Were the lockdowns a mistake?

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The anti-lockdown blogger Alex Berenson makes a powerful case that lockdowns delayed rather than prevented infections and that current plunging hospitalization and death rates suggest we’re approaching herd immunity, where the virus fades out for lack of new targets. There are old lessons here, ready to be relearned. Governments can sometimes channel, but never entirely control, nature. There is no way to eliminate risk entirely. Attempts to reduce one risk may increase others. Amid uncertainty, people make mistakes. Like, maybe, the lockdowns.

For Biden, Better a Muzzle Than a Mask

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

It isn’t really difficult to know what’s driving Biden’s handlers to demand the mask mandate. They want to make people as miserable and afraid as possible between now and the election, and they know making ordinary folks subject to harassment from police and various hysterical Karens and others every time they leave the house is one way to do that. And they’ve seen polls indicating that the more restrictive and draconian the COVID policy is, the more approval it gets from the people who answer polls in 2020. The masterminds behind his campaign are betting we’re outnumbered.

Et Tu, Nashville — How ‘Liberal’ Democrats Ruin American Cities

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

I moved to Nashville from Los Angeles a couple of years ago because LA had turned into a cesspit. Nashville is now teetering on the brink of being another textbook case in the decline of an American city of which we there are now so many we will soon need an abacus to keep up. So Nashville is not the place I moved to even two years ago. Does that mean I’m about to leave? No, it’s still immensely better than where I came from. The decimation of Santa Monica and West Hollywood occurred after I left. Nothing remotely like that has happened in Nashville. I will stay here and fight to do my little bit to keep it that way.

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.

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.

School Board May Be Your Most Important Election

This year school board elections are more important than ever. The first issue many school boards must address this year is whether and how to reopen schools – and make no mistake this decision by a minor elected body will have vast economic and social impact on your community. Then there’s another issue of immediate import your local school board must also address – keeping your local  schools free from Leftwing propaganda in the form of the 1619 Project and the Black Lives Matter at School curricula.

Do This Today! Practical Activism To Get Your Schools Reopened

Most states have not yet come to a decision on reopening schools in the fall and in what capacity they might do so. The Save Our Country Coalition  has developed a “reopen our schools” plan of action that begins with a letter writing campaign addressed to local school board members. We urge CHQ readers and friends to copy this letter or download it through this link and send it to members of your local school board TODAY!

Americans Should Never Again Comply With Pandemic Lockdown Orders

John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist

We’re told a second wave of coronavirus infections is coming. The double standard is everywhere and undeniable, and the message is clear: the experts and the people in charge only care about the pandemic when it’s politically convenient. They’re guided by the science, they tell us, but only if the science doesn’t get in the way of their virtue-signaling about Black Lives Matter. They care about public health, but only up to a point. They care much more about being woke. And if you want to go to a big rally, it’s only safe if it’s the right kind. Americans should never listen to these people again.

Democrats can't stand Americans protesting lockdown, but all in for rioting, looting

Joseph Curl, Washington Times

“Do as I say, not as I do,” is the Democratic mantra. Top Democrats cheered on “Black Lives Matter” crowds, with many attending rallies in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police. But they were incensed that President Trump was planning campaign rallies. So thick is the hypocrisy you can cut it with a knife. Democrats applaud the race riots and looting — anything to hurt Mr. Trump’s re-election chances. But for people who are being crushed under draconian lockdown measure enacted by state and city governments, they have no patience, no understanding.

Left-Wing Lockdown

Betsy McCaughey, Real Clear Politics

Americans have learned a powerful lesson. When politicians tell us to follow the science, it's not that simple. Many scientists have lost their legitimacy. They proposed a draconian lockdown without assessing its side effects on us. They demanded rigorous adherence to it, until, suddenly, they decided marching against racism was more important than preventing virus deaths. Americans won't forget. New York City residents have to wait until late June for sidewalk dining at restaurants. But it's OK, even laudable, for throngs of protesters to march down the street now, many maskless and shouting.

Senator Josh Hawley To AG Barr: Investigate Religious Discrimination By Local Officials

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri was spot on in his letter to Attorney General Bill Barr. What is now obvious is that the rules imposed by the states of California, Michigan and other Democrat-run localities not only favored one type of First Amendment speech over another, but they were completely arbitrary and capricious – there was absolutely no “science” behind any of the restrictions on religious gatherings.

