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Publisher’s Note: August Break Next Week

It’s an understatement to say this year has presented unique challenges for our Patriot team and those we serve. From pandemic shutdowns to race-riot showdowns, Democrat leftists are always endeavoring to undermine American Liberty. And we are always on the front lines repelling those attacks, as are tens of millions of our fellow grassroots American Patriots.

Because The Patriot Post operates on a very tight budget, both in terms of manpower and resources, we can’t afford to provide individual staff vacation time that would leave us a man down for many weeks throughout the year. Thus, we take a much-needed break from the rigors of relentless publishing deadlines and pause our operations for a week in August so all of our editorial staff can take the same week of rest.

A few of us will remain on watch, however. Our Right Opinion and Top Headlines sections will be updated throughout the coming week and I will publish on Wednesday. (If you’re not subscribed to Alexander’s Column, modify your subscription and select those options.) We’ll be back on our regular publication schedule on Monday, August 10.

IN TODAY’S DIGEST

FEATURED ANALYSIS

Time to Grow the Economy, Not to Lock It Down Again

Nate Jackson

The economic shutdown foisted on the country by our elected political leaders wrought record devastation. We already knew that, of course, but Thursday’s report on the second quarter’s worst-ever 9.5% decline in GDP (most media outlets are reporting the far more alarming 32.9% annualized rate simply for the shock value) puts an exclamation point on it. Thank goodness for the strength of the economy under President Donald Trump when this pandemic started, or we’d be in far worse shape.

Though the economy fell off a cliff in late March, it had begun to recover in May and June … until Democrats used a spike in cases in July to push for renewed lockdowns, causing the recovery to falter.

“Hard to believe,” say The Wall Street Journal’s editors, “but some on the left are stumping for a second nationwide lockdown to control the virus. Shut the U.S. down again until October when the scourge will be gone for good. Do they want another 33% decline in GDP and 40 million more unemployed?”

It’s not hard to believe at all and, yes, Democrats do want another 33% decline and 40 million more unemployed. All the better to improve that government-growth number after they achieve the real objective: defeating Donald Trump. His calling card is a strong economy, so they’ll keep pummeling it all the way through Election Day.

They have to keep at it because some economists predict reopening will yield third-quarter GDP growth of 25% — if you want to play the “annualized” game. We’re guessing the media won’t be reporting it that way, though.

Even in spite of the lockdown, the U.S. has endured more than 150,000 coronavirus deaths to date. Yet we must offer some perspective for this scary number: Roughly four in 10 were in nursing homes. And, reports The Washington Times, “The 3.4% case fatality rate in the U.S. is based on known cases. But with so many asymptomatic carriers going untested, the real number is probably closer to 0.6%, according to experts who have offered their best estimates.”

Deaths are deaths, and we lament them all. We just want to maintain perspective when the mainstream media is fomenting constant PANIC.

Beyond the pandemic (not to mention the race riots), this election is about whether we recover economically from this devastation and return to the prosperity we enjoyed just six short long months ago, or whether a newly elected president and Senate — putting Washington under unified Democrat control — and governors across the nation will saddle our hobbled and locked-down economy with massive debt, higher taxes, and more regulation.

Speaking of the election, one final note: Trump’s insane tweet this week was meant to distract from the horrible economic numbers. “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” he asked. Only Congress can do that, of course, and Trump had no intention of really pushing it. But when Democrats — who by the way still don’t accept the 2016 results — are already trying to sow fear among voters that Trump “might not leave” if he loses, why would he give them more fodder? Nevertheless, he diverted the entire narrative, which was his real goal.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/72539-time-to-grow-the-economy-not-to-lock-it-down-again-2020-07-31

Obama Politicizes a Funeral

Douglas Andrews

Minnesota Democrats might have been excused some 18 years ago when, just a few days before the 2002 midterm elections, they turned an emotional memorial service for the late Senator Paul Wellstone into a bizarre political pep rally. After all, Wellstone, their young, energetic, and unabashedly liberal senator, had just been killed, along with seven others, in a plane crash.

