September 27, 2013
The Heritage Foundation and our president, Jim DeMint, refuse to give in to the Washington establishment, and we’re not afraid of confrontation.
But don’t take it from us: that’s what reporter Joshua Green writes in Bloomberg Businessweek.
Heritage is providing intellectual leadership to the growing band of lawmakers who’s tired of business as usual, Green reports. For example, 47 percent of the Republican caucus was voted in after 2010—and they turn to Heritage for guidance: “Owing no allegiance to Boehner, these new members have much more in common with outside groups such as Heritage, whose siege mentality and impatience with party orthodoxy they share.”
Green reports on how Heritage has helped inspire these conservative lawmakers on issues like federal spending and defunding Obamacare:
The rebellion has been building all year. In June, House conservatives killed the Republican farm bill because it didn’t cut deeply enough into nutrition programs. In July they rejected a Republican transportation and housing bill they considered too generous. In early September, Boehner’s first attempt at funding the government wasn’t so much killed as laughed out of the room. Its provision to defund Obamacare was merely symbolic, an attempt to appease his right flank while also avoiding a shutdown by instructing the Senate to split off the defund vote. Heritage alerted its network, and conservatives quickly made clear they wouldn’t stand for it. All at once, Republican Washington seemed to realize that the ideologues could no longer be brushed aside.
Legislation to defund Obamacare—inspired by Heritage over the summer as a first step towards repeal—passed the House last week over the protests of the Establishment. It is currently being debated in the Senate.
But Capitol Hill is not Heritage’s only focus. Thanks to your support, our goal is to help shape the national debate and move America in a more conservative direction.
While lawmakers have taken to avoiding town hall meetings for fear of confrontation, Green reports, Heritage is holding town hall meetings of our own. For example, DeMint joined Heritage Action for America’s Defund Obamacare tour last month and helped alert Americans to the cause.
“Our hope,” DeMint says in the article, “is that by 2016 we will have so cultivated the mindset of America for the right ideas, that we’ll see candidates running on those ideas. Maybe even Democrats.”
The Heritage Foundation has long upheld the conservative principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. So it should come as no surprise that we continue to advance this cause—and that we aren’t giving up for political expediency.
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