“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” —George Washington (1796)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- WHO Shouldn’t Get the Money
- Leftmedia’s Hypocrisy Exposed With Trump vs. Cuomo
- No Deaths in China?
- Pandemic Offers Chance to Revolutionize Education
- Congress Inquisition to Target Private Sector
- Now the Coronavirus Is Racist?
- Daily Features: News Executive Summary, Videos, Best of Right Opinion, Short Cuts, Memes, and Cartoons.
Yesterday was World Health Day, which marks the day in 1948 on which the World Health Organization (WHO) was established by the United Nations. Irony abounds.
First of all, the world is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning it is decidedly not healthy. But more to the point, the WHO is not worth celebrating. In fact, given its collusion with the communist Chinese and kowtowing to other lying authoritarian regimes, it’s worth defunding. Fortunately, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are moving to do just that.
The WHO is “very China-centric,” Trump said. “And literally, they called every shot wrong. They didn’t want to say where [coronavirus] came from.” The WHO also denied person-to-person transmission even after the evidence suggested otherwise, and its China-backed director-general, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, criticized Trump’s effective travel restrictions with China for “increasing fear and stigma.”
Trump went on to discuss WHO funding. “For many years,” he noted, “we’ve been funding the World Health Organization. We’re going to look at it now.” In 2017, American taxpayers sent $513 million to the WHO, and the U.S. is its largest benefactor, supplying 22% of its budget in 2017. That was dwarfed last year. The Dispatch’s Daniel Vaughan reports, “At the end of 2019, WHO says that the United States was assessed nearly $240 million and gave another $656 million above that amount in voluntary funding. That places America on the hook for almost $900 million for end-of-year 2019.”
By comparison, how much does China give? Approximately $86 million annually. Trump observed, “I think every step that [the WHO] made, everything that they said was wrong and always in favor of China.” That’s a lot of influence for China for a tenth of the money we give.
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler and 20 House Republican cosponsors have introduced legislation to withhold WHO funding until Tedros resigns. Trump gave a thumbs up to the effort, saying, “We’re going to put a hold on money [sent] to the WHO.”
We’re guessing that most Americans aren’t going to complain about saving hundreds of millions of dollars by not funding a corrupt UN bureaucracy that treats Chinese lies as gospel truth. The question is why it has taken so long to even bring up the possibility.
On Tuesday, New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the potential positive developments of a treatment used against the China Virus, and that treatment uses a combination of antibiotic and anti-malarial drugs Zithromax and hydroxychloroqine. Those happen to be the same drugs that President Donald Trump noted weeks ago as a possible treatment. Recall that Trump’s noting of the anti-malaria drug as a possible treatment resulted in him being excoriated by the Leftmedia for spreading dangerous “misinformation.” The Leftmedia even grotesquely sought to blame Trump for the death of a man who foolishly ingested a toxic fish-tank cleaner. Their aim was to shore up the fallacious narrative that Trump is unfit to lead the country through this crisis.
However, as has repeatedly been the case throughout Trump’s time in office, his supposed “misinformation” has often proven to be anything but. Again and again, the Leftmedia is left trying to preserve a narrative that has been turned on its head.
Looking at Leftmedia headlines today, there is no outrage over Cuomo’s comments touting the exact same promising yet anecdotal evidence of hydroxychloroquine that Trump has noted. Why? The answer is obvious: politics.
What’s interesting is to see how the Leftmedia has begun to shift the narrative away from Trump “foolishly misleading the nation” on hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment, since it is now being used with seemingly successful results, albeit with no definite efficacy conclusions from the medical community. That’s why it is currently being applied in a trial stage.
Now the Leftmedia is seeding a more nefarious narrative — that Trump’s motive for touting the possible treatment benefits of the anti-malarial drug is not due to his desire to save American lives but because he has a financial stake in the drug’s manufacturer. When one is deep in the throes of Trump Derangement Syndrome, one can only conceive of the president’s motives as evil and self-seeking all the time. Since “Orange Man bad” is the governing truism for these folks, any possible good that may come from his decisions must come in spite of his evil intentions, not because Trump genuinely desires to do good by the American people.
