“It yet remains a problem to be solved in human affairs, whether any free government can be permanent, where the public worship of God, and the support of religion, constitute no part of the policy or duty of the state in any assignable shape.” —Joseph Story (1833)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
It was expected to pass, and yesterday the House of Representatives approved what’s become known as the “Equality Act.” Also passed in 2019, yesterday’s vote was a nearly partisan 224-206, with three Republicans joining Democrats on a bill that adds “sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity” to the kinds of discrimination prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as well as the Fair Housing Act, the Equality Credit Opportunity Act, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). Such a thing as “transgender” was unheard of in 1964. Nevertheless, Democrats say, the word “sex” now means “identity.” The bill is accurately described by author Ryan T. Anderson as “legislative malpractice that turns equality on its head.”
Anderson, whose book on gender dysphoria was banned by Amazon recently, summed up this new legislation: “It isn’t drafted as a shield to protect vulnerable minorities from unjust discrimination, but as a sword to persecute those who do not embrace new sexual and gender ideologies.” He adds, “If you fear what Big Tech can do if you dissent from gender ideology, just wait to see what Big Government will do if the so-called Equality Act becomes law.”
Strategically, as our Mark Alexander has previously noted, this effort is all about women voters, whom Democrats consider to be emotionally incontinent dupes.
Ironically, however, opponents of the bill rightly charge that it would not only harm women’s sports by allowing men who identify as women to compete but would also remove the sanctity from other women-only spaces such as restrooms, private clubs, and prisons. In all those instances, the desires of a “transgender” man would take precedence over decades of commonsense separation of the two sexes.
“By erasing sex as a distinct legal category, the measure threatens to open up female-only spaces and opportunities designed to increase representation for girls to biological men, which can endanger the safety of women and girls,” declared Inez Stepman, a policy analyst for the Independent Women’s Forum. Keeping it in the family, her husband Jerrett describes a panel discussion held by The Daily Signal where several experts weighed in with their principled opposition.
Of deep concern to biblically faithful Christians, the bill will nullify the protections afforded to believers under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a previous sticking point that even some Democrats have complained about in the past.
After all, one of the authors of the RFRA back in the early ‘90s was none other than then-Representative Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Beyond the RFRA, however, is the little inconvenience called the First Amendment.
None of that mattered to the House, controlled by the ostensibly Catholic Nancy Pelosi. The chamber passed the bill, and the ostensibly Catholic President Joe Biden supports it. Since Biden’s itching to sign it, the biggest hurdle now will be getting it through the Senate since the bill will fall under a 60-vote cloture rule. The question is how many Senate Republicans will fold under the full-court press sure to be waged inside the Beltway on this one.
True to that principle, proponents are already arguing that the measure is simply an extension of the Supreme Court’s recent Bostock decision, wherein a divided Court expanded the definition of discrimination on the account of sex to cover homosexual and “transgender” persons. If HR 5 only did that, most would likely at least concede the sentiment. Even the dissenters in Bostock did that, noting that their objection was primarily based on the fact that Congress simply had not addressed the issue by passing a bill to add this language since the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act. Unfortunately, in this rendition, the Democrats decided to add more on the Rainbow Mafia’s wish list and eliminate the right for religious people to object.
In the old days, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate might have worked together to massage the bill into something all sides could stomach. Perhaps that would include granting additional protections outlawing discrimination against LGBT individuals in the workplace and housing — the basis for the Bostock case, among others — while protecting religious liberty and addressing scientific and fair-competition concerns about biological men competing in women’s sports.
Unfortunately, today’s radically left Democrats demand obeisance to an all-or-nothing “solution” despite the numerous laws already in place that address the subject — never mind the states that have addressed this in their own myriad ways. Fully enacted or not, the Orwellian “Equality Act” will be a divisive issue Democrats campaign on in 2022 and beyond until they’ve won yet another victory in the culture war.
