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

    Shouldn’t the Constitution Get with the Times Already?

    Reading the results of the latest Pew poll on how to interpret the Constitution, I was reminded of an insightful remark by the great essayist Montaigne: “It is very easy, upon accepted foundations, to build what you please.” What really matters, in other words, is the question. Once you’ve framed … More

    Campaign Finance Freedom Is Freedom for All

    This week the U.S. Supreme Court rounded out its session by striking down an Arizona law that provided publicly funded candidates with funds matching those of their privately funded opponents. Heritage expert Hans von Spakovsky explains in more detail here. Campaign finance reform nerds of the conservative persuasion cheered, but … More

    Federalism Guarantees States Key Role in Controlling Immigration

    Critics of state and local government action on immigration fail to keep in mind one simple but critical point: The states have these rights. It is preposterous to take the position that, short of federal action or the commission of a crime, governors and mayors are constitutionally powerless to deal … More

    Isolationism? A False Choice on Foreign Policy

    On Sunday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had a stark message for the GOP candidates on ABC’s This Week:  “We cannot move into [becoming] an isolationist party.  We cannot repeat the lessons of the 1930s when the United States of America stood by while bad things happened in the world.”  Senator … More

    American Tea Parties, Greek Yogurt Parties

    When it comes to crushing debts, unsustainable entitlements and ballooning deficits, Americans and Europeans are all in the same sinking boat. Where they part ways is in their response to the looming crisis. Faced with out-of-control government spending and the prospect of a bleak economic future, Americans from across the … More

    Our National Portrait: The Great Seal of the United States

    The decision to adopt a national seal was made on July 4, 1776, the same day that the Continental Congress declared America’s independence from Great Britain. As a practical matter, America needed an official emblem to affix to diplomatic and official documents in order to signify its sovereignty as a … More

    The Statue of Liberty Turns 126 Years Old

    126 years ago today, on June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor.  A gift from the French people, the statue recalls our alliance with France during the Revolutionary War.  Historian Edouard de Laboulaye conceived the idea of the statue as a visible symbol of America’s … More

    Guest Blog: Did the Raid Against Bin Laden Violate Our Own Principles?

    Ever since the raid last month that killed Osama Bin Laden, the question of whether the US violated Pakistani sovereignty keeps on coming up. Heritage asked renowned international law scholar Jeremy Rabkin to address the matter. Did the United States violate Pakistan’s sovereignty when it raided Osama bin Laden’s lair in … More

    Marco Rubio’s Exceptional America

    The idea of “American exceptionalism” has become a litmus test for patriotism in the last year or so. Politicians from both parties have realized that it resonates with American citizens and have hastened to add it to their list of buzz words. However, it is used often without explanation, which … More

    Did America Have a Christian Founding?

    Few historical questions generate as much controversy as this one—and do so on such a regular basis. Every few months or so, following some public pronouncement on America’s Christian roots or some court ruling pertaining to the First Amendment, the nation is subjected to a heated, but essentially sterile, debate … More