“The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general.” —James Madison (1794)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
“If we want everyone in the world to have access to all the opportunities that come with the Internet, we need to keep the Internet free and open.”
So said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
On July 12, 2017.
How times have changed. Zuck and his fellow Big Tech oligarchs have long since renounced their belief in a “free and open” Internet, throwing in instead with the cowards and tyrants who use their power to censor and deplatform those with whom they disagree.
Take Parler, for example. We challenge any red-blooded, Liberty-loving American to visit the company’s now-pathetic home page and read the posts from CEO John Matze, Senator Rand Paul, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and the platform’s part-owner Dan Bongino and come away with anything but a sense that Big Tech is evil.
Rachel Bovard, writing in American Consequences, rightly sees Big Tech as a cabal of “mega-corporations capable of distorting speech, thought, and behavior — not to mention privacy and data property rights — on an international scale, exerting unprecedented levels of influence over billions of people.” She says it’s “a growing threat from mega-corporate power that rivals — and in some cases, arguably supersedes — that of the government.”
Those who love the marketplace of ideas and our Constitution’s First Amendment have certainly been bloodied, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over. It just means we need to dispense with our naïve belief that Big Tech is fundamentally decent; that its oligarchs are in any way committed to the “free and open” Internet they championed back in 2017.
As Allysia Finley writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Big tech companies today more closely resemble the old telephone monopolies that Congress sought to regulate as common carriers in 1930s than broadband providers do. They have used their market power to suppress speech and competitors, even while pretending to defend an ‘open and free Internet.’ … Democratic states including California and Washington have since imposed their own net-neutrality policies. Which leads to an idea: While Republicans now have little clout in Washington, those in Florida or Texas might consider imposing their own neutrality rules on Big Tech.”
Finally. A punch thrown in anger.
Bovard, too, can throw a punch. She sees Big Tech companies as monopolistic, and she proposes breaking them up. She also notes that this interventionist approach isn’t necessarily at odds with conservative and libertarian thought. “Generations of classical liberal and libertarian-minded thinkers,” she writes, “have understood that when left unchecked, both democracy and capitalism can be susceptible to tyranny — the former to tyranny of the majority, the latter to tyranny of monopoly or cartels.”
Unfortunately, those in government with any inclination to rein in Big Tech have no power to do so. Senator Josh Hawley, for example, can lead by denunciation — but little else. As he wrote recently in a New York Post op-ed, “The cancel culture agenda will only succeed if we let it. We need live in fear only if we choose to say nothing. In this time of testing, conservatives must not shrink back. We need to stand up for the right of every American to be heard. We need to stand up for the basic principles that join all Americans together — the right to speak freely, to debate openly, and to address our differences graciously without fear of being silenced or punished for dissenting views.”
Hawley is right, of course, but again: He’s a senator. As John Hinderaker points out, the states are better equipped to punch back at Big Tech. “The solution,” he writes, “is to work through the states. There are plenty of states controlled by conservatives — or at least people who believe in free speech — to make this happen. In my opinion, if a critical mass of states, say 10 or 15, enact such legislation, authorizing substantial statutory damages for each violation along with attorneys’ fees, the social media platforms will have no choice but to stop suppressing conservative voices.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis would seem to be on board, and his state is acting accordingly. One feature of a pending Florida bill: It bars social media platforms from deplatforming political candidates during an election campaign, with substantial fines.
As The Daily Wire reports, “[He] blasted the mainstream media and Big Tech for their suppression of the Hunter Biden story while claims were made that the story was based on ‘hacked information.’ DeSantis fired, ‘You’re trying to tell me if there was hacked information that could damage me you guys wouldn’t print it? Give me a break. You can whiz on my leg, but don’t tell me it’s raining.’”
Thanks, governor, for the quote of the week.
