Week of April 5th

What We're Standing FOR: Keeping the pressure on China

What We're Standing FOR: Fighting for Venezuelan democracy

What We're Standing FOR: Fighting for Venezuelan democracy

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As China looks to expand its global influence, it’s critical that the United States keep the pressure on the Communist Chinese government when it comes to national security issues, not only on coronavirus.

Technology
The Trump administration is set to tighten rules preventing China from acquiring U.S. private sector technology and using it for military purposes, something Ambassador Haley has loudly warned about.


→ What would the new rules do? The tightened rules would make it harder for Chinese companies to buy optical materials, radar equipment, semiconductors, and other sensitive technologies from the United States. The rules are still awaiting President Trump’s final approval.

→ Why are these rules so important? Official Chinese policy, called “civil-military fusion”, purposely funnels commercial technology to its military. That means we can’t assume that U.S. technology exports will be used for peaceful means.

Taiwan
Last week, President Trump signed into law a bill that increases American support for Taiwan. The Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act requires the State Department to report to Congress on steps taken to strengthen relations between the United States and Taiwan, and directs the U.S. to consider “altering” its relationship with countries that take “significant actions to undermine the security or prosperity of Taiwan.”

→ Why is this so important? China considers Taiwan a breakaway province and has prevented Taiwan’s participation in global organizations like the World Health Organization. China has also recently amplified its bullying of Taiwan, attempting to meddle in its national election and increasing military drills in its vicinity. The TAIPEI Act is a step in the right direction of formalizing U.S. support for Taiwan, despite China’s objections.

→ How did Taiwan react? Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen posted a picture of the Taiwanese flag flying next to the American flag and wrote, “Friends in freedom, partners in prosperity.”

What We're Standing FOR: Fighting for Venezuelan democracy

What We're Standing FOR: Fighting for Venezuelan democracy

What We're Standing FOR: Fighting for Venezuelan democracy

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The United States isn’t letting up pressure on the corrupt socialist Maduro regime either.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted Nicolás Maduro and his socialist cronies on charges of drug trafficking and conspiring with terrorists, and offered a $15 million reward for their arrests.

And this week, the Trump administration offered to lift sanctions on Venezuela in exchange for holding new elections, in the hopes of resolving the longstanding crisis in the country. The plan requires both socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó – recognized as Venezuela’s legitimate leader by the United States and dozens of other countries – to step aside and allow for a transitional government until elections could be held. Guaidó would stay on as National Assembly president in the meantime.

Will it work? It’s unlikely that Maduro – a man who has plunged his people into poverty and hunger – will willingly relinquish his grip on power.

So why bother? It’s essential that the United States continue to show support for Venezuelan democracy and the Venezuelan people who have been fighting against the corrupt Maduro dictatorship since last year. Nearly five million people have fled the country. And public services, including the health care system, have all but collapsed, making the Venezuelan people especially vulnerable as coronavirus spreads.

What We're Standing Against: Irresponsible spending

What We're Standing Against: Irresponsible spending

What We're Standing Against: Irresponsible spending

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With the ink barely dry on the $2.2 trillion relief bill – the third phase of coronavirus legislation – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is already talking about “phase four.”

Remember how Pelosi tried to stuff the CARES Act with wasteful pork? Now she is getting ready to push for another spending package, and conservatives are sounding the alarm.

What was the reaction: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) didn’t buy what Pelosi was selling, responding: “She needs to stand down on the notion that we’re going to go along with taking advantage of the crisis to do things that are unrelated to the crisis.” The pushback appears to have been successful. As of yesterday, Pelosi backed down from calling for a bill with items completely unrelated to the crisis, saying she’ll focus on a targeted package instead.

Our take: Congress just passed a $2.2 trillion relief bill that needs to work its way through the system. We should absolutely help people, healthcare responders, and small businesses deal with the crisis at hand, but we should not load up another trillion-dollar (plus) bill with items that have nothing to do with the current emergency.

What we’re watching: One proposal under discussion would offer additional money to states. But some liberal states (Illinois comes to mind) have been irresponsibly spending and taxing their way into a fiscal disaster for years. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to bail out their mistakes in exchange for getting legitimate aid to people in need.

What We’re Smiling About

What We're Standing Against: Irresponsible spending

What We're Standing Against: Irresponsible spending

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Heroes come in all different forms. Of course, we are so grateful to the doctors, nurses, and first responders who are saving lives day and night. But we are also grateful to the grocery store workers who take a risk every day to make sure we all have food to eat. Kudos to Kroger for recognizing the important role these workers play and offering them a “hero bonus.” It’s well-deserved.

Week of March 21st

What We’re Standing FOR: American Workers

What We're Standing Against: Doubling Down on Socialism

What We’re Standing FOR: American Workers

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Over the past week, our economy has ground to a halt in an effort to stop the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Businesses of all sizes and American workers are hurting – badly. It’s clear we need to do something, and Congress has to act quickly, but not all “solutions” are created equal.

In the rush to get much-needed aid to the American people, Congress should be smart about what that aid looks like. Here is some advice:

→ DO expand our hospital capacity, produce more medical equipment, and protect our health care providers. We will only really start recovering when the American people get back to work, and that needs to happen as soon as is safely possible.
→ DON’T bail out individual industries, pick winners and losers, or pass a bloated stimulus package. The entire economy is affected, and no single sector should receive preferential treatment.
→ DO focus on helping small and medium-sized American companies – not just corporations. Increasing liquidity will make the difference for these businesses to get through the crisis.
→ DON’T impose new federal mandates and costs on already struggling businesses. Expensive mandates will only push companies to lay off workers.
→ DO expand unemployment insurance (temporarily), making it available immediately to employees who are granted temporary leave.
→ DO provide relief for needy families through existing government safety nets, rather than creating new bureaucracies, and focus on giving states the flexibility to meet the needs of their citizens.

At a time when Washington has never seemed more toxic, it’s a positive sign that Congress has been so quick to work together to take action. Looking ahead, elected officials need to prioritize helping Americans immediately without harming taxpayers long-term.

And it’s important for us all to remember: Americans have faced many crises in our history. Not only do we always overcome them, we come out stronger. We will win this battle too.

What We’re Standing FOR: Cutting Red Tape

What We're Standing Against: Doubling Down on Socialism

What We’re Standing FOR: American Workers

stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

Federal and state governments are getting creative – cutting onerous regulations that slow us down at a time when we need to move quickly and decisively to help the economy and keep Americans healthy. Here are just a handful of examples big and small.

→ Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker allowed medical professionals who are licensed in other states to become licensed in Massachusetts within a day to combat a shortage of medical workers.
→ Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb relaxed restrictions governing truck drivers’ hours, so they can deliver food to grocery stores.
→ South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster waived regulations so nursing and medical students can help out in overwhelmed hospitals.
→ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott changed rules to allow work-study students to continue to receive funding even as campuses empty out and colleges move classes online.
→ The Trump administration lifted Medicare restrictions on telehealth visits, allowing seniors to visit with their doctors by phone or videoconferencing. The administration also granted HIPPA waivers that will allow doctors to share important information and treat patients faster.

Read more: Here are more regulatory reforms that can help people during this crisis.

