Coronavirus

Will Depression II Dictate Trump's Fate?

Patrick J. Buchanan, Creators

The economic devastation we have brought upon ourselves may prove more lasting and historic in its impact than the terrible losses of human life to COVID-19. President Trump predicts a V-shaped recovery, the greatest boom in U.S. history. But it is well to recall what happened to the GOP when it failed to deliver in the last Depression. Just as the Civil War was the defining event of the 19th century, giving us 13 Republican presidents from Lincoln to Hoover and only two Democrats — Grover Cleveland and Wilson — how and when we emerge from this new Depression may tell us which party not only wins 2020 but also dominates the new era.

The Chicom News Network

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

More than the media’s persistent bias against Trump is a fundamental hostility to the people who elected him. It is you — the people Hillary Clinton called “deplorables,” out there in your rural “red” states and Republican-voting suburbs — whom the media really blame for everything wrong in the world, including this virus from China. You can watch CNN all day long and never hear a word about Beijing’s disinformation campaign. China lied, people died, but the anti-Trump media would rather defend the brutal communist dictatorship than to admit the truth. No matter how much you hate CNN, you can’t possibly hate them as much as they hate you.

The negative impact of lockdown on hospitals during the pandemic

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

All of us, including politicians and the medical establishment, have been behind the coronavirus eight-ball because of the nefarious actions and coverup by China. Now, the decision to go into a complete lockdown is proving to have been injurious to the very institution that it was supposed to save: The hospital and medical infrastructure. We will need a Sept. 11th-type commission to assess what went wrong and what went right. We have also learned that even politicians and medical experts are only human. It reminds us why the Founders made us the sovereign with the duty of overseeing those who would dare to think they know better than us.

Questions Reporters Might Ask Liberals If They Didn’t Suck

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

If our reporters were not human cesspools, what would they be doing right now? How would they be dealing with the tidal wave of Twitter blue check lies and Fredocon dung we’re seeing in the wake of the Bat Biter Bronchitis? If reporters were not trash, what would reporters do when faced with stupidity like this from the bloviating Dems and their adolescent stooges? It would be easy to say “treat them like Republicans,” but tongue-lashing newsmakers are no more appropriate than tongue-bathing them. Instead, when faced with obvious talking points, they might choose to ask questions that forced the subject to reveal and examine his premises.

China Deserves Stringent Financial Penalties for Its Role in the COVID-19 Outbreak

Stephen Moore, The Epoch Times

Sen. Marsha Blackburn proposes that the Treasury Department should stop repayment or interest payments on the $1.1 trillion Treasury bonds owned by China. Some of my colleagues will argue that this retaliatory action of nonpayment would cause an international furor. There is no shortage of demand for our debt, which is why 30-year Treasury bonds are selling for about 1.3 percent interest. China needs to learn that its constant violation of the laws will not be tolerated. Blackburn may be on to something here. Trump used to say that China is laughing behind our backs, but this move would turn its laughter into a self-righteous rage. Bring it on.

Re-Opening America May Fall to Citizens

Charlie Kirk, Real Clear Politics

During the early months of the Trump administration, you couldn’t turn on your TV without seeing a left-wing group organizing in opposition to the president. Groups took to the streets to protest DACA and gun violence, and then to the offices of senators to protest Brett Kavanaugh. The very same media that propped up these protesters as heroes are now trying to demonize Americans protesting the loss of their livelihoods as dumb, deplorable and anti-science. We will not sit idly by as our rights are stripped away and 26 million more Americans lose their jobs. We will rebel, protest and push back — peacefully if you let us — until America is open again.

Conservatives Petition White House To Disconnect From Red China And Hold Communists Accountable For Pandemic

A group of conservative leaders has launched an open letter to President Trump urging him to hold Red China accountable for the damage and loss of life caused by the Wuhan virus. The letter, accompanied by a White House petition, was launched yesterday. We urge CHQ readers and friends to put their support behind this effort by adding their names to the White House petition through this link.

What to Do About China And Its American Lackeys

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

China is largely to blame for the Wuhan Flu pandemic. Most of all, we need to get serious about this conflict, and it is a conflict. We tend to see other people from our own perspective. We are reasonable, fair, and just. But communists are none of those things. These red bastards exploit the patriotism of the Chinese people – who have every right to seek prosperity and freedom – to consolidate power and turn the spotlight off their own manifest failures and tyrannies. We need to get woke, as the hep kids say, woke to the fact that the Mao pals are bad people and we better understand that before one morning we wake up with their boot on our neck forever.

The Hospital Crisis of Our Making

Rich Lowry, National Review

It’s not clear how much of the reduced traffic in the hospitals has been the result of people changing their behavior on their own based on fear of the virus, and how much has been the result of state edicts. But it’s certainly true that the prohibitions on elective surgeries — more than 30 governors had issued some version of them as of late April — were too clumsy and sweeping, and not geographically selective enough. Governors in some states are now loosening them up, and it’s time for other governors around the country to follow suit, except in true hot spots. In retrospect, the bans fail the cardinal rule of health care: First, do no harm.

“Occam's Razor” – The Case of the Chinese Corona Virus

In this CHQ exclusive, Richard Lawless, author of Capitol Hill's Criminal Underground applies Occam's Razor to the corona virus epidemic. Sometimes the most obvious explanation is the right one. Lawless believes that is the case when it comes to the corona virus pandemic.  One must ask, who would benefit the most from a global pandemic with crushing economic consequences? Where does the evidence take us?

