News of the Week (May 22nd, 2022)

 

News of the Week for May 22nd, 2022


 

Abortion

 

Canada, Mexico brace for influx of Americans seeking abortions
Activists in Mexico and Canada are already preparing for a possible influx of Americans crossing the border to seek abortion access if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Pro-Abortion Activist: Mothers Should be Able to Abort Children After Birth
“I believe in whatever the woman wants to choose to do. That’s her choice.”

 

Gun Rights

 

NY Governor signs “flurry” of gun control executive orders
In predictable fashion, New York Governor Kathy Hochul is following the old rule about never letting a crisis go to waste. Following the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York this weekend that left ten people dead, Hochul announced that she is in the process of signing a “strict series” of executive orders related to gun control measures. The full text of the orders has not been released yet, but the description of these orders should be setting off some alarms. New York State passed a so-called “red flag” law in 2019 and these orders apparently play off of that legislation, expanding the state’s ability to preemptively seize firearms from lawful owners and “monitor online extremism.”

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Fritz Vahrenholt: The transition to green energies and the missing warming
During the energy crisis that has become visible in Germany and Europe over the past few months, things have gotten quieter about the supposedly imminent climate emergency. On the one hand, energy prices and security of supply have pushed the climate issue into the background. On the other hand, a weakening of the warming trend of the last 40 years is apparent.

Seventeen States File Lawsuit Against EPA Because it Allowed California to Set Vehicle Standards
The lawsuit claims that Michael Regan, the agency’s administrator, violated a doctrine in the U.S. Constitution granting states equal sovereignty.

Big Crude Oil Releases Can’t Help You If You Have Limited Refinery Capacity
William, a regular reader of the Morning Jolt, writes in with a few more thoughts on the shortage of oil refinery capacity, which is a major factor in the current high gas prices.

Alberta Premier Mocks Biden for Refusing Canadian Oil: ‘You Don’t Need the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet to Patrol the Great Lakes’
One of the most frustrating aspects of the Biden administration — and Lord knows there are a lot of things that infuriate people about them — is the way the U.S. went from a net energy exporter to record high gas prices and a reliance on oil imported from other countries.

The war on American energy
President Biden has conducted an incredibly effective war on energy production in the United States. It is amazing what he has accomplished on this front in such a short span of time in office. We have seen his progress in the price we pay at the pump virtually every day since January 20, 2021. Steve Hayward maps out the path Biden has taken in the New York Post column “Biden’s road to record-high gas prices may soon lead to rationing.”

The coming blackouts. Do NOT say you were not warned
For regular readers of this site, today’s news will likely not come as a surprise, but much of the nation seems to remain unaware of it. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has released its latest reliability assessment for the summer of 2022 and, to put it mildly, the news is not good. In far too many states, the power grid is already nearly at full capacity, and in the next few months, that capacity will be exceeded. This isn’t a question of “if” or really even “when.” It’s just a fact. Industry experts know this and have been trying to sound the alarm for several years. Critics are trying to place the blame on climate change (as they do with everything else) in the form of extended droughts and heatwaves. Those factors definitely exacerbate the problem, but this was going to happen in the next year or so anyway. And thus far, the government has done virtually nothing about it. In a moment we’ll look at what could be done if there is sufficient will to take action.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Democrats Face a ‘Time Bomb’ on Obamacare
Democrats face a potential pre-election “political time bomb” on an issue they had hoped would provide a boost with voters: the expansion of Affordable Care Act coverage resulting from increased subsidies.

An Obamacare fiasco could blow up on Democrats right before the midterms
A little over a year ago, President Joe Biden signed into law a massive expansion of financial aid designed to bolster the Affordable Care Act and make health insurance more affordable for millions.

 

War & Terror

 

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Liaoning Spotted Off Taiwan In Satellite Imagery
A Chinese naval flotilla with the carrier Liaoning at its center has been operating in the waters south of Japan and east of Taiwan.

