Coronavirus

A Plague of Democratic Partisanship

David Catron, The American Spectator

It’s difficult to imagine anything more cynical than the partisan effort to exploit a pandemic that is not merely killing Americans but also destroying the economic foundation upon which the survivors depend for their livelihoods. While congressional Republicans and President Trump attempt to ameliorate both emergencies, partisans attack them, as Joe Biden did. As indicated by the Harris poll, many Americans are worried about the economy as well as COVID-19, but Democrats see both as opportunities. We are in the grip of a partisan plague, and politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Cuomo, and Joe Biden are the rats.

Amid virus crisis, Biden, Democrats refine attacks on Trump

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The president's approval rating among Republicans, Gallup says, remains above 90%, while "independents' and Democrats' approval of Trump's performance has increased slightly since earlier this month, tying as the best he has registered to date among each group." It suggests political rivals might want to take care in how they attack him over the virus crisis. Some analysts attribute Trump's polling to a "rally effect" — that is, people instinctively supporting a leader in a moment of threat to the country. No matter what it is, it means that Democrats must search for ways to slam the president without offending those who wish him success.

Trump’s Strategic Foresight Is Being Put to the Test

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

President Donald Trump will have to possess the confidence to see how the world’s greatest economy, greatest medical talent, greatest military, and greatest energy and food production can all be marshaled in a symphonic fashion. That correct formula could fend off a potentially biblical plague without destroying the largest economy in history. If Trump exhibits such cunning and wisdom, then he can balance the consensus of his medical experts that the virus is existentially dangerous with the warnings of his economic advisers that shutting down a multi-trillion-dollar economy can become even more ruinous — and lethal — for Americans.

Virus Heroes and Zeros

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

No one outside that set of losers thinks Trump chose not to wave his magic mask n’ ventilator wand and make them appear in Manhattan. His ratings are going up, and when he starts pushing to get America up and running again, the haters – who are already test-driving their “Trump wants to kill all your grannies because his hotels haz the vacancies!” memes – are going to find that most Americans want to get back to work. This lockdown stuff may play for a while, but its sell-by date is fast approaching and if they think Trump is going to get blamed for freeing people once the Great Curve Flattening starts, they are – as they usually are – wrong.

America Needs a Formula for Reopening. Is the Gov Up to the Task?

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

So, when do we reopen, and how? The biggest problem is that we lack the data to answer the question. How long will that take? We're not going to have answers until some time passes — until we test more, until the outcomes of cases are made certain. But we can certainly construct the formulas that should allow us to calculate possible outcomes as new data comes in, and that should allow us to collectively commit to actions directed at certain outcomes. We require a formula from the government. That's the transparency the markets need, that the American people need. And that, at least, should be attainable over the next two weeks.

The Red Chinese Aim To Use The Wuhan Virus To Win Their War Against America

Red China has long aimed to replace the Dollar as the world’s reserve currency and Wall Street and the US sovereign bond market as the world’s economic safe havens. The Wuhan virus may be a natural mutation, or a virus that jumped from an animal to humans, or it may be an escaped bio-weapon, but whatever its origin the Red Chinese aim to take advantage of the havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 epidemic to win their long war against America.

$2 Trillion Not Enough: Democrat Gov. Cuomo Wants You To Bail Out New York

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Senators and Representative to demand that not one penny of your federal tax dollars go to replace lost tax revenue for the state of New York or any other state or local government.

The modern free market is making this plague almost tolerable

Editors, Washington Examiner

As much anxiety as the current situation brings, the technological advancements that free markets have generated are making today's plague much more tolerable. Those who now ignorantly hanker for failed systems such as socialism, perhaps out of a naive desire for novelty, need not look any further than their iPhones for the symbols of their own folly. Such things would never have come to be in a world of central planning. Free enterprise, the chaotic interaction of individual economic decisions, is what ultimately made such things possible and what has created today’s environment of remote commerce. The modern world can thank the free market.

An Easter rebirth for our economy? Hallelujah

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The obvious implication is that it is impossible to eliminate the coronavirus, but we can contain it and get on with our lives, as we must. That, too, is both realistic and necessary. It’s far too soon to be confident that the road ahead will be smooth and that the nation is on a direct path to recovery. Much about the deadly scourge still remains unknown, and it is worth remembering how recently it came from China and how much it has shaken nearly the entire planet in less than two months. Other nasty surprises cannot be ruled out. Against the upheaval, the old nostrums sound wise. Steady as she goes, be patient and take it one day at a time.

From President Trump, An Admirable Tweet

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

President Trump tweeted late Sunday night that “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” And he went on,  “At the end of the 15-day period, we will make a decision as to what way we want to go” (all caps in the original). My spies tell me the president has been listening to the right people in and around the White House. America is not a hospital ward. America is a vast country with the most successful economy ever. It is a capitalist economy. From time to time it is hit by unforeseen misfortunes. This time it was hit by an unforeseen virus, but the economy must go on. We need not destroy our economy over this pandemic.

