Mid-Day Digest

Mar. 9, 2020


“The second office of this government is honorable & easy, the first is but a splendid misery.” —Thomas Jefferson (1797)

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Biden, Sanders, and Potential VPs

Thomas Gallatin

On the eve of six more Democrat presidential primaries, with Michigan being the biggest prize, the field of candidates has narrowed down to just three — Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Tulsi Gabbard. However, as far as the Democratic National Committee is concerned, there are only two remaining. The DNC has once again changed the rules for qualification for the next debate, ensuring that Gabbard won’t be on the stage. So much for the DNC’s supposed commitment to diversity, as the party’s presidential contest has boiled down to a choice between two old white men. No wonder the DNC is seriously worried about voter enthusiasm.

Speaking of voter enthusiasm, Biden’s big Super Tuesday has most watchers concluding that he will be the eventual Democrat nominee, leading naturally to political pundits pontificating about a running mate. Biden has certainly scored the most endorsements, as all of the most competitive candidates that dropped out eagerly lined up to endorse him. That excludes Elizabeth Warren, who we assumed would throw her support behind her ideological comrade Sanders, but she has somewhat surprisingly refrained. Maybe her accusation of Sanders calling her a liar on national TV stung more deeply than many assumed.

Meanwhile, some pundits have made hay over a slip of the tongue by Amy Klobuchar over the weekend. While offering a hardy endorsement of Biden, she appeared to say she was joining “the ticket.” It may very well have been little other than her misspeaking, but there is near-universal consensus that Biden will choose a woman as his running mate, and Klobuchar could theoretically help him in the Rust Belt and most certainly in Minnesota.

Kamala Harris has thrown her hat in the ring for a Biden ticket with her endorsement over the weekend. Obviously, she waited to voice her allegiance until the most opportune moment — when it appears that Biden is on the cusp of securing the nomination. She checks both the female and minority boxes and therefore may have a leg up on Klobuchar, but it’s not clear that Harris delivers any constituency that Biden doesn’t already have.

Yet, irrespective of who Biden chooses as a running mate, his biggest hurdle is likely himself. As we have previously noted, and as many Democrats have quietly observed, Biden is looking old. Biden has always been “gaffe prone,” but it’s clear to everyone watching that his best days are behind him, that his political form has slipped.

This may be why Hillary Clinton has thus far pointedly refused to endorse him while releasing a documentary series about herself. For one thing, she may view his campaign as a sinking ship she’d rather not be on when he gets overwhelmed in a Trump victory wave. Secondly, she may be holding out faint hope that Biden, at 77, doesn’t make it to the convention and she will be there standing in the wings to “save” the Democrats from Sanders. This is obviously a long shot, but it’s also likely Clinton’s last opportunity for a shot at the presidency.

In any case, tomorrow’s primaries should make it clearer whether Sanders is able to mount any kind of a comeback or if Biden has the nomination wrapped up.

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Coronavirus in Fact and Fiction — Mostly the Latter

Mark Alexander

The mainstream-media coverage of the coronavirus variant COVID-19 is about 10% substance and 90% fragrance, but it makes for good clickbait — which converts to good advertising revenues.

However, a colleague recently mentioned the “amusing similarity” between an almost-40-year-old work of fiction and the facts about WuFlu. I don’t read novels, but do any of you thriller readers remember the “Wuhan 400” virus Dean Koontz described in his 1981 novel, The Eyes of Darkness?

Koontz writes about “a Chinese scientist named Li” who discloses a “record of China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon.” Koontz continues: “They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan and … Wuhan 400 is a perfect weapon. It afflicts only human beings…”

Koontz, like most good fiction writers in the Tom Clancy tradition, weaves lots of facts into his novels.

And that brings me to our comprehensive resource page, “The Flu and You,” and our footnote: “Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is not suggesting that COVID-19 was bio-engineered and then intentionally released, but he did make this connection: ‘We don’t know where it originated, and we have to get to the bottom of that. We also know that just a few miles away from that food market is China’s only biosafety level 4 super laboratory that researches human infectious diseases.’”

Here are the facts.

