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David Davenport: A Different Kind of Character for a Different Kind of War

America is again at war, but war of a different kind: war against an unknown virus attacking our health, our economy, our social lives. Sadly, there is no quick knockout punch we can deliver to the enemy, no cease-fire agreement halting hostilities.

No, fighting this war will require a different kind of character. It will require the “now” generation of instant technology and immediate gratification to exhibit patience. The “me” generation must become a “we” generation.

This war will be fought on the front lines of medical science, but even more important now is the home front. We will need both rugged American individualism and community concern for one another. The golden rule—do unto others as you would have others do unto you—will be more valuable than a financial bailout or a silver bullet.

This is America’s new test of character.

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Owen Strachan: Opportunity Amidst Distancing

The Coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally altered American—and global—life. Right now, we don’t know if this season of distancing will last for weeks or months.

Here is something we do know: for families, this can be a time of quietness and togetherness. We are used to a super-heated, super-busy lifestyle. Many families barely see each other and rarely share a meal together during a normal week. We dash from activity to activity, missing many opportunities for closeness, love and training.

No one wants a global pandemic. We’re working and praying for its end. But fathers and mothers should not miss the real chance we have here.

Amidst many difficulties, we can prioritize the family.

We can plug back in with our children: Read good books, play board games, laugh and pray together, hope together.

This is a tough season—but if we seize the moment, we can redeem the time.

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David Davenport: Democrats Don’t Want A Revolution After All

In the twinkling of an electoral eye, frontrunner Bernie Sanders’ campaign is near death and Joe Biden’s has been resurrected. How could this happen?

Bernie said the American system needed a “political revolution,” and his revolution was “for all”: Medicare for all, free college for all, housing for all and jobs for all. The price tag was tens of trillions of dollars and a revolution in how America operates.

Even Democrats were not ready for that.

Perhaps it was about stopping the Trump revolution: a CNN Poll shows that 66 percent of Democratic voters thought Biden could best oppose Trump, 26 percent for Sanders. Or maybe concern over the coronavirus revolution changed things: the same poll showed Biden could best handle a major crisis by 65 percent over Sanders–at 23 percent.

It turns out 2020 is not the year for a revolution.

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Lanhee Chen: A Healthcare Wakeup Call From the Coronavirus

Many liberals in America are advocating for Medicare for all, a change that would fundamentally transform our health care system to look more like the one in the United Kingdom.

But the global coronavirus outbreak has highlighted the weaknesses of such systems. The UK right now is bracing for hospital overcrowding, supply shortages and increased rationing of care if cases of the coronavirus continue to rise. Doctors quoted in a recent New York Times article expressed worries about how the British health care system would handle such an outbreak, with one intensive care doctor predicting that, “only those with a high chance of getting better would get near a ventilator.”

Liberals here attribute these challenges to a lack of funding. But that only highlights the problem with government-run systems—they only have a prayer of working if taxpayers are willing to pour more and more money into them.

That’s a prescription to break the bank … And our health care system.

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Jerry Bowyer: The Real Point in Diversity

The point of “diversity” in the marketplace should be for people with different points of view contribute different things to the business.

But ideologues today typically use diversity as little more than a code-word for identity politics. They don’t care about genuine diversity—diversity that would include different points of view, different worldviews. In truth: They really just want progressives from various identity groups.

According to a new study by the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation, this thinking is now dominant in the corporate world. Among Fortune 100 companies, “protected categories” such as race and gender were emphasized by corporations over religion by a factor of 34 to 1.

Corporations love to talk about “diversity” and “inclusivity”—but their concern is really only skin deep.

It’s time to go deeper and add religious and viewpoint diversity to America’s largest companies.

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Dan Proft: Black Leaders Push Back Against the New York Times

“The 1619 Project doesn’t seem to believe in America or black people,”—those words come from Brown University Economics Professor Glenn Loury, talking about the New York Times’ project that’s pushing a revisionist history of slavery and the United States.

The 1619 Project aims to redefine America’s founding date and its founding values.

The 1619 Project presents a stilted view of American history. It tells of slavery (almost exclusively) but not the Civil War. It covers the Tuskegee Experiment but not the Tuskegee Airmen.

Theirs is a demonstrably false story of America as the forever oppressor and black Americans as the forever victims.

But the battle has now been joined.

A group of leading black intellectuals—led by Civil Rights Movement veteran Bob Woodson—have launched “1776 Unites” as a direct response to 1619’s divisiveness.

Woodson is correcting the historical record, as he said, “in the spirit of 1776, the date of America’s true founding.”

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