What We're Standing Against: Doubling Down on Socialism

What We're Standing Against: Doubling Down on Socialism

What We're Standing Against: Doubling Down on Socialism

stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

During Sunday night’s debate, Bernie Sanders doubled down on socialism, using coronavirus to push for socialized medicine.

“This coronavirus pandemic exposes the incredible weakness and dysfunctionality of our current health care system… One of the reasons we are unprepared and have been unprepared is we don’t have a system. We’ve got thousands of private insurance plans.”

Sanders has been joined by other liberals, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But Biden’s decisive win in Tuesday night’s primaries – after rejecting Medicare for All – should put the nail in that coffin (though Biden’s health care solutions are not much better).

→ Read more: No, coronavirus doesn’t strengthen the case for Medicare for All.

What We're Standing Against: Chinese Propaganda Machine

What We're Standing Against: Chinese Propaganda Machine

What We're Standing Against: Doubling Down on Socialism

stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

After withholding vital information about the spread of coronavirus in China, the Communist government is now engaged in a widespread propaganda effort to erase China’s fatal missteps and lack of transparency.

The New York Times analyzed thousands of tweets from Chinese state-owned media and diplomats and found a deliberate effort to push a rosy view of China’s coronavirus response. Tweets reveal a narrative that paints China as a “selfless leader” in the fight against the virus. At the same time, China is actively working to deny the origin of the virus in Wuhan and eliminate criticism from its own people. Watch the New York Times video here.

Silver lining: Journalists in China are fighting back.

Our take: This is par for the course for Chinese Communist leaders who have a long history of stifling critical speech and engaging in aggressive propaganda campaigns. But this time, there are widespread deadly consequences – the likes of which the modern world has never seen. It’s up to each one of us to call out the propaganda and set the record straight.

What We're Smiling About

What We're Standing Against: Chinese Propaganda Machine

What We're Smiling About

stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

In the middle of a crisis, people still find a way to smile, even laugh. These folks are finding all kinds of creative ways to entertain themselves – and us.

Finding new ways to stay fit…
Sometimes, it’s okay to hide from your kids…
Finding creative ways to stay safe…
A very Kentucky solution to taking hand sanitizer on a plane… Thanks Rep. Yarmuth for this gem.
And if you’ve run out of Netflix ideas, here’s a new way to pass the time…

Week of March 14th

What We’re Standing FOR: Kindness and common sense

What We're Standing AGAINST: Oil market manipulation

What We're Standing AGAINST: Oil market manipulation

stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

It’s been a tough week, and the weeks ahead may get tougher. As we face new health challenges and growing uncertainty, we can never have too much kindness and common sense.

Let’s remember that we can all play a role in curbing the spread of coronavirus – and yes, it will require personal sacrifices. Let’s remember that panic will not cure what ails us and will only make a difficult situation worse.

We WILL get through this, but we will get through it faster if we all work together and look out for each other.

Visit www.coronavirus.gov to make sure you have the most up-to-date information and are taking the right steps to stay healthy.

What We're Standing AGAINST: Oil market manipulation

What We're Standing AGAINST: Oil market manipulation

What We're Standing AGAINST: Oil market manipulation

stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

Oil prices plummeted this week amid a price war between two of the world’s largest crude producers, Russia and Saudi Arabia. While neither country is innocent in this ongoing ego battle, Russia has sought to exploit the crisis to hit the American economy.

Why did oil prices drop so low? As coronavirus spreads, global oil markets took a hit. Fewer people traveling and factories halting production – especially in China – means less demand for oil. And as oil demand decreases, prices fall.

What does that have to do with Russia? Saudi Arabia called on OPEC members to cut oil production to stabilize prices globally, but Russia refused to comply, triggering a price war between the two oil-rich countries.

What’s Russia’s beef? Putin was motivated partly by simmering Saudi-Russian tensions, but also by a desire to undercut the United States economically. Thanks to America’s domestic shale boom, U.S. oil has become a cheaper energy alternative, with the United States overtaking Saudi Arabia as the world’s top producer. Americans no longer rely on foreign oil like they used to, and American oil and natural gas are valuable exports around the world. After losing significant marketshare, Putin now sees an opportunity to disrupt U.S. companies, shore up his own economy and power, and retaliate against Washington for recent sanctions.

Who will win? The Wall Street Journal points out that a prolonged price war would certainly hurt U.S. shale production, but would hardly defeat it. America has the the natural resources, the infrastructure, the smarts, and private institutions to weather this battle between Putin and the Crown Prince. Both Russia and Saudi Arabia’s economies, however, rely too heavily on oil. A prolonged price war will hurt them more than it hurts us. Plus, lower prices are good for American consumers and businesses.

Read more: Putin’s oil antics coincide with constitutional changes that will allow him to run for president yet again in 2024 and remain in office through 2036. Russia’s parliament backed the changes nearly unanimously, with one lone vote of dissent.

What We're Standing AGAINST: The International Criminal Court

What We're Standing AGAINST: The International Criminal Court

What We're Standing AGAINST: The International Criminal Court

stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has officially ruined any shred of credibility with its announcement that it intends to move forward with an investigation into the United States for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan – despite the fact that it has no legal authority to do so.

What is the ICC: The ICC was created in 2002 in The Hague with the goal of trying crimes against humanity when a country refused or lacked the ability to do so on its own. Hint: not the United States.

Is the United States a member? The Clinton administration signed the United States on to the ICC, but the Bush administration withdrew from it in 2002. The Bush administration argued – correctly – that a politically-motivated ICC would target the United States and infringe on American sovereignty.

How did this happen: A year ago, the ICC unanimously rejected the request to open the investigation, a decision applauded by the Trump administration. Now the court’s Appeals Chamber is giving the go-ahead. The kicker? The court will investigate America alongside the Taliban. Talk about false moral equivalence.

How has the U.S. government responded: In an emoji: . The Trump administration correctly argued that the ICC has no jurisdiction over the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the ICC as “an unaccountable political institution masquerading as a legal body.”

Read more: The ICC is also targeting Israel. In December 2019, the ICC’s chief prosecutor announced it would investigate Israel for alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories, at the request of, you guessed it, the Palestinians.

Our takeaway: Just like the UN Human Rights Council, the ICC has devolved into a politically motivated circus , taking potshots at democratic countries when it should be focused on trying evil dictators across the globe. Bashar al-Assad and Nicolás Maduro come to mind.

What We're Smiling About

What We're Standing AGAINST: The International Criminal Court

What We're Standing AGAINST: The International Criminal Court

stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

COVID-19 may have isolated some of us, but communities are still coming together in spirit. This week, parents at two Vermont schools set up a fundraising campaign for janitorial staff who went “above and beyond” to sanitize their kids’ schools. Over $6,300 was raised as a token of appreciation for staff who worked tirelessly while the schools were closed.

Week of March 7th

What We’re Standing FOR: Telling the truth about socialism

What We’re Standing FOR: Telling the truth about socialism

What We’re Standing FOR: Telling the truth about socialism

stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

Stand For America launched a new #NeverSocialism video series this week, highlighting our conversations with people who have experienced socialism first-hand and know just how dangerous total government control truly is.

Our inaugural video features Giancarlo Sopo, whose family fled Cuba to escape Fidel Castro’s socialist dictatorship. His story is a stark message to young Americans who are flocking to the far-left’s socialist ideas.

