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Hugh Hewitt: Operation Warp Speed and the Politics of Vaccinations

The unfortunate serial failures in the rollout of COVID vaccinations remind us again of the inherent inability of government to function efficiently because politics enters into play. Every citizen is—by Constitutional design—of equal standing in the eyes of the law. While of course the government can prioritize vaccine distribution by category of risk, these simple distinctions—people over 65 and those with underlying conditions—should have led to a self-policing and easy-to-administer system.

Yes, some would have fraudulently taken of this of self-policing. But a bit of fraud ought to be tolerated as we keep our eye on the greater good.

Operation Warp Speed delivered the vaccines to state and local governments as our federal system is designed to do. The failures in distribution lies squarely on the shoulders of state and local officials.

Citizens should note and long remember: Even with months to prepare—state and local government failed.

How much better would it have been to trust a free people to make responsible decisions.

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How the GOP Survives a Democrat Controlled Universe


Townhall Review for January 23, 2021

Hugh Hewitt and Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher talk about the international challenges, especially the People’s Republic of China, facing the new President.

Hugh Hewitt talks with National Review’s Jim Geraghty about the challenges facing the Republican party over the next two years.

Mike Gallagher examines President Joe Biden’s agenda for the first 100 days.

Larry Elder talks about the Democrats drive to provide the millions of illegal aliens a fast track to full citizenship.

Mike Gallagher reminds us of the Democrat hypocrisy as they vilify Republicans who challenged the election certification yet did the same thing after the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

Chris Stigall talks with Thomas Spence, president of Regnery Publishing, a Salem Media company, about Simon and Schuster’s refusal to publish a book by Missouri Senator Josh Hawley.

Dennis Prager talks about the concern with progressives looking to shape the coming agenda when President Biden expresses a desire to be a president for all people.

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Jerry Bowyer: Toward a Principled Conservatism

There seems to be a verbal civil war of sorts brewing over control of the Republican Party, and like any civil war, it pits brother against brother. The Powerbrokers of the GOP establishment face off against the Populists: power vs. populism.

Let me suggest we follow another “P”—principles.

We should unite around the fundamental principles of constitutionalism and ordered liberty, not around any particular personality, nor around the donor class or the party apparatus. We should instead unite around the founding ideas of America. We should support candidates who support the constitution and are conservative—whatever their previous or current relationship with or assessment of President Trump.

Let’s have no loyalty tests other than the constitutional one. We conservatives rightly condemned purges and purity spirals from the left, so let’s not imitate the worst in our opponents.

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Albert Mohler: Our Task Today Is to Pray

As a nation, we have commemorated 58 presidential inaugurations. This week, we mark the 59th. On Wednesday, standing at the West Front of the United States Capitol, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will take the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States. Even after the events of the past few weeks—especially after the events of past weeks—Americans will witness the peaceful transition of power.

A constitutional form of self-government, a government that exists by the consent of the governed, an elected chief executive, require solemnity and dignity with the transfer of power. Our Constitution requires an oath of office, and that oath is made in public, before the nation and the watching world.

All Americans, those who voted for Joe Biden and those who did not, must respect the majesty of our constitutional order and the virtues of citizenship that make it possible.

Our task today is to pray for our nation, and for our new President. May God bless the United States of America.

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