• Pompeo Is Right on Sovereignty. His Council on Foreign Relations Critic Is Wrong.

    Pompeo Is Right on Sovereignty. His Council on Foreign Relations Critic Is Wrong.

    Stewart Patrick of the Council on Foreign Relations didn’t much like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s sovereignist speech on Dec. 4, and he lets you know it.

    In a rant titled “Tilting at Straw Men,” he faults Pompeo for being “disingenuous,” “selective and tendentious,” and “gratuitously” aggressive.

    It all came in a blog at the Council on Foreign Relations’ site, and leaves one wondering if anyone edits these things. Some wizened old hand could have looked up from his green eyeshades and suggested, “Stewart, do calm down. Are you not just disagreeing with the man, and guilty of these charges yourself?” READ MORE...

  • How Censorship by Facebook Reinforces This Writer’s Point on Liberals’ Intolerance

    How Censorship by Facebook Reinforces This Writer’s Point on Liberals’ Intolerance

    Less than a third of the way into his upcoming book on nationalism, Israeli philosopher and scholar Yoram Hazony warns about the growing censorship constricting debate in Western societies when the opinion in question runs counter to the views of politically correct liberalism.

    Facebook wasted no time in making his case for him.

    “There is a sense today throughout the Western world that one’s beliefs on controversial matters should no longer be discussed openly,” Hazony writes in “The Virtue of Nationalism,” to be published by Basic Books in September, adding: READ MORE...

  • Census Bureau Has Been Co-Opted by Leftist Ideologues

    Census Bureau Has Been Co-Opted by Leftist Ideologues

    “Are you an American or not?”

    It’s a simple question, one that every U.S. census should include, especially when the survey already contains nonsensical and intrusive inquiries into one’s ethnic DNA composition and whether one co-habits with someone of the opposite sex or one’s own.

    Whether you are a citizen or not is a valid question in a civic-minded constitutional democracy. Whether your parents are ethnic Chinese born in Peru or you are a nonpracticing heterosexual, not so much.

    And yet, the inclusion of a citizenship question and other changes rightly being made by the Trump administration to the 2020 census caused a lamentably predictable furor on Thursday, at the first day of the spring 2018 meeting of the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. READ MORE...

  • Time for Trump’s Choice, Not Obama’s, to Run Our Global Broadcasting

    Time for Trump’s Choice, Not Obama’s, to Run Our Global Broadcasting

    If war is the continuation of diplomacy by other means, public diplomacy is a theater where states use ideas instead of ordnance.

    But in this important battlefield, the U.S. is not currently fighting with generals chosen by the commander in chief elected by the American people in 2016. The ideas are still being shaped by officials picked by President Barack Obama, not President Donald Trump.

    All of this may be about to change now that the White House has announced its intention to nominate Michael Pack to replace Obama appointee John Lansing as head of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency in charge of broadcasting operations in support of freedom around the world. READ MORE...

  • Hungary’s Experiment Could Rebuild a Sense of Nation in Europe

    Hungary’s Experiment Could Rebuild a Sense of Nation in Europe

    Hungary’s maverick prime minister, Viktor Orban, is once again stirring the pot of goulash.

    Four years ago, Orban gave his critics ammunition when he said he was constructing an “illiberal democracy.” This month he doubled down, declaring liberal democracy dead and urging other European leaders to stop trying to revive the corpse.

    Instead, Orban exhorted them to get busy invoking a new democracy based on Christian principles.

    “Liberal democracy is no longer able to protect people’s dignity, provide freedom, guarantee physical security or maintain Christian culture,” he said in Hungary’s parliament earlier this month. “Some in Europe are still tinkering with it, because they believe that they can repair it, but they fail to understand that it is not the structure that is defective: The world has changed.” READ MORE...

  • What Trump Should Say on Cinco de Mayo  

    What Trump Should Say on Cinco de Mayo  

    President Donald Trump is famously difficult to write speeches for, and his relationship with Mexican-Americans has been strained by comments made, so any speechwriter crafting an address for Cinco de Mayo would have a challenge. Having worn this hat at the State Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission during the George W. Bush administration, this is the advice I’d give him:

    Dear Mr. President,

    First, be yourself. Authenticity has been good to you and your numbers are climbing nicely. READ MORE...

  • Why the US Must Befriend Hungary’s Populist Leader

    Why the US Must Befriend Hungary’s Populist Leader

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a convincing majority in Sunday’s parliamentary election. Even the day before the election, The Guardian was all too pleased to showcase the left’s apoplexy by running the headline “Hungary’s war on democracy is a war on democracy everywhere.”

    This has it exactly backward, of course. Liberals may have a thousand reasons not to like Orban, but their beef is with the Hungarian electorate, which keeps re-electing him democratically by ever-increasing numbers. READ MORE...