Mid-Day Snapshot · May 5, 2021

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“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.” —James Madison (1788)

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What’s Liz Cheney’s Problem?

A more self-aware politician would resist the urge to continually antagonize her party’s base.

Douglas Andrews

Liz Cheney is a smart, tough, serious conservative. But she doesn’t seem to know when to shut up. And it’s probably going to cost her a leadership position in the Republican Party.

Cheney has become the darling of the mainstream media and a bevy of fair-weather Democrat friends for her belief that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election fair and square. Of course, those “friends” of hers would love nothing more than to see the GOP torn asunder by a civil war from now until Tuesday, November 8, 2022 — the date of our next midterm election.

Most recently, Cheney was suckered into a war of words with former President Donald Trump, who’d said in an email to supporters, “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!”

Cheney, for whatever reason, couldn’t help but take the bait. “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” she tweeted. “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE.”

Translation: Those tens of millions of Americans who aren’t satisfied that the issue of fraud in the 2020 election was fully and properly investigated and adjudicated are “spreading THE BIG LIE.”

The 2020 election is indeed history, but only The New York Times and other idiotic leftists believe Sleepy Joe Biden got all 81 million of his votes on the up-and-up. (Remember: That total is millions more population-adjusted votes than Barack Obama got in 2008.)

Republicans need to move on, it’s true, but they do themselves a deep and potentially mortal disservice by failing to heed the lessons of 2020 and by failing to push for voting reform to keep it from happening again. As our Mark Alexander noted on January 6, “While President Trump has been focused on electronic hardware and software manipulation, which could account for election fraud, I believe those concerns, while legitimate, are a diversion from the real mass-voting fraud — millions of bulk-mail votes that have, ostensibly, been authenticated.”

In short, Trump, Cheney, and every other Republican should be focused on fixing our broken election system and getting rid of the Democrats’ fraud-rich scheme of bulk-mail balloting.

Of course, the 2020 vote dispute hasn’t been Cheney’s only misstep. Recall, too, that she was one of just 10 Republicans to side with Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and Adam Schiff and vote to impeach President Trump for having “incited” the January 6 Capitol riot. You remember — for the high crime of having told his supporters, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

That impeachment vote was, in our eyes, unpardonable. It was a gift of aid and comfort to a deceitful, mean-spirited, and viciously hyper-partisan enemy.

And so, in terms of addressing the Cheney issue, it’s probably a good thing that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy got caught speaking his mind yesterday. As National Review’s Caroline Downey writes, “McCarthy was caught on a hot mic Tuesday saying he has ‘lost confidence’ in Representative Liz Cheney. ‘I think she’s got real problems,’ McCarthy told host Steve Doocy off-air just before a Fox and Friends interview. … ‘I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,’ the California Republican commented.”

That motion, we can safely assume, would be one to remove Cheney from her leadership position as the party’s House conference chair.

“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6,” Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler said in a statement. “Liz will not do that. That is the issue.”

We’d beg to differ. The issue is whether Liz Cheney can lead while continually staking out deeply unpopular positions with her party’s lifeblood, its base.

Leaders must lead. And to be successful, they must have the pulse of their people. Liz Cheney simply doesn’t seem to understand this. And she does herself no good by continually putting her thumb in the eye of tens of millions of Republican voters.

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Biden’s Big Border Lie

Jen Psaki falsely claims that the current border crisis is Trump’s fault.

Thomas Gallatin

One of the first measures Joe Biden took upon assuming office was to systematically rescind nearly all of Donald Trump’s successful border control and immigration policies. By doing so, Biden effectively laid down a welcome mat inviting illegal aliens to come to the U.S. Predictably, masses of Central American migrants responded by illegally flowing across the southern border, overwhelming U.S. Border and Customs Protection. There were record numbers of unaccompanied minors, housed in overcrowded cages facilities, and a genuine border crisis was ignited. No matter the terminology games members of Team Biden play with their border “challenge” rhetoric, their attempts to shift blame expose the fact that they know it’s a crisis.

Taking a page right out of Barack Obama’s playbook, on Tuesday White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki falsely asserted, “After coming into office, our administration immediately jumped into action to address the influx of migrants at the border, something that began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration.” Don’t believe your lying eyes, she insists; the current border crisis is all Trump’s fault.

