencement time again: rows of folding chairs, the polyester cap and gown, a dozen of your closest relatives listening intently for your name, and of course the big name speaker. Georgetown’s School of Public Policy has Kathleen Sebelius, Columbia Law has umm, uhhh, Solicitor General Don Verilli, and Barnard … More

    Here’s a Fair Question: Are You Happy?

    In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that our country would be based on the rights (among others) to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” But how can we get there from here? In his new book, The Road to Freedom, Arthur C. Brooks offers a map. … More

    The Ladder of Opportunity vs. Obama's Fairness Escalator

    If 2008 was all about hope and change, 2012 may well be about ladders. Yes, ladders. President Barack Obama has developed a soft-spot for the “ladder of opportunity” metaphor, and he’s running with it. At a community college in Ohio a few weeks ago, he promised an economy “where there … More

    The Missing Amendment in the Bill of Rights

    Since the ratification of the Constitution, thousands of constitutional amendments have been proposed, but only 27 have survived the process of Article V. Out of these, the most well known are the first 10, also known as the Bill of Rights. Interestingly, 12 amendments were originally proposed, including one on … More

    Julia: Obama's American Woman

    Meet Obama’s ideal woman. Her name is Julia. As told by Obama’s latest ad campaign, Julia’s parents didn’t teach her the alphabet or how to make friends; Head Start did. Her parents didn’t need to save for college, because she got a government grant and student loans (which she’ll spend … More

    Senator Mike Lee on Violence Against Women Act

    Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) made the case that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), passed by the Senate, “oversteps the Constitution’s rightful limits on federal power.” Sen. Lee argued on the Senate floor that “everyone agrees that violence against women is reprehensible.”  He went on to make the case that … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Know What the Constitution Really Means?

    With a handful of words, the Founders set forth a simple principle that protects a central liberty enjoyed by all in this Republic — the freedom of speech, as recognized in the First Amendment. Yet after more than 200 years of history, liberals in Congress — including House Minority Leader … More

    Now Online: The Heritage Guide to the Constitution

    The Constitution made a comeback these past few years. In 2009, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) replied to a question about the constitutionality of Obamacare with “Are you serious?” The American people were serious. They began carrying the Constitution everywhere, read it to their representatives, and then elected new Members … More

    What Does Equality of Opportunity Mean?

    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently steamed about the lack of equal opportunity in America. In his view, “government falls down on the job of creating equal opportunity.” He’s also huffed that: When you hear conservatives talk about how our goal should be equality of opportunity, not equality of … More