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Albert Mohler: A National Emergency

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.

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David Davenport: Localism Still Alive, Even in California

In a move with national implications, the California legislature halted a bill to force local governments to increase housing density. Think multiple homes on single lots and apartment buildings near transit centers.

It was a battle between Governor Gavin Newsom and Democrats on one side addressing a housing crisis, and California residents who had bought into their California dream communities on the other. Above all, it was a question of local control.

Liberals said there was no time to debate or compromise, this was a crisis. Everything in government is now wars and emergencies: Wars on poverty, crime, drugs, terror and 31 states of national emergency. We need action now.

Finally, a few Democrats who represented suburban districts said let’s take more time with this, seek something less extreme, find a compromise.

Good for them. Localism is still alive, even in California.

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