Mid-Day Snapshot · July 23, 2021

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‘Patriot’ Is the New ‘Nazi’

The America-hating Left will stop at nothing to demonize those who love their country.

Douglas Andrews

For decades now — or at least since the leftist hordes were shouting “Dissent is patriotic!” during the George W. Bush years — the word “patriot” and all its permutations have been off limits to the Left. Not because it’s been forbidden from adopting these terms, but because their meaning is utterly at odds with everything the Left stands for.

Perhaps the last time a Democrat used the term affirmatively was back in 2003, when Hillary Clinton shrieked, “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic! And we should stand up and say, ‘We’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration!’”

And so, ever since, they’ve looked askance at anyone who picks up the mantle of “patriot.” More than that, though, they’ve weaponized the word. Think about the Obama years, when one of the primary methods the IRS used for isolating and targeting conservative groups was the appearance of the term “patriot” in their organizational name.

Having thus far failed to banish the red-blooded Patriots from their midst, however, the America-hating Left is now equating patriotism to extremism.

For example, during a recent morning segment on its obsession with QAnon, CBS morning anchor Anne Marie Green asked tech reporter Dan Patterson how people can tell if they’re on an extremist website that can’t be trusted. He answered, “One word to look out for, a key word, is ‘patriot.’”

In essence, “patriot” has replaced “Nazi” insofar as the Left is concerned.

Patriots, of course, are those who love their country; those who put their country before all other countries; those who defend it against her detractors. In other words, Patriots are the mortal enemies of those on the Left — even those in government. As columnist Gary Bauer writes:

Some government agencies, including the Pentagon, are identifying so-called ‘extremists’ by whether they frequently discuss the Constitution. You know, the owner’s manual of our country.

I laughed, but I almost cried the other day, when I read a piece by a liberal New York Times editor. She dared to venture out into the hinterlands of Long Island, New York, and was traumatized when she saw so many “disturbing” American flags on pickup trucks.

We remember that story. In fact, we wrote about it.

“What is happening to our country is a cultural genocide,” Bauer concludes “Leftist elites are attacking and tearing down every symbol of the American Republic. Why? Because … the American Republic is an impediment to the Marxist state they’re trying to force on us.”

All this interests us greatly — and not just because the word “Patriot” appears on our masthead. When Patriots and patriotism are demonized and not defended vigorously, it’s a sign that the nation for which they stand is living on borrowed time.

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CJCS Milley Doesn’t Deny CINC/Hitler Comparison

Gen. Milley is in abject violation of his oath and should resign.

Mark Alexander

Simultaneous to our call for the resignation or firing of Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), for peddling Joe Biden’s political agenda, Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called a press conference in an effort to salvage Milley’s job.

Good try, but no cigar.

My justification for calling out the CJCS was twofold.

First, it was based on his insistence that Critical Race Theory curricula and programs — repackaged Marxist propaganda — should be imposed on the next generation of military leaders at our service academies. This was a promotion of Biden’s race-hustling agenda at the expense of military unity in the ranks.

Moreover, the second reason Milley should resign is an account by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, both of whom are politically sympathetic to Milley, regarding his references to Donald Trump at the time Milley was his CJCS. According to Leonnig and Rucker, among other offenses, Milley referred to Trump’s playbook as “The gospel of the Führer” and his supporters as “brownshirts,” Hitler’s street thugs.

Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg (USA-Ret.), who served most recently as national security advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, declared that if the WaPo report of Milley’s remarks is accurate, his “comments are seditious” and an abject violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Kellogg said: “I think he’s discredited his position as chairman of the Joint Chiefs. My opinion, and I’ve known Mark a lot of years, he needs to resign or they should remove him.” Kellogg added that Milley “crossed the line,” declaring: “I think he has violated his oath of office. I think he should go.”

Indeed, those remarks, if accurate, constitute a flagrant violation of his oath “to support and defend” our Constitution.

So, are the attributions to Milley accurate?

According to The Washington Post, “Milley repeatedly declined to confirm whether the comments attributed to him … are accurate.” In other words, he declined to deny those comments.

