“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- Conservatives Self-Cancel
- Biden Blasted for Claiming Trump First Racist President
- Pompeo Pummels China
- Beware of Biden’s Budget Blowout
- A ‘Woke’ U.S. Army?
- Yesteryear’s Anti-Racism Is Today’s ‘Racism’
- If It Ain’t Whiteness, It Ain’t Rightness?
- Daily Features: News Executive Summary, Videos, Best of Right Opinion, Short Cuts, Memes, and Cartoons.
If you’ve bitten your tongue recently, you’re not alone. Self-censorship is on the rise, and a comprehensive survey released by the libertarian Cato Institute shows us the extent of it.
If you thought things couldn’t get any nastier than they were in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency — back when feminists were wearing weird pink hats and shouting obscenities, when washed-up songbirds were dreaming of blowing up the White House, and when Hillary Clinton was still blaming Macedonian content farms for her electoral ineptitude — you were wrong. The Cato survey says 62% of us now hold political views that we’re afraid to share. In 2017, that number was four points lower.
“These fears cross partisan lines,” says Cato. “Majorities of Democrats (52%), independents (59%) and Republicans (77%) all agree they have political opinions they are afraid to share.” But look at those numbers: Barely half of Democrats are uneasy about expressing themselves, but more than three-fourths of Republicans are. If there were ever any doubt about which views were more generally acceptable, and which group was more tolerant, these numbers should put it to rest.
Even more disturbing, it seems that the further to the left one’s views are, the more comfortable that person is about expressing them. As Cato continues, “Strong liberals stand out, however, as the only political group who feel they can express themselves. Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) of staunch liberals feel they can say what they believe.” Compare that to the corresponding number for strong conservatives: 23%.
Perhaps the survey’s most disturbing finding, though, is the intolerance many of us have for campaign donations to the other political party. About one-fifth of Americans (22%) would support firing a business executive who donates to Joe Biden’s campaign, while 31% would support firing an exec who donates to Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Even more telling: A full 50% of strong liberals would support firing a Trump donor.
Remind us again: Which group — liberals or conservatives — is seen as the meaner group, the more intolerant group? As we noted a couple of weeks ago, even those on the Left are getting nervous about being eaten by their own.
Clearly, then, many of us are uncomfortable discussing politics in the workplace, but what about talking to pollsters? If ever the conditions were right for self-censorship, it’d be right now. Regarding the 2016 election, there’s a commonly held belief that an occasional “shy” Trump voter refused to share his electoral choice upon exiting the polls. If even one in 100 Trump voters is reluctant to do so this November, our exit polling will be skewed. But imagine if that shy share is one in 50, or one in 25.
“Any such reluctance has likely increased in the past four years,” asserts Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff, “given the ‘cancel culture’ and other efforts to demonize and ostracize conservatives. … Between members of the public who don’t want to talk to pollsters, or whom pollsters can’t reach, and members who may be reluctant to talk honestly to them, we may need to take polls of the presidential race, and maybe other races too, with more grains of salt than usual.”
If a sizable share of the 63 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 have indeed been bullied into self-censorship, it’d serve leftists right to be brimming with confidence come Election Day only to have their victory parties ruined by a panel of slack-jawed talkingheads on Election Night.
Joe Biden’s claim that President Donald Trump is the first “racist” president has received well-deserved blowback not only from those on the Right, like our own Mark Alexander with his poignant history lesson yesterday, but also from some on the Left.
Of particular note, the host of the popular New York City radio show “The Breakfast Club,” Charlamagne tha God, blasted Biden as “Donkey of the Day” for his comments. “I really wish Joe Biden would shut the eff up forever and continue to act like he’s starring in the movie ‘A Quiet Place,’ because as soon as he opens his mouth and makes noise, he gets us all killed, OK?” Charlamagne complained. That isn’t because he’s suddenly on Team Trump. He added, “There’s already so many people who are reluctantly only voting for Joe Biden because he’s the only option and because Donald J. Trump is that trash.” Charlamagne further castigated Biden for peddling “revisionist history” while pointedly asking, “How the hell can Donald Trump be the first racist president in a country where 12 presidents before him owned slaves?”
Recall that it was on Charlamagne’s show back in May when Biden made his infamous (and racist) comment, “If you don’t vote Democrat, you ain’t black.”
