November 17, 2009

November 17, 2009 | News Releases on Political Thought

Colo. Committee for Heritage to Hear Call for Rediscovering Principles

WASHINGTON, NOV. 17, 2009--Matthew Spalding, a constitutional scholar with The Heritage Foundation, will call on Americans to revive the enduring principles of the nation's founding in a speech to Colorado business and civic leaders Wednesday evening, Nov. 18, at the Grand Hyatt Denver,1750 Welton St.

An authority on American political thought and religious liberty, Spalding is director of Heritage's B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies. He is in the media mix in recent days as author of the new book, "We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future" (ISI, Nov. 2).

Spalding will speak at 6:45 p.m. following a reception at 6. (See related video here.)

In an excerpt for National Review Online, Spalding wrote in part:

"The path we are following is turning America into a centralized, European-style state: stifled by a highly regulated economy, nationalized industries and socialized health care, ruled more by bureaucrats than elected legislatures, with more allegiance to international organizations than our own country.

"There is another way forward. The slow Europeanization of America is not inevitable, and it's not too late. ...We don't need to remake America, or discover new and untested principles. The change we need is not the rejection of America's principles but a great renewal of the foundational principles and constitutional wisdom that are the true roots of our country's greatness."

Spalding's book arrives as Americans are rediscovering town halls, "tea parties" and marches on Washington as rallying points where they can try to talk common senseamid partisan policy debatesand deficit-spending sprees.

Spalding details America's 10 core principles -- independence, self-government, liberty, equality, natural rights, consent of the governed, private property, religious freedom, limited government and the rule of law. He then shows how these founding principles have come under assault by progressive-liberalism since the early 20th century and lays out a strategy to recover them.

Event sponsor is the Colorado Committee for Heritage, a community group made up of business and civic leaders who support the conservative public policy research of The Heritage Foundation.

The committee's chairman is Curt Grina, who moved to Colorado with his wife Susan in 2000 after retiring from a career as an international technology entrepreneur. Grina has a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Tech. He graduated earlier this year from the Leadership Program of the Rockies, served as president of the Pikes Peak Medical Center, and is the volunteer founder and chairman of the Teller Wildfire Mitigation Commission.

Tickets to the event are $30, for students $20. Register online at details, call Dria Graham at 202-608-1524 or e-mail

The Heritage Foundation is the nation's most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 545,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, has a staff of 244 and an annual expense budget of more than $60 million.

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