More than 50 conservative leaders have written to the White House and Justice Department urging the humanitarian release of former Rep. Steve Stockman. At age 63, with diabetes and a lung condition, Stockman is among the non-violent, non-sex crime prisoners whose health conditions and the conditions within our federal prison system make them “sitting ducks” for a fatal COVID-19 virus infection. Steve Stockman poses no danger to society, but remaining in prison may be a death sentence for him.

It’s not that Democrats are uniquely incompetent, it is that they politicize everything. And in their imagined socialist paradise, only the goods doled-out by the State are “essential,” so banning the sale of books or supplies that might help make one self-sufficient are natural first steps in narrowing that circle of liberty down to what the State deems to be life’s bare necessities.

Try as they might, Democrats’ efforts to investigate and censure President Trump over the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic are destined to fail. There simply isn’t a way the liberal party can attack the “wartime” leader without looking petty and partisan. It’s another sad aspect of the strange times we’re living in.

Not only are some legislators questioning the level of executive-overreach involved in blanket stay-at-home orders, but some sheriffs and police departments are refusing to enforce them, citing constitutional and administrative difficulties.This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers, said Franklin County (Maine) Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Yesterday, Chris Wallace had U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams on and hectored him about why no national stay-at-home order has been issued. We urge CHQ readers to call the White House, the comment line is (202-456-1111) please politely explain to the assistant taking the call that you think President Trump is doing a great job handling the coronavirus panic and that it would be a huge error to issue an extra-constitutional nationwide stay-at-home order.

There’s little doubt some things are hard to watch these days, including the daily rising coronavirus death tolls and the drastic increase in unemployed Americans. Tough times call for exceptional leaders, and fortunately for us, President Trump is up to the task. If only the media would do its job, we’d all see the light of day.

CHQ Exclusives

More than 50 conservative leaders have written to the White House and Justice Department urging the humanitarian release of former Rep. Steve Stockman. At age 63, with diabetes and a lung condition, Stockman is among the non-violent, non-sex crime prisoners whose health conditions and the conditions within our federal prison system make them “sitting ducks” for a fatal COVID-19 virus infection. Steve Stockman poses no danger to society, but remaining in prison may be a death sentence for him.

It’s not that Democrats are uniquely incompetent, it is that they politicize everything. And in their imagined socialist paradise, only the goods doled-out by the State are “essential,” so banning the sale of books or supplies that might help make one self-sufficient are natural first steps in narrowing that circle of liberty down to what the State deems to be life’s bare necessities.

Try as they might, Democrats’ efforts to investigate and censure President Trump over the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic are destined to fail. There simply isn’t a way the liberal party can attack the “wartime” leader without looking petty and partisan. It’s another sad aspect of the strange times we’re living in.

Not only are some legislators questioning the level of executive-overreach involved in blanket stay-at-home orders, but some sheriffs and police departments are refusing to enforce them, citing constitutional and administrative difficulties.This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers, said Franklin County (Maine) Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Yesterday, Chris Wallace had U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams on and hectored him about why no national stay-at-home order has been issued. We urge CHQ readers to call the White House, the comment line is (202-456-1111) please politely explain to the assistant taking the call that you think President Trump is doing a great job handling the coronavirus panic and that it would be a huge error to issue an extra-constitutional nationwide stay-at-home order.

There’s little doubt some things are hard to watch these days, including the daily rising coronavirus death tolls and the drastic increase in unemployed Americans. Tough times call for exceptional leaders, and fortunately for us, President Trump is up to the task. If only the media would do its job, we’d all see the light of day.

Three things now moving rapidly below the surface of American politics and culture should alert conservatives to the extreme danger now facing the United States and the future of constitutional government. Millions who had never had it so good on New Years Day 2020 are now desperate about how to pay their rent or mortgage, where next week’s groceries will come from and how to pay April’s bills.

Many would be gun buyers have found popular guns, such as the AR-15, to be as scarce as toilet paper. This temporary demand-based shortage of AR-15s has prompted many Americans to take the practical and perfectly legal (in most jurisdictions) alternative of building their own AR-platform rifle. Follow us in Part 2 of our project as we ward off cabin fever and exercise our Second Amendment rights by building an AR-15.