Leo Terrell, a civil rights attorney who recently made waves over his refusal to support Black Lives Matter, likewise hammered Biden. “He has not gone to these Democratic cities and embraced the victims like President Trump has,” Terrell observed. “He has not walked hand in hand with police officers. Joe Biden has insulted every African American by saying, ‘If you don’t vote for me, you ain’t black.’ I’m black. I’m not voting for him. He’s an insult to every American because people decide on the competency of the candidate. Joe Biden has to help the people in those cities and he’s not doing it. He’s in his basement.”
Speaking of racism, Biden may want to worry about his own glass house. “Biden has a long history of suspected racism,” writes The Federalist’s Jordan Davidson. “Whether it was the time he told members of the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, Iowa that ‘poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,’ the time he apologized for referring to then Sen. Barack Obama as the ‘first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,’ or the time he claimed ‘You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.’ Biden has shown lack of poise when it comes to racist commentary.”
What is truly revealed by Biden’s repeated and often ham-handed attempts to paint Trump as a racist is that his party is seriously worried about shoring up the black vote. Irrespective of the Leftmedia narrative, Trump has made significant inroads with black voters, and that combined with lack of enthusiasm for Biden is highly concerning for Democrats. In short, Biden and the Leftmedia hawking this “Trump is a racist” smear campaign in a desperate attempt to stop anyone from legitimately considering Trump’s impressive record as president in affecting positive changes for Americans of every color.
Brian Mark Weber
Since announcing his campaign for the presidency in 2015, Donald Trump has warned of the threats posed by communist China, largely abetted by previous American presidents. Initially, few politicians appeared to be listening — or at least willing to do anything about it. But events since then, in particular Chinese malfeasance regarding the coronavirus, have proven the president right, and he’s taking bold action, some of which is being led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo gave a blistering speech Thursday at the Nixon Library nearly 50 years after President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China to facilitate a reengagement between the two nations. Pompeo struck a much different chord than Nixon, calling out the communist regime as the world’s biggest threat.
“My remarks,” he said, “are the fourth set of remarks in a series of China speeches that I asked National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, FBI Director Chris Wray, and the Attorney General Barr to deliver alongside me.” He then explained, “Our goal was to make clear that the threats to Americans that President Trump’s China policy aims to address are clear and our strategy for securing those freedoms established. Ambassador O'Brien spoke about ideology. FBI Director Wray talked about espionage. Attorney General Barr spoke about economics. And now my goal today is to put it all together for the American people and detail what the China threat means for our economy, for our liberty, and indeed for the future of free democracies around the world.”
The secretary spoke of the need for an international coalition to force change in China, saying, “The free world must triumph over this new tyranny.” And he noted that while Chinese President Xi Jinping is a “true believer in a bankrupt totalitarian ideology,” the Chinese Communist Party’s biggest threat might be from within: “The CCP fears the Chinese people’s honest opinions more than any foe.” Given the way the tyrants in Beijing censor and crush dissent, Pompeo is spot on.
Pompeo didn’t mince words in blaming the ChiComs for exploiting the coronavirus, crushing freedom in Hong Kong, and taking an aggressive stance against neighboring Asian countries. He also urged other countries to “push back” against China.
Earlier this week, Pompeo was in the United Kingdom working to forge a partnership between the two countries to deal with the China menace. It appears that Pompeo has convinced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take the threat seriously. The Washington Free Beacon’s Jack Beyrer writes, “Britain has started to push back on the Chinese tech company’s expanding influence, electing to expel all Huawei technologies from the country’s 5G network by 2027.”
As Joel Gehrke notes in the Washington Examiner, “Johnson hardened his position on Huawei just months after rebuffing Pompeo’s denunciations of the company, a reversal brought about in part by anger over China’s apparent dishonesty about the coronavirus pandemic — a failure that Pompeo underscored during his visit.”
Thanks to American leadership on the issue, Britain finally seems to be moving in the right direction.
Back to Pompeo’s speech, he hit one of Trump’s repeated themes: “What do the American people have to show now 50 years on from engagement with China?”
Not much. “We opened our arms to Chinese citizens, only to see the Chinese Communist Party exploit our free and open society. China sent propagandists into our press conferences, our research centers, our high-schools, our colleges, and even into our PTA meetings,” Pompeo said. “We gave the Chinese Communist Party and the regime itself special economic treatment, only to see the CCP insist on silence over its human rights abuses as the price of admission for Western companies entering China.”
Just this week, two Chinese nationals suspected of hacking into U.S. companies and stealing hundreds of millions of dollars in coronavirus data and other research were indicted by the Justice Department. The president told us back in May (and many times before that) that China was attempting to steal information from us. But much more than coronavirus research is now at stake. According to The Daily Wire, the duo “launched cyber attacks against businesses, organizations, and tech research facilities in at least 11 countries, including the United States, over the course of a decade.”