Meanwhile, will the mainstream media hold New York City and state leaders to account for decisions made years ago that left the city and state woefully unprepared to handle a pandemic even after they were alerted to this problem? Our guess is that’s not likely. In fact, even New York’s woeful lack of preparedness will ultimately be spun by the Leftmedia into being Trump’s fault. Such is the nature of TDS currently inflicting much the MSM in America today.
How is China doing in combatting the coronavirus it unleashed on the world? NBC News reports China “claimed that not a single new death was reported, and the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, where the new virus was first identified, prepared for lockdown measures to be lifted.” NPR likewise touts, “China on Tuesday reported no deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since it began publishing data about the outbreak more than two months ago.” Even Fox News joined the fray, headlining, “China reports no new coronavirus deaths since outbreak began.”
Let’s begin by saying the obvious: We wish the best for the Chinese people, who are not to blame for this virus and who are victims of their own evil and oppressive government.
Humorist David Burge alluded to that, quipping, “Fun fact: China also never reported a single death at Tiananmen Square.”
Indeed, we’ll also remind American media outlets of a simple truth: Don’t trust the ChiComs. As we’ve been saying since January, the numbers reported by Beijing are not trustworthy, but are instead grossly underestimated perhaps by as much as 95%.
And as for NBC’s report mentioned above, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a blistering rebuttal, saying, “Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 22 USC 611 et seq, I’m pretty sure NBC is now legally obligated to close every broadcast with — and append to every tweet — ‘this message paid for by the Communist Party of China.’” Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley added, “This is embarrassing. You discredit yourself when you tout China’s propaganda.”
We suppose the media is simply too busy “fact-checking” every utterance from President Donald Trump on hydroxychloroquine to worry about whether the ChiComs might be lying.
If there is one potential silver lining in the long, dark cloud that is the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be that many parents are finally taking a closer look at their children’s education. As one state after another canceled on-site teaching at public schools and went to digital/online learning, it has given parents, quarantined at home with their children, an opportunity to see not only how, but what, their children are being taught.
And in a growing number of cases, parents are turning to homeschooling, realizing that they are far more invested in the outcome of their children’s education than are education bureaucrats. Homeschooling could revolutionize education in America.
Today’s public school system is an anachronism of a bygone era. It was created in a time when industrial barons sought to lure uneducated children and adults from their farms, giving them just enough instruction in reading, writing, and arithmetic to work effectively in a factory. In 1902, industrialist John D. Rockefeller created the General Education Board, which provided major funding for an effort to create a system of nationwide, government-run, mandatory schooling.
Revealing the prevailing paternalistic view, Board Chairman Frederick T. Gates declared, “In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters.”
Prior to the creation of the public school system, Americans were generally educated at home or in religious schools. In Massachusetts, the first state to pass compulsory-schooling laws, the literacy rate was 98% in 1850. Yet in 1980, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s office released a report showing that the literacy rate had dropped to 91%.
Last year, two-thirds of America’s school children did not meet the reading proficiency standards set by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and eighth-grade reading proficiency had actually declined from the previous year in more than half the states. In Baltimore, fully one-third of all public schools had not one single student proficient in math, and six more schools had only 1% proficiency. This is a crisis.
In 1999, roughly 850,000 American schoolchildren were homeschooled, but by 2016 that number doubled to 1.7 million. Today, this global pandemic has forced us to find alternatives to the traditional brick-and-mortar, public-school format. Children there are like products in a factory assembling line, grouped in batches by age, force-fed the same information in the same way at the same time, and the monotony is broken only by the ringing of a bell, at which time instruction in one subject stops and the obedient children dutifully arise and move to their next station.
Even the most dedicated and innovative teachers (and there are many) find themselves fighting a losing battle against a system that discourages independent critical thinking and innovative teaching methods (remember the disaster of Common Core?). It mandates a one-size-fits-all approach, forgetting that children come in a glorious variety of backgrounds, capacities, and interests. Public “education” is meant to suppress those differences and enforce conformity.
Even worse for many parents is the realization that their children are being taught socialist and “social justice” dogma that is hostile to their own values and beliefs.
One parent writes of the shock they experienced when their child asked for help with an assignment. She discovered that her child was being taught that gender is a “social construct” rather than a biological reality. This was followed by “leading questions asking students to regurgitate gender theory.” The next day her child was immersed in “critical race theory” that “assumes institutional racism and oppression pervade every corner of society and necessitate the redistribution of resources based on ‘oppressed’ status.”