President Joe Biden’s immigration plan “is the most radical immigration plan any administration has ever proposed in history,” observed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday. “They have proposed allowing every single person who was deported from this country for the last four years to come back. … They don’t make exceptions for criminals, for murderers, for rapists.” Unfortunately, Cruz is not wrong. Biden is no centrist when it comes to illegal immigration. In fact, judging by his official policy position, he’s as far to the left as they come.
Not only has Biden acted to end border-wall construction and President Donald Trump’s Remain in Mexico asylum policy, he’s reversed course on other commonsense policies. For example, Biden recently acted to lift Trump’s green-card pause, despite the coronavirus pandemic, once again allowing folks into the country — all while he continues to tout masks, social distancing, and lockdowns.
Even worse, Biden has ended Trump’s Operation Talon, a program that aimed to remove illegal alien sex offenders from the U.S. The decision prompted attorneys general from 18 states, led by South Carolina AG Alan Wilson, to send a letter to Biden urging him to reconsider. “We’re working hard to fight human trafficking and sex crimes in South Carolina and allowing convicted sex offenders who are here illegally to remain in our country makes absolutely no sense,” Wilson noted. “These trafficking and sex crimes are repugnant to human decency generally and to children specifically.”
The letter raised the obvious question: “If the United States will not remove even convicted sex offenders, whom will it remove?” By his actions and policy positions, Biden’s answer appears to be, “No one.”
Meanwhile, illegal border crossings have surged since Biden entered office, with U.S. Border Patrol now apprehending over 70,000 illegal aliens a month. Numbers this high were last seen a decade ago. Given that Biden has absolutely no interest in confronting this — in fact, he’s doing everything in and beyond his power to invite it — expect these numbers to only increase.
There is, however, a little bit of good news to report. A federal court in Texas overturned Biden’s 100-day pause on deportations, noting that the administration failed to provide justification for Biden’s executive order. Judge Drew Tipton wrote, “What this preliminary injunction does is bar DHS from unlawfully enacting a blanket 100-day pause which is contrary to law.” Tipton, a Trump appointee, further noted that Biden’s EO violated the Administrative Procedures Act. The same justification was used by the Supreme Court to overturn Trump’s DACA moves, so what goes around comes around.
The Conservative Political Action Conference, the world’s largest and most influential gathering of conservatives, kicks off today in Orlando. “American Uncanceled” is the working title of this year’s event, and its prevailing themes will, appropriately, include the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
“If you want to be the president of the United States,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the event, “if you want to secure the Republican nomination, you come to CPAC. Essentially, the 2024 race starts at CPAC.”
Today’s speakers’ agenda is a who’s who of high-profile conservatives and rising stars within the Republican Party. This includes the governor of the event’s host state of Florida — a governor whose stock has been soaring of late, in large part because of his handling of the pandemic and his efforts on election integrity and Big Tech censorship.
Thus, prior to DeSantis taking the stage to open CPAC this morning, Daniel Payne at Just the News wrote that “it will be as a fast-rising force in the conservative movement and an increasingly plausible and popular contender for his party’s presidential nomination in 2024.”
DeSantis won a razor-thin victory in his 2018 gubernatorial race, but only the deadest of Dead-End Democrats are today wishing their guy, Andrew Gillum, had won. As Payne continues, “The deadly COVID-19 pandemic revealed DeSantis as a capable and independent-minded executive whose state is doing better than most by key pandemic metrics, even as the governor flouted much of the received wisdom on COVID mitigation while defying critics who claimed his state would become a death trap. At the same time, DeSantis has also signaled his willingness to take on Big Tech … with targeted legislation.”
If you think leftists and their mainstream media bootlickers are afraid of DeSantis, you’re right. They’re doing everything they can to smear him. And they’re failing. He’s the young and popular governor of the ultimate swing state, and he’s shown a Trump-like willingness to punch back at the media — albeit in more measured tones. Perhaps most important of all, though, is that DeSantis has done his part to keep the Republican Party together rather than contribute to its fracture along pro-Trump and anti-Trump lines. Unlike certain others in his party, he simply refused to take the Left’s bait and denounce his party’s standard-bearer in the wake of the January 6 riots.