In response, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced a bill allowing the U.S. to impose sanctions on other countries involved in the hacking of American companies.
Meanwhile, members of the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston were observed burning documents in metal drums on the rooftop courtyard. What were they trying to hide?
China claimed the rash decision to burn papers came after the United States gave it 72 hours to close the consulate. The Chinese also responded by ordering the closure of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu.
On Thursday, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) claimed that the consulate in Houston was the “epicenter of China’s espionage.” But the problem isn’t limited to the Houston facility.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “FBI agents have interviewed Chinese researchers suspected of being undeclared members of the People’s Liberation Army in more than 25 cities, according to some U.S. officials. In some instances, staff at Chinese consulates helped instruct some researchers on security, reminding them to delete information from their electronic devices, the officials said.”
Just think of all the damage that’s already been done after decades of Chinese spying and its infiltration of America’s centers of military, medical, and technological research. That’s not to mention the economic malaise and 144,000 dead Americans due to the China Virus.
Fortunately, after years of bipartisan neglect, President Trump and Secretary Pompeo are committed to holding China accountable. Let’s hope it’s not too late.
With bailouts, handouts, and assorted other “outs” seemingly chief among our federal government’s priorities, very little attention has been paid to the few deficit hawks who still remain. You can recognize them by the way they cringe at the thought of an economic package exceeding $1 trillion.
To hear “progressives” like Bernie Sanders tell it, though, these exorbitant sums are just a down payment for what’s to come. Despite not being the Democrats’ presidential nominee, it’s the Sanders crew that’s running the policy show for Joe Biden’s campaign. Once considered to be the kindly old “moderate” in the field, Uncle Joe is now poised to put to shame the “fundamentally transforming” efforts of his former boss. Think of his new policy prescriptions as “hope and change” on steroids.
Back on Tuesday, our own Lewis Morris outlined the potential policies of a Democrat trifecta should Biden win the White House and have the coattails to keep the House and flip the Senate. As the campaign wears on and the promises add up, it’s becoming clear that Biden’s budget-busting pledges will almost certainly tack at least an extra trillion dollars a year onto our nation’s federal spending. Part of that is his ridiculous $2 trillion version of the Green New Deal.
Biden’s $10 trillion wish list would be partially “paid for” with $4 trillion in tax hikes. Translation: Say goodbye to the Republican tax cuts.
But those trillions are just part of Biden’s vow to “rewrite” the economy. “We’re going to have a breathtaking opportunity to create good-paying union jobs,” Biden told a meeting of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers earlier this month, as well as “to rewrite our economy so that prosperity flows not just to CEOs, but to workers who actually build the country.” (Billionaire socialist Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was likely smirking at this.) Unfortunately, there aren’t enough workers out there to make good on the lavish promises being handed out by Biden and company. If anything, we’ll likely be dealing with the rampant inflation and “misery index” made famous by an earlier Democrat president, Jimmy Carter.
Another worrisome byproduct of our massive deficit spending on the coronavirus and its economic effects is the expectation that bigger benefits from Uncle Sam will become the rule rather than the rare exception. Already, there is pressure to extend the government’s enhanced unemployment benefits beyond their original expiration date of July 31, not to mention the prospect of a second stimulus payment.
Seeing that the congressional discussion has shifted to the size of an extension rather than the merits of the program itself, we seem to have taken a sizable step toward the cherished far-left promise of a universal basic income. Clearly, the doling out of an extra $600 a week above and beyond the standard unemployment check has disincentivized folks from going back to work. After all, why return to the 9-to-5 grind when the government will pay us $15 an hour to play video games and watch TikTok videos? For many, the giveaway has a narcotic appeal.
If we choose unwisely on November 3, it’s a sure bet that the Biden-and-Bernie binge will break the bank — as well as the back of what’s left of our economy.
John J. Bastiat
Setting aside the fact that black lives don’t matter one whit to Black Lives Matter — what really matters is political power for the Democrats and the defeat of President Donald Trump at all costs in November — the BLM movement is reverberating throughout government circles, notably of late, the U.S. Army. Although both uniformed and civilian Army personnel are strictly prohibited from engaging in political activities while in uniform or on duty, apparently those same rules don’t apply to the Army’s politically correct, “woke”-focused “Equity and Inclusion Agency.” And yes, the agency’s activities are every bit as Orwellian as its name implies.
