Coronavirus

Coronavirus Releases Democrats' Inner Totalitarian

It’s not that Democrats are uniquely incompetent, it is that they politicize everything. And in their imagined socialist paradise, only the goods doled-out by the State are “essential,” so banning the sale of books or supplies that might help make one self-sufficient are natural first steps in narrowing that circle of liberty down to what the State deems to be life’s bare necessities.

Call Me A Skeptic: We May Never Go Home Again

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What March produced and what it appears to portend is a sea change in U.S. history, an inflection point, an event after which things never return to what they were. The coronavirus crisis seems to be one of those epochal events that alter the character of the country and the course of the republic. The shattering events will have lasting impacts on the hearts and minds of this generation. If March shocked this nation as severely as 9/11, what is coming may be even more sobering. In times of crisis in America, there is a tradition of self-sacrifice. But there have also almost always been not a few whose mindset is that of the Fort Lauderdale spring-breakers.

Not All Coronavirus Cases Are Created Equal

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

God and government may believe we are all created equal. Coronavirus cruelly dissents. We hate generalization, discrimination, and survival-of-the-fittest elitism. Germs hold no such scruples. Like all predators, they achieve greatest success against the weak. We need to admit this and act accordingly. We also need to acknowledge that when individuals cede their judgment over to the government, bad things happen. Trust individuals with their own health. Trust strangers in government with your health? No thanks. Panic is not a policy. Separate the vulnerable because they are valuable. Let the healthy emerge from hibernation because they are valuable, too.

Coronavirus Consequences Coming into View

Conrad Black, American Greatness

President Trump's administration is taking fiscal and social advantage of the crisis in the national interest with desirable tax reductions and, finally, an infrastructure renovation program. This president is emulating the tactic of Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II in styling any legislation that involved official expense as a bill to assist members and veterans of the armed forces. If something of durable value can be legislated along with the measures necessary to strangle the public health crisis and rescue the economically vulnerable, it will be a commendable nugget in a rocky field. Pelosi’s investigation will not get far off the ground.

Constitution-Respecting Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Lockdowns

Not only are some legislators questioning the level of executive-overreach involved in blanket stay-at-home orders, but some sheriffs and police departments are refusing to enforce them, citing constitutional and administrative difficulties.This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers, said Franklin County (Maine) Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Call The White House Tell The President To Ignore Chris Wallace’s Unconstitutional Idea For A Nationwide Lockdown

Yesterday, Chris Wallace had U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams on and hectored him about why no national stay-at-home order has been issued. We urge CHQ readers to call the White House, the comment line is (202-456-1111) please politely explain to the assistant taking the call that you think President Trump is doing a great job handling the coronavirus panic and that it would be a huge error to issue an extra-constitutional nationwide stay-at-home order.

Trump Acts While Democrats Act Out

David Catron, The American Spectator

As recently as a couple of decades ago, even Hillary Clinton possessed enough self-command to support George W. Bush. She knew that to do otherwise in a time of crisis would be seen as a betrayal of American values. This is why President Trump’s approval numbers have been steadily rising. Voters know he is sacrificing his strongest claim on a second term — the economy — for the good of the American people. Even Joe Biden finally realized he must be part of the solution to have any credibility. Trump will still win because he is taking action while most Democrats take cheap shots. “Make America Great Again” has never meant more than it does now.

America Still a Global Leader Even in a Time of Crisis

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In typically American fashion, as we have seen in crises from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, after initial shock and unpreparedness, the U.S. economic and scientific juggernaut is kicking into action. Where the West is deficient is in the current lack of imagination of its most hallowed institutions. Universities currently have hundreds of thousands of empty dorm rooms. Why not offer them as temporary refuges to the vulnerable homeless and poor? The media could better use its muckraking journalists to police itself. Any laxity in fighting the virus is not to be found with the U.S., but rather with its loudest and most opportunistic critics.

Showing respect in a time of lockdown because of the coronavirus crisis

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

There have been attempts to pit Dr. Anthony Fauci, also a lead on the coronavirus team, against the president. What you don’t see or hear are suggestions that he doesn’t know what he’s doing, or is not in control of the choices he makes. No, that denigration is reserved by liberals for the woman on the team who is enjoying the respect of Americans and the president. The good news is Dr. Deborah Birx, and other Americans who have committed themselves to the health and well-being of this nation, remains steadfast and focused on her work. Getting to know her and all the heroes who continue to work securing our future has been inspiring.

PBS and NPR Offer Journalism by Liberals for Liberals

Tim Graham, CNS News

The enormous coronavirus stimulus package was festooned with goodies for key Democratic constituency groups including $75 million in "emergency" funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which offers grants to PBS and NPR stations. That's on top of the half-billion Congress already authorized for the year. They call it "public" broadcasting, but it's niche broadcasting by liberals for liberals. PBS and NPR are not consistently strong in "speaking truth to power." With Democrats, they speak valentines to power. This is why Democrats make sure the money keeps flowing to PBS and NPR. They are the wind beneath Democratic wings.

