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  • 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…

  • Commentary posted July 2, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Spain's Podemos Could Make Greece Look Like Child's Play

    Sick of what Greece is doing to your 401(k)? Well, there’s a bigger threat looming in the form of a far leftist movement in a larger Mediterranean country. Spain’s Podemos party has just taken over the country’s biggest cities. Oh, and it really doesn’t care about your capitalist savings. Podemos, or “We Can” in Spanish—one of its regional affiliates is actually called…

  • Issue Brief posted July 1, 2015 by Salim Furth, Ph.D., James M. Roberts, Mike Gonzalez, Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Puerto Rico Needs Economic Freedom, Not Bailouts

    Puerto Rico is in a debt crisis, and Governor Alejandro García Padilla (D) has announced that “the debt is not payable” given the commonwealth’s large deficits and collapsing economy.[1] Presenting a government-commissioned report, economist Anne Krueger explained that the origin of Puerto Rico’s debt is decades of stimulus spending and economic stagnation: Since 1996,…

  • Commentary posted June 18, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Europe's Struggles With Multiculturalism Can Teach America Lessons

    Watching Europeans grapple with multiculturalism as they attempt to stem the growth of Islamist ideology at home can be instructive. It may even convince U.S. leaders of the wisdom of once again assimilating immigrants to a unique American culture and set of national principles. In Germany, one of the most controversial aspects of multiculturalism, granting different…

  • Commentary posted June 8, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Burma Is A Bad Omen For Hopes Of Change In Cuba

    Cubans beware: President Obama thinks that his Burma policy is a success and of a piece with his approach to Havana. Burma and Cuba are half the world apart and couldn’t be more different. The first is Asian, mostly Buddhist but with a beleaguered Muslim minority, and has a population of 50 million. Cuba is in the Caribbean, mainly Catholic but with syncretic,…

  • Commentary posted May 21, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Why a spirited, moral defense of human rights overseas is in our national interest

    Two little-known bills in Congress—one on world press freedom, the other on Hong Kong—seek to reassert the idea that a moral defense of human rights overseas is in U.S. national interests. It’s a concept worthy of a full airing over the next 18 months as candidates of both parties seek the presidency. One of the bills is sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R – Fla.), who…

  • Commentary posted May 1, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez What Are The Real Goals Of The White House’s Task Force On New Americans?

    When it comes to assimilating immigrants, the Obama administration appears to have drawn a line under the day the president first took office and forgotten much that came before it. That’s a pity, as the country had learned a thing or two about acculturating immigrants since the first German Mennonites and Pietists settled in colonial Pennsylvania in the 1680s and…

  • Issue Brief posted April 28, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez The Task Force on New Americans: Congress Must Examine the Federal Strategic Action Plan

    President Barack Obama’s belief that immigrants are creating a “hodgepodge” nation—and that this will make it more difficult for conservatives to promote their policies—is well documented.[1] The continuation of the American form of self-government depends, however, on successive surges of immigrants absorbing America’s civic culture, national identity, and sense of…

  • Commentary posted April 3, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Why Latino ‘leaders’ reject Ted Cruz

    Ted Cruz’s official campaign isn’t even two weeks old, and already it’s done the nation a favor — by highlighting the duplicity of the “multicultural” left and what it is really after. Ever since Cruz announced his candidacy for president, “Latino leaders” have been stepping all over themselves to declare that not only does he not speak for Hispanics (something only they…

  • Commentary posted March 9, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez No, History Doesn’t Support President Obama’s View Of Immigration

    For days now, President Obama has trotted out a new line regarding his executive action on immigration: It’s supported not just by the law but by something more majestic… history! Last week in Florida, he confidently repeated the point to MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart: “We’re going to be as aggressive as we can, because not only do we know that the law’s on our side, but…

  • Backgrounder posted February 5, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez China’s Public Opinion Warfare: How Our Culture Industry Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the PRC

    On December 19, 2014, President Barack Obama took Sony Pictures to task for bowing to North Korean threats and withholding the release of the movie The Interview. Among other things, the President said: We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of…

  • Commentary posted January 13, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Cuban Dissidents’ Choices

    There are many different shades of shame in President Obama’s decision to recognize Cuba’s unelected military dictatorship, starting of course in the Oval Office, where the plan was hatched. But certainly one of the most disgraceful things happening is the treatment being meted out to the long-suffering dissidents of that poor island by what passes for polite society in…

  • Commentary posted January 12, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Cuba policy change is good for terrorists and crony capitalists

    President Obama’s change of policy on Cuba looks worse with every passing day. Remember the 53 political prisoners that Mr. Obama promised would be released? Three weeks later, the State Department could not confirm even one had been let out of prison. That became abundantly clear during an awkward, five-minute standoff between State Department spokeswoman Jane Psaki and…

  • Commentary posted December 22, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez President Obama Didn’t Tell The Whole Story About Cuba

    Why did President Obama go for broke on Cuba, announcing the United States would normalize relations with that repressive regime? The answer appears in his statement to the nation. There, the president not only made clear that this change has been on his bucket list for some time, but also that his knowledge of Cuba comes straight out of the international Left’s…