For Milley’s part, in the presser he stated: “The military did not, and will not, and should not ever get involved in domestic politics. We don’t arbitrate elections. That’s the job of the judiciary and the legislature and the American people. It is not the job of the U.S. military. We stayed out of politics. We’re an apolitical institution.”

That is correct — or should be. But was it in his case?

Regarding his oath, he added, “Not one time did we violate … our oath of allegiance to that document, the Constitution, and everything that’s contained within it.”

Actually, short of denying the Post reporters’ account, Milley remains in stark violation of his oath and, consequently, is a more dangerous threat to American Liberty and constitutional Rule of Law than all of the Capitol protesters.

For Austin’s part, he insisted Milley “doesn’t have a political bone in his body.” Then, apparently unable to distinguish the fact that he was directly contradicting that statement, Austin reaffirmed their commitment to Biden’s political agenda: “This department will be diverse. It will be inclusive. … I’m committed to that. This department is committed to that. The chairman’s committed to that.”

Fact is, our military should be, first and foremost, committed to selection and advancement based on character and qualifications, not skin pigmentation. Austin, who is an Alabama native and grew up in Georgia, should recall that Martin Luther King expressed those sentiments. But content of character is out of fashion in Biden’s regime.

Like SecDef Austin, Milley has a distinguished career and served our country well. But as too often happens with good people once they become DC swamp dwellers, he has been drinking too much woke-flavored Potomac Powerade and is now past his expiration date. Few members of Congress will call for Milley to resign. There are big military contracts that might get diverted to other congressional districts if they overturn that applecart. However, as Lt. Gen. Kellogg declared, “He should go.”

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Klobuchar’s Plan for Redlining Speech

Under the guise of preventing COVID “misinformation,” her bill would limit liability protection for social media companies.

Thomas Gallatin

In an act that completely ignores the First Amendment, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Thursday introduced a bill that would remove Section 230 liability protection from social media companies that allow the dissemination on their platforms of “misinformation” regarding public health emergencies. Klobuchar justified her speech-squelching legislation by arguing: “Earlier this year, I called on Facebook and Twitter to remove accounts that are responsible for producing the majority of misinformation about the coronavirus, but we need a longterm solution. This legislation will hold online platforms accountable for the spread of health-related misinformation.”

This is just continuing the Left’s efforts to redline conservative speech.

Has Klobuchar even perused Facebook or YouTube recently? Any mention of the coronavirus will automatically produce a COVID informational disclaimer. And Twitter has been one of the most aggressive of the social media giants in stomping out COVID “misinformation,” regularly suspending the accounts of those deemed as having violated the company’s policy. In other words, Big Tech already has been heavily engaged and active in attempting to promote the Left’s “groupthink” narrative when it comes to COVID.

But for Klobuchar and the Biden administration, it’s not enough because those with other opinions are still able to share them. In fact, the real target of this anti-free speech legislation is political views the Left would not like to have to contend against. Democrats like Klobuchar simply don’t believe in the marketplace of ideas. No, it’s her way or the highway, all wrapped up in the dubious guise of protecting people from “misinformation.”

Furthermore, Big Tech is happy as a clam with this speech-squelching bill, as it would serve to limit competition. If Klobuchar’s bill were to become law (which, given the current makeup of Congress, is an unlikely prospect), smaller startup social media platforms like Parler, Gab, and Gettr — platforms that many conservatives have migrated to because of their commitment to free speech — would be forced into the same censorship, or risk being sued into oblivion.

Recall White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s comments last week: “You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation out there.”

Meanwhile, Joe Biden continues to provide misinformation regarding the coronavirus, among a slew of other things. He erroneously claimed during Wednesday’s town hall event: “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations. If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in the IC unit, and you’re not going to die.”

Oops. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of July 12, the official tally of fully vaccinated individuals who have been hospitalized by COVID is 5,189. Furthermore, 1,063 fully vaccinated people have died with COVID. Of course, these statics don’t reveal other factors such as advanced age and comorbidities, and it’s still a tiny sliver of the 160 million vaccinated Americans. Nevertheless, Biden’s claim was false. Literally, as he likes to say.