“What young Americans need to understand about their free enterprise system is that all the luxuries and privileges that we enjoy should not be taken for granted. For most of human history, human beings have lived in abject poverty. Everything that we enjoy today has been made possible by a free market system…”

Watch Giancarlo’s story here or below.

What We're Standing AGAINST: Biden’s big government

What We’re Standing FOR: Telling the truth about socialism

What We’re Standing FOR: Telling the truth about socialism

stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

For a long time, Joe Biden’s platform could be summed up in two words: Not Bernie. Now that his campaign has had a miraculous recovery, it’s worth asking: What are Biden’s policy plans? And how much will they cost?

The big takeaway: Biden’s platform takes Obama’s big-government policies and moves them even further to the left: More government, more taxes, more spending. It’s just not AS BIG as Bernie’s socialist dystopia. But that doesn’t make Biden a limited government guy by any stretch of the imagination.

Biden’s $1.7 trillion climate plan focuses on moving away from fossil fuels. But Biden also embraced the ideas in the Green New Deal, which comes with a much higher price tag.

Biden’s health care plan would constitute a massive expansion of government-controlled health care. It goes far beyond Obamacare by giving people the option to join a government-run plan. Ultimately, Biden’s $750 billion public option could have the same result as Bernie’s socialized medicine by driving private insurance out of the marketplace.

Biden’s $750 billion education plan calls for a massive increase in federal spending.

How to pay for all these programs? With tax increases, of course! Biden called for $4 trillion in tax increases (over 10 years), including raising the corporate tax rate. The Biden campaign claims his tax hikes would only hit top earners, but an analysis by the left-leaning Tax Policy Center shows middle-income households would see their tax bills go up, too.

Eager to show off his liberal credentials, Biden is actually touting his tax hikes on the campaign trail. Watch below.

What We're Standing AGAINST: Chinese forced labor

What We’re Standing FOR: Telling the truth about socialism

What We're Standing AGAINST: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

What’s new? We’ve been condemning China’s surveillance and incarceration of its Uighur Muslim population – who are being oppressed for their religious beliefs – for a long time. This week, an Australian think tank released a report showing that many American companies use supply chains that rely on forced Uighur labor, including Apple, Gap, and Nike.

What’s happening: The Australian report estimates (conservatively) that 80,000 Uighurs were transferred to Chinese factories and put to work between 2017 and 2019.

Why it matters: It’s against the law for American companies to use forced labor, and businesses should obviously abide by the law. Just as importantly, American companies should not aid the Chinese government’s oppression of its own people. At a time when many American companies are preaching corporate responsibility at home, they should pay close attention to their actions abroad.

What We're Standing AGAINST: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

What We're Standing AGAINST: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

What We're Standing AGAINST: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

The anti-Israel liberals are at it again. It’s bad enough that Bernie Sanders refused to attend AIPAC, calling it a platform for “bigotry.” Now, his liberal colleagues in the House of Representatives blocked an anti-BDS bill from a vote.

What would the bill do? The bill would forbid domestic support for foreign boycotts from entities like the UN Human Rights Council and the European Union. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) sponsored the legislation after the Human Rights Council recently issued a blacklist of Israeli companies that do business in the West Bank. Democrats voted along party lines to stop the bill from being considered in the House.

Our take: The UN Human Rights Council – which houses human rights violators like Venezuela and Sudan – unfairly targeted Israel with its blacklist, while doing nothing about the atrocious human rights abuses in places like China, Cuba, and many other countries. It is appalling that liberals in the United States refuse to take a stand.

We support members of Congress fighting for this legislation to pass.

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What We're Standing AGAINST: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

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stand for America, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

This week marked national #peanutbutterloversday! The hashtag holiday, (yes that’s a thing), saw fans of the timeless spread sharing their love via social media and paying tribute to the unnamed doctor credited with first providing peanut butter to his patients in 1890 to help people who couldn’t chew. Even the monkeys got in on the fun.

Week of February 29th

What We’re Standing FOR: Capitalism

What We're Standing AGAINST: Glorifying Socialism

What We're Standing AGAINST: Glorifying Socialism

stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

Ambassador Haley gave a robust defense of capitalism this week in the pages of the Wall Street Journal and in a speech at the Hudson Institute.

The debate: The assault on capitalism is not just on the left. Yes, Bernie Sanders and his socialist squad pose a threat to our free-market system, but some on the right are embracing what Amb. Haley calls “a watered-down or hyphenated capitalism, which is the slow path to socialism.”

“Mark me down as a capitalist:” Amb. Haley argues that she has seen the dangers of socialism up close as ambassador to the UN. Socialism is the dangerous idea that “government should control your ideas, your property, your money, your lives,” and it has failed everywhere it’s been tried. Capitalism is the reason people all over the the world are healthier, wealthier, and freer than ever before – and we shouldn’t be afraid to say so.

Capitalism works for everyone: Amb. Haley challenges those who say that capitalism only works for the wealthy and big corporations by sharing her own experience as governor of South Carolina. By getting government out of the way and focusing on creating an environment for businesses to succeed, the state brought in $20 billion in new capital investment and recruited new companies from around the world. The result? The unemployment rate hit a 15-year low during her tenure and more South Carolinians were working than ever before.

The bottom line: We don’t need to apologize for capitalism. We need to celebrate its successes.

What We're Standing AGAINST: Glorifying Socialism

What We're Standing AGAINST: Glorifying Socialism

What We're Standing AGAINST: Glorifying Socialism

stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

Bernie Sanders’ praise of socialists and communists abroad is not new. But the Democrat front-runner doubled down this weekend, praising Fidel Castro, a Communist dictator who repressed the people of Cuba for more than five decades:

“When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” – Bernie Sanders

Our take: Socialist and communist policies make the lives of millions much worse. Period.

The facts: When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made comments similar to Sanders, the Washington Post awarded him three Pinocchios, since Cuban literacy was already high and well ahead of other Latin American countries when Castro came to power in 1959. While access to health care and education increased somewhat under Castro’s iron rule, it was accompanied by a loss of lives, freedom, wages, capital formation, and access to food. Plus:

→ Castro’s literacy effort was an entrenched indoctrination program that forced school children to read communist propaganda.
→ Cubans who didn’t get on board the indoctrination train were thrown in jail, or worse, killed.
→ Cuba went from being “one of the more advanced countries in the region in the mid-1950s to one of the most impoverished, and the reason is its economic socialism and political tyranny.”

The reaction: Condemnation of Bernie’s comments was swift, including from left-wing politicians who know the Castro regime is not worthy of praise. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) wrote: “His ‘literacy program’ wasn’t altruistic; it was a cynical effort to spread his dangerous philosophy & consolidate power.”

What We're Standing AGAINST: Censorship

What We're Standing AGAINST: Glorifying Socialism

What We're Standing AGAINST: Medicare for All

stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

China’s track record on free speech is notoriously shameful. The Communist government uses advanced technology to monitor and censor its citizens and employs a sophisticated propaganda machine to push out disinformation and tell people what to think. And now that China faces the spreading coronavirus epidemic, the regime is showing its true colors by upping its censorship game.

First, China tried to silence the doctor who warned of the impending outbreak.

Now, two months and thousands of deaths later, the government continues to suppress criticism of its handling of the crisis. Journalists and dissidents have disappeared without a trace; social media accounts have shut down without explanation; and the world has no idea if the numbers released by China bear any resemblance to reality.

