Open Borders Activists Balk at Red States Busing Illegal Aliens to Blue States

Open Borders Activists Balk at Red States Busing Illegal Aliens to Blue States

Open borders activists are balking at red states taking immigration enforcement into their own hands by busing border crossers and illegal aliens to blue states and cities like New York and Washington, DC.

In April, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced that state officials would begin chartering buses to transport border crossers and illegal aliens to Washington, DC, and other cities.

As a result, Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser is asking President Joe Biden to deploy the National Guard after she said about 4,000 border crossers and illegal aliens have arrived in the region over the last few weeks.

Illegal immigration to D.C., Bowser said, is at a “tipping point.” Similarly, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has warned New Yorkers that illegal immigration to the city is likely to cripple the healthcare system and infrastructure as well as overwhelm schools and neighborhoods.

Now, mass migration activists argue that Abbott’s order may not be legal.

“There are ongoing questions about what authority they have to bus people from one location to another,” Aaron Reichlin-Melnick with the American Immigration Council told the Texas Tribune. “Legally speaking, is that immigration enforcement? I still don’t know.”

The number of border crossers and illegal aliens arriving in D.C. and New York City pales in comparison to those arriving in America’s small border communities.

In Texas border towns, alone, nearly 130,000 border crossers and illegal aliens were caught crossing the border in June. Most recently, in the small town of Normandy, Texas — with a population of just 29 residents — about 400 border crossers and illegal aliens crossed into the area this month.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here

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Report: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Gas Prices Hit ‘All Time Highs’

Report: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Gas Prices Hit ‘All Time Highs’

Democrat-led Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware are experiencing “all-time high” gas prices,WPVI-TV reported on Monday.

“It’s $4.64 a record gallon in Philadelphia, 14 cents above the statewide average,” the ABC News affiliate found. “It’s $4.50 in Pennsylvania, $4.47 in New Jersey and $4.40 in Delaware.”

According to the report, drivers are paying on average $4.32 per gallon nationally for unleaded — “$1.36 over what it was on this day a year ago.” The national average for diesel has also hit an all-time high at $5.54.

The corporate media affiliate toed the Democrat Party line, blaming “rising crude oil prices and concern about less Russian oil entering the global market” as the reason for skyrocketing fuel prices.

Both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have refused to cast any blame on their own party for shutting down American energy independence and continuing to print trillions and trillions of dollars, Breitbart News previously reported.

“Despite their claims, survey after survey show Americans blame Democrats and Biden for high gas prices and rampant inflation,” the late April report states. “Under Biden’s leadership thus far, gas prices have reached record-high levels, inflation hit a 40-year high, and the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrunk 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2022.”

Notably, as voters admit rising gas prices are touching every aspect of their lives, including how they eat and buy groceries, the economy has risen to be a top issue in the upcoming elections.

A Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group survey released last week found that a plurality of voters (38.5 percent) chose “lowering inflation and fixing the economy” when asked to identify the most important issue to them in the midterms.

Diesel prices over $6.50 a gallon are displayed at a Chevron gas station on May 02, 2022 in San Rafael, California. The price of diesel has reached an all-time high in the U.S. and is causing trouble in the trucking industry. The average price of diesel is at $5.296 per gallon. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

No other issue came close, with only 15.9 percent concerned over “climate change,” and 11.3 percent worried about “racial and social equality.” Eleven percent chose “securing the border,” and no other issue garnered over ten percent.

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How Partisan Politics Captured And Fractured The Evangelical-Industrial Complex

How Partisan Politics Captured And Fractured The Evangelical-Industrial Complex

Ed Litton’s decision not to seek the usually perfunctory second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will not surprise keen observers of the evangelical world. It marks just the latest effort by elites to salvage a collapsing evangelical movement bent on capturing the largest Protestant denomination in North America. Damaged by his insistence that “sexual sin is only whispered in the Bible,” and exposure as a decade-plus plagiarizer of others’ sermons, Litton’s usefulness to the woke evangelical cause has collapsed.   

