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

    ¿Por Qué Es América Excepcional?

    Hispanics are rapidly becoming one of the most influential groups in American politics. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, they make up 16.3 percent of the total population and have become increasingly active in elections. Although Hispanics have tended to vote Democratic, their strong commitment to traditional values, families, and … More

    President Obama's New Model: Teddy Roosevelt's New Nationalism Speech

    Yesterday, Barack Obama became the second President to use a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, as an opportunity to take on the mantle of a previous President. President Obama evoked the memory of Theodore Roosevelt, who gave his famous “New Nationalism” speech laced with the now-rote themes in political rhetoric: “special … More

    Morning Bell: The Last Incarnation of Barack Obama

    If there was any doubt where President Barack Obama’s ideological heart lies, yesterday he let it be known loud and clear in a wide-ranging speech in Osawatomie, Kansas. President Obama is at his core a dyed-in-the-wool progressive who sees the federal government as the answer to all of America’s problems. … More

    How Can America Be Just If It Didn't Abolish Slavery Right Away?

    On this December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was adopted and slavery was abolished. There has always been intense debate about the existence of slavery in American history, precisely because it raises questions about this nation’s dedication to liberty and human equality. At the time of the Founding, there were … More

    Whoa There! Time to REIN in Runaway Bureaucrats

    America’s out-of-control administrative state can best be compared to a runaway stage coach—trampling American workers and careening away with their money. Next week, Congress will have an opportunity to bring much-needed oversight to America’s regulatory process by voting for the aptly named REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need … More

    Bureaucrats Gone Wild: Will Congress REIN in the Administrative State?

    Next week, Congress will have an opportunity to bring much-needed oversight to America’s regulatory process by voting for the aptly named REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny). If passed, this law would require any new, major regulation—defined as one that would cost more than $100 million, … More

    All I Want for Christmas… The Top 10 First Principles Books

    You camped out by Best Buy for Black Friday, perused the neighborhood shops on Small Business Saturday, crashed the computer on Cyber Monday, but still didn’t get a gift for your father-in-law, stocking stuffers (that aren’t socks), or a good book to survive that four-hour layover in Atlanta. You need … More

    Sex, Equality and No Property: The Good Ol' Upper Paleolithic Era

    All this time, we thought conservatives were the ones pining for the past. Turns out we didn’t look back far enough in time. The stone age, when sex came easy and all were equal, may just have been the halcyon era of liberalism. Intelligent Life magazine, an offshoot of The … More

    Morning Bell: President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

    We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving yesterday and continue to enjoy spending time with friends and family today. While we at The Heritage Foundation enjoy our holiday, we invite you to read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation below. The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled … More

    Morning Bell: A Day of 'Public Thanksgiving and Prayer'

    Most of us have heard or read at least part of Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation at some point. But even those who have heard it many times can overlook two important aspects of this important document. The first is its timing: October 3, 1863. The nation had already endured two … More