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Gary Bauer / May 28, 2020

The Left’s Big Worry

A revealing story ran in the left-leaning outlet Politico Tuesday that raised many eyebrows. The story was headlined: “The General Election Scenario That Democrats Are Dreading.”

A revealing story ran in the left-leaning outlet Politico Tuesday that raised many eyebrows. The story was headlined: "The General Election Scenario That Democrats Are Dreading.“

A top economist from the Obama White House who now teaches at Harvard told a virtual audience of political insiders last month, "We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country." 

Politico writes that many progressives on the Zoom call were crestfallen, and the hopeful news about rapid economic growth "has caused some Democrats … around Washington to panic.”

One Obama adviser said, “This is my big worry,” adding that the fear among top Democrats is “high — high, high, high, high.”

I can’t think of anything more disturbing. It is proof positive that a significant segment of the political left is heavily invested in America’s failure.

There has been a lot of rhetoric about the coronavirus being like a war. Well, if it is a war, much of the left seems to be rooting for the enemy. 

When the stock market was plummeting in March and April, sometimes dropping 1,000 points a day, some liberal commentators looked almost gleeful at the financial carnage. I remember one of them saying, with a barely concealed grin, “What’s Trump going to brag about now?”

As I have suggested before, I don’t believe it is a coincidence that governors who went overboard in shutting down their states were heroes to the media. Meanwhile, governors who erred on the side of getting people back to work, like Governors DeSantis (R-FL), Kemp (R-GA), and Abbott (R-TX), were mocked and accused of not caring about human life.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we saw crowds in various places where people were not following social-distancing rules and were not wearing masks. Of course, we all want everyone to be prudent. 

But watching the liberal talking heads and politicians scolding those people was amusing. They seemed almost despondent that so many Americans would ignore their orders and dare to have fun!

The Face of Leadership

I have been reading a book recently called The Splendid And The Vile. It’s about the London Blitz during World War II. At the height of the Blitz, the British capital was bombed every night for 76 consecutive nights. 

When the air raid sirens went off, the entire British government and its citizens followed very specific orders to drop everything and rush to the bomb shelters. In the beginning, most Brits did just that. But there was one guy who famously did not follow that advice. 

While British officials were ordering the public to rush underground, Winston Churchill frequently went to the rooftop or walked down the center of streets, as if he were daring Nazi pilots to hit him!

Reading this, I couldn’t help but think of the advice that President Trump and Mike Pence are being given about wearing masks. As you know, they have hesitated to do so, much to the media’s consternation.

Well, “Hidin’ Biden” finally emerged from his basement this week to attend a Memorial Day event, and he was wearing a black mask. There was no reason to do so. We’re told that you wear a mask to prevent giving the virus to someone else. But Joe Biden was outside, surrounded by a security detail. 

I suspect this was virtue signaling, that being seen in that mask was more important to the former vice president than what he actually did at the memorial. (Maybe Biden’s handlers insisted he wear the mask to stop him from talking.)

Perhaps Joe Biden felt he was showing leadership. In my view, he was showing fear, something a leader should never do. Winston Churchill knew that. 

Donald Trump is not being irresponsible when he refuses to wear a mask. He is tested regularly for the virus. He does not have it, and thus is in no danger of giving it to anyone else. 

Trump also understands that a country this important to the future of liberty cannot have leaders hiding under their desks or behind masks in the middle of a crisis. The polls may not agree with me, but I think many people instinctively get this, even if they can’t fully express it.

Trump vs. Twitter

As you know, President Trump uses his Twitter account to bypass the biased media and speak directly to the American people. But this week, Twitter fact-checked the president’s comments about mail-in voting. 

The Twitter fact-check cited articles from The Washington Post and CNN Opinion. So the liberals at Twitter are quoting the opinionated liberals at CNN and The Washington Post in order to shut down the president. 

This censorship by the left has been going on for far too long. Some conservatives have been prohibited from giving speeches at major American university because the liberals who run them refuse to do what is necessary to preserve order. 

When Trump’s MAGA rallies took off, the left insisted that they had to be stopped because they were causing hate crimes. That charge was bogus, but there was a real effort to shut them down, suppressing the First Amendment rights of conservatives. 

The left isn’t interested in having a debate. It is trying to shut down debate. It has been working for years to label normal conservative thoughts and opinions as “hate speech." 

Hate speech has morphed from saying something insensitive about race to defending the definition of marriage, to being pro-life, to insisting that there are only two genders, rather than dozens. 

The Covington Catholic School boys learned that it isn’t just speech that can get you in trouble. If you’re smiling at some agitator banging a drum in your face, you’re a hater.

Liberals in America have historically been defenders of free speech. Some like Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley still are. 

But today’s progressive movement only tolerates progressive speech. The progressive left is increasingly intolerant, fascist, and totalitarian. It is a growing threat to the First Amendment.

By the way, this has nothing to do with facts. Twitter has never fact-checked any of Adam Schiff's false statements about Russian collusion. Numerous left-wing politicians have gotten a free pass for a variety of false statements.

This has everything to do with preserving the rights and the country that the men and women we honored on Memorial Day died for.

Summit Ministries

Every year around this time I am proud to promote the excellent work of our good friends at Summit Ministries. And this year is no exception. Except that it is. 

Thanks to the coronavirus, there’s a lot about 2020 that just isn’t the same. And this year Summit Ministries has transformed its summer conferences into week-long online events called Summit Virtual.  

If you have high-school or college-aged children or grandchildren, I strongly encourage you to check out Summit Virtual. These jam-packed online seminars will strengthen their faith and help them to better appreciate and articulate the value of a Judeo-Christian worldview.

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