Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 9, 2020


“I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

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SCOTUS Delivers Wins for Religious Liberty

Thomas Gallatin

In two 7-2 rulings yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered significant wins in defense of Americans’ First Amendment religious freedoms. In the first and most high-profile of the cases, Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, SCOTUS ruled that the Trump administration’s expansion of an exemption for religious organizations to the contraception mandate in ObamaCare was legal for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. This expansion had allowed employers, on the basis of religious conviction and conscience, to opt out of covering contraception in their employees’ health-insurance plans.

In writing the majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas observed, “For over 150 years, the Little Sisters have engaged in faithful service and sacrifice, motivated by a religious calling to surrender all for the sake of their brother. But for the past seven years, they — like many other religious objectors who have participated in the litigation and rulemakings leading up to today’s decision — have had to fight for the ability to continue in their noble work without violating their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Pennsylvania had argued that the Trump administration had failed to follow the appropriate guidelines when it expanded ObamaCare’s religious-exemption clause, an opinion the Court rejected. As Justice Thomas explained, “We hold today that the Departments had the statutory authority to craft that exemption, as well as the contemporaneously issued moral exemption. We further hold that the rules promulgating these exemptions are free from procedural defects.”

The White House praised the ruling. “As the Supreme Court has previously stated,” said Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, “protecting the ability of people to worship and live according to the dictates of their conscience is part of ‘the best of our traditions.’ The Court’s decision today carries forward that noble tradition.”

Unsurprisingly, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing the minority opinion, blasted the decision as harmful to women’s rights: “Today, for the first time, the Court casts totally aside countervailing rights and interests in its zeal to secure religious rights to the nth degree. Destructive of the Women’s Health Amendment, this Court leaves women workers to fend for themselves, to seek contraceptive coverage from sources other than their employer’s insurer, and, absent another available source of funding, to pay for contraceptive services out of their own pockets.”

Apparently, Ginsberg is outraged that in a free country, people often have to pay to obtain a service. Ginsburg’s understanding of “rights” clearly does not comport with that of the Founders nor the Constitution, but we digress.

In a move that further raises the stakes come November, Joe Biden declared that should he win the election, “I will restore the Obama-Biden policy that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling.”

The second decision — and arguably the more consequential of the two — protects the right of churches and religious schools to be exempted from federal employment discrimination laws. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito stated, “Judicial review of the way religious schools discharge those responsibilities would undermine the independence of religious institutions in a way the First Amendment does not tolerate.”

In the wake of the Court’s abysmal ruling on Title VII, in which it redefined the term “sex” in order to expand anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, this latest ruling helps to provide needed protection for churches and religious institutions so they can freely employ those they deem consistent in maintaining and upholding their religious practices and convictions.

These are both wins for Americans, no matter their religious or non-religious convictions, as they both support individual Liberty over and against the heavy hand of government.

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Wrestling With ‘Uncle Tom’

Douglas Andrews

“The word that I dislike the most,” says black conservative Larry Elder, “is not ‘Uncle Tom,’ not ‘bootlicker,’ not ‘bug-eyed bootlicker,’ not ‘bug-eyed, foot-shuffling bootlicker,’ not ‘coconut,’ not ‘Oreo,’ not ‘the antichrist.’ I’ve been called all those things. The word that I fear the most is being called ‘wrong.’”

Elder, who recently sat for an hour-long interview with the Epoch Times to discuss his new film, “Uncle Tom: An Oral History of the American Black Conservative,” was making the point that he’s often demonized by the Left but rarely called “wrong” for his assertions — assertions about such things as the welfare state’s destructive influence on black families, the awful results of black kids being raised without fathers, the effects of the downward pressure on the wages of unskilled blacks due to unchecked illegal immigration, the failure of government-run schools to teach black kids how to read, write, and compute, and the like.

