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
Via e-mail

July 9, 2012    |     Volume LXIV, No. 13

  • President Obama may not ignore laws he dislikes.
  • Voters should hold the administration accountable for its dangerous disclosures.
  • Why Mitt Romney should run against our 43rd president.
  • Pennsylvania is a Democratic state, but Romney could win it.
  • Three myths about the beating that changed the world.
  • Does technology make a post-bulls**t world possible — or desirable?
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Jay Nordlinger reviews Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick, by Peter Collier.
  • Tracy Lee Simons reviews Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, by Allen C. Guelzo.
  • Kevin D. Williamson reviews Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason, by Christina Shelton.
  • Florence King reviews Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake: A Memoir, by Anna Quindlen.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Prometheus.
  • Richard Brookhiser considers the sidewalk shed.
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Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .