Dictionary.com defines it thusly:
1. Something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion: a heritage of poverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.
Key word is noun. It's something that's tangible.2. Something reserved for one: the heritage of the righteous.3. Law.
a. Something that has been or may be inherited by legal descent or succession.b. Any property, especially land, that devolves by right of inheritance.
We in the United States of America have a heritage like no other country that has ever existed on the earth. We have a society built on the premise that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with liberty, among other things.
Our Founders were completely accepting of the main premise of the Enlightenment. They stood in their faith of God and determined that the country would be governed by the principle of individual liberty. That premise is now under assault!
An all-powerful government was the bane of the Founders' existence. They abhorred the thought of it! They sought to build a government that would ensure that the people of the United States would never be subject to the oppression that our Founders endured with England.
Our children laugh at our admonitions to be wary of an all-powerful government. They do not know and have not been taught about the lessons of the past. And yet here we are.
Our government attempts to govern all we do. I can give you a litany, based on current Cabinet positions: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Heath and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs.
Why is the federal government allowed to be involved in such things?
Because we've been asleep at the switch and we have not taught our children to beware!