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    George Washington: An Indispensable Birthday

    While all men are created equal, some stand head and shoulders above others. Consider George Washington. He was that rarity: an indispensable man, crucial to the revolution that won American independence and the Constitution that secured it. For generations, Americans understood that. His birthday, moved to February 22 when the … More

    When Presidents Upheld the Law

    Today is known as “President’s Day,” a three-day weekend retailers use to lend an air of Founding-era seriousness to their sales. But its legal name is Washington’s birthday—and how appropriate to reflect on a President who took his bearings from the Constitution while serving in office. George Washington “understood himself … More

    Fox News Host Tells Gripping Story of How the Culper Spy Ring Saved the American Revolution

    In “George Washington’s Secret Six,” Fox News host Brian Kilmeade reveals how the Culper Spy Ring–a group of six ordinary individuals–helped save the American Revolution. “What if we told that story of average Americans doing extraordinary things for a cause, not for the money, not for the fame?” Kilmeade asked … 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 Battle of Yorktown, Then and Now

    Restaurant owner Glenn Helseth and his wife have operated the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant in Yorktown, Virginia, for more than a decade. Since the National Park Service owns the building in which his restaurant is housed, Helseth was forced to close his restaurant following the start of the government shutdown … More

    Exploiting Our National Monuments

    Even as the government he led was building a city named for him, General Washington knew that monuments are for citizens, not governments. He wrote that building them is accomplished “not through the organ of government, as a political act; but in a mode which will best testify the sentiments … 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

    One Thing All Faiths Agree On: Religious Liberty

    A Jew, a Catholic, and a Protestant—but also a Muslim, a Mormon, a Sikh, and an Orthodox Christian—walk into, not a bar, but a religious freedom conference where they all sit on a panel entitled “Many Faiths, One America.” And here’s the punchline: they all agree. Not, of course, on … More

    On Washington's Birthday, A Lesson in Self-Government

    With the generic Presidents’ Day (the holiday is, legally, still officially Washington’s Birthday, not Presidents’ Day) behind us, it is time to celebrate the actual birthday of George Washington. But is there anything original left to say, 281 years after America’s first President was born? Beyond the familiar tales of … More

    Morning Bell: George Washington's Example on Religious Liberty

    Instead of celebrating George Washington’s birthday, today we’ve lumped him in together with no-names including Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison as we celebrate a generic “Presidents’ Day.” But George Washington was not simply a President. He was the indispensible man of the American Founding. Washington’s words, thoughts, and deeds … More