Conservative ideas are under attack. While you can find conservative content in many places online, media giants such as Google, YouTube and Facebook are suppressing and banning conservative sources as often as they can. That’s why I made this list, so you can go directly to the sites yourself and subscribe or add them to your bookmarks.
Last month I listed ten of my favorite conservative websites for general news and commentary. This month I will focus on ten sites that specialize in educating the public and advocating for specific issues such as free enterprise, pro-life legislation, and gun rights. Many of these sites encourage grassroots involvement and provide resources for taking action. If you are a political conservative, economic conservative, social conservative, or Christian conservative, there is something here for you!
1. The Heritage Foundation – Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is one of the most widely respected research and educational institutes in the world. As a think tank, it formulates and promotes conservative public policies based on the principles of the Founding Fathers: free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense – pretty much every major issue of importance to conservatives. With its “A” list of scholars, the foundation “is committed to building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish.”
2. American Enterprise Institute – Like the Heritage Foundation, AEI is a public policy think tank that sponsors research on the top economic and political issues facing the nation – and it does so with an unabashed conservative approach. According to its website, the organization’s purposes “are to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism–limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.”
3. Citizens Against Government Waste – CAGW is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that functions as a think tank, government watchdog, and advocacy group for fiscally conservative causes. CAGW’s stated mission is “to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government.” CAGW produces a number of publications critical of what it calls “pork-barrel” projects.
4. Judicial Watch – JW is a non-partisan conservative watchdog group that promotes transparency, accountability, and integrity in government, politics, and law. The group advocates high standards of ethics and morality, and strives to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. JW seeks to hold corrupt politicians and agencies accountable to the rule of law, and they often file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits to investigate misconduct by government officials. Their efforts include nationwide educational campaigns, speeches, op-eds, newsletter, and media outreach.
5. Media Research Center – On October 1, 1987, a group of young conservatives set out to prove — through sound scientific research — that liberal bias in the media does exist. They founded the Media Research Center (MRC) to expose liberal bias that undermines traditional American values and also to neutralize its impact on the American political scene through advocacy and activism, thereby bringing balance to the news media.
6. The Leadership Institute – The Leadership Institute (LI) actively supports the conservative movement by providing training in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots organizing, youth politics, and communications. Unlike conservative think tanks, LI doesn’t analyze policy; it teaches conservative Americans of all ages how to influence policy through direct participation, activism, and leadership, including how to succeed in politics, government, and the media. LI also operates Campus Reform, a watchdog site focused on the nation’s higher education system, exposing bias and abuse on college campuses.
7. National Rifle Association – The NRA is America’s longest-standing civil rights organization and premier defender of the Second Amendment, working tirelessly to protect gun rights. The organization promotes safe gun practices and provides training resources including concealed carry permit and self-defense classes.
8. National Right to Life – NRL is the nation’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, focused on educating the public and promoting pro-life legislation nationwide and in all 50 states. Through legislative and educational activity, the organization works against abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide. NRL also provides resources for women who are pregnant and seeking help and alternatives to abortion.
9. American Family Association – The American Family Association (AFA) is a non-profit organization that promotes fundamentalist Christian values. It was founded in 1977 by Donald Wildmon and is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi. AFA takes a conservative position on a variety of public policy goals and regularly engages in activism efforts including boycotts, “buycotts,” and action alert emails. AFA also created One Million Moms and One Million Dads, two websites with the goal of mobilizing parents to “stop the exploitation of children” by the media. It uses these websites to organize boycotts and urge activists to send emails to companies that advertise on television shows they find offensive.
10. PragerU – PragerU, short for Prager University, is an American non-profit that creates videos on various political, economic and philosophical topics from a conservative perspective. However, YouTube must not want young people to hear conservative ideas as they currently restrict over 100 PragerU videos. Are these 5-minute educational videos inappropriate, racist, or dangerous? See for yourself! Then sign the petition to tell YouTube to stop blocking PragerU videos.
Did I miss one of your favorite conservative sites? Please leave a comment and let me know!