In the midst of frenzied efforts to remake our nation-of endless government initiatives involved in virtually every aspect of our daily lives-Americans are increasingly concerned: How did we get so far off track? And how can we get America back on course? Matthew Spalding answers these questions by looking to the timeless principles and practical wisdom that have been the source of America's monumental success. Spalding calls for a great renewal of these unchanging principles-and a new appreciation of their preeminent status in our nation's life.
In We Still Hold These Truths Spalding explains and brings to life ten core principles that define us as a nation and inspire us as a people-liberty and equality, natural rights and the consent of the governed, private property and religious freedom, the rule of law and constitutionalism, all culminating in self-government at home and independence in the world. His enlightening and engaging tour through America's founding not only recalls the deep roots of our "first principles" in Western civilization but also reveals their enduring lessons for today.
"Combining the skills of the historian, the philosopher, and the political scientist, Spalding shows why Americans in our time should be no less confident than our forebears in holding these truths, and no less forceful in asserting them." -Robert P. George