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Saving the American Idea

Rejecting Fear, Envy And The Politics Of Division

We're here today to explore the American Idea, and I can't think of a better venue for this topic. The mission of the Heritage Foundation is to promote the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

These are the principles that define the American Idea. And this mission has never been timelier, because theseprinciples are very much under threat from policies here in Washington.

The American Idea belongs to all of us-inherited from our nation's Founders, preserved by the countless sacrifices of our veterans, and advanced by visionary leaders, past and present.

What makes America exceptional-what gives life to the

American Idea-is our dedication to the self-evident truth that we are all created equal, giving us equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And that means opportunity.

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