How did so many Americans become misled and misinformed about our nation’s history? Jarrett Stepman says, a radical historian named Howard Zinn is responsible for much of the distorted narrative that’s driving so much of today’s unrest.
We’ve had a lot of learning opportunities this year. Most of them painful ones. As Ryan McMacken explains, one of the biggest takeaways should be the fact that it’s far too late to think lockdowns can make Covid-19 go away.
Speaking of lessons learned, the aftermath of the official response to 9/11 could have been a graduate level course in how to take advantage of a crisis. Helen Buyniski points out that the “new normal” that followed the terror attacks should have been a clear warning for us as the current pandemic unfolded. Instead, history appears to be repeating itself.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania has made official what many of us already understood: stay-at-home orders and mandatory business closures are blatantly unconstitutional. Stacey Rudin has an excellent essay on the judge’s statement and why we must not allow elected and unelected officials get away with exceeding their legitimate authority.
As the election draws nearer, there’s an undeniable sense that much of the current Covid-19 response is being used as political leverage against the citizenry. John Tamny rightly likens the lockdowns to an election year ransom note. It’s as if we’re being told, “We’ll see about relaxing the restrictions once the election is over.” That sounds like politicians who are terrified about being held accountable for the harm they’ve caused.