For example, as to “inclusion,” the agency’s take is that if you state “all lives matter,” or you support the enforcement of immigration laws, then of course you’re a racist and a white supremacist. How’s that for inclusion? Even more egregious behavior was uncovered by Alabama Republican Representative Mo Brooks. After learning of the agency’s “Operation Inclusion” seminars, designed to “woke”-brainwash all personnel working at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, Brooks demanded the Army open an immediate investigation into “Army personnel illegally using federal government resources to distribute racist and partisan political propaganda in direct violation of the federal Hatch Act and any number of military regulations.”
In his demand letter to the secretary of the Army, Brooks stated, “The U.S. Army’s use of a graphic that claims ‘Make America Great Again’ (among many other things) constitutes ‘white supremacy’ and, thus, racism, in a clearly marked Army product distributed to U.S. Army uniform and civilian personnel working on or for Redstone Arsenal (a major U.S. military base) using an official email account is in violation of the law, federal regulations, and DoD Directives.”
In his press release, Brooks further noted, “The illegal, racist and politically partisan material includes a pyramid graphic that claims the following are evidence of ‘White Supremacy’, and, hence, racism,” and he cited the following as a non-exhaustive list drawn from the pyramid: Using the phrase “Make America Great Again”; “Education Funding from Property Taxes”; “Calling the Police on Black People”; Using the phrase “All Lives Matter”; “Denial of White Privilege”; “Inequitable Healthcare”; “Anti-Immigration Policies”; “English-Only Initiatives”; “Celebration of Columbus Day”; Discussing “American Exceptionalism”; “Claiming Reverse-Racism”; “There’s Only One Human Race”; finally adding, “And dozens more!”
The problem is much more pervasive than merely the Army, however. As City Journal’s Christopher Rufo highlights, so-called “private diversity consultant” Howard Ross, one of the founders and fixtures in the cesspool Rufo terms the “diversity-industrial complex,” has been bilking the U.S. government out of more than $5 million for his “services” over the years. Ross has billed taxpayers (exorbitantly) for reeducating personnel along the above propaganda lines in seminars at myriad U.S. federal agencies, including the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, the National Credit Union Association, NASA, the Officer of the Comptroller, the Department of Justice, the National Institute of Health, and the Office of the Attorney General, to name a few of the most prominent.
While Ross and others of his ilk personally benefit from the politics of division, destruction, and “intersectionalism,” these types of poisonous ideologies are destroying our nation. To wit, specifically, here: WE DON’T NEED a “woke” Army. We need an EFFECTIVE Army. And teaching hate and fomenting divisiveness on the basis of a politically driven, race-baiting agenda having no foundations in fact is no way to promote such effectiveness.
The bottom line is that Ross and other willfully blind “diversity re-educators” should be fired. True diversity means evaluations based on performance and character — only — not on skin, gender, or a host of other irrelevant factors. As Morgan Freeman aptly stated, “The best way to stop talking about race is to stop talking about race.” That idea applies equally to all other “diversity”-related elements, as well. It’s time the U.S. Army — among other would-be “woke” communities — gets “woke” to that fact.
In these increasingly upside-down times, one of the most profound examples testifying to our altered reality is the popular redefinition of racism. While racism is still considered by the vast majority of America as evil, the leftist-driven understanding of what constitutes racism is fast becoming the exact opposite.
Those who battled for civil rights by and large were fighting for equality in society under the law. As Martin Luther King Jr. famously espoused in his “Dream” speech, he was pushing for a colorblind society where individuals are not judged by “the color of their skin, but the content of their character.” In today’s world, King would be branded a racist for failing to see color.
In fact, today’s leftist “anti-racists” share more in common with George Wallace and his views on race than they do King. Liberty Unyielding’s Hans Bader insightfully notes, “America’s colleges, media, and cultural institutions are being swept by the ideology of ‘anti-racism.’ It openly advocates racial discrimination against white people, and promotes bigoted, lower expectations for black people.”
Bader further points out, “Being an ‘anti-racist’ means advocating discrimination to transform society. The bible of ‘anti-racism’ is ‘How to Be an Antiracist,’ by Boston University’s Ibram X. Kendi. The ‘key concept’ from How to Be an Antiracist is that to remedy the underrepresentation of minority groups, you need to engage in discrimination in the opposite direction — i.e., discriminate against whites.”
