Coronavirus

David Franke: Socrates, Galileo, and Today’s Covid-19 Authorities

At every turn, we are admonished to accept the dictates of the Authorities regarding the Covid-19 epidemic. It can be intimidating to fight back when their official wisdom consumes every pixel of the Washington Post and the New York Times, of CNN and MSNBC and all the rest.  All the more important, then, to put our current Authorities into historical context.  We need to remind ourselves how the Authorities and Wise Men of any era can easily become the fools and villains of history.

Election Interference: Twitter Just Censored a Doctor, Public Health Expert, and GOP Chairwoman

Dr. Kelli Ward, The American Spectator

Big tech social media companies have thrived because they have been allowed to function as communication “platforms” rather than “publishers” — a key distinction. If they are publishers making editorial decisions, then they can be sued for libel; however, if they are simply platforms, they cannot. This was the point of President Trump’s recent executive order that put the social media giants on notice that they cannot have it both ways. If they are censoring content, then they will be labeled as publishers and will face all the legal liabilities that accompanies that status. It's about time.

Coronavirus and the Ceremony of Innocence

David Catron, The American Spectator

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t very impressive by historical standards. Consequently, it will change our lives in relatively superficial ways. The majority come from that most reviled tribe of villains — men. COVID-19 kills about twice as many males as women. Consequently, some feminists may view the pandemic as condign punishment for the plague of patriarchy they claim has sickened society for millennia. A more rational way to look at coronavirus is as a wake-up call. Most of us conduct our lives as if depravity and deprivation don’t exist. Perhaps COVID-19 will drown that ceremony of innocence.

Dr. Fauci and the Perils of Deep State Medicine

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Bluntly, what has occurred here surrounding the pandemic, including the “pandemic panic” under which we live, has to a great degree been exacerbated by Dr. Fauci and his colleagues and their arrogance, cheered on, inevitably, by the Democrats and their media choir. Call it Deep State Medicine. The lion’s share of the blame clearly belongs to Beijing but it is also the Deep Staters, the lifers in the National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control, who have some explaining to do. Bureaucracies are primarily concerned with their own survival, of which innovation and experimentation are often the enemy.

Silence and Betrayals of GOP Senate Leaders Killing America

The silence of Republican leaders has led Democratic leaders to think they’re winning the battle over the future of America. And why shouldn’t the Democrats think they can win? For the past three years the GOP’s congressional leaders hid whenever any part of Donald Trump’s conservative – populist MAGA agenda came up, avoiding any showdown with the Democrats over everything from the Wall to the revolution going on in the streets of Democrat-controlled cities.

Silicon Valley Ramps Up Censorship Of Conservatives

We all know that America's Frontline Doctors weren’t deplatformed and censored for providing misleading information about COVID-19, they were deplatformed and censored for providing information that demonstrates President Trump was right, and that contradicts and undermines the Democrats’ plan to ramp up the misery to help them defeat Trump in the 2020 election.

David Franke: The Second Wave of the Fear Campaign

We have been inundated, 24/7, with TV, print, and online warnings that the United States is entering a disastrous “second wave” of the Covid-19 pandemic. What we’re really witnessing, however, is a second wave of the relentless fear campaign to keep the American people obedient to their state and local dictators, and to keep the economy prostate so the Democrats can win the trifecta—the White House, Senate, and House—in November.

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Stephen Moore, The Epoch Times

Everyone probably knows more than one person suffering from the agony of moderate to severe depression resulting from this continuing, god-awful economic lockdown that is supposed to be saving lives. The negative effects on Americans’ health is getting more worrisome with every passing week. Mental health experts find a strong link between loneliness/depression and drug overdoses. Social distancing may be good for us, but it is bad for us, too—especially after months. We need to interact. Solitary confinement is a form of punishment. The political class in America is punishing us all for their own arrogance and incompetence.

Will Teachers’ Unions Reelect Trump?

David Catron, The American Spectator

There is no scientific data supporting the claims of teachers’ unions or Democrats, including Joe Biden, that a return to in-person instruction increases the risk that students or educators will contract COVID-19. All of their sound and fury is about the November election, and it signifies nothing. Only 7 percent of parents want schools to remain closed. The other 93 percent want the “educators” to do their jobs. If they refuse to do so, and the Democrats support their intransigence, it will create a wave of resentment among the voters that President Trump will easily ride to a second term in the White House.

The Media’s Atrocity Narrative

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

The media are committed to promoting the atrocity propaganda about racist cops for the same reason they are fear-mongering about the COVID-19 pandemic, i.e., because they believe these narratives will help Democrats win. The media seem unconcerned about collateral damage of their propaganda. The names of people killed by black-on-black street violence are almost never mentioned by the national news media. They’re like the thousands of elderly New Yorkers who died because of Gov. Cuomo’s disastrous policy. COVID-19 is only of interest to the media insofar as they can scapegoat President Trump for the pandemic.

