Happy Fourth of July! What Makes You A #ProudAmerican

"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."  Samuel Adams
Dear Patriot Friends,
At this unprecedented time in our history, we need to remember who gave all so we could enjoy the freedoms we have.  We will not have them long if we do not stand up to the domestic  Marxist terrorists who are on a mission to destroy our nation, our culture, our history, our freedoms.  I hope you remember - especially this Fourth of July - why we are an exceptional nation and why we must persevere to preserve it.  
May this incredible little girl give you hope and inspiration as she sings our national anthem.  Share it!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSM054l14jI
Jane Bilello
"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."  Samuel Adams

Jun 29, 2020

Good morning from your nation’s capital. As we lead up to Independence Day 2020, The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action want to know why you are proud to be an American. We have launched the #ProudAmerican campaign. Use this hashtag on social media now through July 4 to show why you are proud to live in the greatest nation in the world. As we look to the last few weeks, it may seem easy to conflate protestors with rioters. Heritage’s Edwin Meese III makes it clear that lawful protest is manifestly American—whereas those who deface statues or destroy property must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Meanwhile, the months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed serious vulnerabilities in the way we treat public health threats. Contributing experts weigh in on how to strategize for future pandemics. Lastly, Heritage headquarters is still unable to host public events, but social distancing isn’t stopping us from hosting great events that you can “attend” online. Check out our list of upcoming webinars to find an event that interests you.

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Make Patriotism Viral Again
This Independence Day, help spread the message of American patriotism among your friends, family, and neighbors by sharing why YOU are proud to be an American. The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America have launched the #ProudAmerican campaign, a community and social media campaign for Americans to share why they are proud of America and the nation’s founding principles. The #ProudAmerican campaign will run through Independence Day on July 4. With the strategies presented in Heritage’s new #ProudAmerican campaign, you can make your pride for America go viral! “This great country’s principles are as relevant today as any time in our history,” says Heritage President Kay C. James. “The #ProudAmerican campaign unites citizens across the country to show that we live in the greatest nation in the world. There is no better time than now—a year in which our nation has been in nearly constant turmoil—to gather around our shared belief in the ideas that have made us who we are. Let us all join together and thank God for the blessings of life, liberty and prosperity that we enjoy as Americans.” Read about the campaign to find out the three ways that you can help begin a new wave of patriotism.

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Mob Violence Must Not Be Tolerated
Hold Accountable and Punish the Wrongdoers. Orderly protest is part of our American tradition. But rioting, looting, destroying property, and attacking fellow Americans have no place in orderly protest. They are, in fact, the very antithesis of orderly protest. These illegal actions not only undermine the moral standing of legitimate protests, but they also wind up hurting most of the very people that true protesters aim to help, according to Edwin Meese III, Heritage’s Ronald Reagan distinguished fellow emeritus. Meese, who has spent over 50 years in active law enforcement, explains in his latest commentary the grievous effects of violence. “To bring about change in society, we must identify wrong policies and wrong actions where they exist. We must also hold accountable and punish wrongdoers. But we should not resort to lawlessness or stigmatize courageous, lawfully acting police officers,” Meese writes. Read Meese’s full commentary to find out why we must confront mob violence.

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Equipping Medical Providers to Cope With the Next Pandemic
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic exposed significant problems with America’s approach to providing medical care during a public health crisis. The initial approach worked in stemming the rate of infection across the country, but it incurred massive, unnecessary costs to medical care providers and required great sacrifices from the public. A different strategy is needed, urgently, so that this avoidable situation does not repeat itself. According to two medical professionals, Amy Anderson and Dr. Daniel Johnson Jr., such a strategy should include:

  • Designating pandemic hospitals and facilities to care for pandemic patients;
  • Ensuring that medical treatment and medical-workforce training can continue uninterrupted during pandemics;
  • and Reconfiguring health system funding during a public health emergency to facilitate these goals.

Read the full article to find out what COVID-19 taught us about our medical preparedness, and how we can implement a better strategy going forward.


"Americans everywhere should condemn the indiscriminate and criminal destruction of statues and monuments across our country,” Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James said in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order Friday. “These lawless attacks are mob rule and an assault on the values upon which this great nation stands. If the rioters are allowed to topple statues today, there is no end to the scale of destruction we’ll see on America’s streets tomorrow.” Read the rest of the statement.

Heritage President Kay C. James joined Concerned Women for America's podcast with Penny Nance to discuss race issues, James' life growing up in Richmond, Virginia, and what makes America great. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

Heritage experts responded to the Trump Administration proclamation on work visas. “We commend the Trump administration for its efforts to proactively help Americans get back to work after the sudden and historic unemployment resulting from the pandemic and stay-at-home orders,” said Lora Ries, senior research fellow at Heritage’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. Learn more about the proclamation.

Heritage’s John Malcolm congratulated the Trump administration on its 200th judicial appointment. “One of the president’s most important duties is to nominate highly qualified men and women with sterling credentials and a demonstrated fidelity to the Constitution to the federal bench. Confirming 200 judicial appointments, including two Supreme Court Justices, and filling all pending vacancies on the federal courts of appeal, is a remarkable achievement,” said Malcolm, vice president of Heritage’s Institute for Constitutional Government. Keep reading the statement.


MONDAY at 1 p.m., Heritage will host a webinar on why universal savings accounts are an important idea in a time of uncertainty. Featured speakers include Christina King, a senior economist for the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, and Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute. Register for the webinar.

TUESDAY at 9:30 a.m., Heritage will host a webinar to discuss how the U.S. and other countries can respond to the Chinese Communist Party’s mishandling of COVID-19. Featured speakers include Yaqiu Wang, a China researcher at Human Rights Watch; Michael Mazza, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; and Olivia Enos, a senior policy analyst in Heritage’s Asian Studies Center. Register for the webinar.

TUESDAY at 11 a.m., Latvia Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš will participate in a virtual conversation on a transatlantic plan for economic recovery. The event will be moderated by Ambassador Terry Miller, director of Heritage’s Center for International Trade and Economics. Register for the webinar.

TUESDAY at 12:30 p.m., Heritage will host a webinar to discuss how America’s world leadership role is today contested by Russia and especially China. Featured speakers include author Matthew Kroenig, associate professor and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; Nadia Schadlow, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former U.S. deputy national security advisor for strategy; Daniel Twining, president of the International Republican Institute; and James Jay Carafano, vice president of Heritage’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute. Register for the webinar.

This week on “ Heritage Explains,” Daily Signal columnist Jarrett Stepman, author of “ The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America's Past,” discusses Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, if communities like this could ever actually work, and what he thinks will happen next. Listen to the podcast.
On the latest “ SCOTUS 101” episode, Heritage legal experts GianCarlo Canaparo and Amy Swearer unpack the two new opinions released that uphold the SEC's practice of seeking disgorgement of ill-gotten gains and uphold expedited removal of illegal aliens. Canaparo then interviews Judge Sandra Ikuta of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. She speaks about her career, her mentors, and her clerkship with Judge Sanda Day O'Connor. Listen to the podcast.

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Here are highlights from Heritage experts on TV. This week they talked about statue destruction, mandated face masks, voter fraud, North Korea and more. Watch the clips.

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Now, more than ever, we need to remember why we are proud to be Americans. Share this image and let us know what makes you proud. Email us at   ManagingEditor@heritage.org.

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