Yet there was former President Barack Obama yesterday, paying “tribute” to a long-time congressman and civil rights hero by invoking the specter of racism and trotting out a far-left political wish list.

As The Wall Street Journal editorial board reports, “Prominent Democrats have been dropping hints that they’d scrap the filibuster for legislation if they win the Senate. Would they really make such a polarizing move? Any doubt was eliminated Thursday when President Obama, speaking at the funeral for Congressman and civil-rights leader John Lewis, described the filibuster as a ‘Jim Crow relic’ that should be eliminated if it gets in the way of Democratic voting legislation or admitting Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico as states.”

Obama, who once campaigned for president as a “constitutional scholar,” must not have known that the Senate filibuster has been around since 1837 — long before the Jim Crow era began. Nor must he appreciate the historic role of the filibuster as our legislative branch’s essential tool for protecting the rights of the minority — even though he himself used it in 2006 in an effort to block the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, and even though Democrats used it against the Civil Rights Act.

“If all of this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic, in order to secure the God-given rights of every American, then that’s what we should do,” railed Obama in his phony plug-and-play Southern drawl.

But were it not for the filibuster, one party controlling both houses of Congress even by the slimmest of majorities would have carte blanche to pass endless piles of flimsy legislation. They’d be empowered by the mob rather than bound by reasonable debate and thoughtful compromise. And every law they pass would be subject to being undone as soon our fickle electorate returns the other party to power.

“Republicans kept the legislative filibuster intact when Democrats were a minority,” the Journal continues. “But in a Democratic-controlled Senate, expect institutional arguments to wilt under the racism charge Mr. Obama previewed. … The filibuster is not embedded in the Constitution, and a majority can lawfully eliminate it. But voters should be aware of what they are getting when they pull the lever for Democratic Senate candidates — a legislature that may be unconstrained by institutional norms that have checked both parties for decades. The door to radicalism is getting busted wide open, and Americans of both parties may not like what comes out the other side.”

And so, a giant of the Civil Rights era has passed: a man who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King; a man whose skull was split open on the Edmund Pettus Bridge; a man who helped lead a real, honest, courageous struggle for equal rights, rather than a fake, pathetic, ginned-up, pseudo-struggle like those of today.

How did Barack Obama choose to memorialize him? By picking at old racial wounds and shamefully lobbying for the statehood of two non-states. Why? To give his political party four more Senate seats.

What a disgrace.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/72544-obama-politicizes-a-funeral-2020-07-31

Herman Cain, Trailblazer in Business and Politics, Dies at 74

Thomas Gallatin

Herman Cain, the former 2012 Republican presidential candidate and Godfather’s Pizza CEO, died Thursday after succumbing to coronavirus. He was 74. Dan Calabrese, a friend who worked with Cain for the past 15 years, announced his passing, writing, “Herman Cain — our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us — has passed away. We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery.”

Cain, who survived stage-four colon cancer in 2006, was, as Calabrese noted, “basically pretty healthy in recent years, [but] he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer.”

Cain was a highly successful businessman whose rags-to-riches history is the quintessential American story. Of his childhood, Cain noted that his family was “poor but happy,” and that perspective came from what his mother taught him — that “success was not a function of what you start out with materially, but what you start out with spiritually.” Cain’s life epitomized this truth.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Morehouse College in 1967. He earned a Master of Science from Purdue University in 1971, while working in a ballistics program for the U.S. Navy as a civilian. It was via his skills as a computer-systems analyst that he began working in the food and restaurant industry, first with The Coca-Cola Company and then at Pillsbury, where he became director of business analysis. At age 36 he was assigned to manage 400 Burger King stores in Philadelphia, a task he handled so successfully that three years later Pillsbury appointed him CEO of Godfather’s, a subsidiary that at the time was failing. Cain described it with typical wit: It had “one foot in the grave and one on a banana peel.” Under Cain’s leadership, the franchise turned around and he eventually bought it from Pillsbury.