Not only does Biden take credit for Trump’s effective work via Operation Warp Speed to develop multiple coronavirus vaccines in record time, but he also conveniently blames Trump for the damage created by his own foolish policy decisions. And make no mistake, it’s charitable to describe Biden’s border decisions as foolish. The truth is that they were intended to produce exactly the effect they have produced. That is nefarious.

Back to Psaki. She not only disingenuously spun blame onto the Trump administration, but she also insisted that the Biden administration is actually handling the crisis well. Psaki claimed, “At the end of March, there were more than 5,000 children in Customs and Border Protection patrol stations. Today, that number is approximately 600. … And just [Monday], the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will begin the process of reuniting a number of families who were separated by the polices of the previous administration.”

So, what explains the decreasing numbers in Border Patrol facilities? The answer appears to be the resumption of an Obama-era policy, only worse. As Fox News reported back in March, “Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) have begun to process and release illegal border crossers who claim asylum without issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA) — allowing them to depart custody without scheduling a court date for a hearing. The unprecedented move places the responsibility of seeking an asylum hearing on the migrants through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or legal assistance.”

Meanwhile, it has been over 40 days since Biden tagged Kamala Harris as his new “border czar,” and she still has yet to hold a press conference or even visit the U.S. southern border. What’s this all about? It may be a strategic attempt to continue fueling the Democrats’ dubious narrative that Trump’s decision to cut back on millions in funds given to “Northern Triangle” countries in Central America is entirely to blame for the border crisis. It’s a globalist response to a national crisis.

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Teachers Union Strong-Arms CDC to Keep Schools Closed

The American Federation of Teachers certainly doesn’t have kids’ best interests in mind.

Louis DeBroux

Former American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Al Shanker was once asked if he was concerned about the impact that a series of walkouts by his unionized teachers was having on schoolchildren. He infamously replied he “would start representing kids when they started paying union dues.”

Today, AFT President Randi Weingarten, head of the nation’s second-largest teachers union, is just as apathetic toward America’s struggling schoolchildren. Yet she masquerades her apathy behind a façade of concern for teacher health, using the political power that comes with having donated $20 million to Democrats in 2020 alone to successfully pressure the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), with the complicity of Joe Biden’s White House, to alter a CDC recommendation on school reopenings just days before it was released.

“First of all, that’s false,” insisted Press Secretary Jen Psaki, because “it’s actually long-standing best practice for the CDC to engage with organizations and groups that are going to be impacted by guidance and recommendations issued by the agency.”

Is that really what happened?

In early February, the CDC was set to announce its recommendation that all schools reopen regardless of community spread of COVID-19. All available data showed children are at extremely low risk for contracting the virus and at even lower risk for transmitting it, along with generally avoiding severe cases.

However, according to emails between CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, her top advisers, Biden White House officials, and senior AFT union leaders — which were only exposed as a result of a FOIA request by watchdog group Americans for Public Trust — we now know there was a “full-court press” by the AFT to pressure the CDC to recommend keeping thousands of middle and high schools closed.

This “flurry of activity” came just days before a CDC article was published in the highly respected Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluding that schools could reopen safely with minimal safety precautions, like social distancing.

In a February 1 email to the CDC, Kelly Trautner, AFT senior director for health issues, wrote, “Thank you again for Friday’s rich discussion about forthcoming CDC guidance and for your openness to the suggestions made by our president, Randi Weingarten, and the AFT. … We were able to review a copy of the draft guidance document over the weekend and were able to provide some initial feedback to several staff this morning about possible ways to strengthen the document.”

In these email exchanges, the AFT pressured the CDC to include exemptions from in-person work for teachers and staff, and even family members of teachers and staff, who were arguably more susceptible to the virus.

It’s bad enough that union leaders pressured a supposedly science-based agency to modify its guidelines and recommendations to accommodate the union agenda, but it’s atrocious that the CDC adopted some of the union’s recommended language nearly verbatim, not once, but twice.

In later emails, Trautner thanked CDC Director Walensky for her “genuine desire to earn our confidence and your commitment to partnership.”

If, as Biden claims, Democrats and the CDC are “following the science,” then why is the CDC taking direction from an explicitly political organization on science-based matters?

Maybe because AFT has donated more than $100 million to political campaigns since 1990, with 99.74% going to Democrats. Democrats, in turn, this year gave $213 billion in additional funding to union-controlled schools, with no requirement that they reopen.

That’s a 2,130-to-1 return on investment for the unions!

Walensky laughably claimed the CDC guidelines are “free from political meddling,” but later admitted that was a lie.

