Kay C. James Op-Eds

Kay C. James Op-Eds

As president of The Heritage Foundation from 2018-2021, Kay C. James served as a leading voice on a range of public policy issues. With an extensive background in crafting conservative policy, she regularly wrote about some of America’s most pressing topics in commentaries for a range of media outlets.


Holding Biden Accountable for the Disastrous Afghanistan Withdrawal (Sept 29, 2021)

Reflecting on 9/11: Taliban Are Stronger Than They Were in 2001 (Sept 7, 2021)

Biden’s Lies and Their Consequences in the Fall of Afghanistan (Aug 24, 2021)

Bloated Bipartisan $1.1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Is Neither Reasonable nor Centrist (Aug 10, 2021)

Why Americans Should Be Concerned About Communist China’s Influence in Africa (Jul 27, 2021)

It’s Not Racist To Support Election Integrity Laws (Jul 14, 2021)

Sen. James Lankford Interviews Heritage President Kay C. James (Jul 9, 2021)

Kay C. James on HR 4: The Left's Attempted Election Takeover (Jun 29, 2021)

What is Juneteenth, and Why Should Every American Want to Celebrate It? (Jun 15, 2021) 

Seven Steps to Surviving Cancel Culture (Jun 1, 2021)

The American Families Plan Will Do More Harm Than Good (May 17, 2021)

Biden’s Non-Infrastructure Infrastructure Bill (May 4, 2021)

Left Labeling Election Integrity Reforms As “Jim Crow” Is a Lie and Insulting to Black People (Apr 21, 2021)

I Was a Black Teen in the ’60s. Don’t Believe Left’s Lies About “Jim Crow” Election Reforms. (Apr 19, 2021)

The Kind of Leaders the Conservative Movement Needs To Stop the Left (Mar 29, 2021)

Biden’s Illegal Immigration Agenda Creates Another Child Smuggling Crisis (Mar 16, 2021)

Why Aren’t Conservative Women Recognized During Women’s History Month? (Mar 1, 2021)

The $15 Minimum Wage Would Most Hurt the People It’s Intended To Help (Feb 16, 2021)

Don’t Turn 2020’s Election Problems Into Law (Feb 2, 2021)

Is Biden Committed to Unity or Unilateral Action (Jan 28, 2021)

Uniting Virtually, Pro-Lifers Will Continue to Protect Life (Jan 28, 2021)

A Nonpartisan, No-Nonsense Virus Strategy (Jan 21, 2021)

Congress’ Commitment to the Constitution Tested Three Times in Seven Days (Jan 20, 2021)

Amid Chaos, Our Resilient Republic Endures (Jan 7, 2021)


A 2021 Rally Cry for Conservatives to Combat the Left’s Destructive Agenda (Dec 30, 2020)

How Conservatives Must Counter the Media’s Left-Wing Election Advocacy (Dec 15, 2020)

More Lockdowns Aren’t the Answer to Stopping COVID-19 (Dec 2, 2020)

How the Left Is Attacking Pro-Life Convictions and Why Conservative Women Must Stand Strong (Dec 2, 2020)

The Federal Election Reform Commission Must No Longer Be Ignored (Nov 18, 2020)

Count Every Legal Vote—No More, No Less (Nov 5, 2020)

Girl Scouts Have Been Cowed Into Belief That Not All Women Deserve Respect (Nov 3, 2020)

Vote to Show Gratitude for All Those Who Sacrificed for Our Democracy (Nov 3, 2020)

Social Media Bias Against Conservatives Continues (Oct 22, 2020)

Amy Coney Barrett Deserves Fair Confirmation for Supreme Court (Oct 8, 2020)

Charting the Left’s Religious Bigotry Toward Amy Coney Barrett (Oct 7, 2020)

NCRC Offers Roadmap for COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery (Sep 24, 2020)

Confirm Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee—Don’t Give In to Threats, Senators (Sep 22, 2020)

Never Before Have We Had to Defend the Constitution Like We Have to Today (Sep 18, 2020)

Your Right to Vote Is Sacred. Don’t Give It Up (Sep 9, 2020)

