Speaking at Heritage, Gingrich Makes the Case for ‘Cheerful Persistence’

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Newt Gingrich speaks at Heritage July 23. Photo: Hillary Rosenjack

Newt Gingrich speaks at Heritage July 23. Photo: Hillary Rosenjack

Conservatives must adopt a positive message to win over the American people, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said today at The Heritage Foundation.

“We must be for positive things,” he said.

It’s a mistake to call November’s midterm election a “referendum on Obama,” Gingrich said. This negative approach helped leave the Republican Party without a House majority from 1944 to 1994, he said.

“If a Republican wins with a negative campaign, he has no consensus,” Gingrich explained.

But in 1994, Republicans maintained a “cheerful persistence” for conservative ideas.

There’s reason for optimism about the future, Gingrich added.

The millennial generation, those born after about 1980, has “crossed a technological threshold,” he said. While government remains mired in the past, technology is giving individuals more power in society. This gives conservatives an opening “to become the movement that offers a better future.”

Gingrich’s address in Heritage’s Allison Auditorium was part of Heritage’s “Lessons for Conservatives” lecture series.

In opening remarks, Heritage Founder Ed Feulner spoke highly of Gingrich, saying that he is “a unique find in Washington – articulate, charismatic, and loaded with ideas based on our conservative principles.”

Are you hopeful that the new generation can help sustain the conservative movement?  Tell us in the comments.

The ‘Abject Failure’ of the War on Poverty–and What to Do About It

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Created with the intention of defeating poverty, Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. In many ways, Heritage Foundation Founder Ed Feulner argues, “the War on Poverty is an abject failure.” Welfare programs, rather than being a safety net of last resort, instea created dependency and encouraged family breakdown.

Welfare reforms in the 1990s, designed by Heritage experts, cut welfare caseloads in half, while employment for single mothers increased dramatically and child poverty plummeted. But more reform is needed:

Today the federal government runs roughly 80 means-tested welfare programs providing cash, food, housing and social services to low-income persons, but it fails to help the recipients become able to provide for themselves.

Read Dr. Fuelner’s full commentary and tell us: Do you think America needs additional welfare reforms?

Japanese Prime Minister Meets with Heritage Experts

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Continuing their Asian tour this week, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Founder Ed Feulner met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and members of the Diet yesterday in Tokyo. The meeting focused in particular on defense issues.

Japanese press were waiting to talk with DeMint when he left:

Jim DeMint, center, speaks with press in Tokyo yesterday.

Jim DeMint, center, speaks with press in Tokyo yesterday.

Why You Should Be Worried About Ever-Bigger Government

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Heritage Foundation Founder Ed Feulner warns about the consequences of an ever-expanding federal government:

America has reached a tipping point. The federal government has grown exponentially, not just in spending, but in its reach. Government intrudes into virtually every aspect of our daily lives, from the type of toilet we can buy, to the mix of fuel we put in our cars, to the kind of light bulb we can use.

Government policies have stifled domestic energy production while pouring billions of tax dollars into alternative-energy subsidies, reflecting the elitist, “progressive” faith that bureaucrats can pick winners and losers better than individuals making voluntary decisions in their own interests can. Unelected bureaucrats have been empowered to stipulate what health services we will purchase, and how and from whom we will receive them.

Excessive government intervention not only limits individual freedoms, it stifles entrepreneurial creativity and job creation. It locks the poor into a lifetime of dependency and poverty. And it limits the ability of hard-working Americans to enjoy upward mobility.

 What do you think we can do about this problem?

The Importance of Heritage’s Work on the Asia-Pacific Region

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Ed Feulner. Photo: Nick Zahn

America has a lot to learn from the Asian nations topping the ranks of the world’s freest economies in Heritage annual Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint said at a recent event celebrating Heritage’s Asian Studies Center.

Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand take the top four spots in the Index, while the United States ranks just tenth.

Asia has long been a focus of Heritage research. Thirty years ago, Heritage founder Ed Feulner recognized the region’s importance by establishing a research center dedicated to its study.

Today, the Center continues to promote conservative solutions and engage with the region’s influencers. For example, Heritage recently hosted an event on our Phelon Roof Terrace with Asia-Pacific press, Asia-focused Capitol Hill staff, representatives of the executive branch, and diplomatic corps.

What do you think will happen next in this important region?

Record-Breaking Gift Strengthens Heritage’s Foreign Policy Research

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Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis

Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis

The Heritage Foundation has received a record-breaking $26 million gift to support our research on foreign policy and national defense issues.

“Following decades of strong support, the family of the late Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis announced that they have made a $26 million gift to support the work and mission of the Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation,” Heritage’s press release says.

