David Caldwell — St. Louis, MO

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David Caldwell

David Caldwell

Heritage Foundation member David Caldwell has been handing out candy to children in his St. Louis neighborhood for years. But this year, he decided to shake up the routine a bit.

The children in his neighborhood are getting older, and the media often reports that students are getting a poor education, especially in subjects like civics and history. So Caldwell decided to hand out copies of The Heritage Foundation’s pocket-sized Declaration of Independence and Constitution in hopes the kids would get a quick lesson on our nation’s Founding.

“Kids need a little historical foundation before the go to these liberal colleges,” Caldwell explains. “They’re getting brainwashed in the high schools with propaganda. It should be part of the conservative movement to give a better historical education.” Continue Reading »

Is Vladimir Putin the Right Person to Lecture America on Democracy?


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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/ZUMA Press/Newscom

Writing yesterday in the New York Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin went to great lengths to insist that the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons should be resolved at the United Nations. In an article informed by Cold War-era thinking, he also went to great lengths to lecture the United States about democracy.

By focusing attention on Syria, Heritage Foundation expert Ariel Cohen explains, Putin is distracting the world from his own unenviable domestic track record:

As long as Obama is focused on the Butcher of Damascus, he will not harass Putin with questions about the battery of oppressive laws passed by the Duma. These include a ban on adoption of Russian babies, cutoff of U.S. support to Russian nongovernmental organizations, draconian laws limiting freedom of speech and freedom of religion, abuse of peaceful demonstrators, keeping Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other political prisoners in jail, and threatening whistleblower and politician Alexei Navalny with a five-year prison term.

But how did America let herself get to this point? Continue Reading »

Heritage Scholars Respond to Obama’s State of the Union


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Heritage Foundation experts live-blogged President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Below are excerpts from their reactions.

A ‘Balanced’ Approach to Deficit Reduction

President Obama called for more “balance” in reducing the deficit, though according to Heritage expert Patrick Knudsen this actually means higher taxes:

With the government drowning in red ink, Obama offers a life preserver made of lead: more spending. He has already pocketed a $618 billion tax increase in the fiscal cliff deal (in addition to $1 trillion in new Obamacare taxes). He needs to accept that true “balance” has two sides—and start cutting spending.

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America Needs Immigration Reform, Not ‘Comprehensive’ Immigration Legislation


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President Obama announced Tuesday his support for a comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. This follows Monday’s announcement of a bipartisan Senate agreement that will form the basis for comprehensive legislation to be ready by march.

The Heritage Foundation’s Audrey Beck points out the challenge posed by comprehensive legislation:

The problems in our immigration policy cannot be effectively solved in a comprehensive piece of legislation, because comprehensive is really just a code word for what will be a confusing, complicated, convoluted, and contentious bill that will create as many problems as it purports to solve.

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Newly-Elected Congressmen Have Heritage Roots


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For three newly-elected members of Congress, this past weekend’s Heritage Foundation briefings for freshmen lawmakers should have been a refresher. That’s because they participated in Heritage’s educational programs before.

  • Rep.-elect Andy Barr (R-KY) was a Heritage intern in 1996 while an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. He worked for Heritage scholar Matthew Spalding before moving to the Hill to work for then-Rep. Jim Talent.
  • Rep.-elect Tom Cotton (R-AR) interned at Townhall.com, which was then a Heritage project, in 1997 while an undergraduate at Harvard. Inspired by Heritage, he spent a year at the Claremont Graduate School, before going to law school and joining the military after 9/11.
  • Rep.-elect Richard Hudson (R-NC) participated both in our educational programs for Congressional chiefs of staff and in our James Madison Fellows program while serving as chief of staff to Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Mike Conaway (R-TX).

One of Heritage’s chief missions is to educate rising leaders in the conservative movement. Our internship program, part of our Young Leaders Program, is just one part of what Heritage does to educate the next generation of policymakers.

That three freshmen lawmakers have links to Heritage indicates that our efforts truly pay off in the long run.

Do you think educating interns and Congress members alike about conservative principles is the best way to ensure the future of the conservative movement?


This Constitution Day, Celebrate the Founders’ Vision for America


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Today, as we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Constitution, Heritage Foundation scholar Matthew Spalding warns us that we are moving away from the Founders’ vision for America: Continue Reading »

Is the Declaration of Independence Outdated? No.

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The Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in Washington. Photo: Flickr/Chris McCorkle

The Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in Washington. Photo: Flickr/Chris McCorkle

Heritage Foundation scholar Matthew Spalding took to the pages of the Boston Globe on July 4 to discuss the enduring truths we celebrate every Independence Day.

Here’s how he began:

Many political documents are nothing more than statements of a moment. They’re outdated almost as quickly as a daily newspaper.

Is the same thing true of the Declaration of Independence? It may be seen as nothing more than a list of complaints filed against a tyrannical monarch by a bunch of white landowners wearing wigs. Since George III and the colonists are long dead, their words no longer matter, right?


Read the whole article to find out why Spalding thinks the Declaration of Independence still matters.

Tell us in the comments: Does the Declaration still speak to all those who strive for liberty and seek to vindicate the principles of self-government?

Podcast: 3 Very Real Threats Facing America in 2012


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America faces three threats that could drastically change our country for the worse, Heritage Foundation scholar Matthew Spalding writes in his new book, Changing America’s Course.

Our country faces an entitlements challenge which threatens our economic prosperity, a defense challenge that threatens our national security, and a constitutional challenge that will threaten our self-governing democracy.

Despite these threats, Americans need only to look to their past to remind themselves of their great capabilities. “Americans have faced—and surmounted—similar challenges in the past,” Spalding reminds us. Moreover, “in each case, great leaders emerged and rallied the American people, and freedom emerged triumphant.”

In a new podcast, Heritage Vice President of American Studies Matthew Spalding discusses both the book and Wisconsin’s recall election.

Last week’s unsuccessful recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was only the third gubernatorial recall election in the nation’s history. It serves as a “micro-example” that signals to other governors, members of Congress, and constituents, that changes need to be made in order to save our country from the fiscal crisis we are in.

What do you think are the most important challenges America faces?

Audio: Matt Spalding on Changing America’s Course and Wisconsin

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Matthew Spalding

In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Heritage Foundation scholar Matthew Spalding discusses his new book, Changing America’s Course, and the Wisconsin recall election.

Changing America’s Course outlines the challenges our nation faces and the choices we must make to reduce spending, restore constitutional government and provide for the common defense

Listen online here.

David Weinberger hosts.

Podcast: The Meaning of President’s Day

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Click here to listen to this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, in which Dr. Matthew Spalding discusses the meaning of Presidents’ Day. David Weinberger hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes.

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