The Democrats’ “misinformation” gambit is intentionally and ironically misleading. They’re not interested in promoting greater access to information. Rather, they’re interested in policing language and shutting down the ability of people to voice their opposition to politically correct narratives. The Democrats are fast becoming the anti-free speech party.

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Biden to Struggling Employers: Just Pay More

He says some businesses will remain “in a bind” until they raise wages for workers.

Nate Jackson

President Marie-Antoinette says restauranteurs can eat cake. No, the real Marie-Antoinette probably didn’t say that, but Joseph Robinette Biden did say that restaurant owners will “be in a bind for a little while” — and it’s their own fault. But hey, if they make cake, they can eat it.

Biden, who hasn’t had a real job since the 1960s, made his appallingly condescending comments to a business owner in a CNN town hall event. An Ohio restauranteur told the president of his struggles to “find employees” when “hiring is our top priority right now.” He asked, “How do you and the Biden administration plan to incentivize those that haven’t returned to work yet?”

The restauranteur’s implicit point is something we’ve been saying for a long time. The federal government has been incentivizing people not to return to work, and that’s the biggest problem facing potential employers. It’s why there are still nine million unfilled positions. It’s why the restaurant next door to our humble shop is no longer open for lunch — the owner can’t find employees.

Biden’s answer not only didn’t acknowledge this truth, he demanded thanks and credit: “Well, two things. One, if you noticed, we kept you open,” Biden claimed. You’re welcome, you Republican ingrate.

“We spent billions of dollars to make sure restaurants could stay open,” Biden continued. Many didn’t get help and didn’t stay open, thanks to government-mandated shutdowns and, again, thanks to not being able to find workers. But never mind that inconvenient truth.

He then opined on economics: “And a lot of people who now — who worked as waiters and waitresses decided that they don’t want to do that anymore because there’s other opportunities at higher wages, because there’s a lot of openings now in jobs and people are beginning to move.”

And again: “People are looking to make more money and to bargain. And so I think your business and the tourist business is really going to be in a bind for a little while.”

He did, however, admit that his policies really are the problem. “We’re ending all of those things that are things keeping people back from going back to work, et cetera,” he said. “It will be interesting to see what happens.” Yes it will.

Ultimately, though, it’s little more than unmitigated arrogance for an economically illiterate half-century Swamp creature to lecture an employer about what it takes to run a business. Especially when the president’s policies cause hardship.

The truth is even more insidious. The Democrats’ real strategy with enhanced unemployment benefits that are keeping people on the sidelines is to ingrain their $15/hour minimum wage in the economy. What they can’t pass legislatively, they’re forcing through by other means. Think it’s a coincidence that enhanced benefits just happen to add up to $15 an hour? That is indeed forcing employers to raise wages — and prices — to pay for this new cost of finding willing workers.

Biden’s right about one thing — it’s putting businesses in a bind. But he didn’t exactly take a page from Bill Clinton’s playbook and feel anyone’s pain. Biden’s got nothing but callous disregard for life-altering economic malaise.

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China Hacks, Russia Expands, Biden Dithers

The American president’s foreign policy can be summed up in two words: America Last.

Brian Mark Weber

During Donald Trump’s presidency, we kept hearing the feigned worry, “What does Russian President Vladimir Putin have on Trump?” Leftists clung to the “collusion” narrative to the point of derangement. As it turned out, Putin didn’t have anything on Trump, and Trump’s policies vis-à-vis Russia were pretty tough.

Now, the question everyone should be asking is, “What does Chinese President Xi Jinping have on Joe Biden?”

Apparently, quite a lot.

Just for a moment, let’s consider something other than the fact that the Chinese communists released a deadly plague on the world, and then lied about it and covered it up.

Earlier this week, Chinese hackers launched a cyberattack that impacted more than a million Microsoft Exchange accounts. The White House blamed China, but what was the response?

