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

    Why the Fear of American Exceptionalism?

    Talk of American exceptionalism  enrages some liberals. For example, it drove Oliver Stone and American University professor Peter  Kuznick to pen a USA Today commentary  saying Washington should have a wall with “the names of all the Vietnamese,  Cambodians, Laotians, and others who died [in the Vietnam War].” That, they  … More

    Is the Gettysburg Address the Greatest Speech in American History?

    A mere 272 words, how could President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address be perhaps the most famous American speech? In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address next week, Allen Guelzo, Civil War historian and professor at Gettysburg College, visited Heritage to tell us why Lincoln’s speech is, in fact, so famous. “No … More

    Why Our Veterans Fight

    We get a feeling when we see the American flag raised, the national anthem played, and our men and women in uniform saluting. Children look up and put their hands over their hearts. Men take off their hats. For a moment, we are united. But in the daily rancor of … More

    I Solemnly Swear to Support the Government?

    When lawmakers were debating how to end the federal government shutdown and whether they should authorize Washington to borrow even more money by raising the debt ceiling, Representative David Scott (D–GA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives and asked for a minute to speak. The legislation was … More

    Q&A: Can America “Rebound” from Its Current State?

    Every day, we hear more cultural commentators noting the inevitable decline of America. Many on the right lament it, while the left eagerly anticipates “the post-American world.” Kim Holmes has spent his life advocating for liberty, both as a longtime Heritage expert and previously as Assistant Secretary of State. His … More

    Bust of Winston Churchill Dedicated in U.S. Capitol

    Congress dedicated a bust of Winston Churchill, one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century and an honorary American citizen, in a ceremony this week in the magnificent Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. The event was a powerful tribute to Churchill’s leadership and to his great legacy in … More

    VIDEO: 7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution

    John Antal is dedicated to inspiring Americans to be leaders who stand for liberty and fight for our freedom — because he believes we’re always in jeopardy of losing it. The retired U.S. Army colonel visited Heritage last week to discuss his newest book, “7 Leadership Lessons of the American … More

    Competitive Federalism Forces States to Improve

    Where you live matters—in more than one way. As Time magazine reports, some states are known for being laid back, while others are more intense. The beauty of competitive federalism is that it creates a system where this range of emotions is possible. Economically, too, the states are in direct … More

    The Battle of Yorktown, Then and Now

    Restaurant owner Glenn Helseth and his wife have operated the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant in Yorktown, Virginia, for more than a decade. Since the National Park Service owns the building in which his restaurant is housed, Helseth was forced to close his restaurant following the start of the government shutdown … More

    Alcohol: Let’s Drink to Government Reform

    In most states, alcohol is regulated but available to adults. Picking up a six pack of beer at the grocery store to share with friends or a bottle of wine for dinner with your spouse is relatively straightforward. However, it’s much more difficult in Pennsylvania, where the state government controls … More