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    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

    Dr. Ben Carson Joins Cruz, DeMint, Paul at Values Voter Summit 2013

    As the days count down to Values Voter Summit 2013, leaders from across America continue to join the gathering—most recently, renowned physician (and outspoken critic of Obamacare) Dr. Ben Carson and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI). Having retired earlier this year from his longtime position as director of … 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

    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

    Happy Mother’s Day, from All American Women

    It’s all too easy for each rising generation to fall into the trap of thinking that history started when it came of age. As the United States “celebrates” the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s The Feminist Mystique, many people—even the great Warren Buffett—are acting as if this is the first … More

    Calvin Coolidge: Bigger Government Isn’t Better

    Amity Shlaes will be speaking about her new book Coolidge at Heritage tomorrow. It’s a great opportunity to learn why, when it comes to government, bigger isn’t better. Less than a century ago, the United States enjoyed an economic boom under the leadership of a quiet, restrained, and often forgotten … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Apologizing for America and Start Promoting Liberty

    In some families, a father will proudly pass a car he’s driven for many years along to his son. But Air Force pilot David A. Deptula has gone even further. He earned his wings and flew an F-15 for the first time in 1977. Thirty years later his son, Lt. … More

    Responding to Rising Islamist Movements (VIDEO)

    Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) will deliver remarks Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation laying out his ideas for “Restoring the Founders’ Vision of Foreign Policy.” A major portion of that speech is likely to focus on how the U.S. should deal with the rise of Islamist political movements. The Obama Administration’s … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts React to Vice Presidential Debate

    Vice President Biden and Representative Paul Ryan squared off last night for a spirited and intense 90-minute debate at Centre College in Danville, KY. Topics ranged from foreign to domestic, touching on serious issues that Heritage policy experts grapple with every day. While many commentators were critiquing style, a team … More

    The Constitution and Our Democracy...er, Republic

    It’s usually considered bad form to show up late for a party and then trash the guest of honor. But at a recent Constitution Day event (held two days after the actual Constitution Day), Harvard law professor Michael Klarman attempted not to praise our nation’s governing charter but to bury … More