This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for America’s Heritage of Freedom

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The United States and Great Britain believe in the uniqueness of the individual. That has led both countries to uphold principles like individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom, which have been the foundation of prosperity in both countries.

Our systems of government represent the triumph of “individual liberty over the collective,” author Daniel Hannan said last week at The Heritage Foundation. “Don’t think that was some natural process,” he said during remarks about on his new book, Inventing Freedom. “The move away from oligarchy, away from autocracy, towards liberty under the law, towards individualism, happened in one place and in one language.”

But President Obama’s radical agenda could cause America to lose touch with these values, warned Hannan, a British conservative who represents South East England in the European Parliament.

Even our name, The Heritage Foundation, is significant, he said. “Heritage” is about teaching our children about their greatest inheritance: our values, laws and Constitution. It is up to us to preserve that legacy for future generations.

Hannan told the story of medical doctor Joseph Warren, who sent Paul Revere on his famous ride. Warren told Revere:

On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.

It is important that Americans recognize the traditions and values that make this country great. We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving—especially our heritage of freedom.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

The Perks of Being a Heritage Foundation Intern: Meeting Sen. Ted Cruz

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Heritage Foundation interns pose with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Heritage Foundation interns pose with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders program provides many opportunities for Heritage interns to expand their knowledge of conservative thought.

At weekly luncheons, Heritage experts instruct us on America’s First Principles—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the principles of America’s Founding. These lectures, and other events that are held across the nation’s capital, help us to understand the importance of Heritage’s work and how we can carry it on in the future.

Better still, the paid program provides us with the opportunity to gain real work experience, develop professional skills, and enhance our expertise in public policy issues by interacting with Heritage experts and outside speakers.

But there are other perks as well. A dozen Heritage interns volunteered to help out at the American Spectator’s recent Robert L. Bartley Gala in Washington. And afterwards, we had the chance to meet Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has inspired us this fall with his stands on Obamacare and other issues.

Learn more about the Young Leaders Program here.

Heritage Exposes Yet Another Problem with the Obamacare Website

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Yet another Obamacare website fiasco developed over the weekend—and The Heritage Foundation got the scoop.

After discovering his existing insurance plan was being canceled because of Obamacare, North Carolina resident Justin Hadley signed up for an account on HealthCare.gov. When Hadley logged on later to review his options, on his screen popped up the eligibility information for a different family from another state.

This breach of privacy and data security is far from the only problem that has surfaced with the health care website. It’s just one in a long list that keeps growing. Everything from people getting locked out of the website, to invalid premium statement information, to the Obama administration’s a lack of honesty about the website’s problems.

Besides the privacy of millions of Americans being threatened, citizens’ freedoms, consciences, and pocketbooks are being violated as well. Not to mention, President Obama went back on one of his biggest promises of all:if you like your health insurance, you can keep it.

What do you think of this latest Obamacare failure?

Can the Treaty Power Undermine the Constitution and American Sovereignty?

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaking at Heritage on October 30, 2013. Photo: Lindsey Martin

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaking at Heritage on October 30, 2013. Photo: Lindsey Martin

An overly broad interpretation of Congress’ power under the Constitution to ratify treaties could allow for unlimited government and undermine American sovereignty, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) warned last week in an address at The Heritage Foundation.

The Constitution is designed to limit the power of the federal government and thereby protect our liberty, Cruz said in his address, the last installment of The Heritage Foundation’s Preserving the Constitution series.

But a new case before the Supreme Court, United States v. Bond, could effectively grant the federal government never-ending authority.

The notion that “the Treaty Clause is a trump card that defeats all of the remaining structural limitations on the federal government is not a proposition that is logically defensible,” he said.

Read more about the Treaty Clause in the Heritage Guide to the Constitution.

Do you think our sovereignty is threatened?

How Obamacare Threatens Marriage

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Obamacare’s consequences go well beyond all the website malfunctions.

For example, Obamacare will tax marriage — another blow to the institution that lies at the heart of our society.

A tax on married couples will effectively fund couples who cohabitate, divorce, or never marry, The Heritage Foundation’s Collette Caprara explains. This strain will put a burden on married couples at all income brackets. Under Obamacare, couples would be better off financially to separate or never commit to marriage. Continue Reading »

When Government Seizes Your Property — and It’s Perfectly Legal

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Terry Dehko, a grocery store owner and immigrant from Iraq, came to the U.S. to avoid religious persecution and make a better life for himself.

During an investigation, the IRS seized $35,000 from his small business, even though he had been convicted of no crime. And though he was cleared in an audit, the cash still hasn’t been returned. Dehko’s business is now in jeopardy.

How could something like this happen to an innocent American? The Heritage Foundation’s Andrew Kloster explains: Continue Reading »

California Student Blocked from Handing Out Copies of Heritage’s Pocket Constitution

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You may think that Constitution Day would be the perfect day to exercise your First Amendment free speech rights. But this was not the case for one college student.

Robert Van Tuinen, a student at Modesto Junior College in California, wanted to pass out copies of The Heritage Foundation’s pocket Declaration of Independence and Constitution to his fellow students.

But not even ten minutes had passed when college bureaucrats put a stop to this. They told him he would have to fill out forms and get permission from the administration to distribute copies of America’s founding documents. And even with this permission, he could only hand them out within an approved “free speech zone.”

Robert Shibley at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said the video above “should send a chill down the spine of every American.”

If you would like to help promote our constitutional freedoms,  you can purchase your own copies of the pocket Constitution at The Heritage Foundation bookstore.

Do you think students should be prohibited from passing out copies of the Constitution of the United States?

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