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    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

    Protecting Educational Freedom This Independence Day: Cracks in the Common Core

    Just in time for Independence Day, the foundations of the Common Core initiative are showing some cracks. Common Core is an effort to establish national standards and tests to define what every child in public school will learn. It has been heavily incentivized by the Obama Administration and is an … 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

    The Good Ol’ Progressive Contempt for the Founding

    Any conservative who takes his bearings from America’s founding principles can’t help but miss the candor with which the early Progressives dismissed our founding documents as antiquated relics of a bygone era. Unlike liberal politicians from FDR onward who couch their statist agenda in the rhetoric of the Founding, Woodrow … More

    Security and Liberty: How to Maximize Both

    The horrific terrorist attack in Boston this week, and the ensuing investigation to find the person or persons responsible, once again highlight the age-old question: How must America balance security and liberty? We at The Heritage Foundation cherish both individual liberty and security and have written about both before and … More

    Why We Pay the Income Tax

    As millions of Americans scrambled this week to get their taxes filed on time, they probably didn’t spend much time wondering how we got here. But the modern income tax, with the federal government drawing most of its money from payments by citizens, is relatively new. The American Revolution, of … More

    The Diversity of the Founding

    In the latest paper in the Makers of American Political Thought series, Colleen Sheehan looks at the long career of James Madison. In it, we see that “diversity” was a key component of the American Founding. Of course, Madisonian diversity had nothing to do with tallying up racial, ethnic, or … More

    Morning Bell: Guns, Background Checks, and Your Rights

    Harry Reid has a doozy of a gun plan, but President Obama wants to reassure you that it’s just “common sense.” In a speech Wednesday, Obama said that “opponents of some of these common-sense laws have ginned up fears among responsible gun owners that have nothing to do with what’s … More

    Morning Bell: Farewell from Ed Feulner

    Dear friends, Today is my last day as president of The Heritage Foundation, and I want to write you one last note in that capacity. We’ve had quite a ride these last three-and-a-half decades, and I leave knowing that Heritage will flourish under my successor, Jim DeMint. I want to … More

    Frederick Douglass: America’s Valentine

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to eat chocolate or dote on freshly delivered red roses. Oh, and to celebrate the 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in February 1818, Douglass was given the improbably dignified name “Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.” Like many people born … More