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

    William F. Buckley: Conservatism's Intellectual Godfather

    Sixty years ago this November, a recent Yale graduate published a book that outraged the distinguished university’s administration and launched a young conservative’s career. The book was God and Man at Yale. The man was William F. Buckley, Jr. The book’s success led Buckley to found National Review in 1955, … More

    PODCAST: Occupy Wall Street and Founding Principles

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, Julia Shaw discusses Occupy Wall Street. Click here to listen. Are there any similarities between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party? What are their differences? Do they share any common ground? Be sure to click the above link to get answers to those questions and more! To … More

    The Six Enduring Principles of Reagan's Foreign Policy

    These days, everybody loves Reagan. It’s not just the eight GOP candidates who are trying to out-Reagan each other on the campaign trail. Liberals, too—including President Obama—have developed a fondness for the Gipper (or at least their reconstituted version of Reagan). Most attempts to claim President Ronald Reagan’s mantle have … More

    Barry Goldwater: The Most Consequential Loser in American Politics

      This week, we celebrate two of the most important dates in modern conservative politics—presidential candidate Barry Goldwater’s crushing defeat on November 3, 1964, and President Ronald Reagan’s election on November 4, 1980. Let us pause to acknowledge that there would have been no Reagan without Goldwater. In the last … More

    Boehner Keeps the Faith on Congress' Constitutional Role

    Two years ago, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) shocked many Americans by dismissing a question about Obamacare’s constitutionality with the flippant retort: “Are you serious? Are you serious?” So much for the oath she swore to “support and defend” the Constitution. By comparison, the current Speaker of House, John Boehner … More

    Is America a Democracy or a Republic?

    According to the Wall Street protesters, American representative government has failed and therefore they are replacing it, “Since we can no longer trust our elected representatives to represent us rather than their large donors,” the Zuccotti Park occupiers explain, “we are creating a microcosm of what democracy really looks like.” … More

    We Hold This Truth to Be Self-Evident: All Men and Whales Are Created Equal

    To the surprise of a San Diego court, five orca whales are suing Sea World for holding them in slavery. No wait, that’s not quite right. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) brought the suit on behalf of the five whales. The folks at PETA allege that Sea … More

    Exclusive Interview: Rep. Paul Ryan Blames Obama for Dividing America

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is mighty disappointed with President Obama. The chairman of the House Budget Committee, who has bested Obama in head-to-head policy showdowns, blames the president for failing to outline a solution to the debt crisis while dividing America with talk of class warfare. Ryan’s speech at Heritage … More

    What Is America? Hamilton and Reagan Got It

    What is America? What is this country fundamentally about? By and large, pundits and politicians on the right and the left don’t seem to get it. Some come close, but there is a widespread failure to explain why the Founders established this republic. On this date in history, two of … More

    Occupy Wall Street Is No Tea Party

    The past few years have witnessed the rise and fall of several left-leaning political fads, each touted as a response to the rise of the Tea Party Movement: the Coffee Party, One Nation, and Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’ s Rally to Restore Sanity. A month after the Wall Street … More