As Veterans Day approaches I want to take this opportunity to pause and remember why we observe this day.
In 1938, congress originally declared November 11th as Armistice Day to recognize the end of the First World War. Changed to Veterans Day in 1954, this federal holiday is dedicated to pay tribute to our nation’s courageous armed forces, who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us free and to protect, with our allies, American security interests around the world.
As freedom fighters, we remind our country, as Ronald Reagan said on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day at Pointe Du Hoc, “it is better to be . . . ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost.” Throughout history and still today, brave men and women have stood at the front line to preserve our freedom. On this day and every day, we shall thank our service members for all that they do. Their sacrifices are immense, and we cannot thank them enough. These brave Americans preserve our precious rights to life, liberty, property—and to choose our representation.
Although I am disappointed to see conservative members of congress leaving the House of Representatives, I’m thrilled to see new conservative leaders arriving to serve in the Senate. Losing majority control of the House is disappointing, and creates the threat for a whole range of bad legislation like Medicare for All, amnesty for illegal immigrants, higher spending, and attacks on the Second Amendment. Be assured Heritage is prepared to enlist new allies as we fight back to preserve our freedom. We will not give up. We are stronger, bolder, and more prepared.
The election this week illustrates the importance of voting and the power it bestows. As the recently elected Vice Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, I am reminded of just how precious our freedom is and how blessed—and obligated—we are to exercise our rights.
As an institution, Heritage stands committed to preserve the integrity of our elections by recording cases of voter fraud on our website and informing citizens and policymakers about the threats we face. This is designed to inform the creation of better laws and enforcement, so that our elections reflect the will of the people, and not the will of lawbreakers.
My friend Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stepped down from his post. We appreciate his service and his commitment to upholding the rule of law and the Constitution. He served with distinction, vigorously fighting violent crime, illegal immigration, and the drug epidemic. He also worked to build a more cooperative and productive relationship with state and local law enforcement authorities.
Immigration laws, specifically birthright citizenship, have been all over the news lately, but not for the right reasons. Rather than discuss the issue, many jumped to partisan rhetoric. Heritage has studied this issue for some time, and we say that the law is out of step with the Constitution, and that something must be done. As we discuss the proper application of our law, rest assured that we stand for the original intent of the Constitution, fighting—as always—to uphold our founding principles.
Thank you for standing strong with us, as you keep Heritage on the front lines in the fight for freedom. The challenges ahead will not cause us to falter and shrink. Rather, they will inspire us to fight harder, with unflinching resolve and commitment to preserving the principles of limited government, freedom, opportunity, and a flourishing civil society. I know we are up to the task.
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All the best,
Kay Coles James
How to watch the judiciary change in real time
By Dustin Howard
Up until now, it’s been hard to find good information on judicial nominees as they make their way through the nomination process. The sources tend to be biased, offering faulty comparisons between current nominees and those selected by previous presidents. The legal minds of Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies have a solution.
Under the leadership of Deputy Director Thomas Jipping, the Meese Center has created the Judicial Tracker. It will provide both current and comparable data for six different components of the appointment process: vacancies, nominees, hearings, cloture votes, roll call votes, and confirmations. We believe activists and Senate staffers alike will find this tool useful.
John Malcom, Director of the Meese Center, had this to share about the Judicial Tracker: “President Trump can be expected to continue appointing constitutionalist judges to the federal bench, building upon his remarkable success over the first two years of his administration. Heritage’s new Judicial Appointment Tracker will enable the public to get current and accurate information on an ongoing basis about how President Trump is doing with respect to his judicial nominations—as well as the unprecedented procedural hurdles being thrown in his way—compared to past presidents dating back to President Reagan. It is a valuable tool that should bring attention to the critical role that the federal judiciary plays in upholding the rule of law in this country.”
Conservatives are making a lasting difference on the court, and now you can see how the nominees are doing on the road to confirmation. Thank you for making it all possible.
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Heritage keeping an eye on election fraud
by Dustin Howard
Liberal candidates won in races across the country this week, which is disappointing, but precedented, considering that the president’s party tends to lose seats in Congress during midterm elections. It’s too early to know the extent of any voter fraud in this election, but The Heritage Foundation is on top of it, just like in previous elections where fraud occurred.
Heritage maintains a compilation of documented cases of voter fraud in all 50 states. As irregularities emerge, Heritage won't let them go unreported. Instead we will take note, and add them to our database to inform lawmakers and citizens. In addition, this very important information will help us form new ideas to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and to discourage anyone who would undermine the legitimate will of the people in our constitutional republic.
At Heritage, we thank you for letting us serve in this capacity, to protect our elections from any interference, small or large. Thank you for empowering us to serve, and for doing your part to restore faith in the ballot box.
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Heritage founder, experts weigh in on birthright citizenship
by Dustin Howard
There's more to the 14th Amendment than meets the eye. The media isn't accurately reporting on the birthright citizenship issue. Instead, they constantly jump to conclusions without discussing the facts. Heritage is here to fix that.
Heritage Foundation Founder Ed Feulner, wrote a brief overview explaining that the original interpretation of the 14th Amendment isn't being applied properly. Dr. Feulner refuted the notion that limiting birthright citizenship is unconstitutional.
Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Hans Von Spakovsky has written on this subject for years. He argues that a president does have the power to direct the executive branch on how to interpret the Constitution, meaning that an executive order is appropriate. In the Daily Signal, Von Spakovsky and the Meese Center's Amy Swearer distilled their comprehensive legal and historical analysis into bullet points that conclude: current law isn’t applying the Constitution, and the president has the right to execute the original intent of the 14th Amendment.
Because of your support, Heritage can cut through the media hype and bring you the truth. Thank you for standing with us in defense of the Constitution and for sensible immigration policies.
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