Again, it is critical to stress that the science doesn’t support school closures, and Democrats and their union bedfellows know it. In leftist-run countries like Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands, schools reopened last year after just a short time closed, with no major (or even minor) COVID-19 outbreaks.

Continued school closures in America have nothing to do with teacher safety, or even student safety, but are about union power and control of education. Unions have secured vast new funding while affording many teachers the ability to work at home.

In the meantime, these lockdowns are taking a devastating toll on our children. Suicide rates among youth have climbed as children suffer the psychological effects of pandemic fearmongering and are forced to wear masks, social distance, and hear those they should be able to trust claim they and their family are just one careless handshake away from death.

That’s not to mention the stress they suffer watching parents lose their jobs and their life savings, turn to drugs or alcohol, and deal with depression. Some children are suffering from child abuse, but fewer cases are detected because these children are stuck at home with their abusers.

As of this week, less than half of America’s schools are back to full in-person learning, but it is poor, minority school districts, controlled by Democrats, where the situation is worst. By the end of February, between 54% and 69% of minority children were still engaged in remote learning. These schools are already plagued by extremely poor academic performance.

Wouldn’t that be considered evidence of “systemic racism,” committed by Democrats themselves?

The selfishness of the teachers unions, and the complicity of the Democrats, could harm America’s schoolchildren for the rest of their lives, resulting in long-term emotional problems, social anxiety, and a drastic reduction in lifetime earnings.

Our children deserve better than to be held hostage by union leaders and Democrat politicians.

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Wokeness Is Wearing Thin

The Left’s obsession with race has infected our politics and our lives, and there are signs that the American people are getting sick of it.

Douglas Andrews

“It does not take a majority to prevail,” said our favorite Founding Father, “but an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

And are those brushfires we see out there in Southlake, Texas? And in Tallahassee? And in Chicago? And in, of all places, Manhattan?

It appears so, as little pockets of people are starting to speak out against woke supremacy. We’re nowhere near what columnist John Hinderaker calls “a preference cascade,” but folks are beginning to pull off the veil of silence. “One person turns to another and says, ‘I want this to end.’ Pretty soon — amazingly soon, once it starts to spread — it turns out that most people agree.”

We can dream, can’t we?

In Southlake, which is northwest of Dallas, Republicans organized, swept local elections, and threw woke Democrats off the school board as voters rebelled against a proposal to add Critical Race Theory to the curriculum.

In Tallahassee, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has given Republicans a blueprint for strong and principled pushback against the woke elite and a hostile press.

In Chicago, Jason Fried, the CEO of a software company called Basecamp, told his employees that political discussions will no longer be allowed on the company platform. “It can’t happen where the work happens anymore,” said a fed-up Fried.

And in Manhattan, parents began rebelling against the poisonous racist claptrap being fed to their children at some of the borough’s most elite schools. “The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob,” wrote one parent to some 600 fellow parents. “I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs. By viewing every element of education, every aspect of history, and every facet of society through the lens of skin color and race, we are desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and utterly violating the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought, and died.”

Bold, powerful stuff.

Steven Hayward, Hinderaker’s colleague at Power Line, thus wonders whether wokery is starting to wane. We don’t think so — at least not just yet. But, he writes, “More and more the woke pandemic afflicting our elites … is reminding me of forced busing back in the late 1960s and early 1970s — a project to which liberals (and compliant federal judges) were fiercely dedicated … and which was hugely unpopular. Then, as now, many Republicans spoke in subdued tones about their opposition to busing for fear of being called ‘racist.’”

But eventually someone speaks out. And in this case, it was the Democrats’ Cue-Ball Cassandra, James Carville, who last week pointed out the 800-pound canary in the coal mine: “Wokeness is a problem, and everybody knows it It’s hard to talk to anybody today — and I talk to lots of people in the Democratic Party — who doesn’t say this. But they don’t want to say it out loud … because they’ll get clobbered or canceled.”

Cassandra, it should be noted, was not only gifted with prophecy but also cursed. Her visions, however true, were never believed. The American people — the vast majority of them — seem to have a real problem with wokeness. But the Democrats haven’t given us any sense that they believe Carville or that they’re willing or able to correct course.

It’s no wonder they’re behaving like they know their days in leadership are numbered.

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Biden Tries to Silence Rolling Thunder and Ban Prayer

The Biden administration is wrecking DC traditions with its “security” theater.

