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

    Individual Mandate for Cabernet Sauvignon?

    What a difference a few hundred years makes. Throughout most of American history, barriers to commerce were imposed at the state level. States would engage in protectionism by imposing tariffs on other states goods, thereby restricting trade opportunities between the states. In the Constitution, the framers give Congress the power … More

    Paul Revere Sounded the Alarm, and at Lexington They Stood

    “The British are coming!” cried Paul Revere.  On April 19th, 1775, the British marched toward the small villages of Lexington and Concord to seize supplies of the citizen militia and snuff out the colonial resistance. But the British would not succeed.  Warned by Paul Revere’s alarm, the militia, made up … More

    Unleashing the American Spirit

    America is a nation conceived in shared ideals. Penned into the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the ideas of individual liberty and free enterprise. These two fundamental ideological pillars of our society are the catalysts that spawned America’s rapid ascension to greatness. We have always been a nation … More

    All Honor to Jefferson

    Today we celebrate the birthday of the man who united the colonies with mere parchment and pen. As we remember the legacy of Thomas Jefferson, we commemorate the document that embodies the principles of America. At the age of thirty-three, Thomas Jefferson accepted the challenge of writing the Declaration of … More

    More Continuing Resolution Transparency, Please

    One issue that has come to the forefront in the debate over a continuing resolution to fund the government for the remainder of the year is transparency.  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and President Barack Obama negotiated a deal on Friday averting … More

    Guest Blogger: Mackubin T. Owens on the 150th Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War

    The Civil War began one hundred and fifty years ago today, when Confederate soldiers fired on the Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Tensions were high in the months prior to the battle at Fort Sumter, as President Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office and seven southern states seceded. … More

    Every Tea Party Needs Sugar

    The Sugar Act is often overshadowed by its infamous cousin: the Townshend Act and its tax on tea. But the outcome of the Sugar Act, instituted on this day in 1764, is significant enough to stand alone in American history. Though it did not have the flair of war-painted men … More

    Egypt's Fight to Replace Autocracy with Democracy

    As we watch the Egyptian revolution unfold half-way across the world, George Washington’s words come to mind: It is yet to be decided, whether the Revolution must ultimately be considered as a blessing or a curse: a blessing or a curse, not to the present age alone, for with our … More

    The Relevance of the Pumpkin Patch: Whittaker Chambers' Enduring Legacy

    Today we celebrate Whittaker Chambers’ birthday.  This quiet, unassuming man has become a giant in the conservative movement for his condemning testimony against Communism, and his autobiography, Witness, remains one of the masterpieces of American writing.  Even the pumpkin patch on the Chambers’ farm, where he famously gathered evidence of … More

    Courage Under Gunfire

    Thirty years ago today, Ronald Reagan almost joined the ranks of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, James Garfield, and William McKinley as the fifth assassinated president. President Reagan initially seemed to have escaped unharmed when shots were fired on March 30, 1981 outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. But, in the … More