The biggest headline hitting business news yesterday was the announcement that tech centibillionaire Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and one of the billionaire archenemies of Liberty, was stepping down from running the company he started out of his garage back in 1994. Bezos isn’t leaving Amazon entirely but is transitioning to the role of executive chairman. At age 57, the world’s second-wealthiest man plans to spend more time focusing on his other ventures, which include a space exploration company called Blue Origin and The Washington Post, as well his philanthropic endeavors.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden and the Democrats are loudly pushing the boondoggle of a $15 per hour minimum wage as part of their larded-up $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. What does this have to do with Bezos? Well, one of the biggest advocates of the $15 minimum wage has been Amazon. Ironically, Bezos only ensured that Amazon met that wage threshold with its nearly one million employees just two years ago.
The ugly truth is that Bezos’s motives are far from altruistic. Rather, they are the cold and greedy calculations of a massive power-hungry corporation seeking to squelch competition. The $15 minimum wage most impacts the small businesses that employ millions of low-income American workers, while Amazon’s biggest competitors like Walmart or Target will hardly be impacted. Bezos knows this, as he was once that little guy, starting a small book-selling business out of his garage.
However, with Amazon now worth over $1.6 trillion, Bezos touts the Democrats’ economy-chilling minimum wage, as it will only work to further secure his own elitist status. If Bezos was really so concerned about ensuring that American workers are fairly compensated with a “livable wage,” then why wasn’t he seeking to pay his own employees not merely the minimum wage but a maximum wage? Evidently, for Bezos and his ilk, it’s better to look or sound good than to be good.
Democrats, of course, are merely interested in votes. They’re the ones who want to pay workers more, not those stingy Republicans, you see. The dirty little secret is, again, that the real minimum wage is $0, which is what people without jobs will earn when small businesses can’t afford to hire them. And that doesn’t bother Democrats or Jeff Bezos in the slightest.
“We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” —Joe Biden, October 2020
Arguably at no time in living memory has there been less faith in the American electoral system than today. Three months after the 2020 presidential election, and weeks after Biden’s inauguration under a phony banner of “unity,” a strong plurality of Americans believe he is not the legitimate president.
An early December poll released by Quinnipiac found 77% of Republicans and 35% of independents believe there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 elections. More than a third (34%) of registered voters believe Biden’s win was illegitimate, a result very similar to the findings of a Politico survey.
It doesn’t help that the same Democrat Party that spent four years claiming President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory was the result of Russian interference, and for the last year warned Russia was rigging the 2020 election for Trump again, have suddenly declared there is not one iota of evidence of election fraud now that Biden has been declared the victor and installed in the White House.
But such a cynical and convenient about-face doesn’t wash with non-Democrat voters, who are deeply disturbed by clear evidence of widespread voter fraud and election manipulation.
Moreover, as political analyst John Hinderaker correctly notes, “The Democrats like voter fraud. That has been true for a long time. In 2020, they saw how helpful to their cause lax voting procedures, that both enable fraud and make it hard if not impossible to prove, can be. They will fight tooth and nail to preserve their fraud advantage in future elections. All of which could make the bitterness over last year’s election a mild preview of things to come.”
And therein lies the problem. The decisive voter fraud in 2020 was not to be found in sensational stories like Dominion voting machines (which top Democrats expressed concerns over in 2019) switching votes from Trump to Biden. Rather, it’s to be found in the much more mundane but devastating efforts by Democrats to overwhelm the system with unverifiable ballots through a strategy of bulk-mail balloting and ballot harvesting.
Using the pretense of the COVID-19 pandemic, Democrat governors and secretaries of state in key states ignored election law and engaged in the mass mailing of ballots, rendering the desired results.
Over 40% (65 million) of the ballots cast in the 2020 election were cast by mail, a vast increase from previous years. Yet we’re supposed to believe that each of these ballots had the voter’s signature verified by election workers to make sure the vote was legally cast and that, despite the massive increase in mail-in ballots, the dramatic decrease in rejected ballots is no cause for concern.