But not being called wrong isn’t the same thing as not being attacked. And make no mistake: Elder and his fellow black conservatives take plenty of heat for their belief that blacks shouldn’t be beholden to the Democrats and their historically ruinous liberal policies. This makes sense, too, because blacks, more than any other voting constituency, are the key to Democrat power. They vote monolithically in presidential elections, especially, and any hint of the movement of blacks away from that rock-solid voting bloc, that Democrat “plantation,” is seen as an existential threat. (As our Mark Alexander has repeatedly pointed out, Democrats continued to advocate generational “Great Society” policies which institutionalize poverty and subjugate millions of Americans to what are, arguably, ‘urban poverty plantations.’“)

So while Elder rarely loses an argument with liberals, he doesn’t tend to win a lot of converts along the way. That’s because, as former New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet once told him in a moment of unguarded honesty, "The Left, as a general rule, does not want to hear thoughtful disagreement.” To which Elder adds, “I argue that the black Left doesn’t even believe there’s such a thing as thoughtful disagreement.”

As might be expected, “Uncle Tom” gives a great and compelling look at black conservatives old and new, from Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams to the most dangerous woman in American politics, Candace Owens, who’s called by her critics “a black white supremacist.”

But, as John Kass writes at Townhall, we also get to hear from others. “Those who are less well known are perhaps even more compelling,” says Kass. “You’ll also witness the dignity of small businessman Chad O. Jackson. He’s a contractor, not famous, but he wrestles with the big questions of politics and policy. After realizing he’s a conservative, he gets grief from his family of Democrats. Jackson refuses to be herded out of fear. And that makes him heroic.”

In the end, says Elder, “Uncle Tom” isn’t an angry film. “It’s a film that simply takes you on a journey of what happens when a person without any kind of political vendetta, without any kind of anger, simply suggests that maybe — just maybe — [black Americans] should be thinking about a different political party than the one [their] race has traditionally supported.”

In other words, it’s a film that embodies the Left’s worst electoral nightmare.

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Trump Withdraws U.S. From WHO

Thomas Gallatin

President Donald Trump followed through on his threat to remove the United States from its association with the World Health Organization on Tuesday. Back in May, Trump cut U.S. funding from the WHO while “redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.” In doing so, he cited the WHO’s efforts to cover for China’s responsibility in unleashing and then attempting to cover its tracks regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recall last month, when the House GOP released a report finding the WHO complicit in helping the Chinese Communist Party in that COVID-19 cover-up. As the report observed, “It is highly likely the ongoing pandemic could have been prevented. As such, it is incumbent upon the United States and likeminded WHO Member States to ensure the accountability and reforms necessary to prevent the CCP’s malfeasance from giving rise to a third pandemic during the 21st century.”

Trump has followed through with the report’s recommendations to hold the WHO accountable, much to the chagrin of Democrats who clearly see this president as a greater threat than communist China. “To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) lamented on social media, adding, “This won’t protect American lives or interests — it leaves Americans sick & America alone.”

No, Bob, Americans have China’s malfeasance and the WHO’s complicity to thank for the deaths of thousands, both here and around the world.

Meanwhile, bunker-hunkered Joe Biden sought to throw shade on Trump, vacuously asserting despite evidence to the contrary that “Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage.”

Ironically, Biden doesn’t seem to recognize that Trump is in fact leading on the world stage, rather than leading from behind. Trump’s foreign-policy actions are what real leadership looks like: first issuing a stern warning, and then having the commitment and fortitude to follow through when those warnings aren’t heeded. The Obama-Biden approach is, of course, to draw red lines and then fail to act when they’re crossed.

This formal withdrawal process takes a year before it becomes finalized, but the move itself indicates that President Trump has once again put America’s interests first.

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The Cancel Culture Eats Its Own

Arnold Ahlert

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” —Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

The American Left has embraced a cancel culture whereby those who evince even the slightest deviation from moral perfection, no matter how long ago it occurred, is grounds for turning ordinary Americans into pariahs — and obliterating the historical contributions of prominent ones. That this moral perfection is defined by a generation of progressives with contempt for American history and culture, with no remorse for 60 million abortions, and with anarchy, looting, arson, and murder framed as “peaceful protests,” is beyond arrogant — even more so when it’s applied to historical figures who lived in wholly different times. What about progressive icons? Shouldn’t the same deficiencies precipitate the same cancellations?