Power Line’s John Hinderaker astutely observes, “The bottom line … is that today’s liberalism is profoundly racist. It assumes that blacks are inherently unable to compete on a level playing field, and therefore the level playing field — meritocracy — must be done away with. This is contrary to every American precept of equal opportunity, and it is also utterly false as an empirical matter. In my lifetime, at least, we have not seen an overtly racist movement that can begin to rival contemporary liberalism.”
The sad irony is that, far from working to eliminate racism, today’s “social justice” radicals are actually stoking the fires of genuine racism.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture recently debuted a stunningly racist poster that lists supposed signs of “whiteness” or “white dominant culture.” You read that correctly. The African American museum believes that the color of skin determines value, not your character. These social constructs of color are all lies anyway. I’m honestly sick of this type of language.
“Whiteness” and white racialized identity refer to how white people — their culture and beliefs — are the standard by which all people should live by. “Whiteness,” according to the African American museum poster, is the racial identity of America, so when you see America you’re supposed to think “whiteness.” This tomfoolery has even reached religious circles, where Christianity is registered as “whiteness.” Yeah, Christianity is the “white man’s religion.”
Of course, the idea that Christianity is a sign of whiteness would be news to the majority of black Americans, 79% of whom identified as Christian in a 2014 Pew Research Center study on the nation’s religious landscape.
Dear “white” people, do you see what you have done? You have taken over and left nothing for the rest of us to claim. Come on, “white” people. You could have at least left some crumbs on the table.
Do you sense my sarcasm?
According to longtime race-baiting author Judith H. Katz, “whiteness” includes language and education including “politeness, hard work, self-reliance, delayed gratification, and justice.” So, speaking proper English is “talking white.” If you hold doors, respect your elders, or save sex for marriage, those are all “whiteness” factors. There’s such a thing as “white” justice too. If the jurors are majority “white,” then a black man can’t get a fair trial no matter the evidence. “White” people have even taken over the culinary arts as well. Food without seasoning is for “white people.”
This “whiteness” has created an American culture where nonwhite people are made to be inferior and ostracized.
The last “whiteness” construct I want to address is the nuclear family. According to the Left’s White-O-Meter, two-parent homes are “white” as white bread. So, the home I grew up in was “white”? I want to burst into laughter. My mom and dad were hard-working blue-collar folks who inspired my sisters and me to achieve in every field of endeavor. The balance of having my mom and dad together meant the world to me. I started working when I was 15, achieved Eagle Scout, and earned academic scholarships to college. All that stuff is “whiteness.”
Oh, I forgot to tell you, I’m “black.”
The truth? The vast majority of what has been described as “whiteness” is nothing more than fundamental Biblical values. These values are not color based but character based. American values include family, community, education, and patriotism. According to the intel gathered, I guess anyone not “white” is crass, overly emotional, lazy, and speaks broken English.
According to commentator Elise Ehrhard, “Decisions that lie in personal responsibility know no race. Everyone in America has the possibility and the responsibility to adhere to American values — values the Smithsonian seems to be considering ‘white.’ Considering such values to be inherently ‘white’ sows greater racial division in the United States. That, more than anything, is truly un-American and a sign of hatred for this nation and the values that built it.”
I couldn’t agree more. May the Lord deliver us all from “whiteness.”
Above the Fold
The Associated Press says: “Bowing to the coronavirus threat, President Donald Trump has scrapped plans for a four-night Republican National Convention celebration in Florida that had been set to draw more than 10,000 people to a pandemic hot spot to mark his renomination. Trump had already moved the convention’s public events out of North Carolina because of virus concerns. But the spiking virus shifted to the South, too, and the planned gathering in Jacksonville increasingly appeared to be both a health and political risk.” The AP adds, “A small subset of GOP delegates will still formally renominate Trump on Aug. 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at an event scheduled to last just four hours.”
According to the New York Post, “The Senate on Thursday passed a $740 billion defense spending bill that includes a provision to remove the name of Confederate leaders from military bases — setting up a showdown with President Trump who is opposed to the move. The GOP-controlled chamber overwhelming passed the legislation with a vote of 81 to 14 — well over the number required to override the presidential veto which Trump threatened to wield last month in a bid to stop the bill.”