Good News – Bad News On Second Amendment Rights

The unalienable rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment have never been exercised more vigorously than they have during the Wuhan virus epidemic when record numbers of firearms have been sold. But at the same time, those rights have rarely been more vigorously attacked by anti-gun Democrats.

Saint Andrew of Albany

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Cuomo is not held accountable for the staggering coronavirus death toll in New York. The media weeks ago decided that Trump was wholly responsible for this Chinese disease, a belief to which journalists cling with quasi-religious certainty. Conferring scientific sainthood on Cuomo is integral to the process of demonizing the president and his Republican supporters. If you accept the liberal media narrative, you might almost believe that the health of New Yorkers is threatened by the behavior of GOP-voting anti-science yokels in rural states. To question the stats is heresy to the media cult which worships at the shrine of Saint Andrew of Albany.

Coronavirus aid: Is there any amount of money that is too much to spend

Byron York, Washington Examiner

There is virtually unanimous, agreement in Congress that the government had to throw vast sums of money at the coronavirus crisis. The number of people left suddenly unemployed is staggering. But after a small assistance bill (about $100 billion), Congress has now passed a $2.2 trillion bill and a $484 billion bill. There's talk of more. Joe Biden says he wants a stimulus "a hell of a lot bigger" than $2 trillion. So the question: Is there any amount of money that is too much to spend? Is it time to tap the brakes? After all, people in Washington used to get the vapors about a $1 trillion deficit. Is double or triple that -- or even worse -- OK?

The Forgotten Hong Kong Flu Pandemic of 1968 Has Lessons for Today

John Fund, National Review

We were brought up in an era when it wasn’t unknown to get chicken pox, measles, mumps, German measles, or scarlet fever. During the Hong Kong flu, Americans rode buses less often, washed their hands, and practiced social distancing. But they went to work. In 1975, as Ronald Reagan left the California governor’s office and spoke to a student audience about nuclear power. “I note that an overly excited group of Californians has formed something called People for Proof,” to crusade for a risk-free future, he said. He warned that “this kind of group is as contagious as the Hong Kong flu.” Like the flu, such groups will now always be with us, I fear.

Let the Lockdown End, County by County

Grassroots protests are multiplying against the draconian stay-at-home orders, and every day brings new announcements of states ending parts of their lockdowns.  The challenge is to do it intelligently to avoid a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our friend David Franke says the way to do that is to end the lockdowns on a county-by-county basis, as he explains in this report.

Anti-Lockdown Protests And The Defiant Protestant Heart of America

Defiance of the authoritarian kings and queens of the universal lockdown order, the high priests of COVID-19 pseudo-science and the Inquisitors of the establishment media is deeply rooted in America’s cultural Calvinism and the Protestant Enlightenment. Far from being anti-science this defiance is deeply rooted in Protestant Enlightenment thinking in which all authority may be tested against the plain language of the Gospel and all knowledge tested through the lived experience of observation and experimentation.

A Certain Victor In The Pandemic War: Big Government

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist once famously declared: “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” What is more likely to be drowned is the philosophy: “That government governs best which governs least.” What is more likely to be drowned in that bathtub is the philosophy that champions small government, the primacy of the private sector, a belief in “pay as you go,” and that “balanced budgets” are the ideal. The one certain victor in the pandemic war will likely be Big Government. As John Donne wrote, “No winter shall abate this spring’s increase.”

Bill Barr just the man to fight the Chinese Communist Party virus

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

At the notion the federal government’s attorney general would dare challenge governors’ authority to arrest innocent citizens in their own homes, Democrats mounted the barricades of “states’ rights!” They are actually talking about it on air. Publicly. They are not even wearing hoods. (Not even the governor of Virginia.) Which is pretty comical, considering how much Democrats today claim to be sensitive to the ways in which “states’ rights” arguments have been twisted into ugly weapons throughout American history. But, then again, it was the very same Democrats who were twisting those arguments back then. Just ask Democrat George Wallace.

Pandemic Is but One of America’s Security Concerns

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

When the crisis began, the U.S. was facing a possible $1 trillion annual deficit, as Donald Trump followed the Bush and Obama red-ink legacy. The need to restore instant liquidity to the devastated U.S. economy may cause the budget deficit to hit a historic $3 trillion or more this year. Such a staggering sum is bearable only because of near-zero interest rates and a global recession that has strangled consumer spending. But soon the U.S. will have a rendezvous with a tough payback unless it accepts that thrifty Americans will never again receive real interest on their savings accounts and that inflation is extinct forever — both dubious propositions.

Cuomo, de Blasio, and New York City Owe Trump an Apology

Rabbi Aryeh Spero, American Thinker

We know how Mr. Cuomo feels about the "deplorables", the half of the country who voted for Trump. He has told Second Amendment New Yorkers they don't belong in New York. Yet, he wants the deplorables to pay his bills. He has told those who are pro-life and pro-traditional marriage that their views are anathema and they belong somewhere else, since these are not the values of true New Yorkers. Yet we should pay his bills and we should supply the materials to run his mismanaged state. The elitists believe we should take from our families to financially support them, the "superior" ones, as well as the almost one million illegals invited into New York.