In 1994, Cain first came to political prominence when his criticism of Bill Clinton’s Health Security Act helped to defeat the bill. Republican leaders were impressed by Cain and in 1995 he was appointed to the Kemp Commission on tax reform. Indeed, reforming taxes became Cain’s calling card, making him a Tea Party favorite during his 2012 presidential campaign in which he famously touted his 9-9-9 tax plan. He also ruffled feathers when he unapologetically referred to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, as “planned genocide” of blacks. He ended his campaign after dubious sexual harassment allegations that he vehemently denied, stating, “I have never sexually harassed anyone.”

Following his presidential run, he remained politically active supporting the Republican Party and was a strong Donald Trump supporter. He co-chaired Black Voices for Trump, and was in attendance at Trump’s Tulsa rally this past June — a week prior to his coronavirus diagnosis. Trump mourned Cain’s passing, saying, “My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning. Herman had an incredible career and was adored by everyone that ever met him, especially me. He was a very special man, an American Patriot, and great friend … Herman, Rest In Peace!” Amen. Cain was indeed an American Patriot who will be greatly missed.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/72542-herman-cain-trailblazer-in-business-and-politics-dies-at-74-2020-07-31

A One-Two Punch of Woke Reading

Michael Swartz

“Woke” reading is all the rage this summer, having replaced the standard romance novel as the beach book of choice — at least in those states where going to the beach is still allowed. We looked at White Fragility a few weeks back, but its tag-team partner on the bestseller lists comes from the same genre of blaming white America for all that ails the black community.

The very title of How to Be an Antiracist should give us a clue as to the author’s slant on the subject, and indeed Ibram X. Kendi (who was born Ibram Henry Rogers) comes at the subject with a vengeful attitude. However, he also comes with a certain amount of academic gravitas, having spent the past dozen years on a rapid climb up the ivory tower: The onetime assistant professor of history at the relatively obscure State University of New York at Oneonta was recently named to the Andrew W. Mellon Professorship in the Humanities at Boston University and will bring the Antiracist Research and Policy Center with him from American University, where he founded it shortly after arriving there in 2017. At BU, Kendi will be only the second Mellon Professor, succeeding the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel. Kendi is clearly no Wiesel, but this is a sign of the times.

“The ‘antiracism’ of which Kendi is the most trusted exponent is not just a new name for an old precept,” writes Christopher Caldwell at National Review. “It is the political doctrine behind the street demonstrations, ‘cancelings,’ Twitter attacks, boycotts, statue topplings, and self-denunciations that have come together in a national movement. Anti-racists assume that the American system of politics, economics, and policing has been corrupted by racial prejudice, that such prejudice explains the entire difference in socioeconomic status between blacks and others, that the status quo must be fought and beaten, and that anyone not actively engaged in this system-changing work is a collaborator with racism, and therefore himself a legitimate target for attack.”

The long treatise by Caldwell, who calls Kendi the “prophet of antiracism,” is well worth the read, but let’s boil it down: To be antiracist is to be racist, and reparations are just a down payment. “The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination,” Kendi writes, and then he doubles and triples down: “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

In addition to his duties at Boston University, Kendi will also have a fellowship at Harvard for the next academic year. At 38, he’s on the older cusp of the Millennials, who are now moving into positions of power as Baby Boomers begin to grudgingly exit stage left, having essentially exiled conservative, classically liberal thought from our institutions of higher learning. The student is thus becoming the teacher and breaking into territory not previously considered to be that of a learned man.

Just consider that at one time — maybe about three months ago — our collective ideal was that of judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. These days, however, it’s fair to say that Dr. Martin Luther King’s notion is a triggering one, an outdated predecessor to the phrase, “All lives matter.” On the other hand, Kendi might borrow from Orwell’s Animal Farm: All lives matter, but black lives matter more than others. (Well, unless they don’t. Here’s looking at you, Planned Parenthood.)

