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Abraham Lincoln is often paraphrased as saying, “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”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…
Lecture posted April 29, 2014
National Security in an Uncertain Age
General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude: It is a real honor and pleasure to be with you today to co-host this most worthwhile endeavor with The Heritage Foundation. We’re just delighted.
Basically, our foundation provides resources to enhance and enrich professional military education and leadership to those attending the Marine Corps…
Lecture posted March 14, 2014
Does the Treaty Power Threaten Our System of Limited Government?
Let me say at the outset, it is a particular privilege being here at Heritage. Heritage plays such an important role in helping articulate and defend conservative principles across this country, and in no fight has that been more apparent than in the fight over stopping the enormous harms that are coming from Obamacare. Heritage has played an absolutely leading role in…
Lecture posted March 6, 2014
Is Ukraine a Watershed?
I’d like to offer some preliminary observations on the implications of the Ukrainian crisis for American foreign policy—specifically on perceptions of President Obama’s national strategy and his handling of foreign policy.
We may have reached a watershed in the post–Iraq War era. For years now, we’ve been traumatized by the aftermath of the Iraq War. Barack Obama’s…
Lecture on February 13, 2014
The Prospect for Freedom: Can the U.S. Sustain Its Experiment in Self-Government?
Some years ago, I was in China at one of the major universities and speaking to a forum of Chinese CEOs. After the final banquet, I walked back to the lecture hall with the dean of the business school.
“Let me ask you a question I wouldn’t ask in public,” he said. “What am I missing? We in China are fascinated with the Christian roots of your Western past—for the sake of…
Lecture posted February 3, 2014
Joseph Story, the Natural Law, and Modern Jurisprudence
It is a singular honor to be delivering the Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture at The Heritage Foundation, and Ed Meese’s presence here tonight makes this honor all the more meaningful. For those of us who believe that judges are required to enforce the original meaning of the Constitution, General Meese is a real hero.
Not only was Ed instrumental in the appointment…