Ukraine: Donbas Battles Intensify
Following up on Saturday’s post (“Ukraine’s Victory in the Battle of Kharkiv”), the situation in the Donbas region will likely dominate developments in the Ukraine war over the next week. You can click on the map above to see it full-size. The northeastern sector has three distinct crisis points: First, the Russians are attempting to advance from Popasna, threatening Bakhmut; second, 35 miles north of Popasna, Sievierodonetsk is surrounded on three sides by Russian forces; and third, 40 miles west of Sievierodonetsk, Slovyansk is threatened by Russian forces advancing from Izyum. However, Ukraine claims to be counterattacking on Izyum, the Wall Street Journal reports

Finland and Sweden Announce They Will Apply for NATO Membership
Finland President reports Putin had ‘calm’ response to NATO membership news.

Ukraine: McDonald’s Leaving Russia for Good, Belarus Puts Troops on Border With Ukraine
But McDonald’s is still in China.

Suspect in California Church Shooting Motivated by Anti-Taiwan Sentiment, Police Say
Orange County law enforcement said Monday that the suspect in a shooting at a church in Laguna Woods, Calif., on Sunday engaged in a “politically motivated hate crime” against Taiwanese people.

Neutral Switzerland leans closer to NATO in response to Russia
Switzerland’s fabled neutral status is about to face its biggest test in decades, with the defence ministry tilting closer to Western military powers in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Putin’s backfire: Finland parliament nearly unanimous on NATO membership; Sweden signs application
Vladimir Putin’s humiliating backfire on his “special military operation” has nearly reached its final stage. Despite threats and saber-rattling aimed at cowing Finland and Sweden out of NATO, his invasion of Ukraine and subsequent threats have completely destroyed the political consensus for neutrality in both countries. In Finland, only eight members of the 200-seat parliament objected to Finland’s formal application for NATO membership this morning

‘Unsettling’ Fort Bragg recruitment video ignites debate over its mysterious intent
It’s a stretch to link the U.S. Army to witchery, but that’s happening in response to an eerie recruitment video shared on YouTube by Fort Bragg’s 4th Psychological Operations Group-Airborne.

Switzerland Weighing Possibility of Enhancing Ties with NATO
Meanwhile, NATO member countries are pressing to expedite entry into the organization by both Finland and Sweden.

Analysts: Risk of Chinese invasion of Taiwan may be increasing
If there’s any actual good news coming out of Russia’s fumbling invasion of Ukraine, it’s based on an assumption that many analysts have been repeating this year. The unified response of the United States and our NATO allies, including the backbreaking sanctions being placed on Russia and the unlimited flow of military equipment to Zelensky’s forces, was surely sending a message to Beijing. ‘If you try invading Taiwan, the same could happen to you.’ But apparently, not all analysts agree. A group of Republican lawmakers recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden warning him that the risk of a Chinese invasion across the Strait of Taiwan might actually be higher now than it’s been at any time in the past. And they would like Biden to make a public commitment to defend the Taiwanese if that happens and urge our allies to do the same.

Turkey says no to Finland, Sweden in NATO
Yesterday, Ed pointed out that nobody in Washington seemed to know if Turkey was seriously considering blocking the bids of Finland and Sweden to join NATO. One day later we seem to have our answer and it’s that Turkey was quite serious. So what was the point of arranging talks in Germany between the United States, Turkey, Sweden, and Finland? We were allegedly going to be working some diplomatic angles and figuring out if there was a path toward agreement on NATO expansion, weren’t we? But this Morning, the Tyrant of Turkey essentially nixed the entire deal. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country would be saying “no” to accepting the applications of the two countries to join the alliance, effectively vetoing the measure. And in his usual fashion, he didn’t wait around for the Turkish legislature to consider the matter or hold any sort of public referendum. He simply put his foot down and said the deal was dead.

China Insists Party Elites Shed Overseas Assets, Eyeing Western Sanctions on Russia
An internal Communist Party directive bars senior officials from owning property abroad or stakes in overseas entities, whether directly or through spouses and children

House Passes ‘White Supremacism’ Domestic Terrorism Bill After Buffalo Shooting
The bill only mentions white supremacy and neo-Nazis because obviously, those are the only people who terrorize others.

The California Church Shooter Has a Connection to China’s Influence Arm
The man who shot several people at a Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in California, killing one, has ties to the United Front Work Department, the Chinese Communist Party’s political-influence bureau, according to Radio Free Asia

U.S. Air Force Reports Successful Air-Launched Hypersonic Weapon Test
American lawmakers have repeatedly warned that the U.S. risks being left behind by itChina and Russia.

