Another misguided “hate crimes” bill

I sent this letter to my Congressman.

I am deeply disappointed that you voted for the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.

First, the premise of the bill is a trap for Republicans. The Left has been arguing for a year that President Trump’s use of the term “China Virus” incited hate crimes against Asians. By voting for this bill you are accepting the premise that ties Trump (and through him, all Republicans, including you) to anti-Asian hate crimes. This despite the fact that some of the most high profile anti-Asian hate crimes have been committed by blacks in large cities. This is not a traditionally Republican constituency.

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No, the CDC was not “lying” about COVID-19 all along

It can be difficult to remember now, but one of the things that defined the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic was how much we did not know about the virus, how it spread, and how lethal it was. It was caused by a novel coronavirus, meaning that it was something new to humans. In hindsight, some of the restrictions put in place by the government were too harsh and caused more damage than necessary. But again, there was a lot we did not know. Hindsight is always 20/20.

When the Centers for Disease Control lifted some COVID-19 restrictions last month, some conservatives declared that this was “proof” that the Centers for Disease Control was “lying” the entire time. Well, no, that is not what it proved. What it proved was that new data and changing facts on the ground (fewer cases and more vaccinations) means that the policy can change.

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More religious fanaticism over COVID-19

Imagine being such a religious fanatic that if people make medical decisions you do not agree with, you “jokingly” threaten to murder their children. That is exactly what Leftist icon Bette Midler did on Twitter last week. This is sick and depraved. The fact that Twitter did not discipline Midler speaks volumes.

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Joe Biden expands the War on Drugs to menthol cigarettes

When Eric Garner died at the hands of police in New York City, he was selling cigarettes. The War on Drugs has long had a disparate impact on blacks, from the racially-tinged bans on marijuana to the difference in prison sentences for crack and powder cocaine. So at a time when we are looking for ways to decrease interactions with the police, does it make sense to be expanding the War on Drugs?

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Republicans should reject Donald Trump’s ruinous fiscal legacy

I warned in 2016 that electing Donald Trump would be a mistake. Trump, a lifelong New York City liberal, would pull the Republican Party leftward until we have Democrats and Democrats-Lite. On some issues, I was wrong. On fiscal responsibility – long something Republicans had campaigned on, from the 1994 “Republican Revolution” to the Tea Party movement – I was right. This was underlined in Trump’s last month in office when he demanded Democrats issue bigger stimulus checks.

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