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The Conservative Movement: Suggested Organizations and Websites, Part II

Decided that you want to become more active in the conservative movement? Well, here are 10 more suggested websites you may find helpful:

1. The Cato Institute

If there is an organization that clearly espouses the Libertarian philosophy, it is the Cato Institute

The institute was founded in 1977 by Libertarian leader Edward H. Crane. It is a non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute is named for Cato’s Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.

The Cato Institute conducts research in a number of economic, political and social areas including budget and tax policy, national defense, criminal justice, education, social security, energy, terrorism and many others.

The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government. While conservatives may not adhere to all of the libertarian philosophy, they will notice on some issues there is agreement.

2. The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

The Center provides pro-life advocates the ammunition necessary to debate the subject from a biomedical position.

The Center’s stated purpose is to equip leaders and activists in order to engage the issues of bioethics using the tools of rigorous research, conceptual analysis, charitable critique, leading-edge publication, and effective teaching.

The Center is tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization and is supported by gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, and foundations. It is a national and international leader in producing a wide range of live, recorded, and written resources examining bioethical issues.

Recognizing that biblical values have exercised a profound influence on Western Culture, the Center explores the potential contribution of such values as part of its work.

3. The Center for Consumer Freedom

The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition of restaurants, food companies, and consumers working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.

The growing cabal of "food cops," health care enforcers, militant activists, meddling bureaucrats, and violent radicals who think they know "what’s best for you" are pushing against our basic freedoms. CCF says they’re going to push back.

The people at CCF speak up whenever activists propose curtailing consumer freedom. What makes us different from many organizations is that we aren’t afraid to take on groups that have built "good" images through slick public relations campaigns.

Just because these activists claim to be "ethical" or "responsible" or "in the public interest" doesn’t mean they are. Just because they claim to be “scientific” doesn’t mean they aren’t really pushing junk science. And when they talk about throwing bricks through windows, taxing your favorite foods, or throwing the book at popular restaurants with tobacco-style lawsuits, CCF takes action.

4. The Center for Equal Opportunity

As the only think tank devoted exclusively to the promotion of colorblind equal opportunity and racial harmony, the Center for Equal Opportunity, chaired by well-known conservative Linda Chavez, focuses on three areas in particular: racial preferences, immigration and assimilation and multicultural education.

Racial preferences are now a well established part of employment, education, and voting rights practices. For example, the federal government runs 19 programs for "disadvantaged" bankers. Even adoption agencies are required to consider race when finding homes for parent-less children. CEO supports colorblind public policies and seeks to block the expansion of racial preferences and to prevent their use in employment, education, and voting.

With the United States admitting high numbers of immigrants, America’s ability to accept newcomers will increasingly depend upon finding a pro-assimilation middle-ground between nativists who say that today’s immigrants cannot assimilate and multiculturalists who say that they should not. CEO promotes the assimilation of immigrants into our society and research on their economic and social impact on the United States.

Multiculturalists have a firm grip on both elementary and secondary schools and the universities. Their ideology of racial and ethnic difference risks balkanizing our multiracial society. Students who don’t speak English are locked away in special programs that try to maintain native languages rather than teach English, often without their parents’ consent. In many urban schools, African American students are fed a racialist "Afrocentric" curriculum of dubious merit.

5. Center for Freedom and Prosperity

The Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) is a non-profit organization created to lobby lawmakers in favor of market liberalization. The top project of CF&P is the Coalition for Tax Competition, which is fighting to preserve jurisdictional tax competition, sovereignty, and financial privacy.

The Center for  Freedom and Prosperity Foundation is a non-profit educational organization affiliated with the CF&P. The immediate priority of the Foundation is to publish studies and conduct seminars analyzing the benefits of tax competition, financial privacy and fiscal sovereignty.

In addition, the Foundation produces analysis and reports on economic issues, briefs lawmakers and the media on the benefits of limited government, and educates voters on the need for competitive markets.

Meanwhile, the CF&P’s top project is The Coalition for Tax Competition (CTC) which will organize opposition to the multiple threats facing taxpayers. Working with targeted governments, financial institutions, multi-national businesses, and interested individuals, the CTC will fight against proposals to undermine financial privacy and create a global tax cartel.

6. The Center for Individual Freedom

The Center seeks to focus public, legislative and judicial attention on the rule of law as embodied in the federal and state constitutions.

Those fundamental documents both express and safeguard society’s commitment to individual freedom, not only through specific protections such as the Bill of Rights, but also through structural protections that constrain and disperse governmental authority.

In addition, the Center seeks to foster intellectual discourse by bringing together independent thinkers to examine broad-ranging issues of individual freedom in our global society. While the Center is decidedly for individual freedom, scholars and legal authorities who share that same basic philosophy differ as to the application of those principles in the complex world in which we live.

The Center strives for balanced debate that encourages conflict resolution where there is tension between the rights of individuals and the requirements of government, as well as between individuals.

Thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of activists across the country, the Center for Individual Freedom has grown into a strong voice on important public policy issues in Washington DC and in State Capitols across the nation.