“I believe a healthy society should not just have one voice.” – Dr. Li Wenliang

China’s censorship isn’t limited to its latest health care crisis. Last week, China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters as payback for an unfavorable opinion piece in the paper’s editorial section.

Nor is censorship limited to China. In Venezuela, television is state-run, and independent sources of news are banned from covering the country’s economic crisis. Maduro’s regime routinely blocks internet sites and social media accounts in a widespread effort to tamp down on dissent. In Iran, the regime resorted to internet blackouts to shut down protests over rising fuel prices this past fall. From Myanmar to Bangladesh to Pakistan, internet blackouts have become a favorite tool to limit the flow of information and deprive people of freedom.

What We're Standing AGAINST: Medicare for All

What We're Standing AGAINST: Medicare for All

What We're Standing AGAINST: Medicare for All

stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

Bernie Sanders’ ascendency might lead some to believe there’s a nationwide hunger for socialized medicine. Not exactly.

A new poll from the left-of-center Kaiser Family Foundation shows there is a lot of confusion about what Medicare for All actually is and how it would change our current health care system. Support for Medicare for All drops precipitously when people are informed about treatment delays and the inevitable tax increases.


Worse, most Medicare for All supporters don’t realize that Medicare for All would abolish private insurance plans.

A whopping 67% of supporters think they will get to keep their health care plans (SPOILER ALERT: They won’t).


The big takeaway: The left adopted the “Medicare for All” terminology deliberately – because “socialized medicine” and “single-payer health care” were so unpopular. It was a marketing trick designed to dupe the public. Just like the broken promises that led to Obamacare (“if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”), it’s critical that voters understand what Medicare for All really is and how it will impact their personal health care decisions.

What We're Smiling About

What We're Standing AGAINST: Medicare for All

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stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

As a Toronto-based emergency back-up goaltender, David Ayres never thought he’d realize his dream of playing NHL hockey. But when the Carolina Hurricanes lost two goalies to injury, his time came… and the 42-year old father of three delivered, helping the Hurricanes to a 6-3 victory. Ayres became the oldest goaltender in NHL history to win his debut and an overnight superstar. Congratulations! 🍾

Week of February 26th

Nikki Haley’s speech on capitalism at the Hudson Institute

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Amb. Nikki Haley has a new op-ed in The Wall Street Journal this morning, calling on all Americans to take a stand for capitalism.

At time when when a leading presidential candidate and members of Congress are turning toward socialism, Amb. Haley argues there’s never been a more important time to stand for capitalism.


Yesterday, she gave an important speech on this topic. You can watch the full speech here.

Week of February 21st

What We’re Standing FOR: Free speech on campus

What We're Standing AGAINST: Socialism (now more than ever)

What We’re Standing FOR: Staying tough on Russia

stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

A new survey of more than 1,000 undergraduates at the University of North Carolina confirms a trend that should concern all Americans – the censorship and bias faced by conservative students on our college campuses. Here are some of the survey’s findings:

→ Students on both the left and right self-censor themselves in the classroom – but conservatives do so at a much higher rate. 68% of conservatives self-censor compared with 49% of moderates and 24% of liberals.

→ Some students refuse to engage socially with classmates who hold different views – BUT only 3% of conservatives said they would not be friends with a liberal, while 25% of liberals said they would not be friends with a conservative.

→ 25% of UNC students responded that it’s okay to silence views they believe are wrong, like creating “an obstruction” or yelling profanity to prevent someone from speaking.

→ Conservatives are regularly disparaged on campuses. Among students who self-identify as liberals, 57% said they hear negative comments about conservatives, nearly triple the number who hear negative remarks about other groups of people.

These findings are similar to the stories Ambassador Haley hears from conservative college students across the country – stories about bullying and isolation, and self-censorship for fear that their grades will suffer. Our institutions of higher education are allowing students to bully other students into silence because they have different political beliefs. That’s just wrong.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal explains how the stifling environment on college campuses, among other factors, gave rise to Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy.


Education reform: Reducing the federal government’s direct role in education and empowering state and local governments to prioritize their students’ needs. Reminder: the United States has dedicated $2 trillion – with a T – to the Department of Education over the last 40 years.

Lower drug prices: Building on the administration’s initial proposal to lower prescription drug prices, with the goal of saving taxpayers an estimated $135 billion and decreasing Americans’ out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Foreign aid: Cutting foreign aid by 21% by eliminating wasteful foreign projects (a poetry festival in Finland and a Muppet Retrospectacle in New Zealand are just two examples). Instead, the administration wants to redirect foreign aid to align with American interests and address real threats, like countering Chinese investments around the world. Dating back to her time as ambassador to the UN, Amb. Haley has been outspoken about the need to reform foreign aid.

Our wish list: Unfortunately, the proposal, which projects budget deficits until 2035, doesn’t address our country’s $23 trillion debt – literally growing by the second.

What is a budget proposal? It’s still up to Congress to write and pass a budget – something they have neglected to do for more than 20 years. And if they don’t pass spending bills by October 1, our government could face another shutdown. Here’s hoping Congress gets its act together.

What We’re Standing FOR: Staying tough on Russia

What We're Standing AGAINST: Socialism (now more than ever)

What We’re Standing FOR: Staying tough on Russia

stand for america, Nikki Haley. Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

The Trump administration took Russia to task for continuing to prop up the corrupt socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela. This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced major sanctions on a subsidiary of state-owned Russian oil giant Rosneft for violating U.S. restrictions on conducting business with Venezuela.

What does this mean: Existing U.S. sanctions have caused Venezuela’s oil exports to plummet by more than a third and Russia has stepped in to give the Maduro regime an economic lifeline. More than 70% of Venezuelan oil now goes through Rosneft, according to the U.S. treasury secretary.

Why it matters: Although nearly 60 countries back National Assembly President Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s democratically-elected leader, Maduro has been able to cling to power with the help of Russia and Communist Cuba. Not only is Russia helping Maduro economically, but Putin has sent his foreign minister to Venezuela to try to legitimize Maduro, and deployed a Russian mercenary group to provide security for the dictator. There’s even cause to believe that Russia talked Maduro out of fleeing Venezuela for Cuba.

The bigger picture: After Juan Guaidó received a bipartisan welcome at President Trump’s State of the Union address this month, the United States is taking action, sending an important message that America supports the Venezuelan people and will stand up against countries, like Russia, who aid in their repression.

What We're Standing AGAINST: Socialism (now more than ever)

What We're Standing AGAINST: Socialism (now more than ever)

What We're Standing AGAINST: Socialism (now more than ever)

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Stand For America has been warning about America’s creeping support for socialism since our founding last year. Now is the time to get even louder, as Bernie Sanders surges to front-runner status among the left’s field of presidential candidates. What’s worse, Bernie and his friends are trying to convince Americans that his version of socialism is a soft and fuzzy version, similar to European socialism.

→ In this week’s debate, Bernie declared: “Let’s talk about democratic socialism — not communism… Let’s talk about what goes on in countries like Denmark, where…they have a much higher quality of life in many respects than we do.”

→ Ultra-liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote: “Bernie Sanders isn’t a socialist but he plays one on TV.”

The Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan argued that “in most other Western/European countries, Sanders would be considered a pretty mainstream, center-left social democrat.”

The truth: Uh, no. No, no, no, no. Also: NO. Bernie’s socialism is a full-throated rejection of capitalism and free markets. His policies would give government control over vast sectors of our economy, stripping individuals of freedom and opportunity. Let’s review.

→ Bernie has repeatedly praised socialist and communist nightmares like Fidel Castro’s Cuba and Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua. He has declined to support Juan Guaidó as the leader of Venezuela over Maduro, a position his own party publicly rebukes.

→ Bernie’s campaign surrogates speak openly about overturning capitalism. If Bernie’s socialism is soft and fuzzy, his surrogates didn’t get the memo.

→ Bernie has called for nationalizing most major industries in this country.

→ Bernie’s platform is far to the left of Britain’s Labour Party.

→ Even Denmark’s prime minister rejected Bernie’s comparison to his country – because Denmark’s corporate tax rates are low, and successful business people are not demonized.

Read More: Megan McCardle’s on-the-money (pun intended) column – “Bernie Sanders is not just a garden-variety social democrat.”

The fact that long-time Democrats are freaking out over a possible Bernie Sanders nomination should tell you just how radical Bernie’s democratic socialism truly is.

What is China doing? Chinese spying has reached unprecedented levels in the United States. The FBI is now overseeing around 1,000 cases of espionage, with Chinese spies infiltrating the State Department, the CIA, and Defense Intelligence Agency.

→ The United States recently arrested a Harvard professor and two Chinese nationals doing research at Boston University over undisclosed links to the Chinese government. The Chinese researchers stole sensitive information and materials, like biological samples, and handed them over to China. And the Harvard professor, the prominent chair of the school’s chemistry and biology department, received millions of dollars from China in exchange for sharing sensitive research, and lied about to our own government.

→ Chinese spies have infiltrated U.S. scientific and research institutions through China’s “Thousand Talents Plan,” which has recruited over 2,600 experts to help smuggle scientific research back to China.

→ China has been accused of hacking a wide variety of U.S. companies, from computer networks of steel manufacturers, to a health insurer, to a major hotel chain.

What is China’s goal? China is stealing American intellectual property and sensitive research in order to gain an economic and military edge against the United States. And they are stealing Americans’ personal information to help get ahead in developing a new generation of technology – artificial intelligence – that the Communist government can use for mass surveillance and censorship.

What is the United States doing about it? Last week, the Justice Department launched the China Initiative to raise awareness, pleading with Americans to be more alert about China’s spying and economic espionage, which costs the United States up to $600 billion per year.

The Trump administration is also working to stop China’s global dominance in 5G wireless communications, warning our allies that allowing the Chinese company Huawei to take part in its 5G networks will threaten national security and give the Chinese government even more power to spy around the world.

→ Read More: “Chinese spies are on the offensive”

Week of February 14th

What We’re Standing FOR: Fiscal Responsibility

What We’re Standing FOR: Fiscal Responsibility

What We’re Standing FOR: Fiscal Responsibility

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie, Nikki Haley, Beaufort

The White House released its 2021 budget proposal this week, laying out the administration’s priorities for cutting wasteful spending and strengthening our national security. Here are a few things Congress should prioritize:

Education reform: Reducing the federal government’s direct role in education and empowering state and local governments to prioritize their students’ needs. Reminder: the United States has dedicated $2 trillion – with a T – to the Department of Education over the last 40 years.

Lower drug prices: Building on the administration’s initial proposal to lower prescription drug prices, with the goal of saving taxpayers an estimated $135 billion and decreasing Americans’ out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Foreign aid: Cutting foreign aid by 21% by eliminating wasteful foreign projects (a poetry festival in Finland and a Muppet Retrospectacle in New Zealand are just two examples). Instead, the administration wants to redirect foreign aid to align with American interests and address real threats, like countering Chinese investments around the world. Dating back to her time as ambassador to the UN, Amb. Haley has been outspoken about the need to reform foreign aid.

Our wish list: Unfortunately, the proposal, which projects budget deficits until 2035, doesn’t address our country’s $23 trillion debt – literally growing by the second.

What is a budget proposal? It’s still up to Congress to write and pass a budget – something they have neglected to do for more than 20 years. And if they don’t pass spending bills by October 1, our government could face another shutdown. Here’s hoping Congress gets its act together.

What We’re Standing FOR: A Secure Border

What We’re Standing FOR: Fiscal Responsibility

What We’re Standing FOR: Fiscal Responsibility

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie, Nikki Haley, Beaufort

Despite the liberals’ calls for an open border, strong immigration policy has driven attempted illegal border crossings to an eight-month low. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reported that January apprehensions dropped to 36,679 – a 10% decline from December 2019 and a 75% decline from May 2019.

What got our border under control? The Trump administration has pushed Mexico to step up enforcement on its own side of the border. And we negotiated agreements with the Mexican and Central American governments to process immigrants’ U.S. asylum claims in their countries. This much-needed shift has lightened the load of overburdened U.S. courts and deterred immigrants from coming in the first place. It has been like “night and day” for overwhelmed U.S. customs and border agents, who risk their lives every day to keep Americans safe.


“We’re an open and generous nation. But a country isn’t a country unless it can control its borders.” – Nikki Haley

What We're Standing AGAINST: Chinese Espionage

What We're Standing AGAINST: MORE Anti-Israel Bias at the UN

What We're Standing AGAINST: MORE Anti-Israel Bias at the UN

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie, Nikki Haley, Beaufort

This week, the U.S. government announced charges against Chinese military members who hacked credit-reporting company Equifax in 2017. The breach affected almost half of Americans and put sensitive data, from social security numbers to credit scores, in the hands of the Communist Chinese government. According to the FBI, it was the “largest theft of sensitive [personally identifying information] by state-sponsored hackers ever recorded.”

What is China doing? Chinese spying has reached unprecedented levels in the United States. The FBI is now overseeing around 1,000 cases of espionage, with Chinese spies infiltrating the State Department, the CIA, and Defense Intelligence Agency.

→ The United States recently arrested a Harvard professor and two Chinese nationals doing research at Boston University over undisclosed links to the Chinese government. The Chinese researchers stole sensitive information and materials, like biological samples, and handed them over to China. And the Harvard professor, the prominent chair of the school’s chemistry and biology department, received millions of dollars from China in exchange for sharing sensitive research, and lied about to our own government.

→ Chinese spies have infiltrated U.S. scientific and research institutions through China’s “Thousand Talents Plan,” which has recruited over 2,600 experts to help smuggle scientific research back to China.

→ China has been accused of hacking a wide variety of U.S. companies, from computer networks of steel manufacturers, to a health insurer, to a major hotel chain.

What is China’s goal? China is stealing American intellectual property and sensitive research in order to gain an economic and military edge against the United States. And they are stealing Americans’ personal information to help get ahead in developing a new generation of technology – artificial intelligence – that the Communist government can use for mass surveillance and censorship.

What is the United States doing about it? Last week, the Justice Department launched the China Initiative to raise awareness, pleading with Americans to be more alert about China’s spying and economic espionage, which costs the United States up to $600 billion per year.