This type of “learning” is destructive to a child’s spirit and potential, teaching some that racism and sexism will keep them from succeeding no matter how hard they work, and teaching others that they are hateful oppressors by birth.
The bright side is that this global pandemic has presented a wonderful opportunity for parents to take control of their children’s education. Parents can seek out and take advantage of resources and schooling options that provide creative, innovative ways of helping our children learn in the ways that they learn best, and in the subjects that most interest them.
Let’s not waste this opportunity.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week that Congress would create a committee to review President Donald Trump’s response to the China Virus pandemic. The announcement brought much consternation from conservative circles given that this pandemic inquisition is obviously the latest attempt by anti-Trump crazed Democrats to attack the president. In fact, Pelosi’s tapping of Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who infamously referred to the pandemic crisis as “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,” to head the committee only served to confirm conservative suspicions. Pelosi and company are simply looking for yet another molehill to elevate into a national scandal in the vain hope of taking out Trump.
Clearly hoping to obscure such clearly obvious motives, Clyburn insists that the focus of the committee was oversight and not investigations. “We’re not going to be looking back,” he says. Instead, the committee will address things like “price gouging” and “profiteering.” In other words, the lawmakers’ plan is to scapegoat private business to cover for the long list of failures by government officials at all levels.
The primary failure of government can be tied directly to too much red tape — the bureaucratic state. For example, Reason’s Billy Binion notes, “Consider the hurdles created by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for one, which set onerous roadblocks to speedily addressing the crisis. It stood in the way of importing face masks, a critical need against mounting personal protective equipment shortages. It dramatically slowed private testing, which, as a result, is still widely unavailable for many who think they might have COVID-19. It even got in the way of the production of hand sanitizer, another item that’s been in short supply as consumers seek to follow hand hygiene guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All this malfeasance could be useful for an oversight committee to examine.”
However, as per Clyburn’s statement, the committee appears entirely uninterested in investigating these clear failures. Instead, Democrats will scrutinize private enterprise, as if private enterprise had anything to do with controlling this pandemic. Binion cogently concludes, “Deeply troubling here is that the federal government and its red tape prevented the public from recovering from critical shortages, or, even worse, from developing the means to beat back this virus in the first place. Most troubling is that they’re passing the buck to the victims.” If Clyburn’s vision for restructuring is anything like what his view for the committee is, then it sounds a lot like a classic case of socialism — control people’s lives and then blame them for the government’s failure to protect them.
Grassroots perspective by Willie Richardson
A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. A person can be racist. A place can be deemed racist. An idea can totally be racist. However, now a thing is racist. This thing called the COVID-19 virus has now become a staple of racism in America. Yeah, racist. A virus can be racist or, shall I say, it can wreak havoc in African American neighborhoods. I thought a virus could wreak havoc anywhere people are carrying the virus and not using healthy measures to prevent its spread. But I digress.
Let’s take Chicago, for example. According to Chicago health officials, glaring statistics underscore the heavy toll of coronavirus on black Americans. Chicago has seen a total of 98 deaths from COVID-19, with 72% of them black residents. Black Chicagoans account for half of all coronavirus cases in the city and more than 70% of deaths, despite making up just 30% of the population. According to reports, other cities with large black populations, including Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and New York, have become coronavirus hotspots.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, there’s nothing sunny about how the virus is impacting the windy city. As 29% of the population is responsible for 70% of the city’s COVID-19 deaths, Leftmedia outlets are blaming black skin again. Even presidential candidate Joe Biden said, “And we have to finally get some data how this coronavirus is really hurting African Americans and minority communities.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reported, “This new data offers a deeply concerning glimpse into the spread of COVID-19 and is a stark reminder of the deep-seated issues which have long created disparate health impacts in communities across Chicago.”
To take it a step further, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on Monday called for the federal government to release racial and ethnic data relating to the pandemic. The group says it wants to “ensure that communities of color receive equitable health care and treatment during this crisis.”
What? So, what does washing your hands and staying six feet apart from your neighbor have to do with “equitable health care and treatment”?
Does skin color or behavior void of skin color determine these alarming statistics? Does melanin save anyone or place people in a crisis? Why do leftists have to make everything, including an invisible virus, about racial or ethnic undertones?