Remember The Black Death And Be Thankful This Isn’t It

Gilbert T. Sewall, The American Conservative

During the Black Death, a venerable University of Paris panel blamed the plague on Saturn invading the house of Jupiter. Expect just as valid pronouncements coming from viziers and opportunists in coming weeks and months. In the 20th century, microbe hunters were able to vanquish bacterial disease. Since the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s, scourges of the past have been simply forgotten. We moderns with high-tech hospitals and our dazzling pharmacopoeia are not used to this scale of viral assault on the human species. Nature is hard to control. It plays the long game—and well. I am looking for an upside, and right now, that’s hard to find.

Is President Trump’s Optimism About Reopening America Justified?

We agree with President Trump that America should be reopened for business sooner rather than later, but the only way for that to work is for all Americans to act to mitigate the transmission of this new disease to their vulnerable neighbors and family members. Go to 15 Days To Slow The Spread, follow the guidelines, and prepare to discipline yourself to keep following the hygiene guidelines once the lockdown begins to come off.

When Evil Meets Stupid

It should probably not surprise us that the latest gambit Far Left progressives have deployed against Donald Trump is to blame him for some of the dumb things desperate people have done to try to protect themselves from coronavirus. The most notable, and truly evil, example of this phenomena is the media and Democrat politician reaction to the sad fate of an Arizona couple.

Must We Kill the Economy to Kill the Virus?

Patrick J. Buchanan, Creators

The U.S. is rightly using extreme measures to meet the threat and control the virus, with the elderly sick foremost among the threatened. And we need to do so without killing the economy upon which scores of millions depend. Clearly, America was unprepared for this pandemic. How long can the shutdown be sustained if the necessities of life for the unemployed and unpaid begin to run out? Is it necessary to create an economic and social crisis to solve the medical crisis? If the medical crisis is allowed to induce an economic crisis that leads to a social crisis, the American political system, our democratic system, may itself be severely tested.

This Is Not Sustainable

Rich Lowry, National Review

We should focus on the production of tests, ventilators, masks, and other protective gear on an industrial scale. Whatever the government has to spend or do to get it done should happen. The first priority should obviously be backstopping the hospital system and protecting front-line medical workers. But we need to widen out from there to create a system of population-wide testing and the distribution of protective gear to workers interacting with the public to protect against the spread, while allowing for ordinary work. Whatever path we take will be costly and have its downsides. All we can know with certainty is that the current path is untenable.

Dems on a Death Trip as They Play Politics in a Pandemic

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

In a time of crisis, the Democrats are playing politics as if nothing has happened. Just thinking about it makes you want to… wash your hands. (Hey, there’s a good side to everything.) They are also exploiting the situation that more Republican senators have contracted the virus and are unable to vote, according to the peculiar recondite Congressional rules. How creepy is that under the circumstances. This is a true addiction on the Dems’ parts, an addiction to politics, and as with most addictions, after a while, an intervention is the only salvation. We’re way past that “while.” Come next November, the Democrats are going to pay big time.

Coronavirus: A Glimmer of Hope

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

When President Trump declared that our country would be back in business sooner than most people think, I was inclined to agree with him. Stay at home, wash your hands, and keep an eye on Italy. If their numbers of new cases keep trending downward over the next week, we can expect that our numbers will follow the same path a week or two later. whatever our death toll is on the worst day of this crisis, we should be past that point by the second week of April, and the daily numbers will then begin to decline. Or at least that’s what we can expect to see if this tiny glimmer of hope from Italy turns out to be a promise of better days to come. Let us pray it is so.

Press stunts at briefings show how useless Fourth Estate has become

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

These daily jousting sessions expose just how far out of their depth these “reporters” are when confronted with the actual president, rather than some lower-level designate. Covering the White House or Congress or presidential campaigns is not the “front row of history” or writing the “first draft of history.” Actually, it is a responsibility. A responsibility to ask smart, tough questions on behalf of the millions of Americans who do not get that opportunity yet have the responsibility to be informed so that they can make good decisions during elections. Nothing gets the White House press’ knickers in a bunch like protecting their own honor.

Pelosi And Schumer’s Plan To Kill The Republican Party And Conservative Movement

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
The election law changes Democrats are demanding as the price of moving President Trump's coronavirus stimulus package must be confronted with unwavering, no-compromise opposition. Make no mistake about it, these election law changes are designed to make sure Republicans never again achieve a congressional majority and that no Republican, and certainly no conservative-populist like Donald Trump, can ever again be elected president.

Conservative Leaders: Public Health Measures Must Still Protect Constitutional Rights of Americans

The public health crisis facing the country is unprecedented, and a whole of government approach is underway. However, using this crisis as a justification to violate the basic civil liberties of Americans is unconscionable, and in no way justified. A federal shelter-in-place order should be avoided at all costs. Public health must be protected, but so, too, should the rights of Americans under the Constitution.