Unfortunately, Kendi appears to be successfully advancing his destructive narrative, that of getting even instead of forgiving past sins. Victimhood, though, is an age-old crutch, and there are plenty of examples that disprove Kendi’s theory. These are the millions of blacks who’ve succeeded in their pursuit of the American Dream despite whatever obstacles they encountered along the way.

Rather than promoting colorblindness, though, How to Be an Antiracist blinds readers to the real truth that racism is a social construct that can be eliminated by simply practicing the Golden Rule.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/72535-a-one-two-punch-of-woke-reading-2020-07-31

An Entitled Generation of Protesters

Douglas Andrews

Antifa is mostly young, mostly male, mostly white, mostly privileged, and thoroughly despicable. But these thugs also have something else in common: leftism. There are no MAGA hats in an antifa mob.

Another thing these anarchists may have in common is a rotten upbringing — either by their parents, or by their educational system, or by their community at large. Or by all three.

As The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh asks, “What happens when you take a generation of people, carefully instill in them an overriding sense of entitlement, give them lives of immeasurable comfort and ease, grant them every right and liberty known to man, but then at the same time tell them, somehow, incredibly, that they are oppressed — and then finally, after decades of this sort of schizophrenic conditioning, grant them free rein to express their confused and unearned rage in whatever way they desire, including felony vandalism and assault?”

Answer: You get pointless anger. You get antifa. And you get cesspools of leftist anarchy like Seattle and Portland.

Walsh goes on to describe the ordeal of a young “activist” named Julia Clark, who’s neither male nor white, but who certainly seems privileged by a middle-class upbringing. In a lengthy tweetstorm with accompanying videos, Julia lets out her frustration with people in cars who kept driving down roads that she and her fellow activists had tried to close. The nerve.

“As we blocked streets,” she writes, “certain drivers got annoyed and attempted to maneuver their way around us. This particular white woman tried to cut through a gas station. Me and a couple other protestors stood in front of her car and demanded she turn around. Instead she steps on the gas.”

Clark then shows us video of the terrified woman trying to go around the protesters, who then jump on the hood of the woman’s car. Clark describes this scene, which we see with our own eyes, as the woman “running them over.”

Scenes like this are relatively commonplace these days, but they don’t all end well. Take the case of Garrett Foster, for example, who recently brought his AK-47 to a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin, Texas.

“He can be seen on camera earlier in the evening,” Walsh writes, “gloating that the opposition ‘are too big of [obscenities] to stop and do anything.’ Shortly after speaking those words, he would be dead. It is still not clear exactly what happened. Video captures the mob of protesters marching through the street and then stopping to run towards and swarm a vehicle that tried to continue driving. Foster approached with the mob and soon shots rang out. The driver says he fired because Foster pointed the AK-47 at him. Foster’s fellow protesters dispute that claim.”

Of course they do.

But hopefully, at least this group of spoiled-rotten young protesters has learned a valuable lesson about human behavior: Not everyone will cower to an act of terrorism. Some of us will defend ourselves. The driver of that vehicle, Daniel Perry, is one such person. He’s an active duty U.S. Army sergeant from North Texas. Perry’s attorney says that Foster approached his client brandishing the rifle, then raised it toward Perry, who then fired multiple times in self defense.

It’s hard to imagine criminal charges being brought against Perry. And even harder to imagine him being convicted by a jury of his law-abiding peers.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/72526-an-entitled-generation-of-protesters-2020-07-31

Chicago Mayor: It’s a ‘Gun Problem’

Thomas Gallatin

As the summer of violence drags on, aided and abetted by Democrat mayors who have in some cases literally marched with and promised capitulation to the Marxist Black Lives Matter radicals demanding that police be defunded, many of these mayors are now scrambling to assign blame for spiking violence in their cities. Naturally, they’re not looking at their own misguided policies, but at outside, unrelated factors.