The Biden administration “stopped short of sanctioning Beijing for contracting with hackers,” The Washington Free Beacon reports. “The United Kingdom, European Union, and NATO joined the United States in condemning China for facilitating the March attack on Microsoft Exchange email servers. But President Joe Biden and State Department spokesman Ned Price dismissed the need for retaliation, causing some lawmakers to question the Biden administration’s ability to combat hostile foreign actors.”

Secretary of State Atony Blinken admitted that China’s “irresponsible, disruptive, and destabilizing behavior in cyberspace” poses “a major threat to our economic and national security.”

Blinken is right about the seriousness of the situation, but the U.S. is not holding China accountable as he claims. Instead, we’re reaching out to make sure China gets its way on a variety of issues that benefit China.

Again, the Beacon reports: “A bill introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.) tucked millions of dollars in taxpayer money into a climate fund intended to boost cooperation with China. Meanwhile, Meeks rejected dozens of Republican measures to toughen the United States’ stance on human rights, the 2022 Olympics, and the defense of Taiwan.”

Any attempt to hold the line with China is rejected by the Biden administration. China can do as it pleases, and instead of being punished, it’s reaping all the rewards of a weak and submissive U.S. president.

Then again, China knows Biden is a pushover.

It was revealed this week that from 2011-2013 during the Obama-Biden administration, China hacked into American oil and gas pipeline companies, enabling the ChiComs to do serious damage to our energy infrastructure had they decided to do so.

Clearly, Biden repeatedly turning the other cheek will only invite China, Russia, and other belligerent nations to attack the U.S. again.

One of China and Russia’s mutual goals is “to create chaos if not shut down the U.S.,” argues Monica Showalter at The American Thinker. “They both know that the U.S. economy is the big vehicle for the U.S. military machine, and shutting it down from time to time, perhaps as dry runs for something truly catastrophic (they already can see that COVID makes our officials go nuts) is a possibility. What better than to shake money out of U.S. corporations through ransomware attacks that create uncertainty and decrease corporate profits?”

Again, it’s not just China playing with America like a cat toying around with a mouse.

The Biden administration has paved the way for Vladimir Putin’s pipeline project six months after Biden shut down America’s Keystone Pipeline. Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz called the deal a “catastrophe” for the United States and our allies, and one that would fill Russia’s treasury with billions for years to come.

Meanwhile, Iran’s involvement in a foiled kidnapping of an Iranian-born U.S. citizen in New York City is yet another example of the Biden White House failing to hold any of America’s enemies accountable.

As long as a weak, cognitively impaired, and ideologically bankrupt Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office, our national security is at risk. The president is willing to look the other way when China and Russia attack while making deals that enrich our enemies and leave American citizens vulnerable. His foreign policy can be summed up in two words: American Last.

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U.S. Women Bow to BLM

Emmy Griffin

Before the official opening whistle blew to signal the beginning of Wednesday’s first-round Olympic soccer match, the U.S. women’s soccer teams took a knee, ostensibly to call attention to “inequality and discrimination.” The U.S. women’s team was kneeling to demonstrate solidarity with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Marxists.

This new era of activist athletes is distressing, to say the least. The only positive is that the players didn’t actually kneel during each team’s respective national anthem, which provocative players like Megan Rapinoe have been known to do.

This writer has been playing soccer since age of four, including collegiate competition on a scholarship and then coaching. I have always taken deep pride in the fact that our U.S. women’s team has been such a powerhouse on the world stage, growing up admiring players like Mia Hamm, Briana Scurry, Michelle Akers, and Brandi Chastain. These women were the pioneers of the women’s soccer movement, facing steep odds in their disfavor. These women taking pride in their country and being willing to step into a new frontier and popularize the sport in the states was something to take pride in as an American woman. Whenever our U.S. women’s team was playing in the Olympics or World Cup, everything stopped in our household so we could watch the game. We were so proud of our girls.

But there is no pride in the way the current generation of self-centered wokesters seeks to be “groundbreaking.” Its activism is based on a dreadful narrative. The BLM anecdote is antithetical to American freedom and the ideals set about in the Constitution. BLM doesn’t actually care about black lives. Rather, it wants to further an agenda steeped in Marxism, destroying the institutions including that of the nuclear family. BLM purports to believe in equity — which is not to be confused with equality — and that meritocracy is a white ideal.

