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  • First Principles

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

    Beware the Lame Ducks

    Congress is postponing huge issues until after the elections and there’s a danger in that. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) sounded a warning in 2006 when the last big majority shift happened on Capitol Hill, but Congress then returned for a lame duck session: It would be a huge mistake to … More

    The FTC Confuses Newspapers With Journalism as it Seeks New Media Tax

    Last week my wife and I bought a used car, the better to ferry our children between sports events. For this we went to the websites of nearby dealers, researched different cars online and, after settling on one vehicle, quickly called up its history–inspections it had passed, the fender bender … More

    Morning Bell: Happy Memorial Day

    In honor of those who lost their lives while serving our country, we would like to share with you President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery: Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have … More

    Impending Government Censorship

    Last week, eight former commissioners from the Federal Election Commission (including me) tried to warn a committee in the House of Representatives that a bill it was about to vote on was not only unnecessary, but so burdensome to the right of political speech and advocacy that it violates the … More

    Morning Bell: The Buck Stops Nowhere

    According to best estimates, the collapsed Deepwater Horizon oil rig is pumping about 210,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day. But don’t worry, President Barack Obama has appointed an “independent” commission to investigate the spill. Our federal government will post an estimated $1.5 trillion budget deficit … More

    Administrative State of Emergency

    The administrative state is one of the biggest threats to our liberty and it is operating without consent of the people and under the radar of most people. This is a huge cause for concern and it is something that should be brought out into the open. The administrative state … More

    Outside the Beltway: What Country is California in Again?

    < Do American citizens have the right to express pride in their country by wearing the American flag public? Not in California they don’t. KNTV reports: On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for … More

    The Government Is Not Us

    This past Saturday President Barack Obama turned the commencement speech at the University Michigan into a full-throated defense of his big government agenda. At this Monday’s Heritage Foundation President’s Club meeting, nationally syndicated talk-show host and New York Times Best-Selling author Mark Levin responded: In a speech on Saturday, Obama … More

    Paul Ryan, Anti-Progressive

    Along with many of our allies, we here at Heritage have been focusing attention on “Progressivism,” the political movement which is largely responsible for the growth and vast expansion of centralized administration in the federal government.  As I have argued in my own book, progressivism challenged the original principles of … More

    Patrick Henry's Fight for Liberty

    In light of this week’s events, many Americans are frustrated and disheartened. But we should take heart. Today marks the 235th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famous speech, when he proclaimed “Give me liberty, or give me death.” This sentiment represents a legacy much older and nobler than tyrannical healthcare legislation … More