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    Senator Orrin Hatch on Robert Bork's Legacy and Role of the Supreme Court

    Everyone ascending the steps of the National Archives building sees these words chiseled in stone: “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty.” No one was more vigilant than Judge Robert Bork, who passed away in December, in courageously defending principles that make our liberty possible. In 1968, then a Yale … More

    Morning Bell: Will the Senate Minority Be Silenced?

    Life is good when you’re in the majority—and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) seems to believe he’ll be there forever. Reid has already effectively shut down the opportunity for minority Senators to offer amendments to bills. Now he is angling to change the Senate’s rules so that minority members … More

    Morning Bell: Reasons for Conservatives to Be Thankful

    There are plenty of things to be thankful for this week, and this year as well. Yes, after our country’s recent elections, big government remains the rule here in the United States and throughout the West. Yet the language used by the candidates (both talked of reducing federal spending and … More

    George Washington Gives Model of Presidential Leadership

    The old joke about baseball in the District of Columbia was that Washington is “first in war, first in peace, and last in the league.” This slyly played off the age-old description of George Washington himself: “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.” This … More

    How Political Parties Almost Ruined the Constitution

    The Constitution is for sale.  No, really. Christie’s in New York will auction off George Washington’s 223-year-old copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights next week. The pages are largely unmarked, except for a few of Washington’s notes about the presidency. That’s appropriate, considering that Article II was drafted with … More

    What Would Our Founders Say About Elections Today?

    With Super Tuesday coming up, Americans are reflecting on the Republican presidential campaign: Has the fighting among candidates been normal? Is the presidential campaign process too long? How important are debates? Reflecting on these questions can be put into better context by looking at the evolution of the presidential selection … More

    Morning Bell: Washington, the Indispensable Man of the Revolution

    Poor George Washington. His birthday, spontaneously celebrated since the Revolution and formally declared a holiday in 1879, has slowly morphed into the insipid Presidents Day you’ll hear about today. George Washington, the “indispensable man” of the Revolution who was rightly extolled for being “first in war, first in peace, and … More

    PODCAST: Presidents' Day or Washington's Birthday?

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, Heritage Vice President and first principles scholar Matt Spalding discusses the importance of Presidents’ Day. Click here to listen. Should the holiday be designated as Presidents’ Day or George Washington’s Birthday? What principles did President Washington embody that are worth celebrating? What’s the most important thing … More

    The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

    This Thursday, millions of families will celebrate Thanksgiving with roasted turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, and (with only a slight amount of guilt) another piece of pumpkin pie. But in early America, days of Thanksgiving weren’t always about food. Reflecting American religious practice, Presidents and Congresses from the beginning of the … More

    Celebrate Washington's Birthday

    The third Monday in February has come to be known—wrongly—as President’s Day. But, this is not a day to celebrate every president in our Nation’s history. The president who fails to wear a coat in cold weather should not be honored as much as the one who defeats the British’s … More