Heritage expert testifies to strengthen the U.S.-UK relationship

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Your support helps strengthen ties between nations that defend the free world.

Last year, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a movement known as “Brexit”.

That decision to leave the EU strengthened the partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom.

If this new alliance between the United States and Britain is to thrive, then the Trump administration must make clear that Brexit is positive and will strengthen the trans-Atlantic alliance.

That’s what Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. and Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, testified about before the House Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Committee on Wednesday.

You can watch his testimony here >> 

From trade to security, the Trump administration is in the process of negotiating our country’s new relationship with the newly exited Britain.

Committee members heard from Gardiner on the Anglo-American relationship and its role against international terrorism and rogue states.

Great Britain and the United States need to stand together so they can not only maintain their own trade deals, but to stand strong in the global war against ISIS and al-Qaeda, as well as threats from Russian.

The world stage needs U.S.-British leadership to defend its democratic freedom.

How can the U.S.-UK relationship be strengthened? 

Heritage stands against religious discrimination

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At Heritage, we believe the religious beliefs of both individuals and organizations should be respected by law.

Your support helps protect religious liberty by defending citizens’ consciences from government overreach.

When Jack Phillips, a cake artist and baker from Colorado, declined to make a custom cake for a same-sex wedding, the gay couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The Colorado judge determined he had engaged in sexual-orientation discrimination. But all Jack wanted to do was run his business in accordance with his religious beliefs.

In September, Jack came to Heritage to discuss the challenges of creating art, doing business, and stay true to his conscience in modern times. Now, his legal battle has made its way to the Supreme Court.

In this case, Justices will decide whether states can compel business owners like Jack to create speech that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

In Jack’s view, the creation of a cake for a gay wedding is a form of speech; it conveys a message about the validity of gay marriage.

This message violates his sincerely held religious belief that marriage is a sacred promise made between a man and a woman.

Jack believes he should be able to run his business in accordance with his beliefs, and that the state should not compel him to express views that violate his conscience.

Oral arguments were held this past Tuesday at the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, Heritage hosted an event titled “Free Speech Takes the Cake: Can States Compel Speech?”

Kristen Waggoner, the Senior Vice President of Alliance Defending Freedom and Counsel for Jack Phillips was present, alongside Ilya Shapiro, a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, and Lloyd Cohen, a law professor at George Mason University.

You can watch a livestream of the discussion here >>

The stakes of this case are high. The future of free speech and the government respecting its citizens’ religious beliefs hangs in the balance.

Creative professionals all over the country have filed amicus briefs supporting Jack and the rights of artists to utter – and not utter – messages that align with their values.

Artists who care about their right to decline to use their creativity on projects that violate their consciences should stand with Jack.

We need to protect religious freedom so that the pursuit of truth can unfold naturally in public discourse, without government intervention and punishment.

Your support helps protect people like Jack, who live their faith even when it’s counter-cultural.

Should Jack be forced to bake a cake for a ceremony that goes against his religious conscience?

Reigning in Federal government overreach

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Last Thursday, Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, testified before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.

The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the administration of U.S. courts, federal rules of evidence, civil and appellate procedures, judicial ethics, patent and trademark laws, information technology, and other matters referred by the Chairman.

Von Spakovsky is an expert on civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform.

For years, he’s been studying how plaintiffs’ attorneys and activists attempt to manipulate courts for their own ends at the expense of the public.

Thanks to your support, he had the opportunity to address the role and impact of nationwide injunctions which cut this process of deliberation short by allowing single lower courts to make laws and set precedents for the rest of the country.

Our founding fathers would say that federal courts lower than the Supreme Court shouldn’t be able to make nationwide laws; one circuit’s precedent shouldn’t bind another’s.

This is because complicated legal questions are better answered when they have the opportunity to be viewed by a variety of judges with a variety of perspectives.

A lengthy process of deliberation is essential to preserving sound reason and logic in our legal system.

In his testimony, von Spakovsky said:

When federal district courts issue nationwide injunctions, they are invading jurisdiction and authority of other federal courts and other appellate circuits.

Your support helps advocate for a return to these constitutional principles.

Have the powers of federal district courts gone too far?

Creating policies that keep America safe

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This Thursday, General Thomas Spoehr, retired Army lieutenant general and director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his recommendations for a future National Defense Strategy.

Spoehr served in the Army for more than 36 years and attained the rank of lieutenant general before retiring.

In October, he published a report titled “Rules For Getting Defense Strategy Right” in War on the Rocks, a foreign policy magazine.

In that report, he writes:

“A real defense strategy would provide clear priorities, identify America’s competitive advantages and how to capitalize on them, and deal with the world — and the enemies it offers — as it is. The need for a new NDS could not be more acute, but previous efforts have had decidedly mixed results. Will this one succeed where others have failed? We are about to find out.”

