Maybe that headline was a typo. (We jest.)
Keep in mind that this was published in the Washington Post, one of our country’s most prominent “news” papers.
This is pathetic — even by the standards of today’s media.
ITEM #5: Here’s a refreshing (and much-needed) case of common sense and justice prevailing.
The Washington Times reports:
“A federal judge in New York on Friday chastised [New York] Gov. Andrew Cuomo for imposing social distancing rules on churches during the coronavirus pandemic while allowing and encouraging mass demonstrations against police brutality.
“U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe issued a preliminary injunction against Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, the state’s attorney general and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying he sensed an unconstitutional double standard in officials condoning mass protests in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd but continuing to restrict religious assembly.”
Cuomo and de Blasio have been among the most egregious actors on the left in their handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
And of course, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has acted in line with those two as well.
Naturally, they’ve all been the recipients of some of the most fawning news coverage.
Bravo to Judge Sharpe for holding these politicians accountable, at least in New York.
ITEM #6: New York may have been the site of a lot of insanity in recent months, but California refuses to be outdone.
The Wall Street Journal’s editors share that, “while deploring racism, the Democratic Legislature in California has voted to codify racial discrimination in state law.”
“On Wednesday the state Senate voted for a constitutional amendment, ACA 5, that would reintroduce racial preferences for who gets a state job or contract, or who is admitted to a state university.
“The state Assembly previously passed the measure, which means the amendment will be on the November ballot. It would repeal Proposition 209, which voters approved in 1996 and outlawed racial bias in state policy. The repeal effort received a boost from the killing of George Floyd, no matter the irony of voting for discrimination by race in the name of eliminating discrimination by race.”
America’s foundational goal of a color-blind society must be fought for at all costs. What California is doing is an affront to that principle. It cannot be our future.
ITEM #7: Score one for religious and educational freedom.
Libby Sobic reports for National Review that:
“[Tuesday] the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a landmark decision that will allow low-income parents across the country to send their children to private schools with their taxpayer dollars. In a 5–4 ruling, the Court decided in favor of Kendra Espinoza and two other mothers in their case brought by the Institute for Justice (IJ) against the Montana Department of Revenue.
“Espinoza is a single mom who has wanted to send her two daughters to a religious school in Montana through the tax-credit scholarship program. Big Sky Scholarships provided families with a tax break if they contributed to charitable organizations that provide scholarships for students to attend private schools. The program was initially created to provide students with scholarships to attend any private school.
“But soon after Big Sky started, Montana’s Department of Revenue declared that the scholarships could be used only for non-religious private schools.”
This kind of institutional hostility toward religious education is nothing new, of course. Fortunately, in this case, the legal battle ended up at the U.S. Supreme Court, and resulted in a favorable outcome.
As Sobic reports, the Court held that “the application of the no-aid provision discriminated against religious schools and the families whose children attend or hope to attend them in violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the Federal Constitution.”
And most significantly:
“This victory reaches much farther than the 559 miles across Montana. It will allow states throughout the U.S. to provide assistance to families for private school through the creation of school-choice programs, including vouchers, tax scholarship programs, and education-savings accounts (ESAs).”
Great news, all around — though it’s alarming that this decision from the Court was even close, with four justices on the other side of the majority.
By the way, it’s worth recalling that Morning in Nevada PAC President Adam Laxalt, when he was the state’s Attorney General, successfully led the legal fight to establish the constitutionality of Education Savings Accounts here in Nevada in 2016.
You can read more about that effort here.
ITEM #8: And finally, the past week brought yet more revelations about Nikole Hannah-Jones, the head of the New York Times’ anti-American 1619 Project.
To recap, Hannah-Jones spearheaded this Times series on America’s founding, the central claim of which was that the chief inspiration behind our country’s birth was a commitment to preserving the institution of slavery.
Hannah-Jones was ultimately compelled to concede that the project got that central premise wrong.
Nevertheless, Hannah-Jones was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the project.
And now, this, as reported by The Federalist’s Jordan Davidson:
"In an indication of what was to come, the founder of the New York Times’ 1619 Project penned a lengthy racist screed attacking all white people in 1995.
"Nikole Hannah-Jones, the lead essayist on New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, wrote a letter to the editor in Notre Dame’s The Observer stating that 'the white race is the biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world.'
"Hannah-Jones claimed that the actions of European settlers and explorers such as Christopher Columbus were 'acts of devils' and likens them to Hitler.
"'[The whites] lasting monument was the destruction and enslavement of two races of people,' Hannah-Jones wrote."
Read more here.
Of course, the surfacing of this racist diatribe can mean only one thing: Another major award from some prestigious left-wing institution is doubtlessly in Hannah-Jones’ near future.
"America will always be worth standing for. We must love her even stronger through this spasm of wokeness." ― U.S. Congressman (and 2020 Basque Fry speaker) Matt Gaetz
“Black Lives Matter protests may have slowed overall spread of coronavirus in Denver and other cities, new study finds.” ― Colorado Sun headline (not a parody)