Commendations to Congress—and especially Senate Majority Leader McConnell—on the massive rescue package.
America gets the message: Help is on its way.
But it’s time to do more, Congress. We need a phase four.
Phase one was the $8.3 billion measure on vaccine research.
Phase two was the bill that came from House Democrats—deeply disliked by Republicans but the Senate GOP passed it anyway.
Phase three blew the doors off the normally staid Senate, but will bring tangible help to American workers and businesses, now that it will pass.
But the country still needs a phase four. We need to respond to the purveyor of the plague: The Chinese Communist Party.
China is nearly equal to the United States in economic strength, and superior in stealth and ruthlessness.
The immediate fight is the virus. The larger, long-term battle is with a regime that allowed the virus to leave its shores.
This does not mean war. It means vigilance and deterrence.
It means phase four.Read More »
Are borders a bad thing or a good thing?
In recent years we’ve seen a lively debate on the issue—with conservatives taking a pounding for enforced borders and responsible immigration policy. The very notion of a nation having borders and a careful framework for welcoming immigrants to protect citizens, has been characterized as backward, racist—even evil.
The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the conversation. The same people calling for open borders are now calling for restrictions on travel. In an ironic twist that they might not see themselves, the left has suddenly become pro nation-state and pro borders—not just between countries, but between individuals.
The global crisis is giving us all a master-class in why security matters, why nations matters, and why leftist ideas don’t work. Unimpeded globalism sounds great on Twitter, but works poorly in the real world.
Borders aren’t evil.
They’re necessary—and they’re for our good.Read More »
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My latest book, “God’s Hand on America,” bears a title that could be understood now in a totally different context—seeing God’s hand as the source of national punishment, not protection.
Believers on all sides cite reasons for retribution—on the left for racism and social injustice, on the right for disregard for marriage and human life. But I am confident the Lord will continue to use this nation, for all its imperfections, as the greatest available instrument for human betterment and advancement of decency and liberty.
The grave coronavirus crisis may yet uplift America, providing perspective on home, school, work and faith that encourage timeless and constructive values. In his 1957 novel “The Plague,” Nobel-Prizewinner Albert Camus wrote: “This same pestilence which is slaying you, works for your good and points your path.”Read More »
When the President declared a national emergency on the coronavirus, he also declared a national disaster, freeing up billions of dollars and opening the door to exercising extraordinary powers as President in the face of this kind of challenge.
War is the most apt metaphor for the challenge we now face as we’re confronted by the coronavirus.
As far as pandemics go, in order to find anything on this scale, you would have to go back to the 1918 pandemic of the Spanish Flu. The deadliness of that pandemic should be a chastening factor upon us all.
It should remind us that one of our responsibilities on the other side of this crisis is going to rebuild what has been lost—and, in the midst of the crisis, we must not only pray, we must work.
There are many things to be done and it’s going to be up to us to do them.Read More »