We begin with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. For many Democrats, FDR remains the gold standard, finishing number one in several annual rankings of America’s greatest presidents. Yet the same FDR signed an executive order consigning more than 100,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II and appointed ex-KKK member Hugo Black to the Supreme Court. Moreover, in a series of articles FDR wrote for the Macon, GA, Daily Telegraph and for Asia magazine in the 1920s, he disdained granting citizenship to “non-assimilable immigrants” and opposed Japanese immigration because “mingling Asiatic blood with European or American blood produces, in nine cases out of ten, the most unfortunate results.” Under cancel-culture parameters, FDR’s blatant racism cannot be offset by his often Herculean efforts to shepherd our nation through the Great Depression and WWII.

Harry Truman? An admirable president by many accounts, but also one who paid dues to the KKK between 1920 and 1922. That they eventually parted ways when the Klan disapproved of Truman’s appointment of Catholics to key political positions? Atonement and/or intellectual growth and the cancel culture are mutually exclusive concepts.

JFK? Since the cancel culture embraces #MeToo, Mimi Alford’s assertion that President Kennedy bedded her when she was 19 year old, plied her with the sex drug amyl nitrate, and asked her to “take care” of some of his friends should be more than enough to eliminate him from history. Yet that wasn’t his only “sin.” Kennedy also voted against the 1957 civil-rights bill.

What about JFK’s brothers, Robert and Ted? As attorney general, RFK approved the FBI bugging of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while Ted Kennedy, dubbed the “Lion of the Senate” by many of the same people who hold the Founding Fathers in contempt, left Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in a car at Chappaquiddick. Thus, isn’t it time to rid the nation of any artifact or entity with the name Kennedy attached to it?

LBJ? Johnson referred to the 1957 Civil Rights Act as the “n—er bill” and repeatedly used the word in conversations with colleagues. He also supported Jim Crow laws in the South early in his political career and received Planned Parenthood’s 1966 Margaret Sanger Award — as in the same Margaret Sanger who called for the extermination of the “mongrel races.” According to cancel-culture dogma, those facts are more than enough to offset his war on poverty and his signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

President Jimmy Carter? Perhaps his historical legacy will remain intact, since his call for the recognition of designated terror group Hamas as an equal with Israel aligns itself with BLM’s dedication to the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement, as well as its accusations that Israel has committed “genocide.”

President Bill Clinton? Like JFK, he was another serial womanizer whose pathological lying was undone by a semen-stained dress, even as many of the same progressives down with today’s purge excused the perjury and obstruction of justice he perpetrated as being “just about sex,” or insisted that his execrable behavior could be “compartmentalized.” Since compartmentalization is the antithesis of progressive demands for unadulterated purity, Clinton must also be expunged.

President Barack Obama? Despite efforts by Democrats to obscure it, and lying by Joe Biden when confronted about it, Obama did put illegal immigrant children in cages. And though Obama’s apologies for America’s shortcomings, his associations with racial arsonist Al Sharpton and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, and his insistence that racism is “still part of our DNA that’s passed on” undoubtedly warms the heart of America haters everywhere, the cancel culture’s aforementioned demand for absolute ideological purity cannot be squared with caged “children of color.”

Numerous other Democrats deserve “honorable mention,” including the scores of “Dixiecrats” who kept segregation alive through the 1960s, and “standout” West Virginia Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd, who led an 83-day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Earlier in his career, Byrd recruited 150 KKK members — who unanimously voted him the “exalted cyclops,” the highest-ranking member of the chapter.

Martin Luther King? While King still remains an icon, his co-recipiency of the1966 Margaret Sanger Award, the unverified FBI allegations that he had numerous affairs, and the allegations that he laughed while witnessing a rape might prove to be problematic. Or ironically, in keeping with the bizarre demands of the cancel culture, King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and its explicit endorsement of all lives and racial harmony that wholly undermines the concept of “white privilege” may precipitate his elimination.

Finally, the Democrat Party itself. In the effort to rebrand everything from Uncle Ben’s rice and Aunt Jemima pancakes to any number of sports teams with “offensive” Native American names, why should the party whose long, documented history of overt racism be given a pass? If cancel culture is consistent, Democrats must rename their party.

On Tuesday, Harper’s Magazine published a letter decrying the cancel culture signed by 100 leftists — who blame President Trump for the “forces of illiberalism” that “are gaining strength throughout the world.”

