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Heritage hosts numerous events each week in order to examine the pressing issues of our day and facilitate a place where experts can gather to share ideas and find solutions to our nation’s problems.
Many of these events can be viewed live online by simply going to Heritage’s events page.
Last week, Heritage hosted General Kevin Chilton, USAF (Ret.) to explain the importance of maintaining the U.S. nuclear deterrent and the challenges our nation faces in the future.
For many decades U.S. nuclear forces have aided in global nonproliferation and provided a deterrent against large-scale conventional and nuclear attacks that threaten the American homeland, forward-deployed troops, and allies.
However, the value of U.S. nuclear forces depends upon the credibility of the U.S. nuclear deterrent – credibility that is threatened by neglect of U.S. nuclear infrastructure and capabilities.
The nuclear threat environment is dynamic and proliferating, with old and new actors developing advanced capabilities while the U.S. enterprise is relatively static, potentially leaving the United States at a technological disadvantage.
Watch his presentation below:
What do you think the greatest threat to U.S. national security is?
As a Heritage member you’ve just made a tremendous impact on our country.
Heritage just finished a comprehensive review that examined the policy recommendations that President Trump’s team embraced last year.
You will be thrilled to know what they found out.
President Trump’s Administration has adopted or embraced over 64% of Heritage’s recommendations for the administration’s policy agenda from Heritage’s Mandate for Leadership.
This Mandate for Leadership is a comprehensive, conservative policy agenda that Heritage provides for each new administration.
That means your conservative beliefs are making enormous headway in Washington.
This is a huge testament to the impact your membership at Heritage is making.
Even the New York Times released a story this week on the significance of these policy adoptions. the story states:
The Trump administration has pursued policies that have hewed remarkably close to the recommendations of a leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, which found in a new review that nearly two-thirds of its ideas had been carried out or embraced by the White House over the past year.
The results, Heritage found in its review, exceeded even the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, whose tenure has long been the conservative gold standard.
Thank you for making this possible.
What other policy changes would you like to see President Trump’s Administration adopt in 2018?
This past Tuesday, Ana Quintana, Heritage policy analyst for Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security.
She discussed the Obama Administration’s failed policy approach to the Castro regime in Cuba, and what can be done to establish more effective policy toward Cuba.
The Obama-era Cuba policy has been a demonstrated failure for both U.S. national security interests, the rule of law, and the future of a free Cuba. The failures were not contained to Cuba either, as the regime’s destabilizing role in the region was never contained.
Watch her testimony below:
As a Heritage member you are shaping the message to Congress.
How should the U.S. approach its relationship with Cuba?
Heritage’s president, Kay Coles James, had a busy week hosting leaders at Heritage.
On Tuesday the Administrator of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, hosted her at the White House Mess to discuss shared goals and how they can work together.
On Wednesday the Ambassador of South Korea joined Mrs. James, Dr. Feulner, and key Heritage experts to further strengthen the relationship between Heritage and the people of South Korea.
Later that evening Mrs. James hosted over 20 members of Congress for a dinner to build relationships with them and discuss her vision for the future of Heritage.
Thanks to you and our over half a million Heritage members, we are able to host a continuous flow of leaders which serves to strengthen the conservative movement.
Who would you like to see come to Heritage in the future?
Today, Ivanka Trump came by Heritage for a surprise visit at the invitation of Heritage’s new president, Kay Coles James.
Ivanka received a full tour of Heritage and met many of our experts and staff as well as had a private briefing with our Heritage interns. Upon completion of the tour Ivanka suggested having a number of her policy team come by Heritage for regular briefings.
Afterwards, Heritage president Kay James visited the White House at the invitation of President Trump for a public proclamation signing honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
Relationships like these, with leaders in Washington, demonstrate the impact your support of Heritage. As a Heritage member, your voice is being heard by the most powerful people in our country.
Thank you for making this possible.
If you could ask Ivanka Trump one question, what would it be?
One way your conservative principles continue to be shared through Heritage is by experts testifying before Congress on pressing issues such as the threat of China’s military.
This week was no exception as Dean Cheng, senior research fellow in Heritage’s Asian Studies Center, testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities surrounding China’s pursuit of emerging and exponential military technology.
Watch his full statement below:
Do you agree with Cheng’s analysis of the threat China poses?
On Tuesday, after rumors of talk show host Oprah Winfrey running for president in 2020, newly-elected Heritage president Kay Coles James took to Twitter to invite Winfrey to debate.
James is never one to shy away from a good debate and Heritage is always open for sharing the conservative perspective on today’s issues.
It remains to be seen whether Winfrey will accept the challenge to debate or not.