Here, folks like Senators Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney, and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, might want to take some notes. Perhaps they already have. McConnell and Romney have been notably deferential when asked about Donald Trump lately, and Haley, who herself has been seen as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, has virtually disappeared.
So DeSantis will welcome the crowd today, and he’ll be followed by an array of others intent on appealing to their party’s conservative base, including Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and Josh Hawley. But CPAC attendees — every last one of them — know that they’ll have to wait until Sunday for the conference’s marquee attraction: Donald John Trump.
Our nation’s 45th president has kept his powder pretty dry since Joe Biden took office last month, but all that will change this weekend.
As the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker reports, “Trump is still a winner in the hearts of so many Republican voters; they would love to see him mount a third White House bid. The 45th president, declining to rule it out, is to address CPAC Sunday in central Florida, just a short trip from his new home base in Palm Beach, in the most anticipated speech of the annual gathering of Republican insiders and grassroots conservatives.”
Trump is expected to hammer Biden on pretty much everything he’s done so far in office — immigration, China, the works.
And, as Fox News reports, “Trump is expected to fall just short of announcing a 2024 presidential bid. The sources said he will go between ‘warming up to the idea of a 2024 run, and walking right up to the line of announcing another campaign.’”
On Monday morning, we’ll have a chance to analyze how closely he hewed to this script.
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In the wake of the horrific school shootings at Sandy Hook and Parkland, Hollywood responded with public service announcements denouncing “gun violence” and supporting gun control efforts such as the March for Our Lives rally. But in both instances, instead of doing some serious soul-searching and accepting responsibility for creating a culture of violence, prominent actors lashed out at the Second Amendment, the NRA, and Republicans.
Simply observing that the Left engages in hypocrisy on this issue doesn’t go nearly far enough. The Hollywood elite and their mouthpieces have been peddling violence for decades while decrying America’s “obsession” with guns and violence.
Americans have let them get away with it for too long, and we need to start calling them out for promoting the violence they sanctimoniously claim to deplore.
Now that President Joe Biden is in the White House, the Left is aggressively pushing for more gun control. A report by the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action details a list of priorities that Democrats hope to realize in Biden’s first term.
In order to gin up support for these efforts, the entertainment industry is hell-bent on making sure Americans know who to blame for gun violence.
As the esteemed John Lott writes, “CBS is in a full-court press for gun control on its evening entertainment television shows. The bad guys are always white supremacists who use machine guns — supposedly AR-15s — to commit mass public shootings. Criminals in Mexico supposedly get machine guns from the United States. A father’s desire to protect his family only leads to tragedy when his daughter gets into the gun safe and uses the weapon in a mass public shooting. And guns in the home pose a danger for children. Gun registration is necessary for solving crime.”
The Leftmedia often claims that movies and television have no influence on the way media consumers think and act. If this were true, though, CBS and other networks wouldn’t be trying to turn their viewers into gun control advocates. Instead, they’d be producing movies and television programs with less violence.
Instead, they claim, Americans just can’t get enough of what they’re selling.
A position paper by the American Academy of Family Physicians concludes, “While multiple factors can lead to violent actions, a growing body of literature shows a strong association between the perpetration of violence and exposure to violence in media, digital media, and entertainment.” The paper highlights some troubling statistics when it comes to the prevalence of violence in movies, TV shows, and video games.
But the push to get Biden to implement a broad anti-gun agenda isn’t going to be easy, and that’s causing some on the Left to criticize his lack of action. “Any attempt to repeal liability protections for gun manufacturers will initiate a war with Second Amendment proponents who will look to block any such proposal in court,” says Rick Moran. Fortunately, he adds, “With the Senate currently at 50-50, Biden isn’t likely to get anything done on guns.” At least not legislatively.