You know we’re in strange times when people seriously ponder postponing this year’s election or doing a “rewind” on the political nominating process. Now more than ever it’s prudent to take a step back and consider everything we’re doing -- and proceed cautiously. Let’s not make a bad situation worse.

We urge every CHQ reader and friend to review Frank Gaffney’s article “Year Of The Rat Fink – Investment Firms Selling Out America” and then call your Representative and Senators. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), make that call to demand that Congress prohibit US military and US government civilian retirement funds from being invested in Communist China by Blackrock’s Larry Fink.

Democrat Governors Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Steve Sisolak of Nevada decided to dunk on President Trump by banning the drugs hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate after Trump touted early studies demonstrating their efficacy against the COVID-19 virus. Then the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for the drugs to treat COVID-19 and now Sisolak and Whitmer are singing a different tune.

No one will lose sleep over the fact President Trump and Speaker Pelosi don’t speak and government will go on regardless of their failed personal relationship. In these trying times when we’re all searching for answers there aren’t any rules on political decorum. Trump will focus on doing his job, not pundit gamesmanship.

Front Page Headlines

  • David Catron, The American Spectator

    Thomas Sowell famously wrote, “Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large.” This is essentially where we are in our response to COVID-19. Thus far, every projection of potential fatalities has been far too high, including the projections issued by the Coronavirus Task Force. We know all too well from past experience, however, what the human cost will be if we pursue mitigation strategies that result in widespread unemployment. It will not be, as Dr. Fauci suggests, “inconvenient.” It will kill more of us than COVID-19. It will be, as the President has warned, worse than the problem itself.

  • Editors, Washington Examiner

    The American press’s readiness to treat reports out of Beijing with little, if any, skepticism comes as actual Chinese Communist propaganda videos cite members of the free press in conjunction with its broader, hyperaggressive effort to avoid blame. The journalists who claim it is problematic to refer to the virus by its country and city of origin, and the ones who claim China has the pandemic mostly under control, and who praise China's efforts to help other countries are doing the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party, which is eager to present itself as the world’s leading superpower and scrub from the record its culpability in the spread of the virus.

  • Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

    The investigation by Schiff's committee that should be undertaken is the role of China—specifically the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) because this was not the work or fault of the Chinese people—in deliberately deceiving the world about the provenance and extent of the novel coronavirus. If that is not the mission of the HPSCI, what is? What interests me is why Schiff and his colleagues in the Democratic Party and the media choose to focus their attention away from this monumental Chinese threat and, as if sublimating in the traditional Freudian sense, onto Trump. Ignoring the CCP’s lethal activities is the least of it when your own survival is at stake.

  • John Fund and Joel Hay, National Review

    Sweden has courageously decided not to endorse a harsh quarantine. Nature’s got this one, folks. We’ve been coping with new viruses for untold generations. The best way is to allow the young and healthy — those for whom the virus is rarely fatal — to develop antibodies and herd immunity to protect the frail and sick. As time passes, it will become clearer that social-isolation measures like those in Switzerland and Norway accomplish very little in terms of reducing fatalities or disease, though they crater local and national economies — increasing misery, pain, death, and disease from other causes as people’s lives are upended and futures are destroyed.

  • L. Brent Bozell III, Washington Times

    The complaints about media politicizing this crisis are accurate and well deserved. If anything, considering the magnitude of the crisis before us, these criticisms are understated. At what should be — what must be — a time of national unity, a biased, one-sided national media is tearing us apart. Worse yet, when the most pugnacious of the national media were called on their frenzy of partisan hate, their biggest media guns were trained on those who did so. The media’s need to control their political appetite is never greater than at a time like this. The American people are looking to them for truthful information, not politically-motivated propaganda.

  • Michael Goodwin, New York Post

    The blame game cuts in all directions. If Trump is to be held accountable, he should share the dock with many others who failed to foresee the coming destruction. Most of the big media outlets disgraced themselves by falling for the early lies from China and the WHO. Clearly, few people in public life will emerge unscathed from the blame game if we ask everyone the same questions: What did you know, when did you know it and what did you do about it? On the other hand, mutual destruction is neither required nor desirable, and there is a better option. We can just skip the blame game for now and work together to help America get through this worst of times.

