The National Interest, April 4, 2017
During the 2016 campaign, numerous prominent conservatives opposed the Trump candidacy and warned that its success would be inexorably bad for conservatism.
Some two months into his presidency, rifts between Donald Trump and conservatives are in plain sight. The new president has blamed the recent failure to repeal and replace Obamacare on the conservative House Freedom Caucus. In various presidential tweets, he named and blamed various caucus members and even threatened to fight against the group along with Democrats in the midterm elections of 2018.
Were Trump’s conservative critics correct all along that he is bad for their cause?
While the failure to repeal Obamacare is no doubt a setback for the Trump administration and Republicans in general, conservatives should nevertheless be heartened by the overall progress made and broad direction set by the new president. Unconventional though his presidency may be—and it certainly is, beyond the wildest imagination—Trump has pursued an agenda that is friendly to many of conservatism’s cherished ideals.
Since his inauguration, President Trump has picked a cabinet that many acknowledge is the most conservative in history and nominated Neil Gorsuch, a highly respected conservative judge, to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, he has pursued regulatory reform, border and homeland security and pro-market measures that conservatives have long supported.
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YAF, October 20, 2016
Ying Ma addressed the Young America’s Foundation’s Fall High School Conference last week at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. To view the speech, please click HERE.
Fox News, October 12, 2016
–Commentary by Ying Ma
I’m a woman, a racial minority, and an immigrant, and I grew up in inner-city America. I have two university degrees, one from Cornell University and another from Stanford Law School. I have worked for some of the most elite institutions in America, including a foreign policy organization that counts Chelsea and Bill Clinton among its members.
According to conventional wisdom, I have no business being a Trump supporter. Yet I have been an unabashed fan since Trump declared his candidacy for president. In fact, never in my life have I been this excited about a presidential nominee.
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June 20, 2016, The National Interest (blog)
–Commentary by Ying Ma
In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, President Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and House Speaker Paul Ryan found themselves united in outrage. Unequivocally, they issued their condemnations: “Dangerous,” “shameful,” and “pathological.”
Their target, however, was not the radical Islamic ideology that inspired the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. No, the politicians were referring to GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. It was yet another example of elevating self-righteousness over reality and delusions over solutions.
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ABC Radio National, May 26, 2016
Ying Ma appeared on Between the Lines on Australia’s ABC Radio National to discuss the campaign of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, his race against Hillary Clinton, his ability to unify the Republican Party, and the nervousness he is creating among U.S. allies.
To listen to the discussion, please click HERE.
Heritage Foundation, March 20, 2015
Ying Ma addressed the Conservative Women’s Network in a speech titled “Prevailing Over the Welfare State.” She shared her personal story of prevailing over the poverty, lawlessness and general dysfunction of inner-city Oakland, California. She drew distinct contrasts between the “welfare state” approach to addressing poverty versus an approach based on hard work, individual responsibility and educational achievement.
In the speech, Ms. Ma also said “No, thank you” to “bossy liberal women” who reguarly claim to speak for all women.
The Conservative Women’s Network is made up of over 1,000 women in the Washington, DC, area who are policy analysts, stay-at-home mothers, students, organization presidents and more. Its monthly luncheons take place at the Heritage Foundation and are co-hosted by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.
To view the speech, please use the YouTube player below.
[Correction: At approximately 8:14 in the video, Ms. Ma said, “The Oakland of my childhood had a whole lot of economic equality and fairness to go around.” She meant to say the China of her childhood.]
Reagan Ranch Center, October 5, 2013
Ying Ma appeared on a panel discussion about conservatism and free enterprise at the Road to Freedom Seminar at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. Hosted by the Young America’s Foundation, the conference was attended by college students from around the country. In her comments, Ying Ma spoke about the need to combat the intellectual intolerance of the left, make conservatism fun and provide a strong defense for free markets and free enterprise,
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