Tag Archives: Coronavirus

Lanhee Chen: Costly Hypocrisy From Our Public Health Officials


Public health officials across America have spent the last several months warning about the dangers of the coronavirus, and the need for us to stay at home, halt economic activity and avoid social interactions with our friends and neighbors.

We are now reopening our economy in many parts of the country, but these same public health officials have compromised their own credibility as we do so. On the one hand, they’ve urged caution and a slow return to work, school, and faith gatherings. They’ve criticized those who opposed the stay-at-home orders.

But, at the same time, these officials have been broadly supportive of the large protests on America’s streets in the last few weeks.

Public health officials should be helping us understand the comparative risks of activities, not endorsing the causes they like while prohibiting the ones they don’t.

Their hypocrisy is costly, indeed: They have impacted our ability to address future health crises.

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Davenport: Bending the Wrong Curve


Thanks to the coronavirus crisis, we have a new vocabulary, including “bending the curve” of the disease to protect the public health system from collapse.

But other curves should be bent upward and not down including America’s civic education.

Recent national test scores show once again that young people do not know American history or how their government works.  Only 24% of 8th graders tested as “proficient” in government and proficiency in history dropped to a pitiful 15%.  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rightly called the test results “stark and inexcusable.”
But these scores have been low for years and little has been done.  It’s time that we require students to study as much civics and history as they do math and science.  It’s past time that we demand our students understand the country they will soon be running.

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Joe Biden Is His Own Worst Enemy


Townhall Review – May 30, 2020

Hugh Hewitt and Byron York, of the Washington Examiner, talk about Joe Biden’s latest gaffe that might have hurt him with a voting block that most see as solidly Democrat.

Larry Elder talks about Joe Biden’s latest slip up that some say he simply said what other Democrats have been saying for some time.

Dennis Prager talks with Eric Eggers, research director at the Government Accountability Institute, about the Democrats push for all mail-in balloting.

Sebastian Gorka and Hogan Gidley, White House Deputy Press Secretary, talk about the post-pandemic economy.

Kevin McCullough talks with David Marcus, writer for The Federalist, about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s heavy-handed lockdown.

Dennis Prager and investigative journalist Abigail Shrier talk about Connecticut girl track stars who are seeing their dreams crushed by boys who compete as girls.

Mike Gallagher reacts to the death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

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Jerry Bowyer: The Church and State in a Time of Pandemic

Should churches defy state shutdown orders in order to gather in person yet again?

This question goes to the heart of both America’s founding principles and the core convictions of Christianity. The early American position was strongly influenced by the Bible—and a disposition “to be subject to the governing authorities.”

But sometimes the state becomes tyrannical and forbids what God commands. What then? We reason with them, we exercise patience, we appeal to other authorities—as Paul appealed to Caesar.

When all other options have been exhausted, then we respectfully disobey.

The evangelical pastor John MacArthur recently quoted the Puritan Richard Baxter, “where he says, ‘If the magistrate, asks you to refrain from meeting because of a pestilence, you do not meet. On the other hand, if the magistrate tries to force you not to meet because of persecution of Christianity, you meet anyway.’”

That’s wisdom.

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Lanhee Chen: The World Health Organization Desperately Needs Reform

The World Health Organization botched its response to the novel coronavirus. It legitimized China’s early and misleading claims about the disease, which set back the initial response to the virus in other countries, including in the US.

What’s needed now is an independent investigation of the WHO’s reaction to the coronavirus crisis and an accounting of the interactions between the WHO’s leadership and China’s government.

We must also press for a new leader for the WHO. The current leader of the group, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has not been transparent in a number of critical decisions, all while showing allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party on critical matters. Sidelining him now would let us identify a successor we can support while empowering others at the organization who will emphasize values like accountability and openness in the WHO’s ongoing efforts.

These reforms are urgently needed. Because as long as the organization plays the role it does, lives are at stake.

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Should Undergrads Take the Year Off? Seth Leibsohn with Pete Peterson

Seth Leibsohn invites Pete Peterson, Dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, to talk about Pepperdine’s plan for the fall, the power of reaching out to an author whose book you enjoyed, the conflict between “credentialing-up” and it not mattering where you went to college, Florida’s Chinese Coronavirus statistics compared to New York’s, and music.

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