In order to restore lost faith in the American electoral system, Republicans in state legislatures across the U.S. are already working on legislation to tighten up ballot security and voter verification.
Though just weeks into the states’ legislative sessions, Republicans have introduced triple the number of bills to secure the voting process compared to last year — 106 bills in 28 states so far — including Texas, Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, which found themselves in the center of the post-election storm.
In Georgia, proposals for ending no-excuse absentee voting have been floated, as well as a photo ID requirement for voting outside of voting precincts. Voters would be required to show photo ID both when requesting the absentee ballot and when returning it.
It is no coincidence that the biggest states where no voter ID is required — California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Oregon, and North Carolina — have been dominated by Democrats. North Carolina is the only state in that list won by Trump in 2020.
In Georgia, dominated by Republicans for the last two decades, failed Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams has run a relentless campaign to weaken election laws over the last decade, culminating in Georgia’s electors going for a Democrat for the first time since 1992 and the loss of both Republican-held U.S. Senate seats.
In fact, after registering 115,000 new Democrat voters between the November election and the January runoffs in Georgia, Abrams openly bragged about decimating the state’s signature-verification requirement.
This is the same Abrams who previously flooded Georgia’s secretary of state with tens of thousands of fraudulent voter applications while smugly insisting, “[The law] requires that we turn in all application forms we collect, regardless of concerns over validity. It’s the job of the secretary of state to determine the status of the applications.”
Of course, when thousands of these applications were rightly rejected, Abrams cynically screamed “racism.”
Because requiring a photo ID to vote is racist, but requiring a photo ID to attend the Democrat National Convention or the NAACP national conference or to visit Biden at the White House is not racist. Many black voters think this claim is ridiculous.
Democrats are not through with their efforts to make voter fraud systemic though. Not by a long shot.
House Democrats under Pelosi introduced HR 1, the grossly misnamed “For the People Act of 2021.” This monstrosity would federalize election law in violation of the U.S. Constitution (which gives that power to the states), and it would, among other things, prohibit states from requiring photo ID from voters.
This will set up a constitutional showdown between Republican states tightening election laws and a Democrat-controlled Congress seeking to treat legal and illegal voters the same.
President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments are looking pretty good right about now.
“If you can’t get the votes … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.” —Joe Biden in October
In his first 10 days, Joe Biden carpet-bombed America with 25 executive orders. And he isn’t done, signing three more on Tuesday, all related to immigration.
“There’s a lot of talk, with good reason, about the number of executive orders that I have signed,” Biden said. “I’m not making new law. I’m eliminating bad policy.”
The first immigration order is titled “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans.” Unfortunately, almost every one of those words is exactly the opposite of what Biden’s policy will be. Biden and the Democrats are utterly undermining our legal immigration system by treating illegals with such favor. Why wait in line and do it the right way when you can skip all that rigamarole and get amnesty, with taxpayer benefits along the way?
As for “integration and inclusion,” America was once a melting pot, but that’s now considered xenophobic and white supremacist. Almost everyone wants the kinds of immigrants Biden’s order praises — hard-working entrepreneurs who fuel our economy and build our country. But we want them to become Americans, both legally (by following the law) and culturally. Democrats instead want to solidify cultural divides for their own political advantage.
His second order is enormous in scope, but fairly specific in impact. Titled “Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, to Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and to Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border,” the key components are twofold: directing U.S. engagement with nations to our south that generate the vast majority of migrants, and rescinding President Donald Trump’s asylum policy.
Stopping the flow would help, if that’s what Biden’s efforts would really do. The Department of Homeland Security doesn’t have the capacity to quarter every immigrant seeking asylum, so most were simply released into the country until their case could be adjudicated. Trump stopped all that. Biden will restart it with his newly confirmed DHS secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas.
Biden’s third order is titled, “The Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families.” That’s almost self-explanatory; it’s focused on reuniting families separated by the Trump administration in holding facilities.