Case in point is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who recently blamed the city’s surging murder tally of 430 already this year on “out-of-state guns.” Ah, it’s a “gun problem.” Lightfoot insists, “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons — that is hurting cities like Chicago.” Talk about making up an excuse entirely out of whole cloth.

Literally everything Lightfoot claims about the supposed lack of gun-control laws and regulations in neighboring states is false. Lightfoot knows it, of course, but she and other anti-Second Amendment Democrats are desperate to find something to scapegoat for the spiking crime in their cities. This excuse is as absurd as blaming the rioting in Portland on President Donald Trump’s decision to send in federal agents to protect federal buildings — after the city endured weeks of rioting.

It’s telling that these leftist politicians who tout draconian gun control as a primary means for ending violent crime are the ones who oversee communities in which the crime rate invariably rises. So, rather than genuinely examining the data and admitting the obvious — that gun control does very little to stop criminals — these Democrat politicians blame their own city’s problems on other areas of the country where Americans’ Second Amendment rights are protected. If Lightfoot’s assertion was correct, then why are we not seeing these same high crime rates in the states where these illegal firearms supposedly come from? The truth is that law-abiding citizens who are free to arm themselves are a greater deterrent to crime than are feckless gun-control policies.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/72525-chicago-mayor-its-a-gun-problem-2020-07-31

Dueling With the Deep State

Brian Mark Weber

Before he was president, Donald Trump used to call the shots on his popular reality-television show “The Apprentice.” Contestants who couldn’t perform under pressure or didn’t possess the qualities necessary to make it in the business world would ultimately face an unsmiling Trump and hear those iconic words: “You’re fired.”

But the presidency isn’t a reality show, and President Trump has shown less of the acumen and decisiveness that made “The Apprentice” appealing to millions of viewers.

Essentially, there’s been a revolving door in the Oval Office, and Trump has found himself managing a company in which some employees not only ignore the boss but publicly criticize him.

As Rich Lowry wrote at Politico last year, “Donald Trump told us that he’d hire the best people. He didn’t mention that he’d be unable to fire them. The president is experiencing a bout of insubordination from his top officials the likes of which we haven’t witnessed in the modern era. It’s not unusual to have powerful officials at war among themselves, or in the presidential doghouse. It’s downright bizarre to have them publicly undercut the president, without fear of consequence.”

The ever-expanding administrative state has threatened our institutions of government for decades, thanks to the unwillingness of presidents or members of Congress to do their jobs. Instead, they’ve deferred to the Supreme Court or the administrative state to determine public policy.

But we haven’t seen anything like what we’re witnessing in the Trump executive branch.

“This pattern of insubordination or taking advantage of the president’s inattentiveness keeps repeating itself,” writes Michael Brendan Dougherty at National Review. “And, in many ways, the Trump years have been an occasion in which a conscious resistance spread across the administrative state.”

Yet, despite frequent disloyalty and rebellion, Trump remains hopeful.

In a May 26 interview with Sharyl Attkisson, Trump said, “If it keeps going the way it’s going, I have a chance to break the deep state. It’s a vicious group of people. It’s bad for our country.”

Trump tried to erode the deep state’s influence by appointing Richard Grenell as acting director of national intelligence. Although serving only briefly this year, Grenell did make a difference in terms of advancing Trump’s interests. But it’s going to take greater effort to diminish the power of the entrenched bureaucracy. Today, the administrative state exists as a fourth branch of government mostly populated by leftists who ignore constitutional limitations to advance their progressive agenda.

The president has made some inroads, but the deep state has survived — indeed, it nearly removed him from office. America’s old-style interventionist foreign policy is still firmly in place, the majority of Americans still view Russia as our primary enemy, an unrepentant China remains on Trump’s radar, and our military brass seem poised to resume the Clinton-Bush-Obama approach to Middle East affairs.