Locking America Down Again Is Exactly What China Wants Because It Will Ruin Us

Joy Pullman, The Federalist

It is no exaggeration to say that the world’s future depends on the United States acting strategically to counter Chinese propaganda and aims rather than strangling ourselves on lies. Our economy and military sustain the world. The CCP is fighting for its life and its 100-year plan to get us to stay locked down. Keeping freedom alive for the world requires that they don’t win. Key to fighting back is following Sweden and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s successful coronavirus management strategies: End government lockdowns, and allow American citizens to act on their own judgments about coronavirus risks.

There’s No Such Thing as a Federal Mask-Wearing Mandate

David Harsanyi, National Review

Have any reporters every wondered which federal agency would be tasked with forcing Nevadans or Texans to wear masks in public? Mask wearing has become just another stupid front in our partisan war. The fact is that whenever Donald Trump fails to engage the federal government in ways that Democrats demand, they claim he is negligent; and whenever he uses the federal government in ways they oppose, they rediscover the Tenth Amendment and accuse him of being a dictator. Trump could no more declare a no-mask mandate than Biden could force the entire country to wear masks. It’s all just political theater.

Ted Cruz: No Bailouts For Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle

The toll-free Capitol switchboard is (1-866-220-0044). We urge CHQ readers and friends to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Whip John Thune to tell them you support Senator Cruz’s proposed legislation to make local governments liable to private property owners if officials deliberately withhold police protection.

This Is A Great Opportunity To Destroy Academia

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

This is our chance to undo one of America’s biggest mistakes in the last century, allowing academia to metastasize into the societal tumor that it has become. Technology and economics were already gut-punching this flabby punk before both the double-strike combo of the pangolin pandemic panic and the woke insurrection revealed that not only did the emperor have no clothes but he wasn’t packing much to speak of besides. It has been revealed as yet another undead leftist institution, staggering on long after it should have rested in pieces. Let’s drive a stake through the heart of academia as we know it.

America Needs To Stop Reacting To Coronavirus Like A Bunch Of Hysterics

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

Americans put a man on the freaking moon, landed a robot on a postage size stamp of land on Mars, harnessed the power of the atom, defeated Germany in a world war — twice, invented the automobile, and defeated gravity and invented human flight. Yet right now many of us are sitting alone in our homes behind cloth masks with dubious protective qualities thinking about banning children from attending school even though they are at extremely low risk of infection or as vectors of transmission. We need a steely resolve, not simpering fear. Nothing is going to stop us. Not polio, not Nazis, not gravity! Nothing.

No, Gov. Cuomo, New York’s nursing home carnage is your fault

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

It became so obvious that the March 25 order was a fatal blunder that Cuomo effectively rescinded it on May 10. Then, with a quick pivot and a grinding of gears, he shifted into an ­unconscionable hunt for scapegoats. And hasn’t stopped. Some days, there is more than one. Trump is a frequent target, with Cuomo saying recently that the president “makes up facts, he makes up science.” He also accused the president of being in “denial of the problem” and added, “He is facilitating the virus, he is enabling the virus.” If that sounds familiar, it’s because many people say exactly the same things about Cuomo.

Don’t Mask, Don’t Tell

Melissa Mackenzie, The American Spectator

At the beginning of June, there were Events That Shall Not Be Named (by the media) that caused people to scream, march shoulder to shoulder, sing, go inside for a funeral in closed quarters, and gather in tight places (George Floyd). The days of the virus being treated as an epidemiological question are long over. The media ignores positive, solid data and amplifies fearful interpretations. Politicians dealing with the virus need to understand that the trust from their voters has completely eroded and make policy accordingly. Allowing thousands of people to gather without a mask mandate has a lot to do with it.

This Is a Good Time to Be a Government Worker

Stephen Moore, The Epoch Times

The one group who have suffered no loss of wages, salaries or benefits is federal employees. The imbalance between public and private employment is reflected in the overall government spending; the private economy shrunk by an estimated 30 percent in the second quarter, while government has metastasized to its largest level in peacetime history. This year will see the swiftest transfer of resources from the private sector to the government sector in American history. Once again, Washington is proving itself recession-proof. All of America is being drained of economic resources and jobs—but the swamp lives on.

An Industry of Untruth

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

Lies, misrepresentations, and distortions. The COVID-19 epidemic, the lockdown, and the rioting were seen by the Left, the media, and now the Democratic Party as a renewed effort in this election year to abort the presidency of Donald Trump, or make it impossible for him to be reelected. In 2020, the effort is not to ensure that a socialist not be appointed president who otherwise would not have been elected, but rather to ensure that she will be. The brand of all cultural revolutions is untruth about the past and present in order to control the future. Why we let this happen is the only mystery left.

Liberalism Is Dangerous to Your Wallet and Your Health

Stephen Moore, The Epoch Times

New cases are rising in red states that have opened up for business faster than in blue states that have remained mostly closed. And we will have to see how this pans out. But the deaths, especially in nursing homes, remain much higher in the blue states. Moreover, studies are now finding that the adverse health effects from the lockdown (suicide, delayed treatments for cancer and heart problems, depression, spousal and child abuse, alcoholism, and drug overdoses, to name a few) could easily match the saved lives from lockdowns. These “lockdown deaths” are far more prevalent in blue states that shut down.