Kristi Noem: The Governor Who Stayed the Course

John Fund, National Review

48-year-old Republican Gov. Kristi Noem didn’t issue a shelter-in-place lockdown order for her state. “The people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety,” she said in a public statement in April. She added that the state and national constitutions “prevent us from taking draconian measures much like the Chinese government has done.” But that didn’t mean South Dakota didn’t take clear steps to control the virus. Noem issued an executive order urging the elderly and those with preexisting conditions to stay home and encouraging employees to practice social distancing and to telework if possible.

Yesterday The S&P 500 Erased Its Losses For 2020 – Liberals Puzzled

The economy and the stock market have come roaring back because the government is getting out of the way – ending lockdowns and promising more deregulation. As obvious as this is, it apparently surprised Democrats, such as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. Plus, good news for America, especially good economic news, is bad news for Democrats, so the media continues to downplay the good news.

Riots are going to be the end of lockdowns

Editors, Washington Examiner

As the public watches scenes play out in dozens of cities, why should they comply with bans on church gatherings? What is the justification, to keep summer camps, schools, and day care centers closed? The surviving lockdown orders will be made even more difficult to maintain if the mass rioting does not lead to a spike in coronavirus cases a few weeks from now. Densely populated cities have been the hardest hit by the virus. If this mix of largely peaceful demonstrations and violent riots does not cause a spike in new cases, it will weight heavily in the scales against the conventional wisdom favoring sustained shutdowns.

Reopen schools now

Matt Mayer, Spectator USA

It is time for the evidence and common sense to determine what states do in the fall in terms of reopening our public schools. Virtually all of the evidence on the Wuhan virus indicates it has little impact on the five-year-old to 18-year-old school age population. The reality is that we can make changes to identify and protect high-risk teachers, keep our kids in school full time, and avoid both the deficiencies of distance learning and the financial burden such learning would have on millions of families across America. Based on the science and common sense, opening schools in the Fall should be an easy call.

Lockdown Democrats Push a 'Can't Do' Movement

Stephen Moore, CNS News

Red states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas will be doing much better in jobs and business conditions. Democrats have foolishly defined themselves as the lockdown party. With many Americans, this is popular—for now. But it is a downer ideology. Modern liberalism is a “can’t do” movement. For the last 20 years, red states in the South and Sun Belt and Mountain States have been growing at about twice the pace of blue states with high taxes and heavy regulation. My prediction: blue states are now facing a change or die choice, and no amount of free money from Washington will change that cold reality.

Who Believes the Lockdowns Were About Science?

David Catron, The American Spectator

All roads lead back to the politicians. The officials who imposed state and local lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic ignored science and relied on charlatans like Neil Ferguson and the same jackleg models that predicted bird flu would cause 150 million deaths and projected 2.2 million coronavirus deaths in the United States. Now the models tell us that there will be a summer surge if we don’t stay home like good little girls and boys. This nonsense has nothing to do with science or public health. It is, as always, about politics and power. It’s time to come out and dare them to do something about it.

Lockdown Logic

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Americans did not elect Dr. Fauci to be our Official Economic Controller, and this business of pretending that President Trump’s policy is “anti-science” because he sometimes overrules his advisers is part of the media’s lockdown logic game, which is, of course, all about politics. The same media voices telling us we’re all going to die of coronavirus because of Trump’s policies would have us believe that Joe Biden is even more of a scientific expert than Andrew Cuomo. Biden can seldom speak in coherent sentences, but electing Sleepy Joe will save us from COVID-19. Or so you might believe, if you’re a CNN viewer.

Dem Governors Face Dozens of Lockdown Lawsuits

David Catron, The American Spectator

During the past two months, the nation’s Democratic governors have clearly demonstrated that the temporary possession of emergency powers can unmask the hidden tyrant in even the most unremarkable politician. Virtually all have overreached their legitimate mandates, and few show any inclination to relinquish their newfound authority. This has not only produced widespread protests but has also led to dozens of constitutional lawsuits. They have used the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to arrogate illegitimate authority, none will voluntarily relinquish tpower, and all have committed multiple Constitutional violations.

Coronavirus Deaths: The Most Predictive Factor

David Catron, The American Spectator

In our 26 red states, the average coronavirus death rate per million is about 82. In the 24 blue states, plus the District of Columbia, it’s about 235. On average, then, you are about 2.9 times more likely to die of COVID-19 if you live a blue state than if you live in a red state. But averages mean little in the real world. If you live in New York, your chance of dying of coronavirus is 11 times higher than if you live in Georgia. The numbers change depending on the relative states, of course, but the most predictive factor is whether you prefer blue or red. The former preference appears to be bad for your health.