Located near the Wuhan market where COVID-19 is thought to have been first contracted is Red China’s only P4 (Pathogen Level 4) super laboratory “researching” infectious diseases. The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is engaged in research on the Ebola, Nipah, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses among other deadly pathogens, including coronavirus variants. The institute has clear ties to the PRC’s bioweapon programs.

Second, in January, the communist Chinese directorate of disinformation — the “Information Department” of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs — began seeding Chinese social-media networks with rumors that the WuFlu virus was actually developed by the U.S. and deliberately released in Wuhan. Our sources in the intelligence community conclude that such disinformation is designed to help the Central Politburo of the Communist Party of China counter and deflect any claims by the World Health Organization or the U.S. that the current coronavirus release is associated with the PRC’s P4 labs in Wuhan.

Oh, and one more thing about Koontz’s novel: The actual Chinese physician who blew the whistle on coronavirus — and is now dead — was named “Li.”

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Quarantines and Open Borders?

Arnold Ahlert

Today’s Democrat Party is many things. Tragically, one of the main things is having the conviction that America is an inherently racist nation requiring fundamental transformation. Thus when the Trump administration imposed a suspension of entry visas for those traveling from China — as in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak — Joe Biden once again reminded the nation of his party’s twisted priorities. “We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus,” Biden stated at a January campaign stop in Iowa. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia — hysterical xenophobia — and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”

Science? During the outbreak of a possible viral pandemic, science is about isolation, quarantines, travel restrictions, and every other effort employed to contain that virus. Science is about realizing that containment and porous borders are mutually incompatible concepts.

Politics, by contrast, is attempting to obscure that reality in service to naked partisan interests. “The last thing that the border states need are infected illegal aliens coming through, blending into the population, and spreading the disease to health care workers, and in poor neighborhoods,” states columnist Daniel Greenfield. “But that’s exactly what the Democrats seem to want.”

“During the peak of the humanitarian crisis, we were apprehending around three Chinese nationals per day. This year we are seeing approximately five per day,” stated former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a recent interview. He further noted that in the last year “there was an 85% increase … in the number of Chinese nationals sneaking in the country illegally over the southern border.” That number, he says, is “estimated upwards of 12,000 a year.”

The word “estimated” should infuriate every sentient American concerned about a viral epidemic. According to a 2017 Homeland Security report, 55% to 85% of those attempting to illegally cross the border were apprehended or interdicted in 2016. In a better nation, a 30-point spread would be embarrassing. In this one it has led to a promise by both Sanders and Biden to provide a “pathway to citizenship” for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently residing in America.

Unfortunately, that too is an estimate. A research study led by Mohammad M. Fazel-Zarandi, a researcher at Yale and MIT, pegs the number of illegals residing in the United States at somewhere between 16.5 million and 29.1 million.

Regardless, this nation has endured a wholesale invasion of illegal aliens for decades. It is an invasion that serves the interests of both political parties, each of whom had control of the White House and both chambers of Congress for two years (Democrats from 2009-2010 and Republicans from 2017-2018) and did absolutely nothing to stem the flow.

And let’s not forget our activist judiciary. In the midst of a viral outbreak, a three-judge panel from the left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to keep asylum seekers in Mexico while their claims are being processed. They also ruled that Border Patrol agents must process claims for illegal border crossers.

That ruling was stayed, but during a House Homeland Security Committee meeting on March 3, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf was chastised by Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) for making a connection between illegal immigration and the coronavirus, even though as of that date Mexico had five confirmed and 21 possible cases. “You were not, surely, suggesting that the problem that we are seeing in this country with the coronavirus is the result of — or was caused by undocumented immigrants coming across the south border. Is that what you’re saying?” Demings asked.

How would one know for certain, Mr. Demings? Moreover, what — exactly — are you and your party willing to risk for the sake of pursuing a political agenda that makes a complete mockery of the Rule of Law?

Greenfield knows the answer. “The Democrats want open borders for drug cartels, human traffickers, and the coronavirus,” he writes. “And if the outbreak and its financial repercussions improves their political prospects, then it’s a win-win situation. When the coronavirus spreads, when our economy shakes, then the Democrats win.”

