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  • Commentary posted May 29, 2014 by David Azerrad Life Isn't A Zero-Sum Game

    It may be the most tired trope in the conservative talking-point repertoire: we stand for equality of opportunity, not equality of results. Cue the applause. Without even naming liberals, the point is clearly conveyed to all: they don’t. Those darn liberals believe in equality of outcomes and they won’t rest until they’ve redistributed every last dollar in America. This…

  • Commentary posted January 30, 2014 by David Azerrad Obama's Rhetorical Pivot to Opportunity

    In terms of substantive policy, President Barack Obama’s latest State of the Union Address contained little of interest. The President offered up more of the same, tired “concrete, practical proposals” we’ve been hearing for years: raising the minimum wage, creating manufacturing hubs, improving job training, and investing more in early education. The ambitions expressed…

  • Commentary posted July 3, 2013 by David Azerrad Obama's Declaration

    Barack Obama really loves the Declaration of Independence. To be sure, you couldn’t tell by looking at the conduct of his administration or his policy proposals. But you’d have to go back to Reagan to find a president who invoked our founding charter as often as Obama does. In his statement applauding the Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act,…

  • Commentary posted July 3, 2013 by David Azerrad The Declaration of Independence and the American Creed

    The Declaration of Independence contains the clearest, most concise, and most eloquent articulation of the American creed: a political definition of man in two axioms, and three corollary propositions on government.   The self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence, whose 237th birthday we celebrate on Thursday, aren't as widely thought to be "self-evident"…

  • Commentary posted October 10, 2012 by David Azerrad Political Justice: Equality of Opportunity not Sameness of Opportunity

    “The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty,” Abraham Lincoln once remarked, “and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.” The same could be said today about “equality of opportunity.” This seemingly straightforward idea—one of the most…

  • Special Report posted September 13, 2012 by David Azerrad, Rea S. Hederman, Jr. Defending the Dream: Why Income Inequality Doesn’t Threaten Opportunity

    Introduction Part I: The Promise of America Part II: The Misguided Focus on Income Inequality Part III: The Real Threats to The American Dream Conclusion Executive Summary Today, on the Left and on the Right, everyone talks about rebuilding, saving, restoring, defending, or rescuing an American Dream that is slipping,…

  • Commentary posted May 10, 2012 by David Azerrad The Ladder of Opportunity vs. Obama’s Fairness Escalator

    If 2008 was all about hope and change, 2012 may well be about ladders. Yes, ladders. President Obama has developed a soft-spot for the “ladder of opportunity” metaphor and he’s running with it. At a community college in Ohio a few weeks ago, he promised an economy “where there are ladders of opportunity.” At a campaign event in Chicago this January, he called on…

  • David Azerrad on America and Thanksgiving: Heritage in Focus Podcast Audio Recorded on November 18, 2011 David Azerrad on America and Thanksgiving: Heritage in Focus Podcast

    In a special Thanksgiving Heritage in Focus podcast, David Azerrad discusses the American ideas that make Thanksgiving special. David Weinberger hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes. To listen to more Heritage Foundation podcasts, visit our podcast page.…

  • Podcast: Happy Independence Day from The Heritage Foundation Audio Recorded on June 30, 2011 Podcast: Happy Independence Day from The Heritage Foundation

    In a special Heritage in Focus podcast, Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner wishes our listeners a happy 4th of July, and scholar David Azerrad discusses the power of the Declaration of Independence. David Weinberger hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes. To listen to more Heritage in Focus podcasts, return…

  • Commentary posted June 24, 2011 by David Azerrad Constitutionalism: Here Are a Few Things Richard Stengel Doesn’t Know About

    “Here are a few things the framers did not know about: World War II. DNA. Sexting. Airplanes. The atom. Television. Medicare. Collateralized debt obligations. The germ theory of disease. Miniskirts. The internal combustion engine. Computers. Antibiotics. Lady Gaga.” Time managing editor Richard Stengel opens his deeply flawed 5,000-word article on the…

  • Commentary posted January 14, 2011 by David Azerrad The Constitutional Foundations of Martin Luther King’s Dream

    Nearly 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before thousands assembled, King, with his characteristic vigor, shared his dream for America. While we all know King‘s dream - breaking “the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” to transform “the…

  • David Azerrad on the History of Thanksgiving: Heritage in Focus, November 24, 2010 Audio Recorded on November 24, 2010 David Azerrad on the History of Thanksgiving: Heritage in Focus, November 24, 2010

    David Azerrad discusses the history and meaning of Thanksgiving in America's uniquely free, and religious, society. David Weinberger hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes.…

  • Heritage Experts on Priorities for the New Congress: Heritage in Focus, November 2, 2010 Audio Recorded on November 2, 2010 Heritage Experts on Priorities for the New Congress: Heritage in Focus, November 2, 2010

    Heritage experts James Carafano, Brian Riedl, Curtis Dubay, David Azerrad and Nina Owcharenko discuss Heritage's new Checklist for the incoming Congress. David Weinberger hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes.…

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