The Trump administration is also working to stop China’s global dominance in 5G wireless communications, warning our allies that allowing the Chinese company Huawei to take part in its 5G networks will threaten national security and give the Chinese government even more power to spy around the world.

→ Read More: “Chinese spies are on the offensive”

What We're Standing AGAINST: MORE Anti-Israel Bias at the UN

What We're Standing AGAINST: MORE Anti-Israel Bias at the UN

What We're Standing AGAINST: MORE Anti-Israel Bias at the UN

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie, Nikki Haley, Beaufort

We shouldn’t be surprised… anti-Israel bias is the status quo at the UN… but the UN’s decision to publish a controversial blacklist targeting Israel is a new low.


On Wednesday, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published a list of 112 Israeli companies that operate in the pre-1967 lines, i.e. in the West Bank, the Golan Heights, and east Jerusalem.

As UN ambassador, Amb. Haley worked to stop the blacklist, knowing it would be unfairly used to target, boycott, and attack Israeli companies.

After more than two years of holding back the report, the timing of its release this week is highly suspect, coming just a few days after the Palestinians failed to pass a UN Security Council resolution condemning the United States for its Middle East peace plan. Unable to use Security Council resolutions to broadcast its anti-Israel bias, the UN resorted to the blacklist.

What about other countries? Great question. There are no other countries and no other UN blacklists. Despite the long list of human rights abusers (Venezuela, China, Cuba come to mind), Israel is the ONLY country the UN has targeted with a blacklist.

What has the reaction been? Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced it was cutting ties with OHCHR, the UN body that released the report. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Whoever boycotts us will be boycotted.”

Week of February 7th

What We're Standing FOR: Economic Growth

What We're Standing FOR: Supporting Venezuelan Democracy

What We're Standing FOR: Supporting Venezuelan Democracy

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

Listening to the Democrat presidential candidates, you might think the American economy is suffering from a terrible depression.

Unfortunately for them, their doom and gloom-filled stump speeches have nothing to do with reality.

According to a new poll, 67% of Americans say the economy is in good shape. And it’s not hard to see why. The numbers don’t lie:

→ 3.5 million: new people entering the workforce
→ 7 million: new jobs
→ 10 million: Americans off the welfare rolls
→ 500,000: new manufacturing jobs
→ 225,000: new jobs in January, far above economists’ expectations of 161,000
→ 12,000: new factories across America
→ $12 trillion: has been added to our nation’s wealth as the stock market soared more than 70%

No wonder American confidence in the U.S. economy is the highest since 2001.

What We're Standing FOR: Supporting Venezuelan Democracy

What We're Standing FOR: Supporting Venezuelan Democracy

What We're Standing FOR: Supporting Venezuelan Democracy

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

This week, President Trump welcomed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó — recognized as the country’s president by the United States and more than 50 other countries — to the White House and hosted him at the State of the Union.


When President Trump introduced Mr. Guaidó as the “true and legitimate” leader of Venezuela, members from both parties stood and applauded.


“Mr. President, please take this message back to your homeland. All Americans are united with the Venezuelan people in their righteous struggle for freedom.”

– President Trump


The lesson: If the left recognizes the need to defeat socialism abroad, maybe – just maybe – they can start to confront the risk of socialism at home.

What We're Standing AGAINST: Socialism

What We're Standing FOR: Supporting Venezuelan Democracy

What We're Standing AGAINST: Petty Partisanship

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

There are many takeaways from the Iowa caucus this week, but one of the most important is the threat of socialism on the left. With 99% of precincts reporting (finally), Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren captured 43% of the caucus vote. Let that sink in: An avowed socialist and a far-left liberal took two of the top three spots at the caucus.

From the Green New Deal to Medicare for All to open borders to sky-high tax rates, Senators Sanders and Warren have pushed the Democrat Party towards an agenda so far left that it threatens American prosperity and security.

What’s the solution: Speak up. As Amb. Haley says: “It’s not enough to say that Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, open borders, and higher taxes are bad policies. We have to explain why.”

What We're Standing AGAINST: Petty Partisanship

What We're Standing AGAINST: Petty Partisanship

What We're Standing AGAINST: Petty Partisanship

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

The State of the Union is about tradition. It’s about ideas that will move our country forward. But Tuesday night produced something else entirely: extreme partisanship and temper tantrums.

Yes, we’re in the middle of an election year, but that doesn’t mean we have to throw all civility out the window.

The president’s speech was filled with policies that would improve life for all Americans. From criminal justice reform, to fixing a broken education system, to a booming economy that lifts everyone up, there was plenty to celebrate. But some members of Congress who disagree with the president refused to attend. Many who showed up weren’t much better – they talked, checked their phones, and the Speaker of the House went so far as to rip the speech in half.

As Amb. Haley often reminds us, we can disagree on policy, but we should always treat each other with respect.

What We're Smiling About

What We're Standing AGAINST: Petty Partisanship

What We're Smiling About

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

There’s a whole lot of animal love this week, and we’re lovin’ it. After the Kansas City Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years, a Chiefs player offered to pay all of the adoption fees for all the adoptable dogs at a local animal shelter. Not to be outdone, Coors Light is encouraging people to adopt a pet this Valentine’s Day by offering to pay for up to 1,000 adoptions.

The Events that Shaped the Decade

What we're standing FOR: The will of the people

What we're standing FOR: The will of the people

What we're standing FOR: The will of the people

Beaufort County SC Republican party gop, stand for America, Nikki haley

On Jan. 14, 2011, Tunisians ousted their dictatorial president, kicking off the Arab Spring. Pro-democracy uprisings followed in Morocco, Libya, Egypt, and Bahrain. Eight years later, Hong Kong citizens took to the streets to protest a proposed extradition bill that would have weakened Hong Kong's autonomy from mainland China. From Africa, to Asia, to Latin America, this was a decade that saw millions of people bravely making their voices heard.

In other places, popular uprisings led to prolonged conflicts. In Syria, an uprising started after parents protested a brutal attack on a group of teenagers and grew into a horrific eight-year long civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more.


In Venezuela, two decades of socialism under Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolás Maduro have led to rocketing inflation, blackouts, starvation, extreme poverty, illness, death, and mass migration. Sadly, despite the Venezuelan people’s protests against Maduro and U.S.-led efforts to isolate the brutal socialist regime, Maduro has held tightly to power, causing more than 4.5 million people to flee the country and leaving millions more to suffer. The world must continue to stand up for the people of Venezuela.

Ambassador Nikki Haley has said time and again, when leaders don’t listen to their people, conflict will follow. As we begin the new decade, authoritarians around the world would do well to take notice.

What we're standing FOR: American Service

What we're standing FOR: The will of the people

What we're standing FOR: The will of the people

Beaufort County SC Republican party gop, stand for America, Nikki haley

It took 10 years, but on May 2, 2011 U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Eight years later, U.S. special forces killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria. And just this week, President Trump authorized a strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian terrorist who sowed chaos and violence across the Middle East, and was responsible for killing and injuring thousands of American soldiers. These successful operations made the world safer and would not have been possible without the brave men and women – and their families – who sacrifice to serve their country and fellow Americans.

Nearly 20 years removed from 9/11, there is a growing indifference toward the sacrifice our brave men and women face every day – both on the battlefield and when they return to civilian life. This is unacceptable. It shouldn’t take a war to appreciate national service. As Amb. Haley often says, “We are the land of the free because of the brave.”

