Conservative: Fight, GOP Senators!
“The instant Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing was announced, the battle lines were drawn,” writes Michael Anton at American Greatness. “Or, more accurately, one side girded for battle, while Republicans clucked with confusion about what to do next.” The left was prepared to go to war to prevent President Trump from fulfilling his constitutional duty to nominate a replacement and the Senate from its duty to vote on that nominee — while many GOP lawmakers wallowed in anguish. Which should come as no surprise: “If Republicans are good at anything, it’s finding ‘principled’ reasons to betray their constituents and contradict their much-vaunted philosophy.” The flailing raises a number of questions Republican senators should answer: “Why are they senators? Why did they run for office? What, if anything, do they hope to achieve once there? . . . Is there a bigger something [to do] than confirming a constitutionalist Supreme Court justice to a closely divided court?”
Big-tech watch: Why Dems Hate Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, notes National Review’s Michael Brendan Dougherty, “got an outsized portion of the blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, and he’s being warned that he’s in the firing line again” — including by Clinton herself. But her and other liberals’ “efforts to bully the social-media giant have nothing to do with protecting democracy and everything to do with political expediency.” What bothers them is that Facebook “is the most powerful media company in the world, and it is a place conservative people can talk, and share ideas,” with less “guidance from progressive editors and censors.” A decade ago, “liberals believed social networks would . . . create progressive revolutions across the globe.” Instead, these platforms have put progressive jobs in the “informal ideological union in the media” at risk, fueling a “dependence on and resentment of” them — especially Zuck’s.
2020 desk: Wisconsin Loves Trump
At the president’s rally Thursday in Misonee, Wis., “a small paper-mill town of only 4,000,” The Federalist’s Kylee Zempel saw firsthand why “many Midwest voters agree with Trump and are convinced he will win ‘in a landslide.’ ” Trump “actively opposes” the bureaucracy and the “empty platitudes” these “hard-working Americans” despise in the average politician. His points resonate with “the big concerns on the minds of everyday citizens, who truly believe America is great and want to keep it that way.” In his “unpresidential jokes,” they hear one of their own. As the chants from fans rang out over Misonee, Zempel finally understood “how a reality-TV star with little decorum became the commander-in-chief.”
Mike Pompeo: A Warning to the Vatican
As Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping’s rule turns ever more inhumane and anti-religious, “the Chinese people need the Vatican’s moral witness and authority in support of China’s religious believers,” argues Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at First Things. Holy See diplomats might keep that in mind as they meet this month with their Communist Party “counterparts to negotiate the renewal of a two-year-old provisional agreement.” While the details were never disclosed, the hope was that it would improve conditions on the ground for Chinese Catholics — but “two years on, it’s clear that the Sino-Vatican agreement has not shielded Catholics from the party’s depredations.” A different tack is called for: “What the church teaches the world about religious freedom and solidarity should now be forcefully and persistently conveyed by the Vatican” to the Communist mandarins.
Iconoclast: The LGBT Movement Needs To Chill
At Spiked Online, comedian Andrew Doyle recounts how years ago, he wrote a joke about ever more letters being added to the LGBT acronym — only to have activists keep adding even more letters to their cause. “If you find all of this confusing, you’re not alone. Now that Pride has its own month . . . there are flags for every conceivable sexual or gender identity.” “If we’re serious about gay equality, it’s time to jettison this self-satirizing and self-indulgent brand of identity politics.”
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
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