Educating Americans on our founding principles

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)

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).

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.

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?

Staff Profile: Meet the editor who runs Heritage’s news outlet

Your support has allowed Heritage’s news outlet, The Daily Signal, to play a major role in becoming an alternative source to the mainstream media.

I had the opportunity to interview Rob Bluey, editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal and vice president of communications for Heritage.

I learned about how he came to Heritage, why the organization started The Daily Signal, and what motivates him to fight for the conservative cause day-in and day-out.

Read his story below:

Steven: Tell us, if you can, in one sentence, what you do here at Heritage.

Rob: I see my role as motivating the team to create inspiring content about conservative ideas, and also being on the cutting edge of communications.

Steven: Talk us through the idea behind The Daily Signal and the impact that it has.

Rob: Several years ago, as we reviewed the communications operation at Heritage, we decided to take our message directly to the American people.

We already had a blog featuring commentary from Heritage experts, but we wanted to expand it. We started to shift the editorial strategy in 2014.

We worked with an industry leader in publishing to create The Daily Signal, and as we were building it, we started hiring talent. We brought on a managing editor, news editor and a team of reporters.

We started in June of 2014 with the investigative reporting of Sharyl Attkisson, who had left CBS News and helped establish our identity as a serious and credible news outlet. We continued to publish op-eds from Heritage scholars, just as we had done previously on our blog. But now we also had a news team that could go out and report stories about different events and Heritage priorities.

Steven: Why do you love working at Heritage?

Rob: The top reason in my case is that everybody is driven by our mission. The team is motivated to accomplish a set of goals. It’s more than just showing up to do a job.

At Heritage, there’s an incredible collaborative spirit and great teamwork to achieve our mission. I’ve worked at nonprofits and for-profits before this, and I just haven’t ever experienced anything quite like what Heritage has to offer.

Steven:   Are you a morning or an evening person?

Rob: Can I say both? With kids at home, it’s always a balancing act when to get things done. I’m up early because I want to have as much done by the time the kids wake up and working late after they go to bed because the news never stops. Fortunately, I focus on them when we’re together—whether it’s doing homework, practicing piano, or playing baseball.

One of the things that’s been important about working at Heritage is the family-friendly nature of the organization. Because my wife Melissa works here at Heritage as our creative director, we’re often  juggling responsibilities at home. Heritage has been great in that respect.

Steven: How did you get involved in politics? Talk us through the path that you took.

Rob: I was in high school. In 1996, I volunteered for the local congressman in upstate New York where I’m from. He was a Republican, albeit a very liberal Republican, but I was just fascinated by the whole process. Our family visited Washington, D.C., on summer vacations, and I just loved the city. I was also at the time editor of my high school newspaper, so the combination of journalism and politics was really my passion.

I started working at a weekly newspaper in Clinton, New York, called the Clinton Courier, and covered the local political scene. That experience early on in my career just kind of struck me as something that would be fun and exciting. All these years later, I’m still enjoying it.

If you could ask Rob one question what would you ask him?

Heritage expert testifies to strengthen the U.S.-UK relationship

Your support helps strengthen ties between nations that defend the free world.

Last year, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a movement known as “Brexit”.

That decision to leave the EU strengthened the partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom.

If this new alliance between the United States and Britain is to thrive, then the Trump administration must make clear that Brexit is positive and will strengthen the trans-Atlantic alliance.

That’s what Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. and Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, testified about before the House Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Committee on Wednesday.

You can watch his testimony here >> 

From trade to security, the Trump administration is in the process of negotiating our country’s new relationship with the newly exited Britain.

Committee members heard from Gardiner on the Anglo-American relationship and its role against international terrorism and rogue states.

Great Britain and the United States need to stand together so they can not only maintain their own trade deals, but to stand strong in the global war against ISIS and al-Qaeda, as well as threats from Russian.

The world stage needs U.S.-British leadership to defend its democratic freedom.

How can the U.S.-UK relationship be strengthened?