We are standing FOR: More anti-Semitism

What we're standing FOR: The will of the people

We are standing FOR: More anti-Semitism

Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP, Stand for America, Nikki Haley

Following the 2009 economic crisis that devastated many American families, the United States is now enjoying the longest economic expansion in American history. As of December, the U.S. economy has grown for 126-straight months and the S&P index has tripled in value.

Unemployment is 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years
Interest rates are at historic lows, allowing businesses to borrow, spend, and grow
We’ve seen wage growth across all income levels, with employers hiring and raising pay


The lesson of all this prosperity is that free markets work. Low taxes, reduced regulations, and an environment that encourages entrepreneurship benefit all.

Liberal calls for socialism are not only out of touch, they are plain wrong. Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, “free” programs, higher taxes – all these policies would only reverse the largest economic boom in history. Where’s the sense in that? 🤔

We are standing FOR: Leaving bad deals

What we are standing Against: Spiraling Debt

We are standing FOR: More anti-Semitism

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

Under the Trump administration, the United States said good-bye to a number of bad deals and organizations.

→ President Obama’s Iran deal: Amb. Haley has repeatedly argued that Iran could not be trusted to hold up its end of the bargain. Without a trustworthy partner and the necessary enforcement mechanism, the Iran deal gave the Iranian regime billions of dollars while it continued to enrich uranium, sponsor terrorism, and violate international law.

Now, as U.S. efforts to isolate Iran through economic sanctions prove successful, the regime is showing its true colors as it threatens the United States and our allies, demanding sanctions relief and orchestrating violent protests at our embassy in Iraq this week.


The Paris climate agreement: Orchestrated by President Obama, the agreement placed unfair and unrealistic restrictions on the United States and disadvantaged U.S. companies, especially vis-à-vis China, which produces more than a quarter of the world’s emissions – more than double the United States. Under the Paris agreement, China is allowed to increase its emissions until 2030 (they went up again in 2019) and remain a member in good standing, while the United States agreed to much more drastic short-term measures. Watch Amb. Haley’s response to the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement here.

→ The hypocritical UN Human Rights Council: Amb. Haley spearheaded the U.S. move after UN members rejected all efforts to reform the long corrupt council that includes members like China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Amb. Haley’s explains why leaving the Human Rights Council made us stronger here.

We are standing FOR: Border Security

What we are standing Against: Spiraling Debt

What we are standing Against: Spiraling Debt

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

The U.S. continues to experience an immigration crisis as millions of people have crossed our southern border illegally, overwhelming border security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and our courts.

We are a nation of immigrants and we should welcome people who want to come to this country legally and achieve the American Dream. But the United States is a country of laws and anyone who enters this country must follow those laws. The current crisis and the Left’s call for “open borders,” decriminalizing illegal border crossings, and sanctuary cities will endanger our citizens and our national identity.

Every nation has a right to protect and enforce its border. In fact, the U.S. government has a duty to do so. As Amb. Haley says, “a country isn’t a country unless it can control its borders.”

What we are standing Against: Spiraling Debt

What we are standing Against: Spiraling Debt

What we are standing Against: Spiraling Debt

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

The national debt stands at $23.1 trillion – or $69,999 for every person in the United States, or $179,695 for every household. It’s the highest level of debt as a percentage of the economy that we have seen since World War II.


These numbers are unsustainable. Our government will eventually run out of money and will be unable to make good on its obligations and promises. When that happens, we will be left with two choices: Raise taxes or print dollars – both would be devastating to our economic prosperity.

It’s time for Congress to get its act together and start acting responsibly.

We are standing AGAINST: Socialism

We are standing AGAINST: Growing Chinese aggression

We are standing AGAINST: Socialism

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

Socialism used to be taboo. Today, self-declared socialists occupy the halls of Congress, and young Americans have a more favorable view of socialism than ever before. Membership in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has surged, and the DSA helped elect socialists at all levels of government. Socialist policies like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, 70% tax rates, and nationalization of whole sectors of our economy have become commonplace proposals on the Left.

Numerous articles and reports have shown that these misguided policies would come at a great cost to our standard of living and economic growth. Socialism’s failure in other countries should be enough to send a stark message. But all this evidence hasn’t dulled the calls for socialism on the Left.

It’s up to us to continue to make the case for capitalism, not just as the best and fairest economic system, but as an integral part of our national story.

We are standing AGAINST: Putin

We are standing AGAINST: Growing Chinese aggression

We are standing AGAINST: Socialism

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

On March 4, 2012, Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed victory in a much disputed election. Nineteen years into his autocratic rule, Putin has grown increasingly aggressive, annexing Crimea, poisoning dissidents, and meddling in U.S. elections. One thing is clear: Putin is not our friend.

We are standing AGAINST: Growing Chinese aggression

We are standing AGAINST: Growing Chinese aggression

We are standing AGAINST: Growing Chinese aggression

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

When Xi Jinping took over as China’s new president in 2013, there were questions about what kind of leader he would be. No longer. Over the past decade, we have learned that Xi is aggressively devoted to protecting the Chinese Communist Party – no matter what or who stands in the way.

Under Xi’s leadership, China has detained hundreds of thousands of minority Uighurs in prison camps, denying them religious freedom, expanded surveillance over its citizens, and built up its military presence in the South China Sea. Xi also abolished presidential term limits, making himself president for life.

As Amb. Haley argues in her Foreign Affairs article, “The longstanding conventional wisdom about China’s liberalization and moderation is dead.” The new decade will require new thinking on how to work with China while recognizing the threat it poses, not only to America’s security and economic interests, but to democracy and freedom globally.

We are standing AGAINST: Incivility

We are standing AGAINST: Incivility

We are standing AGAINST: Growing Chinese aggression

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, stand for america, nikki haley

It’s no secret: Our politics has grown increasingly polarized, and this acrimony has spilled over into daily life and social media. This is a shame, because America is at its best when we talk to each other – not past each other. That doesn’t mean we can’t disagree and debate policies. It means we shouldn’t disrespect one another simply because we don’t support the same candidate or platform.

2019: The Year of the People

Reflecting on the past year

The end of a year is the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months and learn some important lessons. Looking back on 2019, I want to highlight a particularly strong trend: The power of people using their voices to affect change. Read More

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Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie, Nikki Haley, Beaufort

Week of December 21st

What we're standing FOR: The will of the people

What we're standing AGAINST: Kicking the can down the road

What we're standing AGAINST: Kicking the can down the road

Beaufort County SC Republican party gop, stand for America, Nikki haley

Move over Time Magazine. We have our own person of the year and no offense, it’s much better. In 2019, we salute all the people who have used the power of their voices to stand up for themselves. From Hong Kong, to Iran, to Bolivia, to Venezuela, protestors in these countries risked their lives to make their voices heard.

Even in the United Kingdom, conservative Boris Johnson’s victory last week was a resounding win for democracy. The people voted for Brexit in a 2016 referendum and refused to take no for an answer. Three and a half years later, voters in the U.K. demanded that their government listen to them – and they won decisively.

Our elected leaders in Congress could learn some important lessons from our people of the year. Read Ambassador Haley's blog post here.