He recommends:

  • The NDS should evaluate the military’s efficiency on the criteria of its ability to protect our national interests.
  • A defense strategy that prioritizes smart choices over complete inclusiveness should be implemented.
  • All strategies must be directive, not just descriptive.

Your support helps impact these critical decisions that keep our country safe.

How can we improve our national defense strategy?

Why are you conservative?

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Everyone’s journey to conservatism is unique.

For Lee Edwards, the unofficial historian of the conservative movement and author of “Just Right”, his journey to conservativism was made in a moment.

“I’m a conservative because of communism,” Edwards told Ed Feulner, President of The Heritage Foundation.

In October of 1956, Edwards was in Paris and fresh out of the Army. He tells the story of the moment that changed his life:

“All of a sudden, we began hearing these bulletins from Budapest, and it was the Hungarian Revolution. And here were young men and women of my age standing up to the Soviets. Standing up to Soviet tanks and Soviet guns.

And I was so excited about this — caught up in the courage and the bravery and the desire for freedom of these young Hungarians. And then, two weeks later, the Soviet tanks came back — firing, shooting, killing maybe 20,000 young Hungarians, and then a couple hundred thousand more Hungarians fleeing into exile, because the Soviets were not going to let go of that country.

And I waited for my country to do something. I waited for more than just a press release. More than just a U.N. resolution.”

But as we all know now Edward’s wait would be in vain.

“I was embarrassed. I was ashamed. I was angry. And I resolved at that point that I would do whatever I could for the rest of my life to oppose communism and to help those who were resisting it as well.”

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Edwards created the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor the victims of the Hungarian Revolution and honor his resolution.

Edwards serves as the Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought for the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at Heritage.

Read more about Edward’s work >>

Edwards journey to conservatism was made in a moment the world will never forget.

What caused you to become a conservative?

Heritage staff and alumni make Forbes 30 Under 30

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Your support helps grow the rising generation of young conservative leaders.

Forbes Magazine recently released their “30 Under 30” list, which featured an impressive number of Heritage alumni and staff in both the “law & policy” and “energy” categories.

James Braid, an alumnus of Heritage Action, is the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of the Honorable Ted Budd and one of the House Freedom Caucus’ top policy minds at only 27 years old.

Forbes recognized him in the “law and policy” category.

Ann Conant, an alumnus of The Heritage Foundation, is the Assistant to the Deputy Director at the White House Domestic Policy Council and manages the operations of President Trump’s key policy arm at only 27 years old.

Forbes recognized her in the “law and policy” category.

Jeet Guram, an alumnus of our Health Fellows program, is the Senior Adviser to the Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, subsidizing health coverage for over 100 million Americans at only 29 years old.

Forbes recognized him in the “law and policy” category.

Jacob Reses, an alumnus of our Health Fellows program, is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Advisor to the CEO at Heritage Action for America, one of the most influential conservative organizations in the country, at only 26 years old.

Forbes recognized him in the “law and policy” category.

Jordan Richardson, an alumnus of our Young Leaders internship program, is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Charles Koch Institute and a leading voice in the criminal justice reform movement at only 28 years old.

Forbes recognized him in the “law and policy” category.

Lauren Salz, an alumnus of our Young Leaders internship program, is the Cofounder of sealed.com, which takes an actuarial approach to calculating energy savings and originates contracts with 20 years of cashflows at only 29 years old.

Forbes recognized her in the “energy” category.

With young leaders like this on our side we have hope for a brighter future.

Thank you for all you’ve done to help support these young men and women.

Taking action against North Korea

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To the left-leaning media, North Korea’s aggression is breaking news.

But experts at the Heritage Foundation have seen this coming for a long time.

Bruce Klinger, a Senior Research Fellow on Northeast Asia and expert in arms control and mission defense, has been warning media and government about North Korea for years.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will add North Korea to the State Department’s list of states sponsoring of terrorism.

It will join Iran, Sudan, and Syria. You can read the State Department’s list here.

In a Cabinet meeting at the White House, President Trump said of this decision:

“Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago.”

Indeed, it should have. Back in February, Klingner wrote a report titled “North Korea Should Be Put Back on the Terrorist List”.

In that report, he wrote:

It is long past time for Washington to do the right thing and belatedly acknowledge that North Korea’s repeated deadly acts legally constitute terrorist acts and justify returning the regime to the State Sponsors of Terrorism List.

Even before President Trump came to office, Klingner had been pushing for this exact move to occur.

In 2014, Klingner appeared on “Morning Joe” to ask the government to face the ugly reality of North Korea. You can watch his segment here:

Your support allows Heritage experts to get the facts out about terrorism so that our nation’s leaders can better protect us.