Thomas Gallatin

“Deeply troubling.” That was the Reverend Patrick Mahoney’s response when he was denied a permit to hold a prayer service at the U.S. Capitol on the National Day of Prayer tomorrow. “For 70 years, there has been a public witness on the National Day of Prayer at the U.S. Capitol Building. Until today! Our request to have prayer service was denied,” read a statement by Mahoney. He further observed, “The ‘People’s House,’ as the U.S. Capitol Building is so rightly called, must be a place where all Americans are afforded the right to come and peacefully celebrate and express their First Amendment rights. Tragically, those rights and freedoms are being denied and prohibited.”

Remind us which political party runs DC and controls the “People’s House”?

Mahoney has now filed a lawsuit contending that “free speech is in danger all across America.” Moreover, he argues, “There’s a misconception out there that many people think the Capitol is closed, and it’s not.” That’s true. Members of Congress continue to meet, while grounds crews and other workers fulfill their duties. Of course, the Capitol building is still under virtual lockdown, and for five months DC has been occupied by National Guard troops.

Nevertheless, there is no legitimate justification for denying Mahoney’s request, and yet he isn’t the only one being denied access in our nation’s capital.

Joe Biden’s Defense Department denied a parking permit to the group American Veterans, or AMVETS, to access the Pentagon’s parking area, which for 32 years has served as a rallying point for the Memorial Day motorcycle riding tradition formally dubbed Rolling Thunder, now known as Rolling to Remember. The DOD’s reason was, of course, The All-Purpose Excuse™ — coronavirus.

A statement from the Pentagon reads in part, “Substantial community transmission of COVID-19 in Arlington County, Virginia; number of Americans fully vaccinated across the nation; nature of this event with its decreased ability to maintain physical distance; and large crowds in one location for an extended period of time. This event draws national attention and participation; therefore the risk of exposure from participants from other communities extends well beyond the National Capital Region.” No, that wasn’t an anti-vax ad, though you could be forgiven for thinking it was.

AMVETS had contacted the Pentagon about a parking permit nearly a year ago and received approval in March, only to have that permit subsequently revoked. Meanwhile, local news outlet ABC 7 News reports, “The Pentagon’s denial comes on the heels of the Smithsonian announcing last week that it will reopen eight of its facilities to the public in May, starting with the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly on Wednesday, May 5.” Great timing by the Pentagon.

AMVETS National Executive Director Joe Chenelly noted the general response from veterans: “It’s very disappointing … for our members. There’s been shock and deep disappointment expressed to us.” Nevertheless, veterans still plan on riding. “We are seeing it on websites and on social media all over the place,” he said. “Much smaller groups. They’re planning their own smaller rallying points and they’re coming in.” Indeed, more than a few of our Patriot veterans may be familiar with the phrase, “Improvise, adapt, and overcome.”

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On the Web

  • Roger Helle: C’mon, Man! — From COVID to immigration to infrastructure, Biden’s trying to pull a fast one on people.
  • In Brief: The Bleak Biden Way — Victor Davis Hanson brings a historian’s perspective to Biden’s first 100 days.

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Derek Chauvin requests new trial, alleges jury misconduct (National Review) | Chauvin juror defends participation in Washington protest (Daily Mail)
  • Facebook Oversight Board upholds Trump ban but calls indefinite suspension “not appropriate” (Fox News) | Trump launches his own one-way communications platform (Washington Examiner)

Government & Politics

  • Brilliant: Kamala Harris suggests fighting climate change will fix the border crisis (PM)
  • Biden’s Labor Department rescinds Trump-era rule affecting gig workers (Reuters)
  • Texas Democrats refuse resignation of official who called Scott an “Oreo” (Fox News)
  • “Fact-checkers” missed stealth edits to Stacey Abrams op-ed (RealClearPolitics)

Around the Nation

  • Montana to end pandemic unemployment benefits amid worker shortage (UPI)
  • Kansas legislature overrides governor’s veto, lowers age for concealed carry to 18 (TTAG)
  • April sets gun sales record with 1.7 million background checks (The Reload)

Other Notables

  • New study reveals that stay-at-home orders backfired (FEE)
  • U.S. birth rate falls to lowest point in more than a century (Fox News)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Seattle police officers refused service at local chocolate shop (PM)
  • Coca-Cola pauses “diversity” (read: racist) plan after chief lawyer resigns (NY Post)
  • Cornell defends BIPOC-only rock-climbing class after online uproar (NY Post)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: A model for fighting Critical Race Theory in America’s schools (Newsweek)
  • Policy: Questioning the climate change narrative (National Review)
  • Humor: 23% of Galaxy believes they are more unified since Palpatine became emperor (Babylon Bee)

