Heritage President: America’s sons and daughters deserve better
By Dustin Howard
The 2019 Index of U.S. Military Strength carries a startling message: America is not ready to fight two regional wars at once. Conservatives believe in Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength,” meaning that our lack of readiness makes us increasingly vulnerable to war. Last week Heritage's President, Kay Coles James, had some powerful words to say about our vulnerability.
“The bottom line,” President James said, “is that our current military is too small, insufficiently equipped and inadequately trained to do the job.” The Index found that much of our equipment is outdated, our forces stretched thin, and that years of underfunding the armed forces is putting not only our military at an unnecessary risk, but America herself.
President James also detailed how every branch of our military is suffering from being over utilized and underfunded in recent years, and concluded that it’s immoral to put America’s best at risk without giving them the tools to prevail. On the contrary, “America’s sons and daughters deserve better.”
The Heritage Foundation, among its many beliefs, holds truth above all. Without your support, we couldn’t assemble the brightest minds to assess our nation’s strengths and weaknesses, and we wouldn’t be in the position to change things for the better. Thank you for letting us lend our voices in support of our military to provide the advocacy they so deserve.
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Heritage founder receives Buckley Award for service to the conserva...
by Dustin Howard
Last week, Heritage’s founder Edwin J. Feulner received the William F. Buckley Award for Leadership in Conservative Thought, a distinguished honor named for William F. Buckley and bestowed by the National Review Institute.
Dr. Feulner returned to his hometown, Chicago, to receive the award, saying:
“Bill Buckley was an indispensable conservative—a traditionalist always open to new ideas, a founder of vibrant intellectual institutions, from the National Review to the Philadelphia Society. To receive an award that memorializes this titan of the movement jogs many wonderful memories of time spent in his company, of wisdom received, of fierce debate, and of highly immoderate laughter. This is a most appreciated honor.”
Heritage President Kay Coles James was in attendance to support her friend. “Ed Feulner is not just a leader of the conservative movement; he is a true visionary,” she said. “He transformed the role of think tanks in Washington. Ed proved they could actually drive the public debate by pairing research, data, and analysis with sound policy solutions and innovative ideas.”
Dr. Feulner's vision for bringing conservative solutions to Washington continues to guide The Heritage Foundation. And Heritage members like you make these solutions possible, and share his prize. Thank you for helping us honor Dr. Feulner, and for making his vision a reality.
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Heritage Explains: Getting government out of the Identity Politics ...
by Dustin Howard
This year, much has been made about including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form. The question shifts the focus away from ethnicity, and asks whether you were born in America, naturalized as a citizen, or are in the process of becoming a citizen. States are currently suing the federal government over the issue, and a case is pending before the Supreme Court this term. The Heritage Explains video series tackles the citizenship issue, explaining why conservatives are using the opportunity to stop government bureaucrats from dividing us.
The census determines how people are counted and classified for official purposes. As such the census data is often used to support race-based government policies and the promotion of identity politics. The census creates an opportunity for the federal government to divide people into new ethnic groups and promotes policies that grant benefits to one group of Americans over another. The Heritage Foundation opposes using race as a factor to create government policies.
Our leading census expert is Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. He has written extensively on identity politics, and his insightful research forms the basis of the Heritage Explains video. The video shows that the federal government has used the citizenship question in the census for decades. Equally important, Gonzalez's research shows citizenship, rather than arbitrary questions of ethnicity, is what actually unites us.
As a Heritage member, you can be assured that we are cutting through the media clutter to explain the issues that matter right now. Our dedicated experts like Mike Gonzalez are working to keep liberals from dividing Americans on race. Heritage supports policies that unite Americans, and thanks to you, our research has an impact.
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