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

    The Sharon Statement and the Growth of Conservatism

    Fifty years ago in Sharon, Connecticut, a group of crack conservative leaders developed The Sharon Statement and formed Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). The succinct statement of these teens and twenty-somethings encapsulated the chief truths of America: freedom of the individual, limited government, the free enterprise system, strong national defense, … More

    Obama Sweeps the Declaration of Independence Under the Rug

    President Obama just redecorated The Oval Office. Part of his feng shui includes a new rug featuring several of his favorite quotes: “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself” –Franklin D. Roosevelt “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice” – Martin … More

    Back to Constitutional Basics in Education

    In the mid 1960s, education policy took a wrong turn, away from America’s founding principles. That was when President Lyndon B. Johnson, as a part of his War on Poverty, created the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). It was the first major federal foray into local schools. … More

    Heritage Supports the Values Voter Summit

    The Values Voter Summit, September 17-19 in Washington, DC, is a premier event where prominent conservatives come together to discuss important issues in America (click here to sign-up). As a cosponsor, Heritage is proud to have many of our policy experts featured on the schedule. Highlights include: A Constitution Day … More

    The Grades Are In: Only 2% of Colleges get an "A"

    Across the country, college students are starting classes, but that does not mean they are receiving an education. The American Council for Trustees and Alumni’s latest report and website What Will They Learn reveals that most colleges and universities are not providing students a well-rounded education. Of the 719 colleges … More

    Martin Luther King Holds These Truths

    On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the Lincoln Memorial and admonished America to return to its First Principles. In his I Have a Dream Speech, Dr King looked forward to the day that “this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its … More

    Yes, the Founding Fathers Have Foreign Policy First Principles

    James Downie, standing in for Jonathan Chait at The New Republic, believes that The Heritage Foundation’s view of the relationship between first principles and foreign policy is wrong, and contrary to George Washington’s vision. Inevitably, he seeks to prove his point by quoting Washington’s Farewell Address. His case would be … More

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Religious Liberty in World Vision Case

    Earlier this week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an important religious liberty decision that protects the right of faith-based social service organizations to protect their religious identity and mission. The case involves World Vision, a nonprofit Christian humanitarian organization focused on the causes of poverty … More

    This Just In: White House Disappointed with America…Again!

    This morning, the U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. had submitted its “Report of the United States of America” to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights. This report was submitted as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) conducted by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). … More

    First Principles and Foreign Policy

    One common way of thinking about foreign policy is that it exists in its own world, separate from domestic policy or the first principles on which a nation is founded. According to this view , the job of the foreign policy expert is to deal dispassionately with the world as … More