We Must Educate Future Generations on the Myths and Realities of Socialism (Sep 7, 2020)

100 Years After the 19th Amendment, Pro-Life Women Are Still Treated As Unequal (Aug 26, 2020)

Fight for America—Voters Must Do This to Stop Socialism and Anarchy (Aug 25, 2020)

States Have an Obligation to Offer Parents School Choice During Pandemic Closure (Aug 14, 2020)

Why Reagan’s Call to Conservatism Needs to Be Heard Again Today (Aug 12, 2020)

Politicians Need a Refresher Course in How Government Works (Aug 7, 2020)

Even With Removing Margaret Sanger’s Name, Planned Parenthood Is Still Influenced by Racist Founder (Jul 29, 2020)

Mal-Educated Rioters and Spineless Politicians Wage a War Against Democracy (Jul 15, 2020)

Nation’s Values Under Attack—We Must Do This to Stop the Left’s Socialist Agenda (Jul 3, 2020)

Independence Day Is a Time to Reaffirm That America Must Stay Strong To Preserve Peace (Jul 1, 2020)

Amazon Doubles Down on Excluding Some Conservative Nonprofits From Customer Donations (Jun 17, 2020)

Why Conservatives Should Be Leading the Civil Rights Movement (Jun 9, 2020)

We Must Reject Violence as a Tool for Change (Jun 8, 2020)

How America Can Stand for Peace While Demanding Justice (May 31, 2020)

Do Not Bailout States for Years of Fiscal Mismanagement (May 31, 2020)

Mothers Have an Impact That Goes Far Beyond Their Families (May 6, 2020)

Recommendations for Recovering From the Coronavirus Crisis (Apr 27, 2020)

COVID-19 Crisis Has Re-Ignited a Sense of Community, Charity and Personal Responsibility (Apr 22, 2020)

Coronavirus Pandemic and Economic Damage Ravaging America Are Twin Foes. We Must Defeat Both (Apr 13, 2020)

America Must Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic as a United "Civil Society" (Apr 8, 2020)

Why Economic Freedom Is Critical to Beating the Coronavirus Pandemic (Mar 25, 2020)

Trump’s Coronavirus National Emergency Declaration Helps Mobilize Nation (Mar 15, 2020)

U.S. Government and Politicians Must Unite to Fight the Coronavirus (Mar 11, 2020)

Commitment to HBCU Serves America (Mar 10, 2020)

The Far-Left’s Strategy to Control Your Community (Feb 26, 2020)

President Trump Keeps Promises to the "Forgotten Americans" (Feb 12, 2020)

Remembering Pro-Life Trailblazer Mildred Jefferson (Feb 4, 2020)

How the House’s Handling of the Trump Impeachment Hurts the American People (Jan 29, 2020)

Congress’ Personal Disdain for Trump Impedes National Security (Jan 15, 2020)

Pivotal Issues America Faces in 2020 (Jan 1, 2020)


The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Offers Freer Trade and More Jobs (Dec 18, 2019)

Caving to Bullies Over Religious Belief (Dec 4, 2019)

Finding Common Ground With Liberals at Thanksgiving (Nov 20, 2019)

Peace Through Strength (Nov 6, 2019)

Building a Movement to Stop "Democratic Socialism" (Oct 23, 2019)

Protecting Religious Liberty (Oct 10, 2019)

Washington Needs to Ensure the Prosperity of Future Generations (Oct 7, 2019)

Toward a Freer Trade Deal With Canada and Mexico (Sep 25, 2019)

Constitution Day Is Not Just Another Tuesday—It’s a Teachable Moment, America (Sep 18, 2019)

I Saw Our Federal Workforce Defy the Terrorists After 9/11 (Sep 11, 2019)

Our Colleges Need to Cultivate Critical Thinking, Scrap Radical Left Conformity (Sep 3, 2019)

Solutions for Baltimore Start With Civil Society, Not Government (Aug 28, 2019)

Defining the Principles of Conservatism (Aug 14, 2019)