Coronavirus exposes Planned Parenthood's biggest lie

Editors, Washington Examiner

Planned Parenthood’s doors are still open (in every state but Texas). Only a few states have had the courage to challenge the abortion giant. Its abortion clinic waiting rooms are likely aiding the spread of the coronavirus even now. Planned Parenthood is not an “essential” organization. It never has been. Indeed, when the organization was given the chance to aid the essential fight against a threat to public health with resources or assistance to overworked doctors and nurses, it chose instead to close its health centers and focus on aborting babies. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Planned Parenthood cares little about preserving human life.

Left Moving From Proof Of Concept To Execution On Plan To Bring Down America

Three things now moving rapidly below the surface of American politics and culture should alert conservatives to the extreme danger now facing the United States and the future of constitutional government. Millions who had never had it so good on New Years Day 2020 are now desperate about how to pay their rent or mortgage, where next week’s groceries will come from and how to pay April’s bills.

AR-15 Build - Our CHQ Cabin Fever Project Part 2, Step1 Lower Receiver Assembly

Many would be gun buyers have found popular guns, such as the AR-15, to be as scarce as toilet paper. This temporary demand-based shortage of AR-15s has prompted many Americans to take the practical and perfectly legal (in most jurisdictions) alternative of building their own AR-platform rifle. Follow us in Part 2 of our project as we ward off cabin fever and exercise our Second Amendment rights by building an AR-15.

Armchair Quarterbacks Try to Rewrite History on Coronavirus

David Harsanyi, National Review

Even if we had “listened to the scientists,” the United States wouldn’t have been able to avert the coronavirus. Expert predictions were all over the place, and very few researchers or scientists came close to calling the spread correctly. It’s impossible to be on a perpetual war footing, organizing and planning for every known emergency and eventuality at all times. Of course there is great room for improvement. Of course we should have more flexibility to produce ventilators or other emergency equipment. But it’s unrealistic for the public to expect there is any policy proposal or political leader that can immunize us from disasters such as this one.

We’re Following A One-Size-Fits-All Coronavirus Strategy Right Into A Great Depression

Ben Domench, The Federalist

Our leaders — elected and unelected — need to offer citizens clarity on what to expect. Putting up graphs of expected curves isn’t enough. The importance of building a pathway to a target date cannot be understated. That is the solution-oriented framework our economy needs, one which recognizes we are not a one-size-fits-all country for public health, economic concerns, or risk factors, but 50 states bound together, facing distinct and different challenges. We must give citizens confidence that as we get past the worst of this pandemic, the economy will reopen and rise toward a level that allows Americans to continue to work and thrive as a nation of free people.

Democrat Governors Sisolak and Whitmer Backtrack on Political Chloroquine Bans

Democrat Governors Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Steve Sisolak of Nevada decided to dunk on President Trump by banning the drugs hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate after Trump touted early studies demonstrating their efficacy against the COVID-19 virus. Then the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for the drugs to treat COVID-19 and now Sisolak and Whitmer are singing a different tune.

Coronavirus: The California Herd

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Given the state’s unprecedented direct air access to China, and given its large expatriate and tourist Chinese communities, it could be that what thousands of Californians experienced as an unusually “early” and “bad” flu season might have also reflected an early coronavirus epidemic, suggesting that many more Californians per capita than in other states may have acquired immunity to the virus. Without either widespread antibody or current-infection testing, the number of people who die from the virus in comparison to a given population base is about all we can rely on to determine the lethality of the disease. California remains a mystery.

Woke stupidity is spreading as fast as the coronavirus pandemic

Kyle Smith, New York Post

The woke virus is spreading faster than ever. Woke idiocy has attended every step of the coronavirus outbreak. On Jan. 30, just as it was starting to emerge as a serious worldwide issue, CNN published a huffy piece on Trump’s health-crisis managers that began, “It’s a statement that’s as predictable as it is infuriating: President Donald Trump’s administration lacks diversity.” Oh no, a lot of epidemiologists are white guys. Cancel them. Last week CNN invited notorious Hugo Chavez fanboy Sean Penn in as an expert on crisis management. Next year there will probably be a vaccine for coronavirus. But there will never be an inoculation for woke stupidity.

AR-15 Build - Our CHQ Cabin Fever Project Part 1

Many would be gun buyers have found popular guns, such as the AR-15, to be as scarce as toilet paper. This temporary demand-based shortage of AR-15s has prompted many Americans to take the practical and perfectly legal (in most jurisdictions) alternative of building their own AR-platform rifle. Follow us as we ward off cabin fever and exercise our Second Amendment rights by building an AR-15.

Coronavirus: We Should Follow Sweden’s Example

David Catron, The American Spectator

Sweden is developing herd immunity by refusing to panic. This does not mean Sweden’s health officials have failed to encourage common sense measures. But where is Bernie Sanders? Why isn’t he praising the Swedish response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Perhaps it is because the country’s officials have approached the pandemic in a way that maximizes individual choice. As Tegnell puts it, “That’s the way we work in Sweden. Our whole system for communicable disease control is based on voluntary action.” And there’s the rub. Bernie Sanders is a statist. The Swedes have been there and done that. They prefer liberty. Maybe we should try that once again in the U.S.