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    What Tea Party Supporters Should Know About Free Trade

    According to a recent report from Politico Pro’s Eric Bradner: “Tea party groups launched an effort today to thwart President Barack Obama’s free trade efforts, which they’ve dubbed ‘Obamatrade.’” Tea Party supporters surely know that the historic Boston Tea Party was a protest against duties on imported tea. They are … 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

    The True Meaning of Exceptionalism

    Lieutenant Colonels Peter Fromm, Douglas Pryer, and Kevin Cutright manage to make a negative out of a positive. In the latest issue of Military Review, they write that our military is filled with people who believe in American exceptionalism: It usually occurs when Americans apprehend the empirical fact that they … More

    Isolating the Problem at the United Nations

    Look how far Progressivism has come: As he prepared to lead the United States into World War I (less than a year after being re-elected by campaigning that he’d kept us out of the war), President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that our intervention would make the world “safe for democracy.” Not … More

    Forging the Correct Foreign Policy

    As the United States considered intervention in Syria recently, a number of presidents and policy experts weighed in. Not simply on whether intervention would be sound policy but on whether the United States is exceptional. But the Founders had no doubt that we would be, because they founded the U.S. … More

    Dreaming of Equality of Opportunity, Not Outcome

    In the United States, dreams have a funny way of becoming reality. That’s what makes the American dream so powerful. It’s renewed, and usually achieved, in each new generation. It’s been more than 50 years now since Martin Luther King Jr. described his goal of equality of opportunity for all … More

    Accounting for Facts While Courting Vietnam

    Fact: When the United States negotiates trade agreements with countries that oppress their people, the opportunity exists to liberalize institutions and ultimately create political reform—provided we have leadership with the vision to do so. Seeking economic growth, the government of Vietnam is slowly liberalizing key economic sectors. Vietnam’s inclusion in … 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