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  • Lecture posted November 23, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez Multiculturalism and the Fight for America’s National Identity

    2016 has been the year of national identity, not just in America, but throughout the industrialized West. Political entrepreneurs who have recognized the salience of this issue have experienced success—on the right and the left and on both sides of the Atlantic. In fact, many of our most insightful public intellectuals, from Samuel Huntington on the right to Arthur…

  • Issue Brief posted October 11, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez Congress Should Tell the OMB to Stop Dividing the Country

    On the first day of Congress’s recess, the Obama Administration recommended the most sweeping changes to the nation’s official racial and ethnic categories in decades.[1] The two most significant proposals were creating a new ethno/racial group for people who originate from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and taking from those who identify as Hispanic the option…

  • Issue Brief posted June 8, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez New White House Policy Promotes Ethnic Separation—Congress Should Reject It

    The Obama Administration last week unveiled new federal policy recommendations[1] that instruct states to support and encourage children to retain separate languages and cultural attachments. The policy was included in a joint policy statement[2] by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HHS). The Administration stresses that these are mere…

  • Commentary posted May 25, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez The Real Reason the Islamic State Successfully Recruits Fighters

    Which country has the highest percentage of its Muslim population fighting for the Islamic State as foreign recruits? Algeria? Afghanistan? Indonesia? Nope. Try Finland. No. 2 is Belgium, followed by Ireland and Sweden. What do these countries have in common, besides being European? They're wealthy, democratic and have high levels of education, health and income. They…

  • Commentary posted January 28, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez The Right Fight for One National Identity, Not Multiculturalism

    Barely a quarter century after their defeat of the Soviet Union and its international socialism, the U.S. and Europe are faced again with the national question. To wit, in the age of Islamist terrorism that knows no borders and migration patterns that threaten cohesion, can Western countries put the evil genie of multiculturalism back in the bottle and promote an…

  • Special Report posted January 8, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez Patriotic Assimilation Is an Indispensable Condition in a Land of Immigrants

    Executive Summary Patriotic assimilation is the bond that allows America to be a nation of immigrants. Without it, America either ceases to be a nation, becoming instead a hodgepodge of groups—or it becomes a nation that can no longer welcome immigrants. It cannot be both a unified nation and a place that welcomes immigrants without patriotic assimilation. Over the past…

  • Commentary posted December 21, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez One Year After Obama Recognized Their Dictator, Cuba's Dissidents Cry Foul

    It’s been a full year since President Obama announced he would recognize the dictatorship of Raul Castro, and the tally so far is grim. Cuba is further than ever from becoming a democracy where people enjoy normal civil liberties; it is in fact closer to becoming what China specialist have identified as a rival model, a “resilient authoritarian regime.” Just last week,…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez No New Strategies Were Delivered in Obama's Address on ISIS

    President Barack Obama clearly meant to convey the seriousness of the situation we currently face as a nation from the terrorist group known as the Islamic State (ISIS) by delivering his third address to the nation from the Oval Office Sunday night. The address, however, did not contain any new strategy, or any new ideas, about how to defeat a group that has in quick…

  • Commentary posted December 7, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez On Terrorism, President Obama Is Divorced from Reality

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair strode into Washington last week speaking urgently about the need to have a long-term strategy to defeat Islamist extremism on the ground as well as ideologically, with both superior military force and confident Western values. It was as if he were a visitor not from the UK but from another planet. Washington is not exactly…

  • Commentary posted December 1, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Belgium's Divisions Played A Role In The Paris Massacre

    Belgium is a lovely country. Flanders, in the north, has some of the prettiest towns in Europe. Wallonia, to the south, has lush forests and picturesque valleys. This partition, alas, also comes with an ethno-linguistic segregation that has torn Belgium apart and may have even helped make it an epicenter of terrorism. Americans take heed. News that Belgium is in its…

  • Commentary posted November 5, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Chinese Censorship: Coming To A Radio Near You

    China’s drive to influence how Americans think—and, by extension, U.S. policy—takes many forms. Beijing has sought to buy its way into our top universities and biggest Hollywood studios, for example. Now it appears that China is also surreptitiously taking over U.S. radio stations to spread its own propaganda. In fact, with radio, China has acted so stealthily that…

  • Commentary posted September 22, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Our War Against Terrorism Is A Battle Of Ideas

    Syria’s raging civil war has transfixed the West’s collective consciousness two summers in a row; last summer with ISIS’s unspeakable barbarity and in 2015 by unleashing a refugee crisis on Europe. Those searching for solutions would do well to take a comprehensive approach. Yes, better military options are needed in the Middle East. But in the current struggle with…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez American Heroes On French Train Symbolize Atlantic Alliance

    Symbols matter, especially in relations between states. When Americans Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler—joined by Briton Chris Norman—stopped an Islamist terrorist attack in a French train last week, it should have reminded Europe that the Atlantic Alliance is still a bedrock need. Most of the world knows well by now what the four accomplished last…

  • Commentary posted August 6, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Obama's True Legacy: Propping Up Dictators

    By praising Ethiopia’s repressive regime for being “democratically elected” last week, President Obama was driving home once again something that should be abundantly clear by now: His administration marks a radical departure from previous ones when it comes to democracy promotion. On the contrary, the Obama legacy will be one of propping up dictatorial regimes around…

  • Commentary posted July 16, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Bad Deals With Iran, Cuba -- And Their Human Rights Records Are Worse

    First Cuba. Now Iran. It can be painful watching President Obama strike deals with some of the world’s most odious regimes. But as the spotlight of misguided diplomacy shines on these pariah states, it gives those who actually care about human rights a chance to educate onlookers about what life is really like for those beneath the boots of the Castros and the…