One reason for the hesitation among some legislators is the lack of broad public support for gun restrictions. A Gallup poll this past November showed the lowest support for such onerous regulations in four years. Undeterred by this reality, Democrats are pushing Biden to use executive action to bypass the legislative process.
Although censorship and cancel culture are becoming a fashionable way to silence and punish conservative viewpoints, no one is calling for the censorship of the entertainment industry. But the industry’s self-proclaimed concern over “gun violence” would carry more weight if it weren’t continuously promoting violence.
Mr. Potato Head has officially joined the pantheon of canceled American icons. Along with Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, and sports franchises like the Redskins and the Indians, the “Mr.” in Potato Head has been deemed culturally insensitive and dropped by Hasbro “to promote gender equality and inclusion.”
To be fair, Hasbrx (there, we fixed it) didn’t entirely cancel its own product. “Hold that Tot — your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere!” the company announced in a statement Thursday. “While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD.”
So it’s a branding tweak and not a full-on cancellation. For now.
It’s not as if the toymaker hasn’t been on the forefront of some “woke” decisions, though. In 2019, Hasbro released “Ms. Monopoly” (trigger warning!) that offered a unique spin on the original game: Female players got an extra $40 for passing “Go” to draw attention to the phony gender wage gap. If women make $0.77 on a man’s dollar (they don’t), the toymaker reasoned, why not give them a hand?
And really, what better toy for the gender confused than a Potato Head? Want blue eyelashes with a mustache and a purse? He’s your man It’s your tuber. This fall, Hasbro will even release a new gender-neutral “Potato Family Pack.” Why? “Culture has evolved,” says Kimberly Boyd, the senior vice president of global brands and general manager at Hasbro. “Kids want to be able to represent their own experiences. The way the brand currently exists — with the ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ — is limiting when it comes to both gender identity and family structure.”
Rich Ferraro, the chief communications officer for the Rainbow Mafia leader Glaad, cheered on this change as part of “a larger movement towards greater diversity and inclusion in toys and media aimed at kids.”
Yes, and “aiming at kids” is exactly what we warned about yesterday with the increasing number of Americans identifying as LGBT.
Mr. Clean, Mr. Coffee, and Mrs. Butterworth — you’re next.
Nearly three dozen House Democrats led by Jimmy Panetta (CA) recently sent a letter to Joe Biden requesting that he give up his unilateral authority to launch the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In the letter, Panetta contends, “Vesting one person with this authority entails risks. Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.” Anybody wonder if Biden is cognitively up to the task?
Panetta asserted that his motivation for calling on Biden to give up control of the nation’s nuclear launch codes has everything to do with “checks [and] balances in our nuclear command-and-control structure.” While he makes no mention of Biden’s advanced age and mental acuity, Panetta’s suggestion of requiring both the vice president and speaker of the House to okay any nuclear strike tacitly underscores fears that Biden can’t be trusted with nukes.
Would Panetta be making this same request of Biden if the man were 10 or more years younger?
Just yesterday, Time Magazine published an article titled, “We Need an Operation Warp Speed for Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” Story authors Maria Shriver and George Vradenburg almost humorously observe, “No president has entered the White House with as clear a focus on Alzheimer’s disease as Joe Biden. The commitment and attention on Alzheimer’s at the highest levels of our elected leadership is long overdue.”
While the article goes on to note how Biden has pledged to make seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s a top priority, the obvious elephant in the room is Biden’s own clearly diminishing mental state. Might he have a more personal reason for making it a priority?
Back to Panetta’s letter: Might Speaker Nancy Pelosi, herself no spring chicken at 80 years of age, be using a back-bencher to lay the groundwork for an early Biden exit? We have long contended that, given Biden’s obvious mental diminishment, it’s highly unlikely he’ll serve out his term. He was simply the means for Democrats to get a Kamala Harris presidency. Going forward, it will be interesting to see how this continues to play out.