If Winfrey came to Heritage, what issues would you want to be discussed?
Heritage’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics works to keep alive our Founders’ legacy and to apply our Founding principles to the thorny questions of the day.
Our country must stay rooted in the principles that have made it the great country that it is.
As a Heritage member, you have made a tremendous impact in educating Americans on our tradition of natural rights, republicanism and constitutionalism.
Below is list of the Center’s top publications that have received thousands of views this year.
1. First Principles Essays (in-depth essays written by leading scholars on the most important ideas, statesmen, political movements, and documents in American political thought)
- Tom West and Bill Shambra’s essay on The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics remains the most popular with 667,000 downloads (126,114 so far this year).
- Charles Kesler’s essay on What Separation of Powers Means for Constitutional Governmenthas been downloaded 178,433 times (42,145 so far this year).
- Christopher Burkett’s essay on Remaking the World: Progressivism and American Foreign Policy has been viewed 111,680 times (19,582 so far this year).
- Daniel L. Dreisbach’s essay on The Mythical Wall of Separation: How a Misused Metaphor Changed Church-State Law, Policy, and Discourse has been downloaded 108,000 times (11,762 this year). 35 have more than 10,000 views—including 7 with more than 50,000 views.
- Former CPP Visiting Fellow Peter C. Myers’ essay on Martin Luther King, Jr., and the American Dream has been downloaded 78,400 times (22,941 so far this year).
2. Makers of American Political Thought Essays (shorter essays introducing the general public to those who have shaped American politics, for better or, for worse, from the Founding until today).
- Our most popular essay on Theodore Roosevelt: Progressive Crusader by Jean Yarbrough was downloaded more than 250,000 times (46,876 so far this year).
- Our essay on James Madison: Father of the Constitution by Colleen Sheehan comes in second at 205,000 views (39,422 so far this year). Nine have more than 10,000 views—including two with more than 50,000 views.
- Lee Edwards’ essay on Barry M. Goldwater: The Most Consequential Loser in American Politics has been downloaded more than 65,000 times (including 11,152 so far this year).
3. Special Reports (in-depth analysis of a particular question) Four have more than 10,000 views—including 1 with more than 50,000 views.
- Joseph Postell’s special report on the Administrative State coming in first at 65,000 views (15,755 this year).
- David Azerrad’s report on Income Inequality and the American Dream is the second most popular with 39,137 views (10,278 this year).
Last, but certainly not least, is the online version of the Heritage Guide to the Constitution, which has been visited over 20 million times since we launched it in 2012. This year alone, it has received more than 2.6 million visits.
Thank you for making this possible.
Do topics like these get discussed enough in America today? What was your favorite report?
Heritage’s Ryan Anderson has been busy combatting the lies of the Left through his persuasive writing on the top social issues of our times.
In his latest book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, he tackles the transgender issue head-on.
According to the publisher:
America is in the midst of what has been called a “transgender moment.” Not long ago, most Americans had never heard of transgender identity, but within the space of a year it became a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights.
But can a boy truly be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine really “reassign” sex? Is sex something “assigned” in the first place? What’s the loving response to a friend or child experiencing a gender-identity conflict? What should our law say on these issues?
When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment provides thoughtful answers to all of these questions. Drawing on the best insights from biology, psychology, and philosophy, Ryan T. Anderson offers a balanced approach to the policy issues, a nuanced vision of human embodiment, and a sober and honest survey of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.
Regarding the book people are saying:
When Harry Became Sally is an eminently readable and insightful guide for all who find themselves perplexed by today’s debates on gender identity. Ryan Anderson’s analysis of the ideas that are fueling the transgender movement, their human costs and their political implications will be a valuable resource for parents, educators and policy makers.
— Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University, and author of Rights Talk and A Nation Under Lawyers.
For an informed and sensitive presentation of gender identity issues, When Harry Became Sally is a must-read book. It is especially a must for those in psychiatry, psychology and counselling.
— Paul Vitz, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, New York University, and Senior Scholar, Institute for the Psychological Sciences.
I always read Ryan Anderson with great admiration. When Harry Became Sally is an always focused, informative, fair-minded, lucid and fact-based guide to just and reasonable policies in place of government- and corporation-mandated falsification of science, medicine, public records and history; suppression of free speech and family rights; and many-sided, often irreversible injustice to the vulnerable.
— John Finnis, Professor of Law & Legal Philosophy Emeritus, University of Oxford.
I hope you will take the opportunity to read Anderson’s book and find out the truth of the transgender movement.
Anderson and Heritage will continue to courageously address these sensitive issues that our country struggles with.
What do you think is the biggest social issue of our day? Why do you think the Left pushes so hard on these social issues?
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