Freedom

A Republic, if we can keep our TV shows

Featured image When Scotland was getting set to vote on whether to leave Great Britain, “stay” supporters raised the specter that an exit might mean loss of access to popular BBC television series. The “leave” movement took pains to assure Scots they would still be able to watch such shows as EastEnders, Doctor Who, and Strictly Come Dancing. Scotland voted to stay, so we never found out whether an independent Scotland would »

Free speech make way; here comes Obama-style regionalism

Featured image We have written about how “regionalism” and its handmaiden “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) are, in effect, an attempt by the left to dictate the way Americans will live. Now, we see that they also entail an attempt to tell elected officials what they must say. This has become apparent from efforts to muzzle Westchester Country Executive Rob Astorino. Westchester County, New York is ground zero in the left’s push »

Obama on freedom vs. totalitarianism — whatever works

Featured image President Obama didn’t just tango during his visit to Argentina. He also addressed a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative meeting. During his remarks, Obama stumbled through an embarrassing discourse on “capitalism vs. communism.” The would-be leader of what used to be called the Free World treated the issue as just another false choice, sort of the way he used to speak of Red States and Blue States before he »

Dubuque isn’t liking AFFH; neither will the rest of America

Featured image I wrote here about how the federal government, pursuant to its Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) agenda, is forcing the city of Dubuque, Iowa to provide low-income housing to residents of Chicago. As in almost all of my writing about AFFH, I relied on the reporting of my friend Stanley Kurtz. In response to Kurtz’s article, Dubuque’s city manager stated that the article is “not an accurate representation of Dubuque’s »

AFFH-world comes to Iowa

Featured image In discussing the radical implications of President Obama’s “Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing” rule (AFFH), I typically point to what happened in Westchester County, New York as a sneak preview. But Stanley Kurtz directs our attention to an even more chilling example — Dubuque, Iowa. In Westchester County, Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development forced the local government to build low-income housing in an upscale community and to encourage people »

Local resistance: the next move in blocking AFFH

Featured image Readers may recall that last year, the House passed the Gosar Amendment that would have defunded President Obama’s “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH) rule. Unfortunately, Speaker Paul Ryan abandoned the Gosar Amendment during the negotiations over the Omnibus spending bill. Team Ryan loves to blame John Boehner for the disastrous Omnibus. But the Boehner-led House passed the Gosar Amendment. It was Speaker Ryan who gave it away, leaving us with »

Germany cracks down on speech by citizens enraged over its immigration policy

Featured image During my time at law school, I had to good fortune to study under a great scholar of the Constitution, rather than, say, a glib community organizer. That scholar was Gerald Gunther. Gunther was born in Germany in 1927. His Jewish family had deep roots in Germany, and Gunther said they were reluctant to leave even as the Nazi government increasingly oppressed Jews. Young Gunther, unaffected by tradition, had no »

What did mistletoe do to Cornell?

Featured image Steve wrote here about the “best practice” guidelines for December holiday parties issued by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Now, Cornell University has extended this ridiculous mindset beyond the realm of community events like parties to private decisions by students and faculty members about what decorations to display. Blake Neff of the Daily Caller reports: The guidelines are buried inside a Cornell »

Obama-Lynch DOJ to crack down on school “bullying” and political speech

Featured image Attorney General Loretta Lynch has urged the parents of Muslim parents to contact the Justice Department and the Department of Education if their children are bullied at school. She did so in a speech before a Muslim advocacy group. In the same appearance, Lynch threatened to crack down on “anti-Muslim rhetoric.” To be more precise, she threatened to broaden an existing crackdown. Lynch stated: Where we do see anti-Muslim rhetoric »

Senator Cotton addresses the Federalist Society

Featured image Our friend Sen. Tom Cotton had the honor of delivering the Barbara Olson memorial lecture at this year’s Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention. Barbara Olson is the distinguished the lawyer, author, and commentator who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Here is the text of Senator Cotton’s address: Thank you very much for the kind introduction, and the warm welcome. It’s always an honor to speak to the Federalist Society. »

Behind the left’s selective treatment of tragic violence

Featured image Yesterday, John and I wrote about suggestions that harsh criticism of Planned Parenthood is to blame for the attack on a PP facility in Colorado. Pointing to the attack on the Family Research Council two years ago, I noted the selective nature of this type of argument. Jim Geraghty has compiled a thorough history (complete with links, a few of which I have omitted) of the double standard at work »

At the inaugural disinvitation dinner

Featured image Last week on April 15 the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale inaugurated its annual Disinvitation Dinner. The Buckley Program has written a new chapter in how to take a lemon and make a lemonade. Some kind of congratulations are in order. Its online site is located here. The Disinvitation Dinner was a black-tie affair at the Pierre Hotel in New York. Buckley Program chairman Roger Kimball introduced keynote »

In what sense are we “Charlie”?

Featured image Charlie Hebdo is a disgusting publication. Take away the crude sex and the over-the-top hostility to religion, and we are left with very little. In what sense, then, are we Charlie? We are Charlie in the important sense that Islamists want to kill us whether or not we express crude anti-Muslim sentiments. And we are Charlie because we flourish under, and should insist upon, the regime of freedom that permits »

Hillary Clinton n’est pas Charlie

Featured image John McCormack of the Weekly Standard notes that Hillary Clinton has not commented about the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris that occurred more than week ago. Why hasn’t she? McCormack believes Clinton has remained silent because of her past failure to defend free speech in the face of Islamist violence. I believe McCormack is right. Clinton’s deplorable record on the issue is undeniable. McCormack reminds us: Three days after the »

Gay marriage vs. religious freedom, the latest installment

Featured image Two ordained ministers, a husband and wife, who perform marriage ceremonies but oppose gay marriage reportedly face a 180-day jail term and a $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate a same-sex wedding. The ministers operate a chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The city has an ordinance that prohibits discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, in public accommodations. Recently, the ministers turned down a gay couple’s »

Michelle Obama event “creeps out” veteran reporter

Featured image Meg Kissinger, a veteran reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was assigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech in Milwaukee on behalf of Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin. As she has done for the past 35 years, Kissinger tried to talk to people in the crowd. She was not allowed to do so. Kissinger stated on her Facebook page: Assigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech today and »