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

    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

    The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

    This Thursday, millions of families will celebrate Thanksgiving with roasted turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, and (with only a slight amount of guilt) another piece of pumpkin pie. But in early America, days of Thanksgiving weren’t always about food. Reflecting American religious practice, Presidents and Congresses from the beginning of the … More

    Heritage Congressional Fellowship Graduates 34

    The Heritage Foundation is proud to congratulate the Heritage Congressional Fellows class of 2011. Their graduation was marked with a ceremony and address featuring Ronald Reagan biographer Steven Hayward on the future of conservative leadership. The Heritage Congressional Fellowship (HCF) is a year-long educational program for junior-level Capitol Hill staffers … More

    Debating America's Role in the World

    Tonight, the contenders for the GOP presidential nomination gather in Washington, D.C., at the CNN/Heritage/AEI debate on U.S. foreign policy. It’s about time! Currently, there is little logic to America’s international priorities and actions abroad. U.S. troops are leaving Iraq, entering Uganda, and toppling foreign leaders while “leading from behind.” … More

    Strong National Security--the Prerequisite for Peaceful Commerce

    The slogan “War breeds war. Peace breeds prosperity” has become a favorite idea of the anti-war faction on the right. Unlike their anti-war allies on the left, who favor protectionism, those like Congressman Ron Paul (R–TX) are rightly committed to economic freedom. Their mistake lies in thinking that commerce and … More

    Who, under the Constitution, Makes Foreign Policy?

    In less than five days, GOP candidates will meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss national security and foreign policy. This first-ever presidential debate sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute will be the occasion for candidates to explain their vision for American foreign policy. Some presidential candidates’ views … More

    The Founders on Defense Spending

    In the midst of the current budget battle, there are a lot of folks—right and left—who assume that defense spending is a luxury that America just can’t afford at the moment. This a view far removed from James Madison’s conviction that “security against foreign danger is…an avowed and essential object … More

    The Founders on War & Peace

    Next Tuesday, the contenders for the GOP presidential nomination will square off in another debate, this time focused on foreign policy. If the last few months are any guide, at least one of those debaters will argue that if America just withdrew its military and stopped taunting other countries, then … More

    How Not to Advance a Balanced Budget Amendment

    Congress this week finds itself in a predicament of its own making. To show how serious they are about solving America’s deepening fiscal crisis, Republicans insisted that the 2011 Budget Control Act require the House and the Senate to vote on a balanced budget amendment (BBA) before the end of … More

    Income Inequality and the Founding Fathers

    What did America’s founders say about economic inequality? Rather than unload statistics about the reality of inequality in America today, which we have done on other occasions, this post considers inequality based on the economic principles on which our republic was founded. These principles remind us why economic inequality is … More