The Number One Goal of America’s Foreign Policy

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The number one goal of America’s foreign policy is to defend and protect American interests, Heritage Foundation expert Ted Bromund said.

These interests include:

  1. American Sovereignty. This can be summarized as: no other nation can tell us what to do. The United States has established and maintained a system of law, diplomacy, virtue, and a respect for her citizens. These qualities allow America to thrive.
  2. Independence. This is our basic ability to maintain and sustain sovereignty. Independence is gained by producing natural resources, maintaining military security, and creating an environment in which citizens can thrive without dependence on another nation.
  3. Respectability. This is earned when sovereignty and independence are secured. The result is a people and a government that are noble and civilized, not just on the world stage but in the day-to-day interactions of the people and the government.

Without these three fundamental interests, America ceases to exist, Bromund argues. And that’s why we must always be willing to fight for them.

Bromund’s outline of America’s interests are not new. In his farewell address, George Washington listed similar themes:

Happy in the confirmation of our Independence and Sovereignty, and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United States of becoming a respectable Nation, I resign with satisfaction the Appointment I accepted with diffidence.

Do you think the U.S. should protect our national interest?

Video: ‘No Government Should Control the Lives of the People It Serves’

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“To understand where we’re going, we have to understand who we are as individuals and as a society,” Jim DeMint says in a new video about why The Heritage Foundation is so important.

America needs leadership from an organization devoted to America’s First Principles, DeMint says. That means “an organization that’s not afraid to proclaim that truth is truth, that conservatism is alive, and that no government should control the lives of the people it serves.”

Watch the video above and tell us in the comments why Heritage is important to you.

Heritage Experts Cross the Pond to Discuss Conservative Principles

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Ted Bromund

Two Heritage Foundation experts have been invited to speak this weekend at the Freedom Association’s inaugural Freedom Festival in Bournemouth, UK.

Heritage’s Ted Bromund and Bryan Riley will explain the importance of free markets and free enterprise. Bromund is a scholar in Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, while Riley serves as the Jay Van Andel Senior Policy Analyst in Trade Policy.

“Heritage is glad to support the friends of freedom abroad as it does at home,” Bromund said. The Freedom Association works to promote a free society in Britain.

“The Heritage Foundation is considered to be one of the world’s leading conservative think tanks,” Freedom Association director Rory Broomfield said. “To have them participating in the inaugural Freedom Festival is extremely exciting.”

Learn more about the Freedom Festival here.

5 Cultural Reasons Conservatives Should Look Forward to 2014

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Considering the focus on pop culture and celebrity minutiae in 2013, you would be forgiven for concluding that the ruin of American culture is upon us.  But, despite the many signs to the contrary, there really are some ways in which American culture has improved in the last 20 years.

The Heritage Foundation’s Leslie Ford lists the five most encouraging ways our American  culture has changed for the better: Continue Reading »

This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for America’s Heritage of Freedom

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The United States and Great Britain believe in the uniqueness of the individual. That has led both countries to uphold principles like individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom, which have been the foundation of prosperity in both countries.

Our systems of government represent the triumph of “individual liberty over the collective,” author Daniel Hannan said last week at The Heritage Foundation. “Don’t think that was some natural process,” he said during remarks about on his new book, Inventing Freedom. “The move away from oligarchy, away from autocracy, towards liberty under the law, towards individualism, happened in one place and in one language.”

But President Obama’s radical agenda could cause America to lose touch with these values, warned Hannan, a British conservative who represents South East England in the European Parliament.

Even our name, The Heritage Foundation, is significant, he said. “Heritage” is about teaching our children about their greatest inheritance: our values, laws and Constitution. It is up to us to preserve that legacy for future generations.

Hannan told the story of medical doctor Joseph Warren, who sent Paul Revere on his famous ride. Warren told Revere:

On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.

It is important that Americans recognize the traditions and values that make this country great. We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving—especially our heritage of freedom.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Why Nuking the Filibuster Is Contrary to the Founders’ Vision for the Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Photo: Newscom

The Senate approved a rule change last week which allows a simple majority of 51 votes to end debate and force a vote on executive branch and judicial nominations. The new rule, rammed through by liberals, will effectively end the use of the filibuster.

In effect, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who leads a 55 member Democratic caucus, will no longer need to work with conservatives to confirm judges or executive branch nominees.

It’s a short-sighted alternative to Senate deliberation, says Heritage Foundation legal analyst Elizabeth Slattery: Continue Reading »

David Caldwell — St. Louis, MO

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David Caldwell

David Caldwell

Heritage Foundation member David Caldwell has been handing out candy to children in his St. Louis neighborhood for years. But this year, he decided to shake up the routine a bit.

The children in his neighborhood are getting older, and the media often reports that students are getting a poor education, especially in subjects like civics and history. So Caldwell decided to hand out copies of The Heritage Foundation’s pocket-sized Declaration of Independence and Constitution in hopes the kids would get a quick lesson on our nation’s Founding.

“Kids need a little historical foundation before the go to these liberal colleges,” Caldwell explains. “They’re getting brainwashed in the high schools with propaganda. It should be part of the conservative movement to give a better historical education.” Continue Reading »

The Perks of Being a Heritage Foundation Intern: Meeting Sen. Ted Cruz

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Heritage Foundation interns pose with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Heritage Foundation interns pose with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders program provides many opportunities for Heritage interns to expand their knowledge of conservative thought.

At weekly luncheons, Heritage experts instruct us on America’s First Principles—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the principles of America’s Founding. These lectures, and other events that are held across the nation’s capital, help us to understand the importance of Heritage’s work and how we can carry it on in the future.

Better still, the paid program provides us with the opportunity to gain real work experience, develop professional skills, and enhance our expertise in public policy issues by interacting with Heritage experts and outside speakers.

But there are other perks as well. A dozen Heritage interns volunteered to help out at the American Spectator’s recent Robert L. Bartley Gala in Washington. And afterwards, we had the chance to meet Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has inspired us this fall with his stands on Obamacare and other issues.

Learn more about the Young Leaders Program here.

Should the Business Lobby Stand With Conservatives—or Against?

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Geoffrey Lysaught

Geoffrey Lysaught

Business groups, cheered on by liberals, are planning to directly attack conservatives and the Tea Party, Heritage Foundation vice president Geoffrey Lysaught writes on Real Clear Politics.

This effort, conducted in the name of “a more governable Republican party,” serves the narrow interests of the entrenched Washington establishment.

A better alternative for America, LySaught argues, is a return to more principled, conservative policies: Continue Reading »

Can the Treaty Power Undermine the Constitution and American Sovereignty?

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaking at Heritage on October 30, 2013. Photo: Lindsey Martin

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaking at Heritage on October 30, 2013. Photo: Lindsey Martin

An overly broad interpretation of Congress’ power under the Constitution to ratify treaties could allow for unlimited government and undermine American sovereignty, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) warned last week in an address at The Heritage Foundation.

The Constitution is designed to limit the power of the federal government and thereby protect our liberty, Cruz said in his address, the last installment of The Heritage Foundation’s Preserving the Constitution series.

But a new case before the Supreme Court, United States v. Bond, could effectively grant the federal government never-ending authority.

The notion that “the Treaty Clause is a trump card that defeats all of the remaining structural limitations on the federal government is not a proposition that is logically defensible,” he said.

Read more about the Treaty Clause in the Heritage Guide to the Constitution.

Do you think our sovereignty is threatened?

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