Baltimore's Undeniable Truths—I Grew Up on Welfare. Here's What I Know (Aug 5, 2019)

When Britain and America Stand Together (Jul 31, 2019)

50 Years After Apollo 11 Moon Landing, America Is Once Again Asserting Leadership in Space (Jul 19, 2019)

The High Cost of "Free"College Tuition (Jul 18, 2019)

Americans Are the Real Casualties of the Trump-"Squad" Showdown (Jul 16, 2019)

A Nation Worth Lauding (Jul 3, 2019)

Green New Deal's Centralized Government Approach Won't Ensure A Cleaner Environment (Jul 2, 2019)

Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage (Jun 3, 2019)

I Wanted to Help Google Make AI More Responsible. I Was Treated With Hostility. (Apr 11, 2019)

Socialism Is Trending in America—Here’s What the Younger Generation Needs to Know (Apr 1, 2019)

Conservatives Want to Hear About New Success in 2019 State of the Union (Mar 26, 2019)

An Agenda for American Immigration Reform (Feb 20, 2019)

Happy Birthday, President Ronald Reagan—Your Legacy Is With Us, Even Today (Feb 7, 2019)

Gov. Northam, Step Down and Let the Healing Begin (Feb 2, 2019)

Congress Should Fix Wasteful Agriculture Policy in Farm Bill (Jan 29, 2019)

Parental Prerogative and School Choice (Jan 24, 2019)

Our Nation Is Not Yet Cleansed of Racism. Here’s What We Should Do. (Jan 21, 2019)


In France and the U.S., a Tale of 2 Energy Policies (Dec 6, 2018)

Our Federal Prisons House Thousands of Low-Level Offenders and America Must Do Better. Here's How (Dec 5, 2018)

Cultivating a Spirit of Gratitude (Nov 26, 2018)

We Thank Our Veterans for All They’ve Done (Nov 12, 2018)

Conservatives Will Keep Fighting for Solutions That Are Good for America (Nov 7, 2018)

The 2018 Midterms Matter—Don’t Let Others Determine the Outcome for You (Nov 5, 2018)

What Will It Take to Make America’s Military Great Again? (Oct 29, 2018)

Socialism vs. Capitalism: One Clear Winner (Oct 26, 2018)

America’s Armed Forces Are Putting Themselves at Greater Risk Than Ever—It’s Time We Do Better by Them (Oct 22, 2018)

Chinese Model Presents Many Pitfalls for African States (Sep 25, 2018)

The First Step in Welfare Reform Should Help American Families (Sep 19, 2018)

The End of World War II 73 Years Ago, Offers Us an Incredible Lesson Today (Sep 4, 2018)

Stoneman Douglas at Six Months (Aug 16, 2018)

Why a Nation in Turmoil Must Choose Civility (Aug 10, 2018)

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Has Proven that He’s Faithful to the Constitution (Aug 8, 2018)

Tax Cuts Only Help the Wealthy, Right? American Paychecks Show Otherwise (Jul 24, 2018)

Religion and American Civil Society (Jul 23, 2018)

Nikki Haley: A Profile in Courage (Jul 19, 2018)

The Right Choice for America (Jul 9, 2018)

Our Children Are at Risk (Jul 5, 2018)

A Workforce Worthy of America (Jun 25, 2018)

Demand the Ball (Jun 8, 2018)

Memorial Day Reminds Us That Our Freedom Didn’t Come Cheaply (May 29, 2018)

It’s Time to Make Congress Prove It Can Curb Its Out-of-Control Spending Habit (May 17, 2018)

10 Questions About School Safety (May 1, 2018)

Remembering Columbine, 19 Years Later (Apr 20, 2018)

Heritage Foundation President Remembers MLK (Apr 13, 2018)

Don’t Tax the Net (Mar 19, 2018)

Why We Must Be Bold on Welfare Reform (Mar 12, 2018)

This Black History Month, Let’s Take Back the Fight for Education Equality (Feb 20, 2018)

Let’s Make Washington Work Like We Do (Feb 16, 2018)

It’s Time for the Senate to Put Americans and Their Dreams First (Jan 25, 2018)