A surge in Navy deserters could be a sign of a bigger problem for the military
In 2021, 157 sailors illegally fled the U.S. Navy, more than double the number who deserted in 2019. Although all but eight of them eventually returned to their units, a military legal expert says the dramatic increase in desertions may be a sign of a bigger issue.

Ukraine Updates: After Fall of Mariupol, Russian Forces Push to Encircle Eastern City of Severodonetsk
UK Defense Ministry: “The Severodonetsk area remains one of Russia’s immediate tactical priorities.”

Liberals Want Ukraine to Negotiate?
There hasn’t been much alteration of the tactical situation in Ukraine since our Monday update (“Ukraine: Donbas Battles Intensify”). The Russians have made some advances from Popasna and west of Lyman, but the battlefronts haven’t really shifted. While there were reports earlier this week that Ukraine was mounting a counteroffensive near Izyum, we haven’t seen evidence of that in terms of moving the lines on the map.

 

National

 

Netflix ‘Culture Memo’ Tells Woke Employees That ‘Netflix May Not Be the Best Place for You’
“Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

Buttigieg sends $5B to cities for safety as road deaths soar
With upcoming data showing traffic deaths soaring, the Biden administration is steering $5 billion in federal aid to cities and localities to address the growing crisis by slowing down cars, carving out bike paths and wider sidewalks and nudging commuters to public transit.

Scientists succeed for first time growing plants in soil from the moon
Scientists have managed to grow plants in lunar soil for the first time ever, setting the stage for astronauts to potentially grow their own food on the moon during future missions.

BLM still sitting on $42 million in assets
Patrisse Cullors, one of the original founders of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, has drawn a lot of the wrong sort of attention since the public learned that she spent millions of dollars in donations on a mansion in California. But now the organization is drawing attention of a different sort from the IRS. The Associated Press has obtained copies of the group’s financial disclosure statements and it turns out that BLM has become a very profitable venture for a supposed non-profit organization. Even after blowing through an eye-popping amount of money over the past couple of years, the group is still sitting on roughly $42 million in assets. And many of the local BLM chapters around the country are still left wondering why they aren’t seeing a piece of the action.

Senator Lummis apologizes for speaking the truth about science and two sexes
A Republican from Wyoming, Senator Cynthia Lummis was a keynote speaker during several University of Wyoming commencement ceremonies in Laramie during the weekend. One speech quickly went off the rails when she dared to speak truthfully about science and “two sexes”. Some members of the audience loudly booed her, interrupting her speech for 25 seconds. She has since apologized.

Meet the Socialist Workers Party candidate running in California to be a US senator
Eleanor García joined the Socialist Worker’s Party in her twenties. She had been working with the United Farm Workers in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is from, on a boycott of Gallo wine, iceberg lettuce and table grapes.

Using ‘Wrong’ Pronouns Could Lead to Suspensions in Virginia Public Schools
Living as a Christian could get a student suspended from public school in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Judge Rules California’s Law Requiring Women on Corporate Boards Unconstitutional
A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has ruled that the law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional.

DCCC polling: Winter is coming
Red wave or Red Wedding? The answer to that question in the midterms is known, Punchbowl reports this morning, and the DCCC has it. They’re not talking about it, and not because they want to protect against any spoilers for the season finale

The Democrats Wanted Doug Mastriano, and Now They’ve Got Him
It took Republican primary voters — not scheming Democrats — to choose Mastriano once he was on the ballot. Had those primary voters wanted to, they could (and should) have just said, “No.” But they didn’t, and now Mastriano is the nominee.

Federal Injunction Issued against Forcing Christian Businesses to Insure Transgender Transitions
The transgender movement is on the march, with the full and enthusiastic support of the Biden administration. Indeed, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a guidance under the Affordable Care Act requiring businesses to cover transition services in their group health-insurance policies. To do otherwise, the agency stated, is “discrimination.”

Pro-choicers’ testimony at House abortion hearing went as well as you’d expect
Here’s today’s reminder that the Roe standard, in which viability is supposed to be an important moral and legal threshold when regulating abortion, is by no means the modern Democratic Party standard.