The Left mischaracterizes Trump’s policy as “immoral” and “cruel,” but there’s a wrinkle in the narrative: Many of the children separated from their parents were separated long before they were trafficked across the border. Why? Because their parents are using their kids to get here themselves, which the Biden administration tacitly acknowledged … and offered to assist. The Washington Examiner reports, “[White House Press Secretary Jen] Psaki told reporters cases would be assessed individually, but she suggested some deported parents could be brought back to the U.S. and given legal status to stay in the country.”
The Biden-Harris immigration plan is one that puts illegals first, to the detriment of legal immigrants and American citizens. That isn’t compassionate or humane, as the administration keeps insisting; it’s lawless and unfair, and the nation will pay the price.
First of all, let’s disabuse ourselves of the notion that the Keystone XL pipeline was merely about getting oil from A to B. It wasn’t. Keystone was about opportunities, dreams, jobs, and lives. It was about real people. It was also about the ennobling nature of work, and especially hard work — and all this is why Beltway elitists like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and John Kerry and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could so blithely shut it down.
Just the stroke of a pen. That’s all it took.
A brief history: The 1,700-mile Keystone pipeline was first proposed in 2008 during the George W. Bush administration. When completed, it was expected to carry some 800,000 barrels of oil per day from the oil sands of the western Canadian province of Alberta to the Bakken formation spanning eastern Montana and western North Dakota, where it would be mixed with American light crude and then sent southward to our refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Predictably, the pipeline was rejected by the Obama administration, but the project was revived by President Donald Trump, who clearly understood the wisdom of energy independence — and the wisdom of not sending billions of American dollars every year to countries that hate us.
On his very first day in office, though, ol’ Scranton Joe Biden signed an executive order halting construction of the pipeline by revoking its permit. It was premeditated, and it immediately killed 1,000 real, tangible, rewarding jobs — most of them union jobs. (So much for the Democrats being the party of labor.) It was also part of a wealth-redistribution scheme that The Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti dubbed the blue-state clawback.
“The alternative energy sector overwhelmingly favors Democrats,” Continetti writes, no doubt remembering the $535 million in taxpayer dollars blown by Barack Obama on the scam known as Solyndra. “Its political investments have paid off. The old-style extractive industries, mainly based in GOP strongholds, will suffer. In some cases they are targeted for extinction. The knock-on effects are serious. ‘Wyoming state superintendent Jillian Balow notes that her state depends on some $150 million a year in oil and gas federal royalties to fund K-12 schools,’ says the Wall Street Journal editorial board.”
But, again, behind the revenues are the people — people like Laurie Cox, for example. She owns the old Stroppel Hotel in Midland, South Dakota, a place that many of these Keystone workers have come to call home. As the Washington Examiner’s Barnini Chakraborty reports, “Over the months, Cox had become somewhat of a den mother to the pipeline workers … staying at her hotel. She made them food, ran errands, and even drove two hours to get them groceries while they were at work. In a few months, they have become family. So it was especially hard that two hours after Biden was sworn in, her ‘family’ was about to be ripped apart. The pipeline workers she affectionately called ‘her guys’ returned to the hotel. Their faces were forlorn, and they had already started wondering where they’d get their next paycheck. ‘I tried to choke back my tears because they were still packing up, and their families still had to be told, and the last thing they needed was an innkeeper sitting here crying on them.’”
Gaylord Lincoln, a semiretired mechanic and a fellow South Dakotan, wasn’t holding back. “Come down here,” he challenged the Biden administration. “See the destruction you caused. See the pain of job loss. You took our chance to have a decent life with a stroke of the pen. It’s all bulls—t in Washington. They are playing with our lives.”
All this makes us wonder what on earth West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin thinks he’s doing as a Democrat. His party used to fight tooth and nail for blue-collar jobs, but now it kills those jobs without thinking twice.
Manchin’s coal-rich state went for Donald Trump by 39 points. And given Kamala Harris’s recent heavy-handed visit, his switchboard back home should be lit up like a Christmas tree.