Heritage is extremely thankful for this generous gift. In a special statement, Heritage’s Board expressed “its profound respect and gratitude to the family of Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis for their many years of friendship to The Heritage Foundation and for their principled commitment to advance the cause of freedom in America and abroad.”

The Heritage press release has more: Continue Reading »

As We Celebrate Independence Day, We Must Live Up to Our Nation’s Purpose

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Our nation was established as a force for good in the world, Heritage Foundation founder Ed Feulner writes in the Washington Times.

Independence Day is a reminder that we must be proud of, and always live up to, our “noble inheritance” of liberty, he says.

When the Founders made the commitment to stand together and break free of British rule in the name of liberty and independence, they were truly putting everything on the line . . . Because of America’s dedication to the permanent truths expressed in the Declaration of Independence, our nation has a special responsibility to uphold the cause of liberty both at home and abroad. While we have not always lived up to this responsibility, no nation has aspired so high and achieved so much as ours . . . And that’s the kind of nation we celebrate each Fourth of July. We have much to be proud of — and much to live up to.

How will you preserve America’s founding principles?

Don’t Miss Ed Feulner on Book TV This Sunday

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Ed Feulner built The Heritage Foundation from a scrappy startup in 1973 into the powerhouse it is today.

Conservative historian and Heritage scholar Lee Edwards tells the story of how Feulner built Heritage in the book “Leading the Way.”

Edwards and Feulner recently sat down with Heritage members to discuss the book and his legacy.

That interview will air on C-SPAN 2′s Book TV on Sunday, April 14 at 6:45 pm.

Get more information about the interview on Booktv.org and purchase your copy of Leading the Way.

Farewell from Ed Feulner

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Retiring Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner laughs during this year's Presidents' Tour. Photo: Shealah Craighead

Retiring Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner laughs during this year’s Presidents’ Tour. Photo: Shealah Craighead

Dear friends,

Today is my last day as president of The Heritage Foundation, and I want to write you one last note in that capacity. We’ve had quite a ride these last three-and-a-half decades, and I leave knowing that Heritage will flourish under my successor, Jim DeMint.

I want to thank you for your generous support, of course, but more importantly, to tell you to remain optimistic about the future. Yes, progressives are on the offensive, aggressively trying to remake our country using a Euro-socialist mold. But this is why we must now redouble our efforts, not lessen or abandon them. Continue Reading »

Ted Cruz Praises Heritage with Three Tributes to Freedom

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at Heritage's Annual Leadership Conference and Board Meeting Tuesday.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at Heritage’s Annual Leadership Conference and Board Meeting Tuesday.

Speaking today to Heritage Foundation President’s Club members today in Washington, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) offered three tributes in honor of Heritage’s fortieth anniversary and our leadership transition.

1. A Tribute to Heritage President Ed Feulner

Feulner built Heritage from humble beginnings into a powerhouse that provided the intellectual and policy foundation for the Reagan administration and later conservative successes. Today, he said, Heritage is the “preeminent source for conservative and free market policy ideas.”

2. A Tribute to Heritage President-Elect Jim DeMint.

Demint, Cruz says, is a “recovering politician” who “lacks a fear of ridicule.” When he first came to Congress, his was a lonely voice for free enterprise and limited government. Thanks in part to DeMint’s work to support conservative candidates, he explained, there are today many more voices for these timeliss principles. “If it weren’t for Sen. Jim DeMint, I would not be in the U.S. Senate,” Cruz said.

3. A Tribute to The Heritage Foundation

Finally, Cruz praised The Heritage Foundation as an institution:

  • The fight for freedom is central to Heritage’s mission, he said. And we cannot take freedom for granted, since, “as Reagan said, freedom isn’t passed through blood. It has to be fought for.”
  • Heritage knows ideas matter, and the organization “serves as a laboratory for growing, restoring, and percolating ideas,” Cruz said. “For example, if Reagan’s ideas were in use now, we would have 7 million more jobs.  Refining these ideas will be the tools that will save our country’s future.”
  • Heritage has the courage of its convictions. “All of us were taught in junior high that invertebrates can’t walk upright,” Cruz joked. “But politicians disprove that every day!” Courage is rare inside the Beltway, but Cruz said DeMint has the necessary fortitude: “it bodes well for Heritage that our new president has unflinching courage.”

Cruz also encouraged conservatives to remember that message matters. While we cannot and should not compromise our principles, he said, we need to reach out to new audience and not simple “preach to the choir.”

And he reminded President’s Club members not to give up. Not only are conservatives blessed with a cadre of young new leaders, he reminded us that political fortunes can change overnight. After all, he said, it was less than a decade ago that the pundits were predicting a permanent GOP majority—a prediction followed shortly by liberal victories in 2006 and 2008.

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