In other words, we now have a major political party so consumed by a combination of Trump hatred and bankrupt ideology that its leaders would countenance possibly the most damning Pyrrhic victory in the history of mankind.

Coronavirus will ultimately wane. The Democrat Party’s ideological bankruptcy is enduring.

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The Remarkable History of Women’s Suffrage

Robin Smith

In a letter penned by Abigail Adams to her husband John on March 31, 1776, she made the request for women’s suffrage. The future first lady petitioned her matrimonial mate, who served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, very directly: “In the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors…”

It was not until 1920 — 144 years after Adams’s petition — that universal suffrage was included in the U.S. Constitution via the Nineteenth Amendment, which reads, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

In the pre-1776 colonies, women cast their ballots for local leaders alongside the menfolk. But, by 1807, every state constitution had some limits on women voting, which fueled the Seneca Falls, New York, convention that served as the launch to the organized movement including leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Lucy Stone, and so many more. These women had no partisan stripe and they were from different states. Some stood on religious grounds and others were more activist with hunger strikes and enduring arrest.

Originally hoping to be part of the Reconstruction Amendments of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments following the Civil War, the early Suffragists were defeated. The Fifteenth Amendment was the obvious home for the inclusion of women’s suffrage, but it was passed by Congress in 1869 to read, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” No mention of sex.

As America’s westward expansion occurred, the governing documents of most states west of the Mississippi River permitted some type of ballot access for women. In 1878, Sen. Aaron A. Sargent (R-CA) introduced the words that would later become the Nineteenth Amendment. For the next 40 years, his bill would be regularly reintroduced in some form.

It wasn’t until President Woodrow Wilson’s 1913 inaugural, however, that the Woman Suffrage Movement, with 5,000 women marching in a procession, had gained traction. The first World War interrupted but also served as a boost to the argument of women. The American economy was supported by the nontraditional roles filled by women who had previously remained in the home and unemployed. The talents, skills, and value of women were on display, aiding the push for what had then become known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. Between January 1918 and June 1919, votes to pass the historical language occurred five different times, with Southern Democrats successfully defeating the federal amendment until abandoning the filibuster. Then, the action turned to the 48 states to ratify the amendment.

By June 1920, the amendment had been ratified by 35 of the constitutionally required 36 states. All eyes turned to Tennessee, which appeared to be the last hope for the opposition.

Democrat Governor A.H. Roberts called a special session. The proposed legislation passed relatively easily in the Tennessee Senate with 25 ayes, four nays, and two not voting. McMinn County Senator H.M. Candler gave an earth-scorching speech opposing the “petticoat government” supported by the “low-neck, high-skirt” suffragists. He wore the red rose on his lapel representative of the Anti-Suffragist movement, while other Tennessee legislators supporting suffrage donned the yellow rose. This “War of the Roses” moved to the state House chamber, where opponents used procedural moves to avoid a vote.

By August 17, 1920, a motion to concur with the Senate’s adoption of the Joint Resolution was offered by Rep. T. K. Riddick (D-Memphis), with the chamber appearing to be in support of the yellow-rose vote. But the heavy-handedness ensued. House members were summoned home under the pretense of emergency to impact the outcome. Supporters were threatened with election challenges, while lucrative promises were made for votes to oppose suffrage.

When the morning of August 18 came, suffragist Anita Pollitzer had been told by the youngest legislator, Harry Burn (R-Niota), that his vote would never hurt the cause. Yet there he stood wearing a red rose on his suit’s lapel. Nevertheless, Burn’s college-educated, widowed mother, who ran the family’s farm, had written him a seven-page letter in which she voiced her suffrage support: “Hurrah and vote for suffrage.”

At 10:30 am, Speaker Seth Walker handed over his gavel to take to the House floor to make a tabling motion that, if passed, would end debate and doom the chances of the Nineteenth Amendment ratification. The vote was tied, 48-48. After procedural attempts, Speaker Walker returned to the original motion to pass the Senate version that would either ensure women’s right to vote or halt the forward movement of the Suffragists.

The roll was called with the red-rose-wearing Harry Burn declaring “Aye!” The amendment was ratified and pandemonium ensued. Burn later offered this explanation: “I know that a mother’s advice is always safest for her boy to follow, and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification.”