So, what’s in this latest $1.9 trillion COVID-19 “stimulus plan,” and why are Republicans rightly outraged?
The simple answer is that a lot of the Democrat agenda items are unrelated to the China Virus pandemic. As Representative Jason Smith (R-MO) warned, “Democrats are desperate to use this process to achieve any number of policies that will reward special interests while harming America’s working class, increasing the cost of living for American families, destroying jobs and weakening the economy.”
For background, note that a substantial amount of the original $2.9 trillion CARES Act funding has not been spent. Likewise, 80% of the $900 billion in additional funding approved a month ago has not been spent.
In addition to printing $1,400-per-person checks and padding that with a $400-a-week unemployment bonus (a disincentive to return to work), the Dems’ plan includes a massive $350 billion bailout for mismanaged Democrat-controlled states, $130 billion for schools (read: “teachers unions”), $190 billion for minority-owned businesses (constitutionally questionable), and another $35 billion for public and predominately black colleges. In other words, a lot of graft for Democrat constituents.
Speaking of unrelated items, Democrats also tacked on an economy-crippling $15-per-hour minimum wage. The real minimum wage is $0, and struggling businesses can’t hire back more people if it costs them so much more to do so. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2019 that the Democrats’ pitch would kill millions of jobs — and that was before the pandemic.
The Biden/Harris regime extended a phony bipartisan hand, inviting 10 GOP senators for a confab with Joe Biden. The Republicans pitched a bill that is a mere third of the cost of the Democrats’ bill. In a letter to Biden, the GOP senators noted: “In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on prior COVID assistance laws, all of which passed with bipartisan support. Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and with your support, we believe that this plan could be approved quickly by Congress with bipartisan support.”
Following that meeting, Democrat House and Senate leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer began running a campaign essentially against any bipartisan deal, instead demanding that Republicans either get on board or get lost. “President Biden believes, and I agree with him, we need a bold, strong action,” Schumer stated. “Now, we’d like to do that with the Republicans, but if we can’t, we’ll have to go forward on our own using this process, reconciliation.”
There are some wavering Democrat senators, however. Kamala Harris is putting pressure on Joe Manchin (WV) and Krysten Sinema (AZ) in their home states to ensure they toe the party line and Democrats can ram through their $1.9 trillion. However, Manchin has already signaled he will not toe the line: “I’m not going to do it just down the lines, just a party-line vote. It has to make sense.”
By tabbing the legislation with the “reconciliation” label, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) can avoid a filibuster, but he still needs every Democrat vote. As things stand, unless either Manchin or Sinema or both hold fast to their demand on passing a bipartisan relief bill, the Democrats will get their way via reconciliation.
President Joe Biden in his inauguration speech called for “unity,” promising he’d be the president for all Americans, even the ones who didn’t vote for him. I was reminded of the words of the noted philosopher Inigo Montoya (from “The Princess Bride”) to his associate, Vizzini. The criminal mastermind Vizzini kept using the word “inconceivable” over and over until Montoya finally replied, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”
Apparently, unity doesn’t mean the same thing to Biden’s supporters or his party. Since then, we’ve heard nothing but what the Left wants to do to Republicans who supported President Donald Trump. I’m not feeling the love!
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC the Republican Party is filled with white supremacist sympathizers, racists, misogynists, and insurrectionists who nearly killed her, don’t you know. And “they” are not suffering any consequences for their behavior, she complains.
John Brennan, the former head of the CIA, told MSNBC that the pro-Trump “insurgency” that harbors “religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians” is much more dangerous than foreign terrorists. There are more of us than the foreign terror groups and we have “weapons” to carry out deadly attacks, he said, referring to the storming of the Capitol.
CNN’s Don Lemon likewise called Republicans domestic terrorists who frighten him more than foreign terrorists. He cites online radicalization, demonization of the “enemy” (anyone who disagrees with the Left) to justify their violence, and devotion to a “cult leader.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed, “The enemy is within the House of Representatives.” She’s frightened by the evil Republicans. She needs more money to protect Democrats from the Republicans.