Government & Politics
Pandemic unemployment benefits inexorably rife with fraud (The Federalist)
FBI used “defensive” briefing in 2016 to spy on Donald Trump (The Federalist)
Trump ends Obama’s socially engineered Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (National Review)
“People don’t make a distinction … from a South Korean and someone from Beijing”: Joe Biden makes racist comments while accusing Trump of being racist (The Federalist)
Biden says America has “never” had a more racist president than Donald Trump. Here are eight. (PJ Media)
Michigan, Minnesota, and Texas: Three races that will decide Senate control (Washington Examiner)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
Wall Street Journal boldly vows not to “wilt under cancel culture pressure” or yield to “conformity and intolerance” (UK Daily Mail)
Striking out: MLB’s New York Yankees and Washington Nationals kneel before the national anthem (New York Post) (Tangentially related: “CNN calls Dr. Fauci’s wild pitch ‘100% accurate, completely on target.’” —The Babylon Bee)
Cleveland Indians to meet with Native Americans on potential new name (ESPN)
Nailed it: Washington Redskins to use “Washington Football Team” name for 2020 (NBC Sports)
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has Christopher Columbus statues clandestinely removed from Chicago parks (Chicago Tribune)
Reality is enlightening: Democrat Oakland mayor votes down further police budget cuts after vandals defaced her house (The Daily Caller)
China orders U.S. to close consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for Houston outpost closure (USA Today)
In landmark speech, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China is world’s biggest threat (The Washington Free Beacon)
FBI interviewing Chinese visa holders suspected of hiding military ties (Reuters)
186,700 illegal immigrants from 130 nations stopped by coronavirus border closure (Washington Examiner)
The Latest on COVID-19
U.S. surpasses four million recorded cases; CDC says actual figure likely 10 times higher (National Review)
How long will immunity to the coronavirus last? It may depend on the severity and corresponding antibody response (NPR)
Business & Economy
“A Band-Aid on a bullet wound”: Workers are getting laid off anew as PPP runs out (The Washington Post)
Too little, too late: NBA will shutter Chinese training center that’s in same city as Muslim concentration camps (The Washington Free Beacon)
Tesla will build its next Gigafactory in tax-friendly Texas (CNBC)
Culture & Heartland
Do as I say, not as I do: DC mayor exempts many city and federal government workers from strict new mask order (JusttheNews.com)
Cancel-culture fallout: Majority of Americans (62%) afraid of expressing political beliefs (The Washington Free Beacon)
Redwood City, California, removed “Black Lives Matter” street painting after request for “MAGA 2020” mural (The Hill)
Judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell’s request for gag order to stop DOJ from discussing her alleged crimes (Washington Examiner)
Out-of-this-world 4K video shows Mars in ultra-high definition (New York Post)
Policy: Making the stimulus checks count: How Congress can better target a second round of economic impact payments (American Enterprise Institute)
Policy: Executive order on drug price controls would backfire (Forbes)
Humor: Riot police unsure if their tear gas worked since libs were already crying (The Babylon Bee)
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Insight: "The news is like a ship. If you take hands off the wheel, it pulls hard to the left.” —Roger Ailes (1940-2017)
Upright: “If we don’t act now, ultimately, the [Chinese Communist Party] will erode our freedoms and subvert the rules-based order free societies have built. If we bend the knee now, our children’s children may be at the mercy of the CCP, whose actions are the primary challenge to the free world. If the free world doesn’t change Communist China, Communist China will change us. There can be no return to past practices just because they’re comfortable or convenient.” —Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Friendly fire: “I really wish Joe Biden would shut the eff up forever and continue to act like he’s starring in the movie ‘A Quiet Place’ because as soon as he opens his mouth and makes noise, he gets us all killed, OK?” —"The Breakfast Club" radio host Charlamagne tha God
That’s racist: “People don’t make a distinction, as you well know, from a South Korean and someone from Beijing. They make no distinction. It’s Asian.” —Joe Biden
The BIG Lie, Part I: “This president is going to try to indirectly steal the election by arguing that mail-in ballots don’t work. They’re not real. They’re not fair.” —Joe Biden
The BIG Lie, Part II: “As a matter of fact, it has been suggested that [dispatching federal agents] is a trial run of the president of the United States who may be organizing to not accept what happens when we have the election if he’s not elected.” —Rep. Maxine Waters
Race bait: “To understand what’s wrong with our public education system, you have to look at what’s arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents.” —The New York Times
Non compos mentis: “One of the gentleman’s arguments was that China hid the true risk of the virus from the American people, and yes, that is terrible that China did that. It’s not actually their job to warn the American people. It’s the president’s job to warn the American people.” —Rep. Adam Smith
And last… “It’s been instructive watching many of the same characters who cheer on governors who take undemocratic emergency powers and shut down houses of worship without the consent of the people … act as if policing portends the end of democracy.” —David Harsanyi
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