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    Why Does MSNBC Want to Go Backwards?

    Who knew that telling people they have rights would be so controversial? In his nationally televised address Wednesday night, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) reminded Americans that “our rights come from nature and God, not from government.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went apoplectic. “It’s clear that Paul Ryan was talking to people … More

    Church and State: Clearing Thomas Jefferson’s Good Name

    Today, on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, we remember the man who can list as his crowning achievement the Declaration of Independence. But with the Obamacare contraceptive mandate still fresh in our memories, perhaps it would be good to remember another aspect of Jefferson’s legacy: his staunch commitment to religious liberty. Jefferson … More

    Is the Declaration of Independence Illegal?

    Silly Brits. After all these years, they still don’t understand natural rights. During a moot debate last week at Franklin Hall in Philadelphia, British lawyers argued that the 1776 American Declaration of Independence was not only illegal, but actually treasonable. “There is no legal principle then or now to allow … More

    PODCAST: What's the Role of Religion in Politics?

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, Research Fellow Ryan Messmore discusses the role of religion in politics. Tune in here. Are younger generations moving more toward secularism or religiosity? How do religious believers approach the national dialogue when they want to instill the importance of religion but respect the separation … More

    All Honor to Jefferson

    Today we celebrate the birthday of the man who united the colonies with mere parchment and pen. As we remember the legacy of Thomas Jefferson, we commemorate the document that embodies the principles of America. At the age of thirty-three, Thomas Jefferson accepted the challenge of writing the Declaration of … More

    The Founders, Free Markets, and Sound Money

    When most people think about the Founders and economics, two common myths arise. The first is that the Founders vehemently disagreed about economics and, therefore, reached no consensus on the subject. This contention is evident in Alexander Hamilton’s and Thomas Jefferson’s famous exchange about whether the American economy should consist … More

    What Is The Meaning of Independence Day? Tell USA Today Your Thoughts

    For 233 years, Independence Day has been the celebration of the day we declared our independence from the tyrannical reign of King George III. Since Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence it has been a symbol of freedom known worldwide. Thomas Jefferson noted, in a letter to John Adams … More

    We Still Hold These Truths: The Progressive Assault on America

    This is the second of a four part series. Matthew Spalding’s new book, We Still Hold These Truths, examines the timeless principles and practical wisdom that have been the source of America’s monumental success. In this video segment Spalding discusses the progressive assault on the Founders’ principles that began more than … More

    The Founders and Redistribution of Wealth

    We’ve heard a lot lately about “redistribution of wealth.” What would the American Founders think? Property rights provide the foundation of prosperity. As Americans, we’re accustomed to a revolutionary guarantee that we may labor, earn wages and acquire property — and rest assured that what we earn and acquire will … More