November 17, 2009

November 17, 2009 | News Releases on Political Thought

Renewal of America's Principles Topic for Heritage SoCal Group

WASHINGTON , NOV. 16, 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 Southern California business and civic leaders Tuesday evening, Nov. 17, at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara.

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).

"The path we are following is turning America into a European-style, centralized state. We're increasingly stifled by a highly regulated economy, nationalized industries and --right around the corner-- socialized health care. We need a new American revolution," Spalding said in a recent interview.

"Not an overthrow of the government, but a reapplication of America's core principles to the great questions of our day. We must rediscover these principles as a people, teach these principles in our schools and give voice to these principles in our politics and public square."

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 sense amid partisan policy debates and deficit-spending sprees.

The book 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. Spalding 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 Southern California Committee for Heritage, a community group made up of business and civic leaders who support the conservative public policy research of The Heritage Foundation. Chris and Kathy Taylor are committee co-chairmen; Brian Tracy and Bob Cook are honorary chairmen.

Spalding will speak at 6:45 p.m. following a reception at 6 at the Reagan facility, 217 State St. in Santa Barbara.

Spalding also is executive editor of "The Heritage Guide to the Constitution," a line-by-line analysis of each clause of the U.S. Constitution. His previous books as author or editor include "A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character" and "Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition."

Tickets to the event are $30, for students, $20. Register online at For 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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