Don’t these women soccer players understand that this is the antithesis to their own achievements? In a world where BLM gets its way, it wouldn’t be the most talented that get to represent the U.S. It would be those who are the most “oppressed” who get that honor.

The U.S. team on Wednesday lost 0-3. It’s sad to watch, but it’s even sadder to realize these women don’t understand what their team used to represent to players and soccer lovers alike. Perhaps most perniciously, they’re spreading their poison — not only did Sweden kneel, but England and Chile did as well. Just another way in which American leadership is taking a knee.

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Sports and the Wages of Wokeness

The NFL’s decision to play “The Black National Anthem” at every game in 2021 is divisive, not unifying.

Douglas Andrews

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a uniquely American song, a beautiful spiritual written more than a century ago by author, poet, and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson. As such, it deserves better than to be made a political football.

But that’s exactly what it’ll become if reports are true that the National Football League will play the song before every NFL game this year. Multiple media outlets have picked up this news, but the league office hasn’t yet summoned up the courage to either confirm or deny it.

The song is often referred to as “The Black National Anthem,” and the obvious and incendiary question that poses is whether “The Star Spangled Banner” is thus “The White National Anthem.”

Who mistakenly calls “Lift Every Voice and Sing” a national anthem? Only those who don’t understand what the term national anthem means, and those who seek to divide our nation, black from white, rather than unite it under a patriotic common purpose.

It’s hard to imagine a group of men who ought to be more uniformly grateful to their country than the NFL’s 1,696 players who are paid to play a game and whose average annual salary is well north of $3 million. Except NBAers, whose average annual salary is around $8.3 million and whose job description doesn’t call for knocking one’s opponent into next week.

The NFL’s decision, its proponents will say, is an appropriate effort to acknowledge the racial balance of the league, which is around 70% black. More important, though, is that the league is and always has been nearly 100% American. And it’s this latter fact that now seems to escape the NFL’s racial do-gooders. As National Review’s Rich Lowry writes:

The NFL has been such a battlefield for the cultural struggle over the national anthem and protests because it long ago eclipsed baseball as the national pastime. Heretofore, as one would expect of such a thoroughly American sport, the league had identified itself with a robust patriotism (pre-game flyovers, gigantic American flags unfurled on the field, tributes to servicemembers…).

That the NFL has swung drastically the other way is a sign that a new national identity is emerging to supplant the old. This new American identity is, of course, getting pushed by every lever of elite culture. It is defined by “anti-racism” instead of the American creed, Black Lives Matter instead of, say, the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars, and new rituals, holidays, and heroes instead of ones that have been long established and, to this point, uncontroversial.

For sports fans who “just want to watch a game,” the NFL will be an in-your-face assault on the senses. Indeed, the league’s national anthem appeasement is just once piece of a 10-year, $250 million “commitment to combat systemic racism.” As Front Office Sports reports, “To reinforce its 10-year, $250 million commitment to combat systemic racism, the league will promote social justice via on-field signage, decals on player helmets, and in-stadium PSAs.”

The NFL is lucky. Its appeal is so strong, and its brand so powerful, that most of its fans will likely tolerate this pathetic overreach. Other sports, though, haven’t fared so well. Take the NBA, for example, which is about 75% black. As Outkick’s Clay Travis observes: “Last year, worst ratings of all time for the NBA. This year, second worst ratings all time. It’s not a coincidence. They went political. Now they’re trying to, George Costanza-style, pretend it never happened. There was almost zero politics this year.”

Then there’s the Olympic Games, whose opening ceremonies took place today and which will be played sans fans in COVID-conscious Tokyo, Japan. Says Travis: “You’ve got no crowds in the stands at all. The Japanese people overwhelmingly do not want the Olympics to take place. And top sponsors are already pulling out. Add in the huge time difference, and I think there’s got to be a lot of nervousness about what is usually a signature event around the world that brings us all together.”