7. The Center for Security Policy

Since its founding in 1988, the Center has operated as a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to the time-tested philosophy of promoting international peace through American strength. It accomplishes this goal by stimulating and informing national and international policy debates, in particular, those involving regional, defense, economic, financial and technology developments that bear upon the security of the United States.

The Center’s President and CEO is Frank Gaffney, who in 1987,  was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving nuclear forces, arms control and U.S.-European defense relations. He also represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations and ministerial meetings.

Prior to that, from August 1983 until November 1987, Mr. Gaffney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle. From February 1981 to August 1983, Mr. Gaffney was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John Tower (R-Texas). In the latter 1970’s, Mr. Gaffney served as an aide to the late Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson (D-Washington) in the areas of defense and foreign policy.

The Center specializes in the rapid preparation and real-time dissemination of information, analyses and policy recommendations via e-mail distribution; computerized fax; its exciting, redesigned Web site; published articles; and the electronic media.

The principal audience for such materials is the U.S. security policy-making community (the executive and legislative branches, the armed forces and appropriate independent agencies), corresponding organizations in key foreign governments, the press (domestic and international), the global business and financial community and interested individuals in the public at large.

The Center is aided in the performance of its mission through the participation of a sizeable network of past and present, civilian and military security policy practitioners. By drawing on the experience, judgment and insights of these accomplished individuals, the Center is able to maximize the quality of its inputs into the policy-making process. This structure also permits the Center to operate with an extremely small core staff and great cost-effectiveness.

8. The Future of Russia Foundation (FORF)

FORF has embarked on a comprehensive effort to improve health care for mothers and infants in Russia through partnerships with other American organizations such as the Rotary Club of Atlanta. For instance, the Rossica Rotary Club in Moscow has joined with the Rotary Club of Atlanta to help acquire modern medical equipment for the Moscow Region Perinatal Center in Balashikha, Russia

"Today, more than 50 percent of Russian babies are born unhealthy, and infant mortality is unacceptably high," said Dr. A.W. Brann Jr., an Emory University School of Medicine professor of pediatrics and FORF’s medical director. "The biggest need right now is to help a woman have and carry to term a pregnancy she wants to have."

The Future of Russia Foundation was created in August 2001 as an American-based, not-for-profit  foundation by Tom and Ann Murray of Sandusky, Ohio. The mission of the Future of Russia Foundation is to help Russia build a modern, sustainable health care delivery system for women and infants focused on reducing maternal and infant mortality.

The Future of Russia Foundation has a strong working relationship with the Russian Minister of Health, Dr. Vladimar Y. Semenov, and Deputy Minister for Maternal Child Health, Dr. Gayane Tamazyan.

9. Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

The Center was created in January of 1998 as a non-profit, public charity dedicated to discovering and disseminating scientific information regarding the effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on climate and the biosphere.  

Central to the Center’s plan of accomplishing this goal has been the implementation of their web site. The web site is updated with a weekly issue of CO2 Science, which contains a new editorial and reviews of five different peer-reviewed scientific journal articles relating to various aspects of the global change debate, all of which are archived in a massive subject index.  

In addition, two new summaries of various subject index topics are produced and posted each week.  Short synopses of newly-posted web site material are also provided via email to those who subscribe to the Center’s listserver.  

The Center encourages members of the media to reference the material they produce in order to help present balanced reports to the public.

The Center attempts to separate reality from rhetoric in the emotionally-charged debate that swirls around the subject of carbon dioxide and global climate change.  

In addition, to help students and teachers gain greater insight into the biological aspects of this phenomenon, the Center maintains on-line instructions on how to conduct CO2 enrichment and depletion experiments in its Global Change Laboratory (located in its Education Center section), which allow interested parties to conduct similar studies in their own homes and classrooms.  This is especially attractive for home-schoolers.

10. The Citizens Against Government Waste

CAGW is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.  Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.

Founded in 1984 by the late industrialist J. Peter Grace and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW is the legacy of the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan directed the Grace Commission to "work like tireless bloodhounds to root out government inefficiency and waste of tax dollars."  For two years, 161 corporate executives and community leaders led an army of 2,000 volunteers on a waste hunt through the federal government. The search was funded entirely by voluntary contributions of $76 million from the private sector; it cost taxpayers nothing.

The Grace Commission made 2,478 recommendations which, if implemented, would save $424.4 billion over three years, an average of $141.5 billion a year all without eliminating essential services.The 47 volumes and 21,000 pages of the Grace Commission Report constituted a vision of an efficient, well-managed government that is accountable to the taxpayers. Unfortunately, US lawmakers never implemented these recommendations.

CAGW has worked to make that vision a reality and, in a little over two decades, has helped save taxpayers $898 billion through the implementation of Grace Commission findings and other recommendations.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has stated, "CAGW researches and identifies the most blatant waste in government and shows how it can be eliminated. CAGW has a long and successful record of winning major cuts in wasteful spending without sacrificing America’s defenses."

Written By

Mr. Tabor, a conservative political activist based in Kernersville, N.C., is the author of "The Beast on the East River." In addition to writing a weekly column for HUMAN EVENTS, he is a contributing editor at TheConservativeVoice.com. His 60-second commentaries are heard on more than 250 stations daily. Contact him at Nathan@nathantabor.com.

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