What should we do about North Korea?

How would the current tax reform plan impact you?

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Heritage is continuing the fight forward for tax reform this week.

Even though the complete details of the bill have yet to be finalized, both the House and Senate versions have enough in common to reasonably estimate its effect on the economy.

Last Wednesday, Rachel Greszler, a senior policy analyst in economics and entitlements at the Center for Data Analysis, published a report titled “In Charts, How These 7 Taxpayers’ Bills Would Change If Tax Reform Were Enacted” in the Daily Signal.

Each chart shows how different American families would fare under the proposed tax reform.

This is part of Heritage’s continual effort to make Congressional policies transparent to American citizens.

Read how your family would be impacted by the current tax reform plan >>

Even though the plan for tax reform isn’t as pro-growth as it could be, it significantly jump-starts America’s economy, and will lead to long-term growth.

How would you improve Congress’ tax reform plan? Do you think it will pass before Christmas?

Reforming the Refugee Admissions Program

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At Heritage, we bring the best and the brightest minds together to boldly address refugee policy.

This summer, Heritage experts Olivia Enos, David Inserra, and Joshua Meservey wrote a report titled “The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program: A Roadmap for Reform”.

Their report asserts that the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program should be used neither as a service to mass distribute global migration rights, nor to solve international conflict.

Rather, it should be reformed to assert American leadership, tangibly help partners and allies, and rescue some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Last Thursday, they briefed Admiral Hall on their report at the National Security Council. He was very receptive and promised to pass it to the new Senior Adviser for Refugees.

James Jay Carafano, the Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and E. W. Richardson Fellow, said of their work:

“While others have obsessed about the numbers and bans, we have focused on substantive reforms to actually make the program better—reduce abuse, enhance security and promote assimilation. Our work has not gone unnoticed. I have gotten constructive feedback from NGOs on all sides of this issue.”

Plans to make their roadmap to reform a reality are in the works.

What do you think should be done about America’s refugee program?

You are making a difference on college campuses

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On college campuses, the fight between political correctness and the truth rages on.

Scott Yenor, a tenured political science professor at Boise State University, was a visiting fellow at Heritage for the 2015-2016 academic year. While at Heritage, he wrote a series of essays on the principles that make America great and now he is under attack by the Left.

Controversy began in August 2017 when Yenor, now back at Boise State, published an op-ed in the Daily Signal on how “Transgender Activists Are Seeking to Undermine Parental Rights” (viewed 42,500 times) which linked to one of those essays, titled Sex, Gender, and the Origin of the Culture Wars: An Intellectual History.

In his essay, Yenor wrote:

“Transgender theories [include] … the abolition of male supremacy and traditional socialization toward gender scripts, cultivation of androgyny, elimination of the proprietary family and the dependence of women and children on that family, and celebration of non-monogamous, non-marital sexual experiences.

Whether this new world will prove to be fit for human flourishing remains to be seen.”

When the Boise State University caught wind of Yenor’s essay, a merciless smear campaign was launched:

  • The Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion issued a statement in which he claimed that Yenor’s ideas are “the root of genocide.” He concluded that: “Not every person who agrees with Yenor’s piece is likely to become an espoused Neo-Nazi, but likely every Neo-Nazi would agree with the substance of Yenor’s piece.”
  • Yenor’s fellow faculty attempted to officially censure him, calling his research “hate speech” and a threat to women’s and transgender rights.
  • The entire faculty of the BSU School of Social Work authored a letter indicting Yenor.
  • A student group raised 2,100 signatures to fire him.
  • An op-ed was published in BSU’s student newspaper entitled “Yes, Yenor should absolutely be fired.”
  • BSU College Republicans and Democrats debated the controversy.

Heritage experts worked with Yenor to coordinate a national response which led to several essays and op-eds being published in support of Yenor and his research.

Most notably, Yenor was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on November 3. You can watch that interview below:

Yenor’s case has piqued the interest of state legislators:

  • The two leading Idaho gubernatorial candidates, Rep. Raul Labrador and Tommy Ahlquist, have personally met with Yenor, with a view to understanding the climate on campuses, and to ultimately reforming and defunding BSU in particular.
  • Labrador, who was put in touch with Yenor by Heritage Action, has also asked Yenor for policy suggestions on how to reform BSU.
  • Additionally, Yenor has held several meetings with leaders in Idaho’s state legislature. State legislators are interested in defunding BSU’s budget allocations for diversity bureaucrats. Should this effort be successful, it could readily be replicated in other states.

Your support encourages brave people like Yenor to stand up to the intellectual bullies on college campuses.

Do you think political correctness has gone too far?

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