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  • First Principles

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

    The Right Kind of Federalism

    Regular elections are a critical feature of American democracy. If you don’t like the way your town, state, or federal government is headed, you know you’ll have a chance to change leadership at the ballot box. Of course, if your state is slowing you up with high tax rates and … More

    What Would Ben Franklin Tweet?

    Benjamin Franklin would have been an excellent blogger. And he would have enjoyed using Twitter. He was the sharpest communicator of his time, so profound that many of his sayings are still in use today. There’s no doubt he would have thrived using modern communication methods and perhaps even invented … More

    Concerned About the Country's Direction? Join Us at the Values Voter Summit

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decisions on marriage, the movement to uphold America’s core principles heads to the states, where many challenges to state laws and local communities’ religious liberties will surely open up in coming months. How can citizens strategize and get the tools to effectively make … More

    Morning Bell: Gettysburg and the Future of Freedom

    Freedom’s future can turn on the actions of one. One hundred and fifty years ago, the fate of America was decided at Gettysburg. For three days, Union and Confederate armies fought the decisive battle of the Civil War. On the second day of the struggle, General Robert E. Lee ordered … More

    Churchill on the “Practical Truth” of the Declaration of Independence

    As a statesman, an author, and a friend of the United States, Winston Churchill was regularly called upon to offer his sentiments on the meaning of the Fourth of July. In his remarks over the years, as Lewis E. Lehrman points out, he emphasized a similar theme: Though the Declaration … More

    Pelosi: July 4 Is Health Independence Day

    As Americans celebrate a long holiday weekend, we should take at least a moment to ponder the idea, advanced recently by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–CA), that Obamacare “captures the spirit of our Founders.” “As we observe the Fourth of July, [we remember that] our Founders talked about the … More

    Morning Bell: The Words That Started It All

    In celebration of Independence Day, we are rereading the Declaration of Independence. You can find Heritage experts’ introduction to the document in our First Principles primary sources series. Happy 4th! The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America In Congress, July 4, 1776 When in the Course of … More

    Is the Supreme Court the Final Word?

    Supreme Court decisions are crucial, but they are not the final word. It’s our duty as American citizens to keep pushing back, through all three branches of government, against any proposal that violates the Constitution. That’s the way to make sure our union can endure for another 225 years. Recently, … More

    Frederick Douglass: From Slavery to Freedom to Statuesque

    The only thing that’s really surprising is that it took so long. Lawmakers recently unveiled a statue of Frederick Douglass in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Nothing could be more fitting because his life exemplifies the promise and opportunity available to all Americans. After being born … More

    A Constitution for the 21st Century

    Economists often point to the “wisdom of crowds”—the idea that a group of people is likely to make better decisions that an individual will. Then again, your mother probably taught you the importance of individualism when she admonished you that “if everyone else jumps off a bridge, would you do … More