WE STILL HOLD THESE TRUTHS: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future

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Many Americans are concerned, frightened, angry. The country, it seems, is on the wrong track.

But what is the right course for America" Knowing what we stand against is not the same as knowing what we stand for.

Just in time, The Heritage Foundation's Matthew Spalding provides the plan for translating angst into proper action in this bestselling book. We Still Hold These Truths offers a bracing analysis of how and why we have lost our bearings...

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Overview

Many Americans are concerned, frightened, angry. The country, it seems, is on the wrong track.

But what is the right course for America" Knowing what we stand against is not the same as knowing what we stand for.

Just in time, The Heritage Foundation's Matthew Spalding provides the plan for translating angst into proper action in this bestselling book. We Still Hold These Truths offers a bracing analysis of how and why we have lost our bearings as a nation and lays out the strategy to rescue our future from arbitrary and unlimited government.

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“The single best introduction to the political thought of the American Founding . . . [Spalding] has reclaimed the best of the American political tradition for all Americans.” —Weekly Standard

“Splendid, strongly written . . . [There is] no better starting point for our discussion than Mr. Spalding’s eloquent explication and defense of our nation’s first and Founding principles.” —WashingtonTimes

“These first principles are the indispensable guides policy makers need now.” —Paul Ryan, U.S. Congress

“This is vital armament in the battle for constitutional restoration.” —Jonah Goldberg, editor at large, National Review Online

“Invigorating . . . [An] excellent primer in American common sense.” —ClaremontReview of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935191926
  • Publisher: ISI Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 267
  • Sales rank: 460,310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Spalding is associate vice president and dean of educational programs for Hillsdale College at the Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. He is also the Henry Salvatori Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Spalding is the author or editor of several books, including The Heritage Guide to the Constitution. The Leader’s Guide companion to We Still Hold These Truths is now available.

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Table of Contents

Foreword William J. Bennett xi

Introduction: Curiosities in Glass Cases 1

1 A New Nation, Conceived in Liberty: The Roots of American Freedom 7

2 We Hold These Truths: Equality, Natural Rights, and the Consent of the Governed 29

3 Of Faith and Reason: The Establishment of Religious Freedom 51

4 The Fire of Opportunity: Private Property and the Spirit of Enterprise 67

5 Rule of Law: The Great Foundation of Our Constitution 81

6 Constitutionalism in Principle: The Architecture of Limited Government 99

7 Constitutionalism in Practice: The Workings of Ordered Liberty 117

8 The Virtues of Self-Government: Building Community, Forming Character, and Making Citizens 135

9 The Command of Our Fortunes: Sovereign Independence and America's Role in the World 161

10 A New Republic: The Progressive Assault on the Founders' Principles 187

11 American Renewal: The Case for Reclaiming Our Future 215

Bibliographic Essay and Organizational Resources 241

Acknowledgments 253

Index 255

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

    A Must Read for all Patriots

    Americans, politicians included, must take our founding principles seriously again. Unfortunately, our political leaders in Washington, and the elites in the media and in our universities, have concluded that America's principles do not apply to life in the 21st Century. But the real truth is that the timeless principles of our founding, even today, are popular among Americans, and, more importantly, are our best guide to solving today's problems.
    Dr. Matthew Spalding's book, "We Still Hold These Truths" is an informative book laying out the core principles of liberty, detailing the Progressive liberals' assault on those principles and explaining why we must vigilantly defend and reapply these principles if we are to save our country. He explains what's at stake and how a return to our eternal and guiding principles that is a necessary step in reversing the so-called "progress" that is making America look more and more like a socialist state.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    Finally, a book I purchased.

    Absorbing and thought provoking. A must read along with Mark Levin's
    Liberty and Tyranny, A Conservative Manifesto.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

    Required Reading for Students of American History

    A well written book describing why our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written the way they were. This book should be required reading for all who wish to learn about American history. I keep this one on the shelf alongside Payne's Common Sense, The Federalist Papers, and Levin's Liberty and Tyranny.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Should be requireed reading for students

    awsome, awsome, awsiome. well written, thought provocking..intresting, held my intrest.

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