March is Women’s History Month. Find time to read about your own state’s role in ratifying the Nineteenth Amendment.

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Leftmedia Displays Dismal Understanding of Basic Math

Thomas Gallatin

Why do so many in the mainstream media favor Democrats and their leftist policies? Well, a recent viral clip may help shed a little insight into their rationale. In the video clip from MSNBC, program host Brian Williams is speaking with political pundit Mara Gay who, referencing a social media post, erroneously asserts that Michael Bloomberg could have used the $500 million he spent on his campaign to instead give every single American $1 million dollars and still have millions left over.

“Obviously, the math here is spectacularly off,” says National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke. “If Michael Bloomberg had divided the money he spent on his presidential run evenly among Americans, we would each have got $1.53, not $1 million. For Bloomberg to give $1 million to each American, he would have to be worth $327 trillion (in cash), which, for context, is around 17 times American GDP and about five-and-a-half thousand times what he’s actually worth. The scale of the error here is galactic.”

This explains why so many Leftmedia “journalists” fail to laugh out loud and call Bernie Sanders on his pie-in-the-sky plans like for Medicare for All and “free” college. The notion that simply taxing the rich more to cover the astronomical costs of these proposed government programs is so absurd that it takes the fantasy-math skills of Williams and Gay to believe it possible.

Furthermore, Williams himself earns in the neighborhood of $10 to $15 million annually. Based upon his mathematical computation, couldn’t he take just one year of his salary and make 10 to 15 million Americans millionaires?

But what about former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s proposal to give every American $1,000 per month forever? It was a wealth redistribution scheme based on the dubious notion that future automation will eventually so limit the number of jobs available that it will be impossible for the economy to provide enough jobs to meet population demands. It’s not a novel idea, nor is it realistic or even possible, but many have bought into it.

Cooke observes, “If Michael Bloomberg were to try to achieve what Andrew Yang promised … he would be able to give every American about $183 in the first month before he’d have $0 left. To make it through a single month, he would have to be five times richer than he is. And, after that single month, even at five times his current wealth, his fortune would be completely and permanently depleted. Elizabeth Warren’s unconstitutional wealth tax topped out at six percent. Filter Bloomberg’s money through that tax and you get $11 per American per year.”

To put it bluntly, the Leftmedia has absolutely no realistic understanding of how economics or wealth creation works. They simply want the elites in government to control it all and distribute it as they see fit.

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Racism for Revenue? Late-Night’s Incendiary ‘Comedy’

Grassroots perspective by Patrick Hampton

C-minus Comedians at “Saturday Night Live” took it upon themselves to lob jokes at black conservatives who attended a White House Black History gathering. Trump supporters came together in faith and fellowship around the leader of the free world, but SNL cast member Chris Redd labeled us as “White House Negroes” as white audience members roared in laughter.

What does it say about the state of our society that we are comfortable enough to openly ridicule black people for exercising the very freedoms we fought for? What does it mean to fight for emancipation and the right to vote when our vote is restricted to a particular party?

Pastor Marc Little lashed out at SNL for the tone-deaf commentary about black conservatives attending the event. In his words, a few leftist comedians “don’t get to determine who is black.”

But I guess racist commentary under the guise of humor is perfectly okay when a black comedian hurls incendiary comments to entertain a white audience. SNL, you sly dog, you.

Sadly, this is nothing new. Americans remember a time when black people were restricted from voting, threatened to support a particular candidate, and even ridiculed and assaulted for exercising their fundamental rights as citizens of this great nation.

Fun fact — I was there in what would have been my second visit to the White House, among conservatives of all colors and backgrounds in a united effort to pray for our president. But it wasn’t to pray for the “ghost of blackface past,” as Redd entertains. (Yes, he really did say this.)

Instead, what I prayed for was this:

I prayed for an America that is truly tolerant of a diversity not of skin color but of ideas.

I asked God to grant President Donald Trump greater insight on the needs of the most vulnerable, but to also prioritize Liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans.

I acknowledged the presence of our Lord and Savior, that he would strengthen our efforts to affirm life and rebuke evil and lawlessness.

