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

    Morning Bell: New Year's Resolutions for Conservatives

    Let’s be honest: We all know you’re not really gonna quit smoking, start exercising, and eat more vegetables as of today. As Emerson wryly remarked: “All promise outruns performance.” The key to keeping your New Year’s resolutions is to make them more realistic. Rather than try to drastically change the … More

    2011 in Review: Who's Been Naughty, Who's Been Nice?

    Americans are blessed to have inherited a constitutional republic. If we are to keep it, we must vigilantly preserve the Constitution upon which it stands. As 2011 draws to a close, we made a list (and checked it twice!) of the year’s most important constitutional trends. Nice: Congress begins to … More

    Morning Bell: Faith in America

    “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time,” Thomas Jefferson once wrote. “The hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.” Among the American Founders, there was a profound sense that faith and freedom were deeply intertwined. Nowadays, we are often told that religion … More

    PODCAST: The History of Christmas in America

    Be sure to listen to Matt Spalding discuss the history and importance of Christmas in America. Tune in here! How did early Americans celebrate Christmas? Since Christmas is also a time of giving, what are traditional ways Americans have done so? Is there a particular story about Christmas from the … More

    The Reagans at Christmas

    Let us turn one more time to Ronald Reagan, in his centennial year, for some Christmas cheer. President Reagan loved America, his shining city on a hill, but he loved one thing—or rather one person—more: Nancy, his wife of more than 50 years. Theirs was a marriage of affection and … More

    Morning Bell: Defending Liberty and Security in Wartime

    The official end of U.S. operations in Iraq last week calls to mind controversial issues from the past decade. One of the most important intellectual and policy battles, which remains relevant today, is over how to defend both civil liberties and security in time of war. In other words, how … More

    Obama's Not-So-Great Fairness Society

    Barack Obama ran for President claiming the mantle of Abraham Lincoln. Then he took office and recast himself as the second coming of FDR. He then railed against the “Do Nothing” Congress in his very best Harry Truman impression. Now, in a pilgrimage to the small town of Osawatomie, Kansas, President … More

    Are Human Rights the Same as Natural Rights?

    In recognition of the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, President Obama proclaimed this week Human Rights Week. Americans know a thing or two about rights, considering that the country was founded on the self-evident truth that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed … More

    Online Chat on Liberalism

    Click here Join us on Friday right now for a special “Lunch with Heritage” chat where are joined by the Assistant Director for the Center for Principles and Politics David Azerrad. He is taking your questions about what the left has been up to and  he will also be taking … More

    So You Think You Know Your Rights?

    It seems people think that they have a right to everything these days: a right to the Internet, to free health care, to a good job, and to a free college education. The Supreme Court is famous for finding new rights in the “penumbras” and “emanations” of the Constitution. Today … More