We’re not sure that taking a knee or otherwise disrespecting one’s flag at the Olympics to protest “social injustice” is the best way to bring folks together. But no one asked us. “The Olympic flame hadn’t been lit here before athletes took a knee to protest social injustice,” reports USA Today. “With women’s soccer competition beginning before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games on Friday, five teams — including the Americans — knelt on the field before the start of their games.”

The Americans then went on to lose their first match in two and a half years, a shocking 3-0 trouncing at the hands of Sweden. Maybe they should’ve been more focused on winning the game and less focused on making a statement.

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Good News About American Families

After decades of decline, the percentage of children living in two-parent homes is on the rise.

Thomas Gallatin

The statics have been so commonly repeated that few are surprised to hear the traditional nuclear family in America is in bad shape. Fortunately, there’s a glimmer of hope.

The numbers of children growing up in broken homes over the past 50 years has seemingly only grown. For example, in 2014, data showed that over 40% of babies were born out of wedlock, with that number jumping to an upsetting 70% of black babies. Furthermore, for women under the age of 30 bearing children, 65.7% of babies were born out of wedlock.

Data shows that breakdown of the nuclear family directly contributes to both poverty and crime rates. And children growing up in broken homes are more likely to repeat the same destructive decisions, fueling a culture of poverty and crime.

As Focus on the Family’s vice president of governmental and external relations, Tim Goeglin, observed in his book American Restoration: “When politicians, activists, and social commentators talk about inequality, they often leave out the critical role married parents play in keeping children above the poverty line. There is evidence that the breakdown of the nuclear family in American society is, in fact, the primary reason why the gulf between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ has widened over the past fifty years.”

However, just as it seems there was little hope of this destructive reality reversing, there’s some good news emerging. In a recent report out of the Institute for Family Studies, Nicholas Zill writes, “A funny thing happened on the way to extinction: although not out of intensive care, the supposed corpse of the two-parent family seems to be breathing new life.”

Zill observes that recent data shows the percentage of children living in two-parent homes has risen to 70%, while the percentage of children living in single-parent homes dropped from 28% to 25%.

Within the black community, the number of high school seniors living in a home with their biological fathers rose from 24% to 30%. That’s still a tragically low number, but it does show a positive turn in the right direction. And remember, this is despite the Left’s incessant attacks on the nuclear family. Just imagine how much more those numbers would grow if the family wasn’t under constant attack.

This should encourage all of us who are waging the cultural fight against anti-family statists. It may be a long game, but the labor is not in vain.

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On the Web

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • Epic fumble: Nancy Pelosi says “deadly serious” January 6 inquisition to go without GOP (AP)
  • Justice Department launches gun “strike forces” in five major Democrat-run cities (Washington Times)
  • Pelosi reiterates the double-cross: No bipartisan infrastructure bill without reconciliation package (Fox Business) | House GOP seeks budget caps as check to President Biden’s “harmful spending agenda” (Washington Times)
  • Credit where it’s due: Biden sanctions Cuban regime after crackdown on protesters (Politico)

Economy

  • Jobless claims (419,000) show surprise gain, well above expectations (CNBC)
  • The housing market frenzy may have peaked (Morning Brew)

Health

  • COVID cases jump by 55% in week (Daily Signal)
  • NFL warns teams that COVID outbreaks among unvaccinated players could lead to forfeited games (ESPN) | “I can’t do it”: Growing number of NFL stars speak out against vaccine pressure (Daily Wire)

Around the Nation

  • Michigan legislature yanks emergency powers that enabled Governor Whitmer’s tyranny (The Federalist)
  • Clinton appointee blocks West Virginia law banning biological males from girls sports (Washington Times)

Other Notables

  • Racism. Solved. Cleveland Indians to change name to Cleveland Guardians (MLB Trade Rumors)
  • Never discussed business, eh? Hunter Biden was arranging for VP Joe to quit politics and start a DC “swamp” consultancy firm together (Daily Mail)
  • House rightly votes to increase the number of visas for Afghans who have helped U.S. troops. (NY Times)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Three tips for spending COVID-19 funds in evidence-based ways (AEI)
  • Policy: What will China do if its interests in Africa are threatened? (1945)
  • Satire: CNN airs hourlong PSA on warning signs of dementia (Babylon Bee)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit Headline Report.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice.” —Charles T. Sprading (1871-1959)

