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    'At the Heart of Our Common Defense'

    Heritage constitutional scholar Matthew Spalding has quite a few things to say about Americans’ love of liberty in his book,  “We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future.” Some of the passages stand out all the more this week as the nation again saluted its defenders on … More

    'We Still Hold These Truths': Live on the Bill Bennett Show

    Do Americans have a right to government-run health care? Is it “the consent of the governed” to be forced to obey the dictates of unelected bureaucrats? Does religious liberty allow our government to impose a secular culture?  These are among great questions of the day to which Americans ought to … More

    How the Constitution Makes News

    When was the last time a journalist asked a question about federalism in a presidential debate? Answer: 1960. The American news media, much like American politicians, are less and less attuned to what the Constitution actually says and more and more focused on the often vague notion of “rights.” News … More

    Celebrate Constitution Day

    Today, Sept. 17,  is Constitution Day. On this date in 1787, delegates from each state signed the final Constitution, securing our rights and assuring the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.  It is now  the longest lasting, most imitated national constitution in the world. The Constitution unified the … More

    Morning Bell: The Oath and the District of Columbia

    The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States … No Person shall be a Representative who shall not … when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen. – Article I of the … More

    It's Not All About 'Rights'

    Just in time for today’s recognition of Bill of Rights Day, the anonymous scribe within The Heritage Foundation – self-identified only as ”A Conservative” — pushed the send button on a fifth electronic circular under the nameplate “New Common Sense.” The e-circular, which bears the headline “The Constitution Protects Us Too,” reads as follows: … More

    Capitol History Lesson, Revisited

    Amid all the news out of Chicago and Detroit, don’t forget the ongoing scandal simmering at the U.S. Capitol. We stand by our criticism of historical outrages and leftward re-imagining of the Constitution at the $621 million Capitol Visitor Center,  here and elsewhere.  From talk radio hosts to regular taxpayers, the … More

    From the Office Space of the President-elect

    Another electronic circular with the nameplate ”New Common Sense” burst forth from other corridors of The Heritage Foundation late Friday. This one, again anonymously signed “A Conservative,”  takes on the delicate topic of the constitutional authority granted the nation’s president-elect.  The e-circular carries the headline “The Presumptive President-elect” and reads as follows: … More

    For Visitors, a Capitol Scandal

    It’s a scandal what Congress has arranged for the public to be taught inside its Capitol Visitor Center, the $621 million underground gateway and “educational experience” that opens Tuesday.In the Visitor Center’s Exhibition Hall, the theme is “E Pluribus Unum — Out of Many, One.” Initially,  words etched in marble called that … More

    Morning Bell: Vital and Acceptable

    The $700 billion financial rescue that the House will vote on today is a significant improvement over the drafts released last Friday, and the Friday before that. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the plan will eventually cost “substantially less” than the oft-quoted amount of $700 billion, and it even … More