  • Byron York, Washington Examiner

    Pelosi announced the creation of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The new panel will have the authority to investigate any aspect of the virus emergency and the Trump administration's handling of it. Pelosi's announcement came a day after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called for a 9/11-style independent commission to investigate "mistakes" in the virus response. Shortly after that, Schiff told the Washington Post that in Congress, House Democrats must investigate the Trump administration's handling of virus testing and the government's distribution of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.

  • Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

    What March produced and what it appears to portend is a sea change in U.S. history, an inflection point, an event after which things never return to what they were. The coronavirus crisis seems to be one of those epochal events that alter the character of the country and the course of the republic. The shattering events will have lasting impacts on the hearts and minds of this generation. If March shocked this nation as severely as 9/11, what is coming may be even more sobering. In times of crisis in America, there is a tradition of self-sacrifice. But there have also almost always been not a few whose mindset is that of the Fort Lauderdale spring-breakers.

  • Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

    God and government may believe we are all created equal. Coronavirus cruelly dissents. We hate generalization, discrimination, and survival-of-the-fittest elitism. Germs hold no such scruples. Like all predators, they achieve greatest success against the weak. We need to admit this and act accordingly. We also need to acknowledge that when individuals cede their judgment over to the government, bad things happen. Trust individuals with their own health. Trust strangers in government with your health? No thanks. Panic is not a policy. Separate the vulnerable because they are valuable. Let the healthy emerge from hibernation because they are valuable, too.

  • Charles Hurt, Washington Times

    Nothing is more disgusting than watching a bunch of politicians scrambling up the greasy pole in times of genuine crisis to score naked political points. This is why the national political media has never been held in lower regard than it is today. Day after day watching live, televised briefings from the White House as government officials struggle to work through an epic crisis while reporters bleat on and on from the lazy bleachers about whether it would be racist if somebody called the coronavirus from China “Kung Flu.” To be sure, this is a dangerous game for anybody to play. Impeachment was politics over the pandemic for them. Just as it is today.

  • Tim Graham, CNS News

    Tara Reade made a disturbing accusation about her old boss. Like many accusers, Reade cannot prove this happened. The Biden campaign quickly denied it. "Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims" and, "We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false." But are those obligated reporters rigorously vetting these claims? Are reporters pounding the pavement and incessantly droning on their cellphones over this? There's no sign of any of that. Where are all these people now that Biden is in the dock? Absent. Apathetic. Callously indifferent. Out to lunch? #MeToo dies in darkness.

  • Conrad Black, American Greatness

    President Trump's administration is taking fiscal and social advantage of the crisis in the national interest with desirable tax reductions and, finally, an infrastructure renovation program. This president is emulating the tactic of Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II in styling any legislation that involved official expense as a bill to assist members and veterans of the armed forces. If something of durable value can be legislated along with the measures necessary to strangle the public health crisis and rescue the economically vulnerable, it will be a commendable nugget in a rocky field. Pelosi’s investigation will not get far off the ground.

  • David Catron, The American Spectator

    As recently as a couple of decades ago, even Hillary Clinton possessed enough self-command to support George W. Bush. She knew that to do otherwise in a time of crisis would be seen as a betrayal of American values. This is why President Trump’s approval numbers have been steadily rising. Voters know he is sacrificing his strongest claim on a second term — the economy — for the good of the American people. Even Joe Biden finally realized he must be part of the solution to have any credibility. Trump will still win because he is taking action while most Democrats take cheap shots. “Make America Great Again” has never meant more than it does now.

  • Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

    In typically American fashion, as we have seen in crises from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, after initial shock and unpreparedness, the U.S. economic and scientific juggernaut is kicking into action. Where the West is deficient is in the current lack of imagination of its most hallowed institutions. Universities currently have hundreds of thousands of empty dorm rooms. Why not offer them as temporary refuges to the vulnerable homeless and poor? The media could better use its muckraking journalists to police itself. Any laxity in fighting the virus is not to be found with the U.S., but rather with its loudest and most opportunistic critics.

  • Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

    The best part is when the media – the same media that was collectively soiling its Dockers because that mean old Trump was barring direct flights from China because of racism and stuff – demands to know why, back in December, Trump was not commanding a zillion Wuhan Flu tests, a zillion masks, and a zillion ventilators be created, while locking down all of America. Leaving aside the whole lack of an enumerated power thing, in what world would Trump have convinced anyone – least of all the media that was slobbering over his bogus impeachment – that some bat soup-derived pathogen in BumFoo, China, was going to black swan all over America’s economy?