I’m only scratching the surface of the insane, inflammatory rhetoric coming from leftists. They want Senators Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton impeached because they asked questions about possible voter fraud. How dare they?!
We’ve seen social media partnering with mainstream media to eliminate any point of view that doesn’t support the Left’s cause. Now that Biden has won, they feel free to completely block anyone they want. Having the “wrong” opinion will get you canceled. Having worked for the Trump administration could cause you to never be able to find a job to provide for your family.
The First Amendment will only apply to those who have the “correct” opinions. The Second Amendment will be next in line to eliminate. It happens whenever socialism takes power. Communism is not far behind. Hello 1984!
Everyone condemned the assault on the Capitol. The media refuses to investigate any influence of antifa and how protesters were shown into the Capitol. And yes, some Trump supporters, stuck on stupid, were a factor.
But the Left’s hyperventilating over January 6 in DC when it was silent during the “Summer of Love” is hypocritical. Nearly $2 billion dollars of property was destroyed, several dozen people were killed, hundreds of law enforcement officers were injured, and the Left said NOTHING!
I’m not seeing anything that would indicate Biden or his supporters are the least bit serious about bringing unity to our country. They’re fully aiming to turn this country into something our Founding Fathers could never have imagined.
As Patriots, now is not the time to let discouragement take over. Thomas Paine said it better than I can: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of men and women.”
Something to think about?
Sham Impeachment 2.0
- Impeachment case absurdly argues Trump was “singularly responsible” for Capitol riot (NY Times)
- “He holds no public office from which he can be removed”: Lawyers offer Trump’s constitutional answer to impeachment article (Daily Wire)
Government & Politics
- Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell strike deal on Senate power-sharing agreement (Fox News)
- Unity! House starts work on coronavirus relief after press secretary warns Biden won’t “slow down” for Republicans (Fox News)
- Senate confirms Pete “Pothole Problem” Buttigieg as transportation secretary (The Hill)
- Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed as Department of Homeland Security secretary (Politico)
- Critical roadblock: Joe Manchin says he doesn’t support raising minimum wage to $15 per hour (The Hill)
- AOC manipulatively uses #MeToo claim to silence political opponents (PJ Media)
As we’ve pointed out numerous times over the years, the media loved Trump when he first announced his candidacy, and even tacitly as president, because he drove ratings, which meant more money for their coffers. Take Trump out of the equation, though, and those ratings suddenly crater. The chickens are coming home to roost.
- Given DHS warning, a look at U.S. domestic extremism threats (NPR)
According to the article, “The Trump administration was often accused of downplaying the danger of white supremacists and other extremists.” Yet there is zero mention of Black Lives Matter or antifa — both of which have been domestic extremism threats for years. To borrow from tone-deaf NPR, the leftmedia is clearly “downplaying the danger” of left-wing radicals.
- Feds will start shipping COVID vaccines directly to pharmacies (Daily Mail)
- Number of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 (26.5 million) now greater than official number who have been infected (26.3 million) (Disrn)
Keep in mind, though, that the true number of infected Americans is presumably tens of millions higher.
- People with COVID antibodies may only need one vaccine dose (Daily Mail)
- White House confirms Space Force will continue under Biden administration (Examiner)
According to Press Secretary Jen “Circle Back” Psaki, “We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work.” Revealingly, however, her “important work” talking point came only hours after critiquing said Space Force.
- Two FBI agents fatally shot, three wounded while serving warrant in South Florida (Miami Herald)
Around the Nation
- Texas lawmakers introduce bills to protect the dignity of women’s sports (Examiner)
- Local Kroger stores close as Long Beach, California, “hero pay” ordinance backfires (FEE)
- John Kerry took private jet to Iceland for environmental award, called it “only choice for somebody like me” (Fox News)
We’re Shocked — Shocked!
