Why can’t Republicans move past Donald Trump?

I often see “Never Trump” Republicans wondering why the party seems to be stuck on Donald Trump, and why Republican leadership cannot seem to move on. The primary reason for this, of course, is that Republican voters still love Trump. You could dismiss this as Republican leaders being afraid of their own voters, but it is also a case of elected officials being responsive to the people who elected them.

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Can we please be honest about COVID-19 fatality rates?

There are many people who want COVID-19 fatality rates to be higher than they are. We know this because they become enraged at any discussion of statistical data of COVID-19 fatality rates, even from the Centers for Disease Control. Why would anyone want the virus to be more deadly? Why is actual statistical data from public health professionals so offensive? It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Here are the facts: According to the CDC, people under 50 have a 99.95% chance of surviving the virus. Where the disease is especially dangerous for people over the age of 70, and that danger increases significantly with age. Someone who is 85 is at an even greater risk, especially if that person has complicating health issues such as obesity, a compromised immune system, diabetes, high blood pressure or pre-existing breathing problems. And despite the rhetoric of COVID-19 fearmongers, citing the survival rate for everyone under 50 does not imply (much less state outright) that the lives of people over 50 do not matter.

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Republican celebrity worship

Republicans: If you think Nikki Minaj is actually on our side, you are deluding yourself. Of course, I am not on the side of anti-vaxxers anyway.

Joe Biden’s lawless vaccine mandate

I have been more supportive of pandemic mitigation policy than many people I know. I defended mask mandates, and I defended lockdowns in the Spring of 2020. However, the authority to implement pandemic mitigation policy cannot be unlimited, and we do have constitutional limits on the power of the federal government. This is why a federal vaccine mandate cannot be allowed to stand.

First, the federal government does not have the constitutional authority to mandate vaccinations. The Constitution is very clear that powers not explicitly granted to the federal government are reserved to the states. Granted, that has been roundly ignored for over 100 years, but this is a significant expansion of federal power over state sovereignty.

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Anti-terrorism law threatens civil liberties

I have opposed the “Patriot Act” from the very beginning. As we remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I thought it was appropriate to re-post this on the blog.

Bloomington Herald-Times, November 18, 2001

To the Editor:

President Bush has done an amazing job leading the nation through the crisis that began September 11th. I fully support Operation Enduring Freedom to destroy the terrorist network and punish those nations that support terrorists. We have been attacked and it is wholly appropriate to respond to an act of war with military action.

However, while Bush has shown greatness in dealing with this matter, I am very concerned about the recently passed anti-terrorism bill, known as the “USA PATRIOT Act.” This bill places too many restrictions on civil liberties. Continue reading “Anti-terrorism law threatens civil liberties”

Ivermectin and celebrating deaths from COVID-19

Folks, we really need to calm down. The anger and bitterness that infests our public discourse about COVID-19 helps no one, and the people who are pushing rational public health policy are failing to convince anyone of their positions.

Back in April of 2020, we were seeing vicious fights on social media over the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. That fight is being repeated with ivermectin and “horse de-wormer” rhetoric and memes. Once again, we need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and actually think logically. The best approach to ivermectin is three simple words: “Trust your doctor.”

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Judging motives is a Christian duty

In different parts of a city, two drivers strike and kill a pedestrian. The first one sped up, ran a red light, swerved toward the pedestrian and killed him. The second driver was driving to work when a pedestrian jaywalked in front of him without warning. The driver slammed on the brakes and attempted to swerve, but was unable to avoid a collision. He then stopped, called 911, and attempted to administer first aid until the ambulance arrived.

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Parental rights and mask mandates

As I have said many times, I have been generally supportive of pandemic mitigation policy. But if you do not think COVID-19 is being exploited to expand government power at the expense of our liberty, you are not paying attention. As an example, see this headline at Politico:

The Dangerous Legal Illusion of ‘Parental Rights’

The body of the article is much more reasonable than the title, but the title was chosen for a reason: It is part of a campaign to undermine parental authority. But parental rights are not a “legal illusion” and they are certainly not “dangerous.” What is actually dangerous is surrendering parental authority to government bureaucrats. We should trust parents before we trust bureaucrats.

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