U.S. Census Bureau Reports Shows Large GOP-Leaning States Were Undercounted in 2020
NPR has a piece today on a U.S. Census Bureau report that discovered that, in 2020, “all states were not counted equally well for population numbers used to allocate political representation and federal funding over the next decade.”

Much Higher Minority Early Voting in Georgia’s Upcoming Primaries
A good follow-up to the news that the Georgia election law that Joe Biden compared to Jim Crow has been followed by record early voter turnout: Not only is the overall early voter turnout higher than ever before, but the early vote among minorities is higher than ever before.

Massachusetts Officials Confirm Case of Monkeypox, Govt Buys Vaccines
CDC issues warning that it is monitoring outbreak across Europe.

Alabama Republican’s Bill Would Ban Government From Forcing Racial Discrimination in Medicare
Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., proposed a bill Thursday that would prohibit health care providers from adopting racially discriminatory policies in their practices at the behest of the federal government.

Bedlam in Bellingham
Joe Biden got 61% of the vote in Whatcom County, Washington, which probably explains something about how Jenn Mason got elected to the school board in Bellingham. In case you haven’t heard — maybe you’ve been off the Internet all week, I don’t know — Mason is also the owner of Wink Wink, a “sex shop” in Bellingham. For some unfathomable reason, every good-sized town in America has one of these “sex shops,” selling vibrators, lubricants, lingerie and other such merchandise, despite the fact that all this sort of stuff can now be ordered via Amazon or other online vendors. Excuse me if I seem a bit vanilla or even prudish in this regard. While I was quite the wild man in my youth, three decades of marriage have perhaps tamed my libido somewhat. On the other hand, I was never into the whole whips-and-chains BDSM role-playing thing to which “sex shops” like Wink Wink seem to cater.

A push to change Nevada law after traffic stop leaves man penniless
There’s a new push to change Nevada law to stop the alleged abuse of power by civil forfeiture. This now has a renewed push based off a high-profile case where Nevada troopers confiscated a man’s life savings.

Nevada: Two Supreme Court justices say prosecutor can’t serve in state Senate
Two Nevada Supreme Court justices have concluded that a Clark County prosecutor who also serves in the Nevada state Senate cannot hold both jobs simultaneously. The conclusion – which came in a dissent in a case filed Wednesday – is the first time the Supreme Court has opined directly on the state constitution’s separation of powers clause as it pertains to members of the Nevada Legislature.

How One New Element in California’s Math Education Reform Will Make Your Kid Stupid
Mathematics education in the United States has suffered a history of abuses, from the 1960s New Math debacle to the more recent Common Core math standards. While promising improved and more widespread math literacy among our nation’s children, each step has resulted in making math more difficult to understand, and further divorced from its genesis in human scientific discovery. Today, we are facing a new leap downwards, where math education is threatened with getting replaced by cultural reeducation exercises.

Defeated Cawthorn vows: It’s time for “gentile politics” to end and for “Dark MAGA” to take command
A popular take among the commentariat since he narrowly lost his primary on Tuesday night is that he’s young and has made some mistakes, but isn’t untalented. He should use his time away from politics to work on the things he needs to work on. The party will still be here when he gets back. A comeback is in the cards if he gets his head screwed on straight and matures a bit.

Loudoun County school board begs court to shut down grand-jury probe into misconduct
Say, look who still doesnt appreciate accountability and transparency! Following multiple instances of failures by the Loudoun County Public Schools to report sexual assault incidents on its campuses, the controversy over transparency and parental notification exploded into national politics. The attempts to cast parents as “domestic terrorists” for protesting at LCPS helped vault Republicans Glenn Youngkin to victory as governor and Jason Miyares as AG.

Final Dobbs decision will be the ultimate battle between Thomas and Roberts
Will Dobbs settle once and for all whether Chief Justice John Roberts has any real influence on the “Roberts Court”? Or will it just settle one score in particular? While we wait for the eventual decision on Dobbs and how much of Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion survives, all we can do is speculate, hold our breath until the decision … or wait for another leak.

University drops sonnets because they are ‘products of white western culture’
The form has appealed to major poets for five centuries

Prof calls diversity of thought ‘white supremacist b******t’
At a recent conference on Critical Race Theory, professors discussed how “there is no virtue in whiteness,” with some saying “whiteness” is “inherently violent.” Other conference-goers reportedly called the concept of intellectual diversity “white supremacist bullshit,” while another said “research” is a “colonial, white supremacist, elite process.”