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “How should it happen that the individual should be without rights, but the combination of individuals should possess unlimited rights?” —Auberon Herbert (1838-1906)

Upright: “As a dogma, Critical Race Theory is contrary to 2 Corinthians 5:16a: ‘Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh.’ CRT promotes the divisive idea that human beings regard one another ‘according to the flesh’ (melanin) rather than the imago Dei (Gen. 1:27).” —Darrell B. Harrison

Politics is downstream of culture: “It should come as no surprise when young people raised by helicopter parents are hoodwinked by the false promises of socialism — promises such as free college tuition, free health care and student debt forgiveness. Is it any wonder young people who have never been required to work refuse to get jobs, even though most employers have ‘Help Wanted’ signs in their windows, are paying well above minimum wage and are offering hiring bonuses? Their parents conditioned them to expect to receive everything they might want without having to work for it. Pandering politicians in the Democratic Party reinforce this unhealthy perspective by promising to pick up where the parents left off. Young people who don’t learn personal responsibility and accountability in the home are sitting ducks for the false promises of socialist ideologues. Unprepared, thoroughly indoctrinated young people who choose socialism over capitalism are just doing what their parents taught them to do.” —Oliver North and David Goetsch

For the record I: “The conventional wisdom justifying Biden’s new FDR-sized ambitions is that the country is in crisis, and he has to meet the proverbial moment, which can only be done with 13-digit spending bills. The truth is, though, that there is no crisis, and there is no moment. There’s only an excuse, an occasion, and a procedure. The excuse is the supposed downtrodden state of the country such that only $6 trillion can save it from rack and ruin. The occasion is very slender Democratic majorities in Congress that are willing to contemplate levels of spending that, not too long ago, only the likes of Bernie Sanders and AOC openly agitated for. The procedure is reconciliation, the process that allows fiscal measures to pass the Senate with just 51 votes rather than the usual 60.” —Rich Lowry

For the record II: “In his speech to the joint session of Congress last week, Biden correctly stated we are in a competition with China, then declared the way to prevail is to spend on every single one of his domestic priorities, as if Beijing’s threat to Taiwan can be deterred by spending another $80 billion on Amtrak and $174 billion on electric cars and charging stations. No, none of this makes any sense. The real justification for the Biden spending spree is that Democrats, who have marched steadily to the left, are in a mood to do as much to transform the country as possible while their tenuous unified control of Washington lasts.” —Rich Lowry

Straight talk: “People will wear a mask everywhere for a whole year because they’re afraid of a disease but won’t lay off the fast food and lose a few pounds. The latter will do much more to preserve your health. But sure, you’re ‘health conscious’ with that mask and all that extra body fat.” —Matt Walsh

D’oh! “Anybody making less than $400,000 a year will not pay a single penny in taxes.” —Joe Biden, who probably meant to say “will not pay a single penny more in taxes.”

Non compos mentis: “There is not a rational actor on the Republican side now. … I really, really believe that the Republican Party, as currently constituted and run, is no longer a viable, productive part of the constitutional democratic republic.” —Jon Meacham (“This is the same Meacham that promoted WE ARE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW on the cover of Newsweek in 2009. That wasn’t true then, and it’s not true now.” —Tim Graham)

And last… “Are there individuals who are racist? Of course, but that doesn’t make the nation racist any more than having criminals among us makes us a criminal nation.” —Cal Thomas

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1 thought on “Mid-Day Snapshot · May 5, 2021

  1. Jack Sutter

    I say ley Democrats have carte blanche for a while, they stole their way too controlling Congress and the presidency, end of the Supreme Court has been compromised to the point of being there whipping boy on several key issues imho. They have that power right now whether we like it or not so sure we should highlight what they do with it, but we should also let them spit out all that rope they’re going to end up hanging themselves with, apparently if we just let them dull show the public exactly what they are. Look at Joe Biden go already, all indications point to fascist and even his own voters know it. I think where we went wrong, we’re in letting people like Liz Cheney populate the party, we thought they wouldn’t stab Us in the back of the critical moments. On January 6th they proved people like me wrong, we can’t work with this sellouts, we have to get rid of them. The GOP isn’t our party so long as they occupy the leadership positions of that party.

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