- Anthony Fauci flip-flops again on Biden’s supposed 100-day school reopening plan (The Federalist)
- Democrats who resisted reopening schools took thousands from teacher unions (Daily Wire)
Odds & Ends
- Amazon reports first $100 billion quarter (CNBC)
- Leftists aim to restore net neutrality rules — and go much further (Examiner)
- All for show? Biden makes visit to Capitol to honor Officer Brian Sicknick (Examiner)
- Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny sent to prison on old conviction (NPR)
“Captain Obvious” Headline Award
- Poll: Most people in U.S. overwhelmed by issues facing the nation (UPI)
- Policy: How to strike back against Big Tech censorship (Power Line)
- Policy: Government’s money monopoly and the “Great Reset” (Mises Institute)
- Humor: Jeff Bezos announces he will step down from Amazon to focus on being a Bond Villain (Babylon Bee)
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What Is Even Happening? — Sydney Watson examines the Biden administration’s dismal start.
Five Socialism Myths: Part 1 — Myth #1: Whenever socialism fails, people always say, “But that wasn’t ‘real’ socialism.”
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Insight: “There have existed, in every age and every country, two distinct orders of men — the lovers of freedom and the devoted advocates of power.” —Robert Y. Hayne (1791-1839)
For the record: “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.‘s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.” —Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Upright: “The worst of [Marjorie Taylor] Greene’s statements suggest that she may be anti-Semitic. If true, that is a terrible thing. But if we are going to expel anti-Semites from the House, Greene is hardly first on the list. Democrats like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, and no doubt others if we assiduously study their Facebook pages, are way ahead of her in line. Again, the question of when anti-Semitic statements have been made is relevant. Greene has been spotless since taking her seat in the House, while Omar and Tlaib have used their pulpit as representatives to spew hate. So, if the House is willing to expel Omar and Tlaib or bar them from committees, next we can take up the question of Marjorie Greene. Not before.” —John Hinderaker
Case in point: “Given the serious and ongoing security threats facing Members and the Congress, it is clear that there is a need for an emergency supplemental funding bill to meet institutional security needs. It is also clear that we will need to establish a 9/11-type Commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes and security relating to the terrorist mob attack on January 6.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Braying jackass: “The Republicans have been calling Democrats the radical left. Time to call Republicans the terrorist right?” —Rep. Jackie Speier
Demo-gogue: “We’ve never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation, but our Administration is committed to finishing the work left undone. It’s long past time to confront deep racial inequities and systemic racism and fulfill the promise of America for all.” —Joe Biden
Non sequitur: “By and large, the vast, vast majority of these [law enforcement] men and women are decent, honorable people who put themselves on the line.” —Joe Biden’s perplexing response to the death of FBI agents in Florida on Tuesday
The BIG Lie: “The bitter divide [between] Democrats & Republicans keeps getting worse. … A key cause of the animosity: the Republicans turn politics into war. Who started that? Newt Gingrich — the original mastermind, so to speak, behind today’s mayhem. Another mastermind: Roger Ailes. He created Fox as a vehicle that blurred news and opinion, facts and falsehoods.” —CNN’s Fareed Zakaria
Non compos mentis: “Awful news to wake up to of Myanmar’s coup. A friend who lives in Yangon texted me saying that the generals were likely emboldened by Trump’s playbook, as they used false claims of widespread election fraud as a pretext to seize power.” —Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas (And the Benghazi debacle was because of a YouTube video…)
Grand delusions: “[Climate change] goes after the very same communities that pollution has held back and racism has held back. Climate justice is about equal rights.” —National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy
And last… “[Democrats are] trying to … take away our Second Amendment rights. Make no doubt — they’re gonna be coming sometime this year with a bill to take away our Second Amendment rights. So they’re building this predicate that, ‘Oh, my God, everybody better be afraid of somebody with a gun,’ and that’s gonna be their attempt to then go take away your guns.” —Rep. Steve Scalise
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