University removes application’s race requirement following news report
The University of South Carolina changed the application requirements for its Business Success Academy to include students of all races.

Parents Defeat “Equity” School Agenda, Honors Courses To Be Reinstated In Barrington, Rhode Island
Parent: “school officials needed to reflect on what happened… there needs to be consequences for those who were responsible.”

Era of immaturity? Nearly half of Americans don’t feel like an adult until they’re 30
Is 18 really when adulthood begins? New survey reveals that two-thirds of Americans say it’s just an ‘arbitrary age’

U. Illinois Chicago School of Public Health to Cancel the Term ‘Obesity’ Because it’s Racist
“weight discrimination has increased by 66 percent, and is one of the only forms of discrimination actively condoned by society”

Bill Maher: Why are we giving puberty blockers to children?
“So, Bill Maher’s definitely emceeing President DeSantis’s first WHCD dinner?” asked Patrick Ruffini after watching this clip from last night’s “Real Time” show.

This book for NYC school kids has AOC instead of ABCs
A book intended for 10- and 11-year-olds — which glorifies socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and her far-left “Squad,” knocks religion, and mocks Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – is being distributed to public school libraries, parents told The Post.

Florida asks publishers to revise more books to avoid ‘indoctrination’
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s efforts to eradicate any hint of “wokeness” in the state’s public school textbooks continued with the release of guidance to publishers of social studies books.

U. Central Florida Prof. Charles Negy, Fired After Tweeting “Black Privilege is Real,” Ordered Reinstated With Tenure and Back Pay
Arbitrator finds no “just cause” for termination. Negy: “UCF Administrators (and all university administrators) need to get the message that they cannot simply ‘purge’ or even discipline professors who do not conform to the DEI ideology that they are imposing on entire university campuses.”

Providence to Use Federal COVID Relief Funds for Racial Reparations
Mayor Jorge Elorza: “We know that $10 million is not enough. We can’t right all the wrongs of the past, but we can take an important first step.”

Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions
Citizenship, machine guns, and bigamy

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Yellen Looks to Get Global Tax Deal Back on Track During Europe Trip
Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen arrived in Europe this week to join American allies in confronting multiple threats to the world economy: Russia’s war in Ukraine, soaring inflation and food shortages.

Ben Bernanke Predicts ‘Stagflation’ Reminiscent of the 1970s
Standing in his kitchen one morning in Washington, D.C., and drinking a glass of lightly flavored water, Ben Bernanke is wearing a gray suit, a button-down shirt, no tie and a pair of Brooks running sneakers. He looks a far cry from his time at the Federal Reserve, where he presided as chairman for eight years during what was — until recently — considered the most precarious financial moment of the past half-century.

Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol, new prime minister says
Sri Lanka’s new prime minister says the country is down to its last day of petrol as it faces its worst economic crisis in more than 70 years. In a televised address, Ranil Wickremesinghe said the nation urgently needs $75m (£60.8m) of foreign currency in the next few days to pay for essential imports.

Pelosi Threatens Indictments Over Baby Formula Shortage
She fails to mention exactly who would be indicted.

US growth seen outpacing China’s for first time since 1976
Despite high inflation, the US is being propelled by strong hiring and consumer spending.

Illinois: Cook County Moving Forward With Guaranteed Income Program
$500 a month for two years for 3,250 spots. That’s $42 million.

The robotic revolution is coming to a workplace near you
For decades, Canada has lagged many of its global peers in the types of business investment that would improve productivity. But the green shoots of an automation transformation appear to be sprouting

 

International

 

Mysterious ‘hobbit’ human species may not be extinct says expert in controversial claim
Sightings of an ‘ape-man’ in Indonesia could be proof the Homo floresiensis species, believed to be long extinct, is still alive today, one anthropologist has argued. But other experts are skeptical.

Monkeypox: Four more cases of rare viral infection have been confirmed in England
The latest news means there are currently seven confirmed cases in the UK, diagnosed between 6 and 15 May.

