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Randy Forbes: Three Charters of Freedom

It was a sunny evening in July and I had arranged for members of my staff to take a short walk from the Capitol down the National Mall to a building just off of Constitution Avenue.


Kitty Greene: A strong woman who helped shape a nation

A close friend of Virginia’s Revolutionary War heroes Patrick Henry and George Washington, Catharine “Kitty” Littlefield Greene, was known as a vivacious flirt who could be brutally honest.


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New law affirms right to farm, grants freedom from government overreach

HB 268 marks the latest chapter in a controversy that attracted nationwide attention in 2012 when the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors forced family farmer Martha Boneta to cease selling produce from her own 64-acre farm.


Pushing buttons? Open carry guys seem to want their guns taken away

The open carry gun groups sure are getting what they want. If what they want is more public pressure to put restrictions on gun rights.


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Randy Forbes: History is our guide

Why is history so important? It reminds us who we are. Like a parent, it keeps us humble and proud at the same time. It carries with it both inspiration and responsibility. The collective memory of the past makes us wiser for the future. In our history, we find limitless options.


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Bob Goodlatte: Reflecting on D-Day

Today, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, I had the opportunity to honor and remember those who played a role in the invasion on this day 70 years ago.


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Randy Forbes: Flags in – a reminder of the First Amendment

The First Amendment of our Constitution outlines some of those freedoms that our Founding Fathers saw as inherent to our DNA as a nation.


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Randy Forbes: The Tenth Amendment

A power struggle. That’s what our Founding Fathers foresaw between individual states and our federal government. So in 1787, they penned the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


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Randy Forbes: Signposts

Our Constitution serves as a similar type of signpost, providing valuable markers as we move forward as a nation. Just as the signposts on the beach, the articles and amendments in our Constitution serve as markers, reminding us of our purpose and place as a nation.


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Randy Forbes: Betting the farm

We do our nation no good when we attempt these broad comprehensive plans at the federal level. Why? Because we bet the farm. Even if reforms are necessary, going all-in when the stakes are high is incredibly risky.


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Remarks by President Obama, President Hollande at Monticello

Well, this has been a wonderful visit. And I want to thank François for joining us here today. I thought this was an appropriate way to start the state visit because what it signifies is the incredible history between the United States and France.


Will E.W. Jackson run for Senate?

Failed Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson has been giving consideration to a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by popular Democrat Mark Warner.


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Randy Forbes: Sand castles

Years ago, I was with my family at the beach sitting several yards back from the water. Ahead of us near the shoreline, two small boys knelt down playing in the sand just inches from where the foamy cusp of the waves rescinded back into the ocean.


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Randy Forbes: Seven warnings on the national debt for 2014

National debt has been a subject of discussion since our nation’s founding. Even in the midst of debate over the details of a national debt, our Founding Fathers found unity in this truth: that our government is obligated to repay debts.


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Randy Forbes: A constitutional command

In commitment to our Constitution, our nation has placed great priority on a dedication to this well-guarded peace. Similarly, over the past fifty years, Department of Defense innovation and technology has made our military the most technologically advanced in the world.


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Chris Graham: America, you need to get over yourselves

Poll: 71 percent think signers of the Declaration of Independence would not be happy with how America has turned out. Seriously – five in seven of you honestly think this?


Sanford D. Horn | Founding Fathers spinning in their graves

Those gurgling, choking and gasping sounds followed by a loud thud you hear are James Madison, Patrick Henry, George Mason and John Adams collectively coming back to life then dropping dead all over again as they no longer recognize the out-of-control government that once knew its place in American society.