So we’ll continue to pray for our president and our country as it stands today, or else we’ll be praying to return to a free society tomorrow. Meanwhile, the cast and producers of SNL should start praying for better ratings should racism be their source of showtime revenue.

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Jordan Candler

FEAR PANDEMIC: Dow plummets more than 1,600 points, S&P 500 sinks 6% (CNBC)

VIGILANCE: Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar self-quarantine after exposure to coronavirus patient at CPAC (National Review)

Make sure to check out “COVID-19 Coronavirus Perspective and Preparedness.”

THE TOP PRIZE: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders prepare for do-or-die fight tomorrow in Michigan (New York Post)

DEPOSE NO MORE: Kamala Harris’s ironic endorsement of Joe Biden (Washington Examiner)

“THE RELATIONSHIP IS A VERY GOOD ONE”: Trump announces Mark Meadows to replace Mick Mulvaney as White House chief of staff (Fox News)

2020 VISION: Record GOP voting enthusiasm breaks pattern, topping Democrats (Washington Examiner)

“DONE OUR DUTY”? Christopher Steele refuses to cooperate with John Durham review (Washington Examiner)

NINTH CIRCUS: “Remain in Mexico” program blocked by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California and Arizona (The Daily Caller)

WHO’D A THUNK IT? Major crimes in New York City unexpectedly surge after bail-reform law (Hot Air)

POLICY: Repealing vital national-security powers is not the right way to hold government officials responsible for abuse of power (National Review)

POLICY: Why the U.S. economy is now near-impossible to stimulate (New York Post)

HUMOR: Hillary Clinton says Jeffrey Epstein assassination was to “manage anxiety” (The Babylon Bee)

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Video: Bill Clinton Says Lewinsky Affair Was Caused by Anxiety — The affair with Monica Lewinsky was one of the “things I did to manage my anxieties,” he claims.

Video: Leftists Say Abortion Is Safe — But these women would disagree … if they’d survived.

Video: The SCOTUS Abortion Case You Probably Haven’t Heard About — Leftists are up in arms about a new abortion case heard by the Supreme Court last week.

Video: Democrats Ready to Nominate Sick Senior — Biden is primed to seize the Democrat nomination — or to experience some other kind of seizure.


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Insight: “They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” —Ronald Reagan

For the record: “That Wall Street is panicking worse over WuFlu than it did in 2008 when it was revealed that the Wall Street-created securitized mortgage industry was a complete fraud tells you everything you need to know not about WuFlu, but about Wall Street. It’s completely absurd. By way of comparison: At this point in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic in the U.S. (roughly two months in), CDC estimated that a million people had already been infected in the U.S.” —The Federalist’s Sean Davis

Non compos mentis: “Think about how the world would be if we tried to quarantine everyone because of the generic-type flu. Now I’m not saying this is the generic-type flu, but maybe we’d be just better off if we gave it to everybody and then in a month it would be over.” —CNBC editor Rick Santelli, who, to his credit, later said, “It was the dumbest, most ignorant stupid thing anybody could have ever said.”

D'oh! “We’re going to unite this party and unite this country. And folks who want to nominate a Democrat, a lifelong Democrat, a proud Democrat, an O'Biden-Bama Democrat, join us.” —Joe O'Biden

Total game-changer! “With the exception of Native Americans, African Americans are the people who are most behind socially and economically in the United States and our needs are not moderate. A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path. The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That’s why I choose to endorse him today.” —Jesse Jackson

Braying jenny: “[My 2015 apology] turned out to be a mistake because look at all the oxygen it was sucking out of my campaign. But it didn’t end it. It didn’t end it at all.” —Hillary Clinton regarding her home-brew server

Trump Derangement Syndrome: “BREAKING: Trading was just halted at the New York Stock Exchange after it dropped almost 1,900 points this morning. Maybe if Trump didn’t spend the weekend on vacation it wouldn’t have been so bad. Guess we will never know. This is terrifying. Trump’s a failure.” —Democratic Coalition cofounder Scott Dworkin

And last… “Well, on the bright side, since more than half of Americans died from tax cuts, another half from health care reform, and another half from net neutrality, there really aren’t a ton of people left to spread COVID-19.” —Erick Erickson

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