An Argentine libertarian channels inner Trump to ‘blow up’ political status quo
Javier Milei, an ebullient Argentine economist with wild hair and an avid fan base, was once known for his theatrical and acerbic televised takedowns of the country’s political elite. Now he has a shot of taking them down at the ballot box.

Australia votes as centre-left seeks to end a decade of conservative rule
Australia’s election frontrunner Anthony Albanese asked voters flocking to the polls Saturday to give his centre-left party a “crack” at running the country after a decade of conservative rule.

Covid-Crazed Australia Ousts Its PM
Australia’s general election on Saturday was, for them, a blockbuster political trial for Scott Morrison (or ‘Sco-Mo’), the prime minister and leader of the Liberal-National Coalition. After four years in office, his government was judged by a jury of, quite literally, all its citizens in a compulsory vote. The pandemic, economic crisis, and existential challenge from China gave them a full plate of issues on which to issue their verdict.

Feel bad story of the day
Our friend Steve Kates writes from down under to comment on the defeat of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison by opposition leader Anthony Albanese. Yesterday we posted a link to the Israel-oriented story at the Times of Israel. Steve writes: “Saw you had a brief note on our election from the Times of Israel…There is no sense of what a disaster this election has been from that article and I think there needs to be a broader alert about just how disastrous the election result has been for conservatives.”

First Mandatory Monkeypox Quarantine Introduced in Belgium
Gran Canaria Pride Festival identified as possible monkeypox “superspreader” event.

 

Opinion

 

Did the Conservative Legal Movement Err by Supporting Originalism?
Adrian Vermeule leads a growing chorus of critics on the right heralding some form of common goodism as the locus of constitutional interpretation in the judicial system. In “Common Good Constitutionalism,” Vermeule proclaims that originalism fails as a matter of constitutional interpretation because it is a deeply insufficient account of law. This is a critically flawed interpretation because it ignores that our written Constitution does not depend on a range of natural law principles for its interpretation.

Rick Caruso’s Campaign Is a Sign America’s Political Ground Is Shifting
Just how wild will this year’s midterm elections turn out to be? The most right-of-center option in the Los Angeles mayor’s race, billionaire developer Rick Caruso, could well end up winning and is ahead by one percentage point in the most recent poll.

Fake Capitalism Is a Primary Enemy Today
The U.S. economy is not a bastion of market freedom but is in fact rife with collusion between government and those businesses most unscrupulous in playing the game.

Why the Texas Social Media Law is a Menace to Freedom of Speech
The law forces social media firms to host and promote speech they oppose, and would set a dangerous precedent if upheld by the courts..

Yes, It’s Possible to Lower the Cost and Increase the Value of College
Starting back in the 1970s, Americans got into the bad habit of assuming that going to college was a “no brainer.” People were told that just getting a college degree would open up the doors to a successful life. Cost? Don’t worry about it! Uncle Sam will let you borrow the money, and it’s “good debt.”

Mastriano’s victory in Pennsylvania: A bipartisan disaster
Republicans are mostly to blame, of course, since they’re the ones who nominated him and enabled him. (More on that below.) But Democrats had a hand in last night’s fiasco too, believe it or not.

Is The New Deal Unconstitutional?
Well, duh—the obvious answer is YES. But that hasn’t been a winning argument in the Supreme Court since 1935 unfortunately. In the aftermath of the leaked Dobbs opinion, the left has been in a panic about what other “rights” the Supreme Court might take away, like the right to same sex marriage, inter-racial marriage, contraception, and watching European soccer in the middle of the night.

Chavez, Maduro, Biden and Newsom
In a banana republic, what do you do when your citizens don’t have enough money because of your socialist economic policies? Simple: print more money! There was a time when we thought American politics were above such insanity, but those days are gone. The Biden administration’s multi-trillion dollar money-printing spree has launched the worst inflation since the Carter administration and the longest collapse of the Dow since 1932. Nice going, Joe!

Against American Mobocracy
In his 1838 Lyceum Address in Springfield, Illinois, a 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln spoke on “the perpetuation of our political institutions.” The speech was eerily prescient, coming 23 years as it did before then-President Lincoln presided over a nation tragically brought into a grisly Civil War—the ultimate test of that “perpetuation”—by the assault on Fort Sumter.

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