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  • First Principles

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

    Heritage's Historic 'Preserve the Constitution' Series

    The Constitution of the United States of America has endured over two centuries. It remains the object of reverence for nearly all Americans and an object of admiration by peoples around the world. Unfortunately, the assault by 20th century liberal theorists and activist judges have seriously undermined respect for America’s … More

    10 Ways to Celebrate Constitution Day

    September 17th is Constitution Day. 224 years ago, America’s Founders ratified a new Constitution that would form a more perfect union and secure the blessings of liberty. Here are 10 easy ways you and your family can celebrate Constitution day: 1)      Read it. The Constitution is only a few pages … More

    Rubio's and Reagan's America

      Recently, Americans rated Ronald Reagan as the nation’s greatest president. Reagan merits such praise, because his ideas were successful: they ended the domestic economic recession and the international threat of communism. But Reagan’s ideas were successful, because they were anchored in certain timeless principles. And now these principles are … More

    North Carolina brings the Founding Principles Back to School

    In 2010, North Carolina public school officials proposed changing the high school U.S. History course curriculum to cover events only from 1877 forward. Forget George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War—nothing meaningful happened in America before 1877. But, what a difference a year makes. Thanks to … More

    In Obamacare, the President's Disregard for Consent of the Governed

    Congress and the President have low approval ratings because Congress and the President continue to ignore the will of the American people.  One reason for this disapproval is ObamaCare – the President’s signature health care “reform” law. According to Real Clear Politics (RCP), the average approval rating for the President … More

    No Excuse For Biden's Slip on China's One Child Policy

    Earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden unnecessarily acknowledged and condoned communist China’s one-child-only policy in a speech to Chinese leaders while visiting the country to speak on U.S.–China relations. Biden admitted he does not “second-guess” the horrific, decades-old policy, which often forces women to undergo unwanted abortions and sterilizations. … More

    MLK Memorial: Remembering the Dream or Rehashing the New Deal?

    Martin Luther King is rightly remembered for his dream, first articulated on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 48 years ago this Sunday, that the principles embodied in “the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence” would one day be vindicated and applied to all men, regardless … More

    The Not-So-Revolutionary Nineteenth Amendment

    Thursday marks the 91st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. We often hear that the amendment gives women the right to vote. But that is not the case. Women were exercising the right to vote long before 1920. At the time of the Founding, women were voting in … More

    In God We Trust—Still

    Fifty-five years ago this weekend, at the height of the Cold War, President Dwight Eisenhower designated “In God We Trust” as the national motto of the United States. Even before then, the motto had long been part of the American tradition. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln placed it on … More

    The First Conservatives: The Constitutional Challenge to Progressivism

    Modern conservatives look to a variety of historical figures for guidance as they confront progressive liberalism.  Some are from the 1700’s and 1800’s, including Edmund Burke, the Founders, and Abraham Lincoln.  Others, like Russell Kirk, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Ronald Reagan, are from the postwar era.  Strangely enough, conservatives … More