Lecture posted August 11, 2015
U.S. National Security and Rising China
The 2014 B. C. Lee Lecture
Delivered Monday, December 8, 2014
THE HONORABLE JIM DEMINT: This is a special event at Heritage, the annual B.C. Lee Lecture. The B.C. Lee Lecture is named for the founder of Samsung, a man of real vision for the U.S.–Korean alliance and South Korea’s role in the world. He was a remarkable entrepreneur and leader. I had the pleasure of meeting…
Lecture posted July 16, 2015
The Iran Nuclear Negotiations: U.S. Concession After U.S. Concession
Delivered July 7, 2015
Good afternoon. It’s always great to be back at Heritage. Let me begin by thanking the organizers for the invitation to speak on the very important and timely topic of the Iran nuclear negotiations.
I have been speaking and writing on this subject for more than two years and have watched our negotiating position evolve in one direction. This has…
Lecture posted March 4, 2015
King v. Burwell and the Rule of Law
King v. Burwell is a tremendously important case for a number of reasons. It’s important because it may require fundamental changes to be made to Obamacare. And it’s important because of its significant implications for the rule of law.
From the early days of the Republic, a core component of our constitutional character has been the idea that our government is a…
Lecture posted March 3, 2015
U.S.–India Relations: From Possibilities to Progress
Let me start by thanking the Vivekananda International Foundation and The Heritage Foundation for organizing today’s event. In particular, a special thanks to the Director of Vivekananda, General N. C. Vij, and Lisa Curtis of Heritage.
Distinguished members of the audience, friends, members of the media, it is my great honor to be here with you as the U.S. ambassador to…
Lecture posted February 4, 2015
The Power of Friendship: Embracing Allies to Revitalize American Leadership
Thank you very much, Nile, for that very kind introduction. I’m honored to have the chance to join you, and I appreciate your leadership here at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at Heritage. Both the Center and your work embody the very special relationship between our two countries. I want to thank in particular my good friend Senator Jim DeMint for his…
Lecture posted January 26, 2015
Repointing the Constitution
I want to thank The Heritage Foundation for asking me to deliver this year’s Joseph Story Lecture. I am honored and intimidated to be in such august company.
I especially want to express my gratitude to Ed Meese for his friendship, for his many kindnesses, and for being such a mensch. For those of you who do not speak Yiddish, it means a man of integrity and honor. But…
Lecture posted November 6, 2014
The President’s Duty to Faithfully Execute the Law
The Honorable Bob Goodlatte
Abraham Lincoln is often paraphrased as saying, “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.” While that paraphrase summarizes the gist of what Lincoln was saying, the full text of his remark is worth repeating.
In 1838, early in his career, Abraham Lincoln delivered an address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield,…
Lecture posted September 15, 2014
An Opportunity to Reenergize U.S.–India Relations
If ever there were a time to expect U.S.–India relations to improve, many would say it is now. The new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has promised to open the economy to more private investment, improve the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate, create jobs for the rapidly growing youth population, and quicken…
Lecture posted August 12, 2014
The Great Divide: The Ideological Legacies of the American and French Revolutions
Kim R. Holmes, PhD
Let me take you back to 225 years ago to what were then the suburbs of Paris.
An angry crowd gathered outside an old fortress in search of arms and gunpowder. The Bastille was nearly empty. There were only seven inmates, old men who reportedly were annoyed by all the noise outside their cells: four forgers, two “lunatics,” and a so-called deviant…
Lecture posted July 17, 2014
A Strategy for American Renewal
Historian Paul Johnson opens A History of the American People with, “The creation of the United States of America is the greatest of all human adventures. No other national story holds such tremendous lessons, for the American people themselves and for the rest of mankind.”
While many Americans may see Johnson’s words as an example of a mythical “American…
Lecture posted July 8, 2014
Conserving the Promise of Freedom in Asia
Let me start by thanking the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and Mr. Takagi in particular, for inviting me to Tokyo. I am very pleased to be here. As was mentioned, this is my first trip.
It is my purpose today to offer you an American conservative vision of the values of free markets and free peoples that bind the U.S. and our allies and how these values shape American…
Lecture posted June 11, 2014
Bridging the Religious and Secular Divide
Bret Bernhardt: It’s a real joy and honor to be here today, along with Senator DeMint, to introduce Chaplain Barry Black. Having served in the Senate as a chief of staff to Senator DeMint, I can tell you that Chaplain Black stands in a unique position in the Senate, which is indeed a secular institution.
As we look at the topic for today, bridging the religious and…
Lecture posted May 22, 2014
Congress and the New Administrative State
The administrative state begins with Congress. As the Supreme Court has observed, “an agency literally has no power to act…unless and until Congress confers power upon it.” So let me offer a few words about what previous Congresses have done to create the new administrative state and what Congress can do, today and tomorrow, to restore some limits.
Lecture posted May 15, 2014
The U.S. Missile Defense Program: An Opportunity for Canadian International Leadership
Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the vitally important subject of the importance of ballistic missile defense in the current security environment and on the benefits of ballistic missile defense cooperation between Canada and the United States. I would like to concentrate on the key issues that, in my judgment, the Canadian government should consider with…