He’s been gone little more than a week, and already we miss him. But where we now have fond memories of the man, leftists are likely to be triggered by Rush Limbaugh for some time to come. Why? Because he had them sussed all along. He had their decoder ring; had their Rosetta Stone; knew exactly which buttons to press.
As Dennis Prager wrote, “Liberals and leftists dismissed him throughout his career, and again in their obituaries [last] week, as ‘divisive,’ as if the left hasn’t been the most divisive force in America since the Civil War. This lack of self-awareness on the part of the left is mind-numbing.”
And despite their best efforts to cancel him, Rush never caved. He apologized only a handful of times that we can recall (and rightly so), and he never lost his sense of humor.
Brian Glicklich, Rush’s spokesman and strategist, describes his departed boss as “patient zero” of the Left’s cancel culture. But if that’s the case, Rush was the world’s worst patient. He took every sling, every arrow, and he took ‘em all with a smile. And he never broke — nor did he ever appear close to breaking. He was De Niro’s Jake LaMotta in “Raging Bull.” He took every punch Ray Robinson had to offer, but in the end he just stood there, smiling defiantly: “Ya never got me down, Ray … never got me down.”
Indeed, the Left never did get Rush down. And he landed three decades’ worth of haymakers along the way.
“Rush’s first rule was simple,” writes Glicklich: “‘No faux apologies for fake transgressions.’ The best illustration was the ‘phony soldiers’ controversy in 2007. Rush was speaking with a caller on his program about ‘phony soldiers’ like Jesse Macbeth, who had falsely claimed to have seen war crimes, and who was ultimately convicted for receiving veterans benefits to which he was not entitled. But Harry Reid and 40 other Senate Democrats deliberately misinterpreted his comments and sent his syndicator a letter demanding an apology.”
If Rush had simply told Harry and Friends to pound sand, it would’ve been sufficient. But it wouldn’t have been Rush — because it wouldn’t have been fun.
“Rush auctioned their letter off in a show of gleeful brio,” Glicklich continued, “marching the document on stage handcuffed to his security guard during a Philadelphia speech. He matched the $2.1 million winning bid with his own funds, and donated the money to scholarships for the children of fallen service members and police officers. It was classic Rush.”
Another great Limbaugh lesson went to his advertisers, and it concerned the Left’s incessant threats of boycott. The lesson? Don’t cave to them. Ever. The Internet “boycott” mobs, he learned, tended to be small groups sending outsized volumes of email messages. They were full of sound and fury, but they signified nothing. And Rush had the data to back it up.
Incidentally, our Patrick Hampton took three life lessons from Rush — lessons about courage, faith, and perseverance that are well worth pondering.
As for those Ahabian sad sacks who spent a third of a century trying to suppress his speech, Rush stayed on offense and simply gave them more speech. “Rather than be cowed into diluting his on-air presentation,” says Glicklich, “he fished for liberals’ outrage … and he laughed as he set the hook. … He canceled cancel culture three hours a day for 33 years, and he did it with [wait for it] ‘half his brain tied behind his back, just to keep it fair.’”
Top of the Fold
- Senate parliamentarian rules minimum wage hike shouldn’t be included in COVID bill (Fox)
“Vice President Harris, as president of the Senate, can override the parliamentarian’s ruling, but the move is considered unlikely. Ron Klain, President Biden’s chief of staff, said in an interview this week that a Harris override was ‘not something we would do.’”
Government & Politics
- Multiple states pass coronavirus aid without Congress (Axios)
The article points out, “The individual action … bolsters arguments against another major cash infusion from the federal government.” Indeed it does. As columnist Cal Thomas writes: “[A Washington] Post editorial … notes that money targeted to state and local governments (virtually all run by Democrats) don’t need it. It references Moody’s Analytics examination of state finances, which ‘shows that 31 states have enough money “to fully absorb the economic stress of COVID-19” without substantial budget cuts or tax increases.’“
- Biden’s Department of Social Justice withdraws support from Connecticut lawsuit brought by high school girls over “transgender” athletes (Disrn)
“Under former President Donald Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr had put the department’s support behind the suit. Barr said the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which called for the participation of biological males beginning in 2017, ‘deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.’ … The Alliance Defending Freedom … says the lawsuit will continue despite the DOJ’s lack of support.”
