Our Mission: Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute - a think tank - whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.I like this mission statement...as far as it goes.
Their cause is a worthy cause.
But something is wrong: the Heritage Foundation promotes the REAL ID Act.
I encourage every American to study the REAL ID Act and then ask themselves "How does a national id card promote limited government?"
We should also ask "How does the REAL ID Act promote individual freedom?"
Actually, the REAL ID Act stands in opposition to both these ideals.
REAL ID expands the power of the federal government by creating an electronic infrastructure for innumerable regulations future Congresses can impose.
The REAL ID Act limits the freedom of the individual by expanding the presence and power of the federal government. How is the individual more "free" with an ever-present federal government brought into the transactions of daily life?
The irony is that the Heritage Foundation calls itself a "conservative" think-thank.
Maybe the Heritage Foundation needs to add "Valuing and Promoting the Ideals of the Constitution" to their mission statement.
Such a goal would indeed be "conservative."