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

    Online Chat on the Constitution

    How well do you think you know the Constitution? If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about it, now is your chance. Heritage just launched www.ConstitutionOnline.com: a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of every single clause in the Constitution. Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” … More

    Morning Bell: The Governing Class and Us

    In a speech yesterday in Elyria, Ohio — a small town just outside Cleveland sitting at the forks of the Black River — President Barack Obama delivered a politically charged speech in which he hearkened back to the country’s roots, saying that his opponents “don’t seem to remember how America … More

    Henry Ford: No Model P(rogressive)

    President Obama has a new role model for his Buffett Rule tax—Henry Ford. It’s an odd choice considering that Ford advocated free-market capitalism and opposed redistributive policies. Despite the lucrative government contracts, Henry Ford refused to participate in FDR’s 1933 National Recovery Act. (Let’s not forget that Ford Motors was … More

    Church and State: Clearing Thomas Jefferson’s Good Name

    Today, on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, we remember the man who can list as his crowning achievement the Declaration of Independence. But with the Obamacare contraceptive mandate still fresh in our memories, perhaps it would be good to remember another aspect of Jefferson’s legacy: his staunch commitment to religious liberty. Jefferson … More

    Catholic Bishops: 'Constant Vigilance and Protection' Required for Religious Liberty

    This morning, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published a document titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty.” To Americans who care about and work for religious freedom, the bishops’ statement is a powerful message of solidarity. The bishops argue that, in America, religious … More

    D.C. Votes, but Not for a Representative

    Today is primary day in Washington, D.C. Don’t expect a heated battle for Senator or Representative, though. D.C. does not have those offices. That’s because D.C.’s a federal city, not a state. The District’s status has long been a sore spot with some of its residents. Advocates of D.C. voting … More

    Dear Liberals, Originalism Is Not Activism

    Obamacare’s day in court didn’t go so well, and liberals are in a panic. Sensing the demise of Obamacare, they have begun to preemptively accuse the conservative justices of “judicial activism.” But the more they try to explain how striking down Obamacare would be “judicial activism,” the clearer it is … More

    The Soviet Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games has captured the imagination of the entire nation. The book-turned-movie is set in a dystopian world where 12 districts are held under the tyrannical rule of a far-distant Capital. To keep the districts from rebellion, the Capital uses an age-old tactic to manipulate the people: constant fear … More

    Is the Supreme Court the Final Arbiter on Obamacare?

    In oral arguments yesterday about Obamacare’s individual mandate, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts posited that if the government could force people to buy health insurance, its power would be nearly unlimited: Once we say that there is a market and Congress can require people to participate in it…it seems to … More

    James Madison: Father and Defender of the Constitution

    George Washington has a monument; Jefferson has a memorial; and even James Buchanan has a spot in Washington, D.C., dedicated to his legacy. But there’s no slab of marble in honor of James Madison. Yesterday was James Madison’s birthday, so today let us then remember his legacy as the father of … More