- Even Top Democrats now call for balance on Pelosi’s 9/11-style committee (Examiner)
- Biden orders first airstrike, hits Iran-backed militia in response to rocket attacks (American Military News)
- Past tweet from Jen Psaki criticizing Trump resurface after new Syria airstrikes (Fox)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
- Student suspended from education program for factually saying, “A man is a man. A woman is a woman.” (Daily Wire)
Stats of the Week
- Thanks to dezinformatsiya, a sizable number of Americans erroneously think over 10,000 unarmed black men are killed by police each year (Not the Bee)
- George Floyd riots estimated to cost 66 times more than Capitol damage (though only in DC dollars would the building damage be $30 million) (Federalist)
- Forty percent of California’s inmates have been vaccinated for COVID. Meanwhile, the vaccination rate for law-abiding Californians is just 6.5%. (Not the Bee)
As our Nate Jackson observes, former California Attorney General and president-in-waiting Kamala Harris was a “tough on crime” lady who threw tons of people in jail, yet inmates are now being vaccinated at an insanely fast rate.
Odds & Ends
- Trump tax records turned over to witch-hunt prosecutors (Disrn)
- Senate confirms Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary (Fox)
- Jen Psaki distances Biden from Andrew Cuomo, says sex harassment claim should be “reviewed” (Fox)
- FDA greenlights Pfizer vaccine to be stored at normal freezer temperatures, instead of ultra-cold (Examiner)
- Ex-Olympic gymnastics coach kills himself hours after being charged with sex crimes (WaPo)
On a Lighter Note…
- An Indonesian fisherman caught a baby shark with a human-like face and now I really can’t ever listen to that song again (Not the Bee)
- Policy: Inflation: The next problem for the U.S. economy? (1945)
- Policy: Standing up to the intolerant Equality Act (Daily Signal)
- Humor: Biden clarifies that stimulus checks are “just an idea” (Babylon Bee)
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Debunked: Conservatives Are More Extreme — The Debunkers return after a year-long hiatus to explain to Carlos Maza how incorrect he is once again.
Biden’s Town Hall — Three Key Stats Weren’t True — During President Joe Biden’s CNN town hall, he made several false statistical claims. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Your Kids Learning in School? — Leftist indoctrination, which is so prevalent in college, has reached down into our elementary and high schools, too.
Satire: Biden’s Town Hall Disaster — Or their lies? Was the race schism? Was there a weakness?
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Insight: “The process of completely freeing oneself emotionally from being a Communist is a thing no outsider can understand. The group thinking and group planning and the group life of the Party had been a part of me for so long that it was desperately difficult for me to be a person again. … But I had begun the process of ‘unbecoming’ a Communist. It was a long and painful process, much like that of a polio victim who has to learn to walk all over again. I had to learn to think. I had to learn to love. I had to drain the hate and frenzy from my system. I had to dislodge the self and the pride that had made me arrogant, made me feel that I knew all the answers. I had to learn that I knew nothing. There were many stumbling blocks in this process.” —Dr. Bella Dodd (1904-1969)
Re: The Left: “The number of kids who identify as LGBT, especially trans and bisexual, has absolutely skyrocketed. If you think this is a natural or organic development, you’re deluded. The media, Hollywood, and the school system actively recruit children into the LGBT ranks.” —Matt Walsh
Observations: “When people are mentally and spiritually sound and are comfortable in life with a good job, fair pay and a great home, violence will inevitably go down without infringing on the rights of other American citizens.” —Armstrong Williams
Food for thought: “Joe Biden wouldn’t trust his health care to someone with zero experience, so why is he asking America to? … [Xavier Becerra], who’s never had a lick of training in medicine, science, pharma, or the health care world, is applying for a job to oversee … the biggest budget of any U.S. agency as a complete novice. And Biden said Donald Trump’s COVID plan was bad?” —Tony Perkins