Perhaps President Trump underestimated the power of the deep state. What he thought was merely a swamp is in fact a wide and very deep lake, and it’s going to take more than a few bombastic pronouncements to drain it. Ironically, the incredibly high turnover rate in the executive branch hasn’t made it any easier.

A Trump victory this November would allow him to deal a few more blows to this illegitimate fourth branch of government. But he’ll need to bring the right people on board — not those who proclaim their loyalty while instead working to advance a globalist, progressive agenda.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/72531-dueling-with-the-deep-state-2020-07-31

A Race-Based Case of Political Entitlement

Mark Alexander

There are some urban centers around the nation where the degree of “racial entitlement” and the resulting political corruption is astoundingly brazen. One of those Democrat-controlled cities is Memphis, Tennessee. This week Democrat state Senator Katrina Robinson was indicted on 24 counts of both embezzlement and wire fraud. That a politician was indicted for corruption is nothing new, but Robinson’s response to the indictment is noteworthy.

Fortunately, prosecutors with U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant’s office had the benefit of an impaneled grand jury with enough integrity to charge Robinson, who stands accused of stealing $600,000 in federal grants to her vocational school — much of that theft occurring after she was elected in 2018. Among the expenses she paid with those taxpayer funds: bills for her wedding and honeymoon and then, predictably, legal fees for her divorce; $170,000 in illegal salary payments to herself, personal debts; travel and entertainment; improvements to her personal residence; a vehicle for her daughter; clothing, accessories, and more.

Dunavant noted, “Protection of the U.S. Treasury and federal grant programs against theft, fraud, waste and abuse is a top priority of this office and the Department of Justice. We commend the F.B.I. and the HHS-OIG for their diligent and thorough investigation in this case.”

Reflecting Robinson’s warped sense of racial entitlement, she insists that this prosecution is the result of her race and that of her constituency. She claims, “It is believed that if I were not in the position that I’m in — that if I did not champion the voices, the views, and the faces that I represent — that I would not be in this moment right now.” Despite the charges, Robinson laughably added that she would continue to serve “with the same integrity, the same passion that I’ve demonstrated since you’ve elected me to this office.” In a social media post the day before her indictment, Robinson emphasized, “If 2020 has taught us nothing else, it has taught us the importance of electing good leaders. GO VOTE!”

Well, OK!

Apparently, she’s deploying the “victim of systemic racism” defense.

Robinson’s attorney, Janika White, set up Robinson’s entitlement defense, insisting the indictment “leads to what no one in this society wants, which is over-criminalization.” According to White, “That’s the idea where, sometimes, we criminalize activity that may not have any criminal intent.” In other words, “over-criminalization” is when a criminal believes she is so entitled that she does not perceive her criminal actions were a crime. That suggests the notion that theft is wrong must be a “white construct.”

Tennessee’s Senate Democratic Caucus issued a statement asserting: “Just like every other American, Senator Robinson deserves the presumption of innocence and due process under the law. Her case should be resolved by a court of law, not by the court of public opinion.” That is the kind of thing Democrats say when their Leftmedia propagandists can’t save one of their own from the “court of public opinion.”

https://patriotpost.us/articles/72541-a-race-based-case-of-political-entitlement-2020-07-31

NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Above the Fold

  • So much for hoping the vindictive case against Michael Flynn couldn’t get any more theatrical. According to CNBC, “A federal appeals court on Thursday tossed out its order that a trial court judge dismiss the criminal case against former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, and said it will rehear arguments on the issue. The ruling is a blow to the retired Army lieutenant general and the Justice Department, which has asked the trial judge to drop the charge.” What a shame that such a brilliant patriot is being handcuffed not just by the deep state but by judicial activists.

