• 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...

  • Europe’s War on Free Speech

    Europe’s War on Free Speech

    Any American who ever questions whether the First Amendment is vital to protect free speech should just cast a glance across the Atlantic. Europeans share the same values we do–indeed our concept of rights derives from European philosophers–and yet they often adopt misguided laws that circumscribe freedom of expression.

    The latest blunder comes courtesy of Poland, which is in the midst of passing one of the silliest laws ever devised. President Andrzej Duda signed a law Tuesday that makes it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in Nazi crimes, including the Holocaust. READ MORE...

  • With Census Move, Trump Administration Strikes a Blow Against Identity Politics

    With Census Move, Trump Administration Strikes a Blow Against Identity Politics

    Americans who are sick of identity politics and yearn for a return to the unifying notion of E Pluribus Unum will cheer the Census Bureau’s recent move to reject changes to the decennial survey that were proposed by the Obama administration.

    Briefly put, the Obama administration had proposed artificially creating yet another pan-ethnic grouping, for Americans of Middle East and North African descent. The administration also proposed reducing the choices of Americans of Latin American or Caribbean descent (the bureaucratically invented pan-ethnic group the Census calls “Hispanics”) to identify themselves by a real race (such as black or white). READ MORE...