April 22, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
BARR SAYS DOJ MAY SIDE WITH CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT OUTREACH
In welcome news, Attorney General Bill Barr said the Department of Justice may side with citizens who sue local governments for trampling their Constitutional rights in the name of preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Barr made it clear that he’s not talking about justifiable restrictions to protect public health, but “onerous” crackdowns that go too far and become “burdensome impingements on liberty.” And proving that sometimes, lawyers and courts are useful to people on the right, too, the Mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, announced that the $500 tickets handed to church members for attending a drive-in service in their own cars will not be enforced.
Here is the link to the full daily White House press briefing on the coronavirus for Tuesday.
President Trump said trends are positive for a phased reopening of states for business. He expressed sympathy for the victims of the disease and their families, and support for the $484 billion additional funding bill to save small businesses that the Senate has agreed on (now we’ll see if Nancy Pelosi will put down her artisan ice cream long enough to whip her unruly Party members into passing it.) Trump also talked about his meetings with state Governors, including Andrew Cuomo, who agreed that New York is now well prepared enough that the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort can return to Virginia, and New York can send some of its surplus ventilators to Massachusetts or other states that need them more.
Here’s a more detailed recap.
The head of the CDC warned of a possible second wave of the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus later this year, after the economy reopens. The best way to mitigate that is for Americans to keep observing basic precautions, and to remember, as I pointed out yesterday, that you cannot avoid ever getting sick by hiding behind closed doors for the rest of your life. That was a lesson that Edgar Allen Poe taught us all the way back in 1842 in “The Masque of the Red Death.” Viruses infect people, and there’s nothing we can do to stop that, including destroying the economy. But we can slow it down, learn everything we can about the virus and how to treat it, and make sure we’re prepared to deal with the cases as they inevitably arise.
TODAY'S MUST READS
At a time when we should all be united in trying to figure out the best way to reopen the economy while doing our best to protect the most vulnerable, too many people are using the current health crisis as a political tool to attack their opponents and sow anger and division. In his latest USA Today editorial, Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit explains that at the root of the division is that there are two Americas: the political/media class, who are still getting their fat paychecks, and the people they look down on and criticize for wanting to reopen business -- the rest of America who are unemployed and getting desperate to pay their bills and feed their families.
Brian Doherty at Reason.com also has a must-read piece that urges people to consider that those who disagree with them on whether or not to reopen the economy might have reasons that make sense to them, and not necessarily be power-mad socialists who want to kill capitalism or greedy capitalists who don’t care if millions die.
And if that “You just want people to die!” argument sounds familiar, that’s because it’s nothing new. The left has been claiming that everything Republicans do will make people DIE for years, as proven by this hilarious video from Libertarian song parodist Remy. It’s from 2017, but I forgive you for thinking it might have been posted yesterday.
AINSWORTH: MICHELLE O UPDATE --- THIS APPEARS TO BE HAPPENING
By Laura Ainsworth
Every now and then, when new developments pointed to Michelle Obama being on the ticket for 2020, I’ve written to sound the alarm once more. The last time was March 6, which seems like a thousand years ago. At that time, I said that she would be installed, “either as a last-minute substitute for him [Biden] or as #2 on the ticket, as he quietly fades away.” Since then, we’ve entered a whole new era, with a pandemic that has devoured all our attention, caused us to do the unthinkable and shut down the entire economy, and also completely changed the process of running for President (and all elective offices) this time around.
At least a couple of years ago, I was sure Michelle Obama would somehow end up on the Democrat ticket --- for President. It was in February of 2019 that I felt it was necessary to start putting out the warning that she would be the nominee, that this was a foregone conclusion no matter what kind of make-believe show the Democrats put on. I won’t go back over the myriad reasons this seemed inevitable, but I will tell you why it seems like even more of a given today.
First with the obvious: In the past few months, even though the 77-year-old Biden stumbled his way to the top spot on the ticket, his mental decline has been even more marked. True, the coronavirus has made it easier for the Democrat Party to keep this confused, rambling, apparently senile man under wraps, as there will be no personal appearances, no town halls, apparently not even a convention. I doubt most Democrats seriously think that if he wins, decisions of any consequence will actually be made by him. But they’ll vote for him anyway, because 1) they hate Trump with the fire of a thousand suns, and 2) he’ll be bringing back the Democrat power structure, which is this time even farther to the left.
1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 9:47 AM): 826,025 DEATHS: 45,134 RECOVERIES: 75,682 (Reported recoveries)
TESTS GIVEN: 4,163,464
Source: The Covid Tracking Project
MORE PROOF THAT THE "C" IN CNN STANDS FOR "CONCOCTED"
Between Chris Cuomo’s obviously staged, Groundhog Day-like “emergence” from quarantine and Brian Stelter tweeting about how he hides under the covers and cries, I can’t help longing for the days when news anchors just read the news and weren’t compelled to tell us all their innermost feelings. Say what you will about Walter Cronkite, but I can’t imagine him bursting into tears on our TV screens like a teenage girl who got a pimple on prom night.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (KJV)