Magazine | July 9, 2012, Issue

Letters

Questionable Questions

I was surprised to notice that, in the June 11 issue of NR, The Week touted the necessity of the American Community Survey. This survey is unconstitutional.

Yes, according to the federal courts, the Census Bureau may ask questions on its decennial survey that go beyond a mere enumeration of the individuals in the United States, as long as those questions asked are necessary and proper for the performance of the government’s obligations. But the American Community Survey is distinct and separate from the decennial census that the Constitution authorizes. First, the American Community Survey is taken every year, while the law requires the U.S. Census to be taken every ten years. And second, the ACS is barred from being used for reapportionment, which is the purpose of the U.S. Census as outlined in the Constitution.

Failure to respond to this survey can result in serious fines. NR should not have endorsed this unconstitutional imposition on citizens’ privacy.

Philip L. Cochran IV

Phoenix, Ariz.

Trouble in Tomorrowland

Charles C. W. Cooke seems to have stumbled over an incident having to do with a famous writer.

In “Back to Tomorrowland” (May 28), Mr. Cooke recounts the story of an “unfortunate employee” who was fired on his first day at Disney when he was overheard joking about making a pornographic animated film. That “unfortunate employee” was none other than the much-awarded Harlan Ellison, a writer a good number of your readers and staff should be familiar with. He has written across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and nonfiction. He has also written for the movies, television, and comics. Mr. Ellison told the story of his firing in Stalking the Nightmare.

Henry Cooper

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Articles

Politics & Policy

The Immigration Proclamation

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Politics & Policy

Stepping in It

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Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The 51st Star

William F. Buckley Jr. said of Jeane Kirkpatrick, “She ought to be woven into the flag as the 51st star.” When I was introduced to Kirkpatrick, I quoted this remark. ...
Politics & Policy

America’s Iliad

Every generation christens its own favored Civil War book, almost by clockwork. Twenty-five years ago, James McPherson brought forth his richly awarded and eminently readable Battle Cry of Freedom, just ...
Politics & Policy

Still Guilty

It is unlikely that we ever will have a proper reckoning of the American Left’s culpability in the worldwide Communist enterprise — the gulags and laogai, the Stasi, the Holodomor, ...

Sections

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Letters

Questionable Questions I was surprised to notice that, in the June 11 issue of NR, The Week touted the necessity of the American Community Survey. This survey is unconstitutional. Yes, according to ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Not that those work permits are going to be of much use . . . ‐ During a press conference, President Obama said that the private sector was “doing fine.” ...
The Long View

Bethesda Mental Health Clinic

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Athwart

Uncle Sam Meets Aunt Jemima

The Voyager spacecraft has reached the edge of the solar system, and is now poised to become an undocumented resident of the galaxy beyond. Impressive! It contains a record that ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

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Happy Warrior

Mr. Powell and His Peers

‘All political lives,” said the British politician Enoch Powell many years ago, “unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the ...

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Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More
Elections

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More
U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More