Utter nonsense. The Left wholly owns this contemptible agenda, and the concern reflected in these leftists’ letter is the growing realization that they themselves are no longer immune from the monster they created.

Perhaps no one is learning that lesson better than “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel Miranda, who now realizes his “wokeness” hasn’t immunized him from a mob that wants to “cancel” his musical, despite his casting of non-whites to play historically white figures. Yet like other useful idiots, Miranda feels compelled to apologize. “That we have not yet firmly spoken the inarguable truth that Black Lives Matter and denounced systematic racism and white supremacy from our official ‘Hamilton’ channels is a moral failure on our part,” he stated.

No, the moral failure is the effort to appease a corrupt mob of wannabe totalitarians and their enablers, who will invariably demand even greater concessions that will never be met until America is a socialist/Marxist construct.

Americans have an opportunity to reject this nonsense in November, and Fox News host Tucker Carlson reminds us why it is critical to do so. “Loving the people you lead, caring deeply about them is the basic prerequisite of leadership,” he asserts. “The leaders of today’s Democratic Party do not. They despise this country. They have said so. They continue to. That is shocking, but it is also disqualifying. We cannot let them run this nation because they hate it. Imagine what they would do to it.”


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Hamilton Gets Mobbed

Douglas Andrews

“Blowback” is a term invented by the CIA and captured in the title of Chalmers Johnson’s 2000 book about unintended consequences. But the Left, having not learned the lessons of this history, is now getting some blowback in the form of cancel culture.

The latest victim of our nation’s cultural purge is “Hamilton,” the Broadway smash and Tony Award-winning musical that draws heavily from hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, and traditional-style show tunes while casting non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures in an adaptation of historian Ron Chernow’s bestselling biography.

As the Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman reports, “The video debut of a Broadway hit is finding commercial success but also a social-media backlash for its positive portrayal of men who helped found the greatest nation on earth.”

Getting to the crux of the criticism, Freeman continues, “Hamilton supported the manumission of slaves but did not press for abolition.” Another complaint from the woke Left is that only Thomas Jefferson is criticized in the play for having owned slaves, while others (such as George Washington) are largely shown as heroic figures.

The movie, adapted from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, premiered on Disney’s streaming service earlier this month and has already been downloaded more that 700,000 times globally. But, as Samantha Vincenty says in The Oprah Magazine, “Reaching a wider audience also brought a deluge of criticism amid the praise — including concerns about how the work lionized the United States’ slave-owning founding fathers and didn’t accurately portray history. Other Twitter users also took issue with Miranda using the n-word in two audiobooks.”

In other words, the Left is once again eating its own.

Miranda has also taken heat for, ostensibly, downplaying the issue of slavery. Apparently, the cancel crowd thinks it’s unacceptable for the production to leave folks feeling relatively good about what they’ve just seen, rather than traumatized by it. In an effort to appease the mob, Miranda tweeted out a show of remorse for the capstone achievement of his career: “Appreciate you so much … All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game.”

While the trending of the #CancelHamilton hashtag hasn’t yet caused the cancelation of the play or the pulling of the new video, it’s still early.

“Can we cancel Hamilton for glorifying our racist founding fathers and painting America as a good country?” asked one concerned citizen. Another remarked, “Can’t believe Disney is showing a show about a slave trader in times like this. Also, the actors aren’t the same color as the people they are portraying. How dare they.”

Indeed, how dare they.

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Good Riddance to Vichy Vindman

Harold Hutchison

The news that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is retiring from the Army after 21 years of service is good news all around. It’s good for Vindman. It’s good for the officers whose promotions Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was holding hostage. It’s good for the Army and the military as a whole. And it’s good for the sake of the constitutional principles involved as well.

We’ll start with the Constitution. Back in November, we pointed out that while many foreign-policy decisions could be debated by Americans, the Constitution clearly put foreign policy in the hands of the duly elected president and Congress, subject to the checks and balances in that document. We also noted that, based on his own testimony, Vindman had crossed a significant line.

Back then, we noted that officers with far more distinguished careers than Vindman had been effectively cashiered for actions far less serious than Vindman’s. For starters, General Douglas MacArthur was removed from a combat command in Korea for openly defying President Truman over the conduct of the Korean War, which arguably exceeded Vindman’s actions. But MacArthur also had a distinguished combat career that spanned two World Wars and included the Medal of Honor.