For the record I: “If you’re doing a search on a LinkedIn for someone who’d be a perfect match to be in Health and Human Services, [Xavier Becerra] wouldn’t even show up — because he has no healthcare background or experience… Becerra is not a healthcare professional. Traditionally in this role, [there] would be someone who’s been in healthcare administration or a physician or a scientist. We’re in the middle of a pandemic. And you would think the group that’s going to oversee the pandemic response and all that’s got to happen would be somebody with a science or healthcare background. But instead, President Biden has selected an attorney. That seems to be his only criteria. And his only main qualification on this is he has been [a] very outspoken [supporter] of abortion — and not just the existence of abortion, but the [radical promotion] of it.” —Senator James Lankford
For the record II: “Congress passed [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] in the early ‘90s in response to a 1990 Supreme Court decision that gutted the First Amendment’s protections for the free exercise of religion. Essentially, it restored religious freedom by requiring courts to interpret the law in a way that guaranteed protection for religion. But since then, the courts have treated religious freedom as a statutory right (under RFRA), and not a constitutional one. Provisions in the Equality Act explicitly say that RFRA doesn’t apply, which would let special rights for LGBT interest groups trump religious freedom. RFRA passed almost unanimously; in fact, its sponsor in the House was then Rep. Chuck Schumer [emphases added]. But now, because of the rise of the militant LGBTQ minority in America, the Democrats can’t stand it.” —Tony Perkins
The bottom line: “The Equality Act would threaten the existence of women’s prisons, public-school girls’ locker rooms, and women’s and girls’ sports teams. It would limit freedom of speech, freedom of association, accurate data collection, and scientific inquiry… The Equality Act isn’t about protecting people from discrimination; it’s about compelling adherence to gender ideology.” —Inez Stepman
Upright I: “‘How is this good for Americans?’ This is the question that should be asked of Biden and his mouthpieces every time they appear in public. If we had a national media that truly cared about our country or its citizens, they’d be asking it. Instead, we get softball questions and pablum stories about Valentine’s Day hearts on the White House lawn, and Joe and Jill Biden’s love for the ages. I am happy for anyone that has found lifelong love, including the president of the United States. But it’s hardly relevant to why he’s in the position. There’s no better example of this absurdity than Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin’s editorial this week. She expresses her profound joy that the nation now has a real ‘mourner-in-chief’ again. Excuse me? We didn’t elect a professional mourner, and most of us don’t want one. But at this rate, we’ll all soon be mourning the death of the republic.” —Laura Hollis
Upright II: “That’s the thing about so many government programs. They never have to fix a problem, only demonstrate good intentions so politicians can save their careers. … If not properly cooked, pork can be infected with trichinosis, a disease caused by a small parasitic worm. That seems a good analogy when it comes to the ‘parasitic’ congressional worms infecting our economy with nonstop spending of money we don’t have and borrowing that can’t continue without causing serious economic harm. Nations of the past have not been able to survive massive debt. What makes us think we can?” —Cal Thomas
Ouch: “Never before has the leader of the free world been so cognitively compromised.” —Australian Sky News host Cory Bernardi
Who’s gonna tell ‘em? “No president has entered the White House with as clear a focus on Alzheimer’s disease as Joe Biden. The commitment and attention on Alzheimer’s at the highest levels of our elected leadership is long overdue.” —Maria Shriver and George Vradenburg in a Time op-ed
Braying jenny: “COVID is the best thing that ever happened to [Joe Biden].” —White House senior adviser Anita Dunn
Hot air: “[Failing to address climate change is] marching forward to what is almost tantamount to a mutual suicide pact. We bury our heads in the sand at our own peril.” —John Kerry
And last… “Sadly, it is now easier for an illegal alien to walk into America than it is for a New Yorker to walk into a restaurant or for your child to walk into a school.” —Gary Bauer
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