Why are you conservative?

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.

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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

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 Reese, 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

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.

On Monday, 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.

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