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David Davenport: Coronavirus Crisis Revives Federalism

One silver lining in the dark coronavirus cloud is the revival of federalism, the old-fashioned idea that not every issue has to be decided in Washington. While most every policy issue—from education to health care and beyond—has traveled a one-way road from states and local governments to Washington, the coronavirus crisis rediscovered a leadership role for state and local government.

Early on we learned that states like New York, California and Washington needed to address the crisis more quickly and their governors began to lead. In California, there were higher concentrations in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, so mayors and county commissioners took action. Important work was done well before there was a national consensus, and these laboratories of experimentation informed larger policies.

This is exactly how the founders saw our government working. Hooray for the revival of federalism.

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Albert Mohler: VE Day – 75 Years Later

It came at 2:41 AM on the 7th of May, 1945, the final unconditional surrender of Nazi forces. The surrender came as Nazi General, Alfred Jodl, came into a room and signed the unconditional surrender, which at that point was only 234 words in five paragraphs. That’s all it took.

But actually behind it, what it took was the death of approximately 100 million human beings in both theaters of the war. It took the largest military effort in all of human history to defeat Nazi Germany, but Nazi Germany was finally defeated. Adolf Hitler had committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin. Nazi Germany was a vanquished foe, and the unconditional surrender to which the Allied Forces had agreed was absolutely necessary. Finally, it was in hand.

Dwight David Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, would call General Omar Bradley and say simply, “Brad, it’s over.” And it was.

Sometimes, human history comes down to moments like that, moments we dare not forget—now 75 years later.

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Owen Strachan: In Appreciation of Mothers

In a tough time, here is something worth saying: Happy Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a throwback to an era when it was clear that biology drove identity. With fatherhood, motherhood shaped personal existence. Motherhood was also distinct from fatherhood; mothers bless their families in countless ways, cooking, nurturing, teaching, and loving.

Motherhood has suffered many attacks of late. But it is not extinct, and we need it greatly. In a pandemic, many around us are watching mothers do even more than normal, with little time for release, relaxation and rest. Yet in such trying circumstances, gold is refined, and emerges all the brighter for it.

Some today do not adequately appreciate motherhood and womanhood. But many of us do; at least we try to. We watch mothers work their craft every day. We celebrate them; we thank them; with the deepest affection, we say that we love them.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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Mike Pence Brings Good News on Coronavirus Battle


Townhall Review – May 9, 2020

Sebastian Gorka talks with historian Victor Davis Hanson about the stunning revelation that the FBI targeted then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, another dark cloud over the Russia collusion hoax.

Hugh Hewitt and Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway question the integrity of the FBI on the Michael Flynn issue.

Hugh Hewitt talks with Vice President Mike Pence about the progress made in the fight against COVID-19.

Dennis Prager talks with Bron Scherer, founder and CEO of Protein Sources, about the ramifications of the shut down of several meat packing plants.

Larry Elder looks at the latest on Tara Reade’s allegation of sexual misconduct against the Democrat’s presumptive nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Mike Gallagher talks about what happened when a Texas hair salon owner kept her salon open, against orders to close, so her employees could earn money to feed their families.

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Owen Strachan: Not a Time to Panic

People find many things terrifying: pandemics, tsunamis, robberies, no Wi-Fi signal or a cable outage. Add something else to this sobering list: the cancellation of summer camp.

A tweet from the New York Post voiced this fear: Can parents survive months of hell as the coronavirus cancels summer camps? The Post article quoted one mother whose son can’t attend a $14,000 summer camp: “I’m 100 percent in panic mode.”

Every father and mother can attest to the unique challenges of this pandemic season. But there is much good at hand. Families need not panic; we can reconnect. Summer hours can be long, but we can redeem them. Tensions may rise at certain points, but we can practice forgiveness, humility, and character development.

We shouldn’t despise our children, and time with them; we should cherish our kids.

This is a time to persevere; to pray; to play. It’s certainly not a time to panic.

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