What we're standing AGAINST: Kicking the can down the road

What we're standing AGAINST: Kicking the can down the road

What we're standing AGAINST: Kicking the can down the road

Beaufort County SC Republican party gop, stand for America, Nikki haley

For the umpteenth time, Congress approved a trillion dollar spending bill without a formal budget while our national debt continues to climb. The $1.4 trillion, 2,313 pages long bill increased spending by $49 billion and was negotiated in secret, preventing House members from even reading it. Surprise, surprise – it’s filled with wasteful spending. Here are some doozies:

→ 💰 $1 billion in new foreign aid without a debate about who is getting the money.

→ 💰 Increased spending for almost every government agency and pay raises for federal employees, but no new funding for border security. The Democrat-controlled House agreed to give about $7 billion less for border security than the White House asked for, and refused to increase funding for our overwhelmed immigration agencies.

→ 💰 A $7.25 million increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and $25 million for Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.

What’s the big deal: The normal budget process – which Congress hasn’t implemented in 20 years – allows members to read, debate and offer amendments to the various spending bills. It also gives the public the opportunity to contact their members of Congress and voice their opinion. That is how government is supposed to function. The alternative is what we now have… dysfunction.

What’s the solution: Some congressional members have introduced legislation to enact a “no budget, no pay” policy. If Congress doesn’t pass a budget resolution by April 15 of that year, members don’t get paid. Sounds good to us!

We are standing AGAINST: More anti-Semitism

We are standing AGAINST: More anti-Semitism

We are standing AGAINST: More anti-Semitism

Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP, Stand for America, Nikki Haley

We know – we’re starting to sound like a broken record, but sometimes, broken records are exactly what our society needs. As anti-Semitism increases, we will continue to sound the alarm until everyone hears it. This kind of hatred has no place in America – or the world.

The latest: Last week, we wrote about the horrific shoot-out in Jersey City that targeted a Jewish supermarket. This week, Jersey City Board of Education Trustee Joan Terrell-Paige justified the attack, calling Jews “brutes” in a Facebook post. When asked if she regretted it, she responded, “no, I don’t.”

It gets worse: While many prominent elected officials condemned Terrell-Paige’s remarks and called on her to resign, some came to her defense.

The bottom line: Anti-Semitism is an insidious virus – it starts out on the fringes of society, but if we don’t stamp it out, it will spread and consume us.

What we're smiling about: LOVE

We are standing AGAINST: More anti-Semitism

We are standing AGAINST: More anti-Semitism

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Talk about #marriagegoals. The world’s oldest couple – ages 106 and 105 – celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. 🎉

Week of November 23rd

What we are standing FOR: Freedom for Iran

We are standing AGAINST: Bias on college campuses

What we are standing FOR: Freedom for Hong Kong

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Ambassador Nikki Haley used her voice at the United Nations to speak out against the Iranian regime's brutality. And she did not hesitate to call them out this week as Iranian authorities resorted to violence, murder, and internet blackouts to crack down on nationwide protests.

→ Why people are protesting: Protests broke out after the government imposed rations on fuel and cut fuel subsidies, causing fuel prices to shoot up by 50%. This was the last straw for Iranians struggling under a collapsing and corrupt economy – where money is used to fund terrorism instead of taking care of the Iranian people.

→ How many people were killed: As of Tuesday, Amnesty International reported 106 people in 21 cities have been killed, though it fears the number could be higher. The Iranian government has not released a toll, but claimed Amnesty’s numbers were “baseless allegations and fabricated figures.”

→ Why it matters: Iran lies a the center of a violent spider web spread across the Middle East, propping up terrorists in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. This week’s protests were the largest and widest spread in years, leading to a swift and heavy-handed crackdown by authorities. We support the Iranian people continuing to use the power of their voice againt the regime’s corruption, human rights abuses, and economic failures.

What we are standing FOR: Freedom for Hong Kong

We are standing AGAINST: Bias on college campuses

What we are standing FOR: Freedom for Hong Kong

As violence against the Hong Kong protestors reached new heights, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate overwhelmingly passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act – legislation more than 6,000 Stand For America members urged Congress to pass through our petition drive.

The bill requires the U.S. government to confirm that China is maintaining Hong Kong’s autonomy in order for Hong Kong to continue receiving special trade status – an arrangement that benefits the Chinese government.

→ What happens now: The bill must now be signed into law. Once that happens, the United States will make it loud and clear to the Communist Chinese government and the world that we support the Hong Kong protestors’ fight for freedom – we #StandwithHongKong.

We are standing AGAINST: Bias on college campuses

We are standing AGAINST: Bias on college campuses

We are standing AGAINST: Congress not doing its job

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It’s no secret that college campuses are liberal bastions where anti-conservative bias runs wild. And this week, a new poll from the Harvard Institute of Politics confirms it. According to the poll, only 35% of young Republicans feel “comfortable sharing political views” with their professors, while 54% of young Democrats and 51% of young Independents feel comfortable sharing their views.

With its new student program, Stand For America has made student outreach a priority. Nikki Haley recently hosted a video conference call with college journalists who shared stories about having to choose between a good grade and being forthright about their conservative beliefs.

Speaking to college students around the country, Ambassador Haley encourages our next generation to speak up for what they believe in, even when it’s hard.

We are standing AGAINST: Congress not doing its job

We are standing AGAINST: Congress not doing its job

We are standing AGAINST: Congress not doing its job

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After months of stalling – and then saying last week that a deal was “imminent” – Speaker Pelosi now says she doubts the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement will pass the House this year.

→ What it is: An update to the decades-old NAFTA trade agreement, USMCA would create fairer rules for trade with America’s two largest trading partners, Canada and Mexico. It would make American businesses more competitive, add $62.2 billion to the U.S. economy, and create 176,000 jobs.

→ What happened: A year after all three countries came together to sign the trade deal, congressional action has been stalled by the left over demands for changes, even though they haven’t been clear about what those changes are. Now, with only eight business days left in Congress and after months of claiming the House was on a “path to yes,” Speaker Pelosi is reversing course.

→ Why it matters: Even members of the Speaker’s own caucus are upset about the lack of action from House leadership. They know that the USMCA is critical to jobs and economic growth. It’s something Congress can do that will actually make a difference in the lives of Americans.

We are standing AGAINST: Chinese theft

We are standing AGAINST: Congress not doing its job

We are standing AGAINST: Chinese theft

It’s no secret that China routinely engages in intellectual property theft, ripping off American research and technology. But it’s worse than that. This week, a new congressional report found that this piracy is funded by taxpayer dollars. Wait, what?

China’s “Thousand Talents Program” recruits and pays Chinese scientists to work at U.S. universities and agencies with the explicit purpose of funneling sensitive research back to the Chinese government. Many of these Chinese nationals work in U.S. government agencies or at universities where they receive U.S. grants.

→ How bad is it? Very bad. 10,000 Chinese nationals worked at the Department of Energy’s National Labs in 2018, but other agencies were not immune, including NIH, the State Departmment, National Science Foundation, and Department of Commerce. Many of these agencies are ill-equipped to track and investigate breaches.

→ Read more: The Wall Street Journal has the details or read the 109-page report here.

Nikki Haley has warned that it’s time to take China seriously. After decades of wishful thinking on America’s part, China isn’t interested in democratizing or liberalizing. Its leaders are only interested in protecting the Chinese Communist Party.