  • “The Senate has adjourned until 3pm on Monday, as Congress failed to reach an agreement on extending extra unemployment benefits that are set to expire [today],” Axios reveals. The report adds: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) attempted Thursday afternoon to unanimously pass a short-term extension of the benefits at a reduced level of $200 per week, which was summarily rejected by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Schumer then attempted to pass the $3 trillion relief bill that House Democrats approved in May. That, too, was blocked and condemned by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as a ‘totally unserious proposal.’”

Government & Politics

  • YouTube claims removal of Heather Mac Donald BLM livestream was a mistake, but adds an age restriction nevertheless (National Review)

  • Bill Clinton visited Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, unsealed court documents suggest (Fox News)

  • FBI finds two “material” errors in audit of 29 FISA applications against American citizens. The Carter Page FISAs had 17 “significant” omissions. (The Daily Caller)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • ACLU sues Portland police to block them videotaping demonstrators (The Daily Wire)

  • “Peaceful protests”: Twenty-four people have died since violence erupted following George Floyd’s death (The Daily Caller)

  • NBA players protest the national anthem as league returns to action (Reuters)

  • Trader Joe’s announces it will not pander to a petition calling product names “racist” (UK Daily Mail)

Health

  • What states can learn from Texas’s COVID-19 response (The Daily Signal)

  • On the bright side, seasonal flu reports hit record lows amid global social distancing (Reuters)

Business & Economy

  • Weekly jobless claims rise for a second straight week to 1.434 million (CNBC)

  • Euro zone GDP plunged by a record 12.1% in the second quarter (CNBC)

  • “Big Four” tech titans Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google add $250 billion to their combined market value (UK Daily Mail)

Culture & Heartland

  • Hurricane Isaias bears down on the Bahamas and Florida after battering Puerto Rico (AP)

  • St. Louis County prosecutor reopened Michael Brown shooting case but won’t charge Darren Wilson (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Grand jury indicts Tennessee Democrat state senator on theft charges (AP)

World

  • Chinese and Russian hackers are sanctioned by Europe for the first time (MIT Technology Review)

  • Hong Kong ChiCom-controlled government postpones elections (AP)

Other Notables

  • Are lockdowns necessary? What data from 10 countries show. (The Daily Signal)

  • What precedent and the Constitution say about postponing an election (The Daily Signal)

Closing Arguments

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VIDEOS

The Truth About Crime, Race, and Policing in America — Center of the American Experiment welcomes Heather Mac Donald to answer one of today’s most important questions: Are the police racist?

Proof That These Are Not Peaceful Protests — Liz Wheeler sets the record straight: Violence and rioting are domestic terrorism.

Satire: Explaining 2020 Politics to My Past Self — Any rational person would have considered these forewarnings hyperbolic.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Men are rewarded and punished not for what they do, but rather for how their acts are defined. This is why men are more interested in better justifying themselves than in behaving themselves.” —Thomas Szasz (1920-2012)

For the record: “The idea that the police are wantonly killing black men is a creation of a politicized press and an elite establishment dedicated to the idea that racism is America’s defining trait.” —Heather Mac Donald in a lecture first removed by YouTube for violating “Community Guidelines” and then reinstated with an age restriction of “inappropriate”

Demo-gogues, Part I: “Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.” —Barack Obama during a eulogy political speech at John Lewis’s funeral

Demo-gogues, Part II: “There are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting … attacking our voting rights … even undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick!” —Barack Obama

Non compos mentis: “We hold China as a potential trading partner, as a country that has pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time, and as a country growing into a respectable nation amongst other nations. I deeply believe that.” —Senator Dianne Feinstein

Braying jenny: “This president is absolutely outrageous in the way that he carries out the playbook of third world countries with dictators.” —Rep. Maxine Waters

And last… “The same people who said Trump would destroy America are currently burning America to the ground.” —Ryan Fournier

https://patriotpost.us/articles/72543-friday-short-cuts-2020-07-31

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TODAY’S CARTOON

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