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    How the Founders Decided to Add the Bill of Rights

    Do we really need a list of the rights Americans enjoy? That was the question the Founders debated before the Bill of Rights was ratified 222 years ago this weekend. Many of those who framed the Constitution, including Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, believed that a separate Bill of Rights … More

    They Got Away With It

    As President Obama said, they got away with it. Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate got away with changing the Senate’s rules so that they can shove through anything they want without having to worry about Republicans filibustering against it. Just a few short years ago, then-Senator Obama spoke forcefully … More

    2013 Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture: Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain

    It is unmistakable that our current Supreme Court plays a robust role in our republic. And according to Joseph Story, that is what the Founders intended. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Anthony Kennedy have recently weighed in with their perspectives on the scope of judicial power. In August … More

    What the Founders Thought about Debt

    “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” wrote William Shakespeare in Hamlet. As the Founders were exceptionally well read men, they surely knew the reference. And it’s clear that, when it comes to governing a nation, the Founders were nervous about allowing it to run up too much debt. As … 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

    Sustaining American Freedom

    It would be virtually impossible to market a product in the United States today unless you could call it “sustainable.” We want sustainable farming, sustainable packaging, a sustainable environment. Yet nobody talks about the importance of sustaining something far more important: freedom. During a recent address at The Heritage Foundation, … More

    DeMint Writes Letter to Vladimir Putin on American Exceptionalism

    This week in The New York Times—on September 11, no less—Russian President Vladimir Putin took issue with the idea of American exceptionalism. He wrote: It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with … More

    Putin and Obama: Taking Exception on American Exceptionalism

    It’s good that Russian President Vladimir Putin and American President Barack Obama have found something they can agree on. Unfortunately, they’re both wrong. Neither Putin nor Obama thinks the United States is exceptional. To them, all humans are simply citizens of the world. “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as … More

    Morning Bell: The Imperial President Will Act on His Own

    In a recent email to supporters, President Obama lamented the frustrating inadequacy of his office. “There’s only so much I can do on my own” without Congress, he confessed. As a matter of constitutional interpretation, he’s right. But in practice, the President has shown a distinct contempt for the legal … More

    Defunding COPS: Eliminating a Wasteful and Ineffective Grant Program

    The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee marked up the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2014 last week. While the bill still allocates too much funding for activities that are duplicative or inappropriate for the federal government to undertake, the committee did get something right: … More