In recognition of the late President George H.W. Bush’s years of public service, Heritage observed the National Day of Mourning declared by President Trump. On this day, we sought to remember President Bush.

As The Daily Signal’s Fred Lucas reported, President Bush was the last World War II veteran to serve as president. And no president since has served in combat. The youngest naval aviator in World War II, George H.W. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and a Presidential Unit Citation for his service in the Pacific.

President Bush served America long after the war, as Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Head of U.S. Liaison Office in China, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Prior to his election as president in 1992, he served as Vice President to President Ronald Reagan.

As president, he will be remembered for presiding over the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, as well as the liberation of Kuwait in the First Gulf War.


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Heritage President Kay Coles James stated upon his passing, “President Bush was ever willing to disregard personal gain to pursue a public calling—and few did so with his grace and dignity.” President James concluded by saying, “George H.W. Bush’s character and commitment to our nation were reflections of his faith. They were also attributes he passed on through his children and grandchildren. May God comfort them and the rest of the Bush family in their grief.”

Read Heritage President Kay Coles James’ official statement here.

What is your favorite memory of President George H.W. Bush, and his public service?


President Trump is making progress on trade. He has paused, for 90 days, tariff increases initially slated to take effect next month. The delay is to give negotiators more time to reach a more permanent solution to resolve trade issues.

As Heritage expert James Carafano said recently on Fox Business, “[China] blinked,.., [but] this administration will have to continue to pressure them, until we get substantive changes in Chinese behavior.” Carafano went on to say that, while the president will need to weigh domestic concerns like the way tariffs inhibit domestic economic growth, he will also have to continue pressuring Beijing to stop its unfair trade practices.

Just as James Carafano discussed the national security angle of the development with China, Heritage policy experts Emilie Kao, Ambassador Terry Miller, and Tori Whiting released a statement last Friday calling attention to challenges with the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. Among those problems: Canada’s addition of inappropriate language surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, which does not belong in an international trade agreement.

While mentioning positive developments with the new agreement, Miller, Kao, and Whiting pledged to continue “working with the White House and lawmakers to address these concerns.” Heritage will continue monitoring that situation, to protect the United States’ sovereign right to set our own policies regarding gender identity and sexual orientation—without pressure from our neighbors.

Thank you for providing the resources to make Heritage an asset for policymakers, and allowing us to call ball and strikes to achieve conservative victories on policy. Your support creates trade wins for America and so many other positive outcomes.

Read Heritage’s USMCA statement here.

How will these developments impact the United States economy?

The Veterans Administration Health Program and the Indian Health Service are already under full government control. Liberals want more—a government monopoly on health care. Heritage’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity recently released a report on the realities of a government takeover of healthcare.

The report examines several plans, including one introduced by Vermont socialist Senator Bernie Sanders. The plan would fold nearly all existing public coverage arrangements–including Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—into one massive program.

By the end of a four-year transition period, 75 million Americans previously covered by Medicaid or CHIP would be under the new system.  In addition,  164 million Americans previously covered by employer-sponsored insurance and 17 million Americans previously insured through private plans available in the individual market would be under the plan.   Heritage expert Meridian Paulton explains in the report that, “Medicare for All” means over 58 million elderly and disabled Americans would lose their existing Medicare coverage.”

Heritage remains opposed to any healthcare plan that increases government control and potentially costing tens of trillions of taxpayer dollars while threatening to leave Americans without access to health care services. Thank you for equipping our experts with the tools to break down these proposals and warn America against the perils of socialized medicine.

Read Meridian Paulton’s report here.

How should the conservative movement fight “Medicare for All”?


The Heritage Foundation believes in bringing the best and brightest to the fore to serve America. Constitutionalists on the federal bench represent that standard of excellence, and they, like all federal judges, rely heavily on their clerks for the legal research needed to administer justice in full accordance with the Constitution.

John Malcolm, the head of our Institute for Constitutional Government, spoke with the New York Times about the launch of the federal judicial clerkship academy saying, “It allows us to establish relationships with very bright lawyers who are potential future stars in the legal community either on the right or on the left.”

The program will give applicants practical advice on the daily work of clerks, including technical issues and legal writing. It will also offer sessions on originalism and textualism, to advance a better understanding of the Constitution.

Heritage Members make it possible for us to support judges who uphold the law and defend liberty from the federal bench. Thank you for investing in our future.

How else should Heritage prepare the next generation of constitutionalist judges?

Dr. Ryan Anderson, Heritage’s William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow, recently released a book titled, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment”. This week, he responded again, with a commentary rebutting mischaracterizations of his work in New York Times column. The author of the piece, Andrea Long Chu, accused Dr. Anderson of “‘compassion-mongering,’ peddling bigotry in the guise of sympathetic concern” because he dared to question the wisdom of sexual reassignment surgeries.

While impugning Dr. Anderson, she inadvertently conceded some key points that cut against her own argument. She admitted, for example, that surgery doesn’t promise happiness to those trying to change their gender, and that gender dysphoria is painful.

This marked the second time that Dr. Anderson has been forced to fend off attacks from the paper because he refused to yield to the notion that surgery is helping gender dysphoria. Citing voluminous research, Ryan argues that such surgeries fail to bring happiness to the patients, they may well increase the risk of suicide among them, posing a serious ethical problem to those who administer care.

Heritage experts stand for truth, regardless of what is published about them. Thank you for empowering them to hold fast, when buffeted by politically correct, but fallacious, headwinds.

How should conservatives address this issue with public policy?

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