But other distinguished officers were relieved for the mere perception of not being on board with their commander-in-chief’s policies. We can list three from the Obama years: Stanley McChrystal’s command in Afghanistan was taken from him over derisive comments made by his staff and quoted in Rolling Stone magazine; James Mattis was removed from the top post at Central Command for his perceived aggressiveness; and Michael Flynn claimed he was removed as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency for raising the issue of radical Islamic terrorism. Obama administration officials claimed it was over management style, but either way, Obama had the right to make these calls.

Why? Because as foolhardy as Obama’s military and foreign-policy agenda was, by winning the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, he earned the right to try to advance that agenda within the Constitution’s framework. That same right was earned by President Trump by virtue of winning the 2016 election. By his own admission, Vindman tried to deny Trump that right.

By extension, the Army and the military will benefit by seeing this principle upheld. In far too many instances elsewhere in the world, military leaders have toppled governments for various reasons. That’s not supposed to happen in America, though, and even the perception of a politicized military would be damaging to both our society and our national security. Promoting Vindman after the admissions within his testimony would have created that very perception among a significant portion of the American public.

Vindman’s retirement will also be good for him on a personal level. Clearly, he had serious problems with President Trump’s foreign-policy agenda, and his issues with that agenda drove him to cross a serious line. By retiring, he can now freely advocate for the policies he feels should be in place and can do his best to convince his fellow Americans to make a course change without dragging the military into a policy dispute. He also won’t have to deal with seeing fellow officers have their promotions held up on his account.

Given his celebrity, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him with a gig on CNN or MSNBC and a handsome book deal. But Vindman’s retirement from the Army was for the good of the country.

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Above the Fold

  • Yesterday, the Department of Justice revealed that “Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Legend, a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative across all federal law enforcement agencies working in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight the sudden surge of violent crime, beginning in Kansas City, MO. Operation Legend was created as a result of President Trump’s promise to assist America’s cities that are plagued by recent violence.” The attorney general explained, “The Department’s Operation Legend is named in honor of one of Kansas City’s youngest victims, four-year old LeGend Taliferro who was shot in the face while sleeping in his bed. LeGend’s death is a horrifying reminder that violent crime left unchecked is a threat to us all and cannot be allowed to continue.” Kansas City has tallied one hundred homicides this year, which is up 40% from 2019.

  • “The White House wants to limit the cost of the fourth coronavirus relief package at $1 trillion or less amid growing concerns among some Republican senators over the nation’s ballooning deficit, according to a senior administration official,” Fox News reports. “Negotiations between Congress and the Trump administration on another round of virus-related stimulus are set to begin in earnest later this month after lawmakers return to Washington from their two-week Fourth of July break. But some administration officials are concerned that if the aid package is worth more than $1 trillion, the White House risks losing pivotal support from fiscally conservative Senate Republicans who are starting to balk at the unprecedented debt and spending levels.” Their concern is warranted.

Government & Politics

  • Yesterday was a good day for religious liberty at the Supreme Court (The Resurgent)

  • Supreme Court says Congress can’t get Trump records, for now (AP)

  • Joe Biden and Sanders release leftist “unity platform” for Democrat Party (U.S. News & World Report)

  • If Biden follows platform compromises from task forces, he’ll be “most progressive president since FDR,” Sanders says (Breitbart)

  • Biden says he would restore pre-Hobby Lobby contraceptive mandate in wake of Little Sisters ruling (Fox News)

  • Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, key figure in the impeachment charade, announces his retirement in scathing statement (AP)

  • Trump meets Mexican president at White House despite Democratic objections; it’s Trump and Lopez Obrador’s first face-to-face meeting (Fox News)


  • New York City public schools will reopen with “blended learning” model in the fall (CBS New York)

  • School closures threaten kids more than COVID-19, pediatricians say (The Daily Signal)

  • Back to school? “No thanks,” say millions of new homeschooling parents (Foundation for Economic Education)

  • With no end in sight to the coronavirus, some teachers are retiring rather than going back to school (Time)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Surge in virus hospitalizations strains hospitals in several states (The Washington Post)