Could it be that some people of color, in certain areas, have a level of apathy that puts them in higher probability to suffer disproportionately to an alien virus? I often see the behavior of a people before I would ever deem their skin color the problem. I guess the Left will milk this virus for all it’s worth. The fear of the virus in America is more contagious than the spread of it, though maybe not so much in the black communities of Chicago, New Orleans, or New York. Go figure.
The Latest on Coronavirus
After 76 days in lockdown, the Chinese city at the heart of the global pandemic reopened Wednesday and tens of thousands immediately hopped on trains and planes to leave (AP)
New York virus deaths hit new high, but hospitalizations slow (The New York Times)
NYC data: Vast majority who have died from COVID-19 had serious underlying conditions (The Daily Wire)
Government & Politics
“We have a lot of IGs in from the Obama era”: Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion relief spending (The Washington Post)
Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign (Fox News)
An awkward, experimental Democrat primary in Wisconsin (Washington Examiner)
Trump says U.S. may put a “very powerful hold” on funding to communist-supporting World Health Organization (Fox News)
Instead of helping workers on furlough, leftist groups spend more than $20 million attacking Trump, GOP on coronavirus (The Washington Free Beacon)
Trump campaign aide Kayleigh McEnany named White House press secretary (CNBC)
How many more evaded inspectors? Border Patrol stopped a Chinese biologist carrying viable SARS, MERS viruses at Detroit airport in 2018 (National Review)
The coronavirus pandemic is not stopping border-wall construction (The Daily Caller)
For the record: China’s long tentacles extend deep into American media (The American Conservative)
Enabling the lawbreakers: Chicago mayor signs executive order to ensure illegal immigrants can access relief funds (National Review)
Why weren’t they replaced? Michael Bloomberg’s emergency ventilator stockpile in New York City ended up on the auction block (ProPublica)
Business & Economy
Larry Kudlow: We’re looking to open economy in four to eight weeks (The Daily Wire)
Getting out of Dodge: New data shows U.S. companies are definitely leaving China (Forbes)
Policy: Coronavirus patients should be able to try any potential cure (National Review)
Policy: Owning a gun is a completely rational insurance policy against danger (The Federalist)
Humor: Liberal treated with hydroxychloroquine hopes he still dies of COVID-19 to prove Trump is stupid (The Babylon Bee)
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Video: A Tale of Two Governors — Trump has given equal treatment to Newsom and Cuomo, but the latter wants to deflect from his own dereliction.
Video: Hypocritical Leftists Trying to Rewrite History — The Left is playing the duplicitous role of Monday morning quarterback regarding COVID-19.
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Insight: “And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangstersget control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” —Lord Acton (1834-1902)
Observations: “There isn’t much point in trying to talk rationally to a guy in an asylum who thinks he is Napoleon. Likewise, there probably isn’t much point in trying to talk rationally to a Democratic politician or activist in 2020 America.” —John Hinderaker
Wandering minds want to know: “Washington’s money-printing appears on track to exceed anything attempted in 2008 or 2009. … Huge deficits entirely financed by the Fed to offset a government-engineered economic collapse — are we sure Bernie Sanders didn’t win in 2016?” —James Freeman
Political futures: “You have seen, at the national level, Democrats try to push election agendas, like ballot harvesting, which certainly isn’t safe going door to door to collect ballots, or things like getting rid of absentee witness ID requirements. So, those are things we’re going to push back on.” —RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
Every stop to wonder why? “Those who have always been at the short end of the stick, in a moment of crisis, it becomes even more evident, and in this case even more fatal.” —Sen. Kamala Harris
Dezinformatsiya: “U.S. reports 1,264 coronavirus deaths in over 24 hours. Meanwhile in China, where the pandemic broke out, not a single new coronavirus death was reported.” —NBC News (“Fun fact: China also never reported a single death at Tiananmen Square.” —David Burge)
Verbal gymnastics: “We cannot let this, we’ve never allowed any crisis from the Civil War straight through to the pandemic of 17, all the way around, 16, we have never, never let our democracy sakes [sic] second fiddle, way they, we can both have a democracy, an elections [sic], and at the same time correct the public health.” —Joe Biden
Non compos mentis: “Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications. I know that’s dreadful news to hear. How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is we have no choice.” —ObamaCare architect Ezekiel Emanuel
And last… “Ask yourself when you want to do something good for your fellow man, do you write a check to a local charity or send in some extra to the government?” —Peter Heck
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