STAND FOR AMERICA

FREEDOM AT HOME, STRENGTH ABROAD

Founded by Ambassador Nikki Haley, Stand for America is an advocacy group promoting public policies that strengthen America’s economy, culture, and national security.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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.