  • CDC weighs early vaccine access for minorities and others at risk (The New York Times)

  • Atlanta mayor defies the governor, orders masks to be worn in public spaces (NPR)

  • Ivy League rules out playing all sports this fall due to pandemic (ESPN)

Business & Economy

  • One-third of American families missed their July rent and housing payments and 10% fear they could lose their homes in the next six months (UK Daily Mail)

  • New Yorkers look to the suburbs and beyond. Other city dwellers may be next. (NPR)

Culture & Heartland

  • Of course: Signatories of letter criticizing cancel culture begin to cancel themselves (Hot Air)

  • New York City councilwoman freaks out over white man holding black child: “It hurts people” (The Federalist)

  • Andrew Jackson statue to be removed from City Hall in namesake Mississippi capital (The Daily Caller)

  • Seattle held segregated training session for white staff aimed at “undoing their whiteness” and told them “not to take undeserved promotions” to be better allies for racial justice (UK Daily Mail)


  • Communist China’s leash on Hong Kong tightens, choking an accountability broadcaster (The New York Times)

  • China rebrands Confucius Institutes in effort to quell global backlash (Campus Reform)

  • Seoul mayor, who left “will-like” message, goes missing; massive search underway (AP)

Other Notables

  • An environmentalist’s apology: “I was guilty of alarmism” (Michael Shellenberger)

  • Trump has 91% chance of winning reelection, political science professor calculates (Mediaite)

Closing Arguments

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Video: Does the Black Community Want to Abolish Police? — Not exactly. White SJWs are putting words in black people’s mouths.

Humor Video: People That Wear a Mask in Their Car — JP Sears honors “the Navy SEALs of the roadways.”


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Insight: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” —Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Upright: “We live in an era when truth is subjective, if it exists at all. There is no truth, except the ‘truth’ of the left. Where is it written that the left gets to control the political and cultural agenda and conservatives must bow to its ideology when, in fact, it is liberalism that has brought the nation to near cultural ruin? Which ideology is responsible for 60 million abortions, the welfare state and entitlement mentality, the promotion of any human relationship that can be conjured up in the most twisted of minds, family breakup, drugs, the teaching of a false American history, failing inner city public schools and much more? When conservatives oppose these cultural revisionists, they are called divisive. Conservatives have little to defend. They should be holding the left accountable for the destruction caused by their ideology.” —Cal Thomas

For the record: “All that matters for too many in our elite institutions is the narrative that America’s systems are the greatest obstacle to black Americans. And not all lives lost are equally valuable in promoting that perverse narrative.” —Ben Shapiro

Observations: “Among the Nobel Prizes awarded each year is the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It was first awarded in 1901, and through 2019, 219 have received the award. Of the 219 recipients, 100 have been American, according to Statista. This one piece of information leads me to conclude there is a high likelihood it will be an American who delivers the medicines we seek now in the battle to defeat the coronavirus that plagues us. Am I looking for a reason for pride in America? Not really. I’m looking more to shine light on what it is that makes America great.” —Star Parker

Dezinformatsiya: “The two biggest news stories in the country are Coronavirus and race relations. No news source reports the relevant death counts of either one in a form that would be useful to citizens. The press is no longer pretending to inform. It is straight propaganda.” —Scott Adams

Fair warning, Part I: “As disappointing as the Supreme Court’s ruling is, there is a clear path to fixing it: electing a new President who will end Donald Trump’s ceaseless attempts to gut every aspect of the Affordable Care Act. If I am elected, I will restore the Obama-Biden policy that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling: providing an exemption for houses of worship and an accommodation for nonprofit organizations with religious missions.” —Joe Biden

Fair warning, Part II: “I was glad to work with the vice president in forming six separate task forces. Which had some of the most knowledgeable people in the country coming together to deal with education and climate change and health care and the economy and criminal justice and immigration reform. … I think the compromise that they came up with, if implemented, will make Biden the most progressive president since FDR.” —Senator Bernie Sanders

And last… “Stop chasing the ever-elusive, never-ending standards of the mob and rest in the reality that, according to the God who made us, there are only two rules we must follow: 1) Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul & strength. 2) Love your neighbor as yourself. That’s enough.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

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