Upright: “You might wonder why it’s important to care about yourself. Here’s why: If you don’t care about yourself and don’t respect yourself, then you will settle for bad treatment from others. You will play the role of a victim; you will assume that their bad treatment of you reflects your worth. That’s not true. Their behavior reflects their weakness. A person’s bad treatment of others reflects their own insecurities and weaknesses. People who are strong are generous and helpful; only the weak are controlling and manipulative. The weak look for those who are even weaker but move along when they run into those who are strong. Do not take up the role of a victim because you will continually run across those who want to keep you in that same role.” —Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Re: The Left I: “Can anybody point me to that one time in history where the side that was demanding censorship, segregation, propaganda, radical education, papers to move freely in society, plus government forces going door to door to demand compliance were the good guys?” —Candace Owens

Re: The Left II: “What happened to turn the party of Harry Truman, JFK and even Bill Clinton into a woke neo-Maoist movement? Globalization created a new multibillion-dollar consumer market for American media, universities, law firms, insurance groups, investment houses, sports leagues and entertainment outlets, not to mention the internet and social media. In contrast, work with hands was passe, the supposed stuff of deplorables and clingers — and so better outsourced and offshored. Traditional Democrats were seen increasingly as namby-pamby naifs who rotated power with establishment Republicans. Now with money and institutions in its hip pocket, and cool popular culture on its side, the left would not just damn American institutions but infect them — alter their DNA and reengineer them into revolutionary agencies. So here we are with a near one-party system of a weaponized fused media, popular culture and the administrative state — confident that all Americans will soon agree to love Big Sibling.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Observations: “Earlier this month, Chicago Public Schools announced that it would be making free condoms available in schools, beginning with children in the fifth grade. … It’s time for some brutal honesty. This isn’t about the ‘health’ or ‘safety’ of the children. If it were, the adults would be up in arms at the mere prospect of elementary school children or middle schoolers having sex and would be doing everything in their power to prevent it. But sex is the only destructive behavior that the grown-ups just can’t bring themselves to discourage outright.” —Laura Hollis

For the record I: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi … took the unprecedented step of rejecting two of the Republican members appointed to the [January 6] committee — conservative stalwarts Jim Jordan and Jim Banks. … Remember, Pelosi refused to remove Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee even after it was revealed that he had been compromised by a Chinese spy. But Banks and Jordan are beyond the pale. … By the way, if Pelosi wants to investigate something, she might consider investigating last year’s riots. Two-thirds of Americans support such an investigation. That’s a lot more than the 52% who support a congressional investigation of January 6th.” —Gary Bauer

For the record II: “It may comfort the diehard left to imagine that Washington is at the root of the island’s distress, but there is a reason why those throngs of brave Cubans in the streets last week were chanting ‘Down with the dictatorship!’ and not ‘Down with the embargo!’ They know that their agony is caused by the ruthless despots who for more than six decades have stopped at nothing to keep them in chains.” —Jeff Jacoby

Good question: “As for literacy, how does it help if all Cubans can read if all they’re allowed to read is communist propaganda?” —Cal Thomas

Non compos mentis: “I don’t any take great pleasure … in clashing with the senator. I have a great deal of respect for the institution of the Senate of the United States. But [Rand Paul] was completely out of line. He totally distorted reality. And he made some inflammatory and, I believe, slanderous remarks about lying under oath, which is completely nonsense. I mean, and some of the things he says are so distorted and out of tune with reality, I had to call him on that. I didn’t enjoy it, but I had to do that because he was completely out of line. Totally inappropriate.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

And last… “I do think that [Dr. Anthony Fauci has] been giving us shades of the truth from the very beginning, but I also think that he is predictable as an elitist. People on the Left believe they know better than you and they think that the common man’s too stupid to make their own decisions, so these decisions need to be made by their betters. And I truly think that he believes that he knows better. … He calculates what the people need to hear and he tells them that regardless of whether it’s true.” —Senator Rand Paul

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