For 20 years, a resurgence of evangelical vitality associated with superstar New York City pastor Timothy Keller sparked waves of new church plants among Gen Xers, Millennials, and Generation Z. Its tentacles penetrated the largest evangelical publishing houses and the largest protestant denominations, including the Presbyterian Church in America and the SBC. By 2012, Christianity Today’s Skye Jethani justly called the phalanx of luminaries and institutions involved the “Evangelical Industrial Complex (EIC).” 

But according to one of its brightest lights, North Carolina pastor Kevin DeYoung, the party is over:

 . . .on the other side of Ferguson (2014), Trump (2016), MLK50 (2018), coronavirus (2020–2021), George Floyd (2020), and more Trump (2020–2021), the remarkable coming together [of reformed evangelicals] seems to be all but torn apart. . . . We won’t be able to put all the pieces of Humpty Dumpty back together again . . .

DeYoung accurately identifies hot political realities as key factors in the break-up of the EIC. We should add to DeYoung’s list of political flashpoints critical race theory (CRT), the crisis at the U.S. border, Black Lives Matter, identity politics, and the recent totalitarian suppression of truckers by Canada’s prime minister. Left unidentified is the political party whose sensibilities precipitated Humpty Dumpty’s fall from his wall.

The EIC fell under the spell of what theologian Karl Barth called an “alien norm” — the capture of the church’s message by an external, and therefore, illegitimate pretender to spiritual authority. The alien norm, in this case, was the political proclivities and antipathies of “blue communities” — college educated, Democrat-voting denizens of the nation’s cities and blue enclaves clustered across the fruited plain.

From its inception, the Keller movement vowed to find winsome ways to reach blue communities. Keller recognized that cultural ignorance and captivation by culture endangers faithful proclamation of the gospel and harmony among the faithful.

But not to worry; unity within the burgeoning EIC was to be rooted in core doctrines, not in politics or church-planting strategy or anything else. The previous president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear, spoke for the EIC when he invoked that ancient, oft-repeated aphorism: “in essentials, unity; in nonessentials, diversity; in all things, charity.” 

So what went wrong? How did “the remarkable coming together” of these doctrine-bonded evangelicals fall apart? The short answer is the politics of the blue communities.

What counts as winsomeness in any community is determined by that community, not by those looking to be found winsome to them. In blue communities, partisan political preferences proved increasingly non-negotiable.

Since 2014, the so-called Overton Window has repeatedly lurched left and altered blue community sensibilities in the process. Named for the late policy analyst Joseph P. Overton, this “window” designates the range of politically acceptable views held within a given community at a given time. As the blue community Overton Window moved left, winsomeness to them demanded not only accommodation of an ever-more Squad-pleasing Democrat Party, but also un-winsomeness to the un-woke.

That new demand sheds light on Keller’s penchant for charging conservatives with living by fear, of making an idol of conservative political loyalties, and of his recent commendation of conservative-bashing comedian Stephen Cobert’s musings on how his faith influences his work. Recently leaked audio records National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, a self-declared evangelical, in an interview with former SBC chief ethicist Russell Moore employing a southern accent to mock vaccine-wary conservatives and chuckling over threats posed to their jobs should they shun the shot.  

After Never Trumper evangelical David French identified ordinary conservative pew-sitters as America’s “most dangerous political radicals,” DeYoung called for a halt to French’s constant “white evangelical jeremiad.” The pattern of EIC hostility reaches back years and reached a clarifying crescendo in 2018 as SBC elites wooed Texas celebrity pastor Matt Chandler to stick with the SBC despite his views expressed to star Baptist pastor John Piper and others that he finds conservative evangelicals and Southern Baptists to be “fools” and “morons.”

An EIC cancel culture emerged that produced the nameable and explainable fragments comprised by the “coming apart” DeYoung laments. Megachurch pastor John MacArthur found himself out of the loop after he spearheaded the Dallas “Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel” which expresses views shared by much of the large majority of evangelicals who voted for Donald Trump. Black Southern Baptist best-selling author and preacher extraordinaire Voddie Baucham achieved persona non grata status when he refused to affirm the racism narrative about the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

After Old Testament Hebrew scholar Russell Fuller signed the Dallas Statement and dared question the CRT dogma of systemic racism, he lost his job at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Theologian Wayne Grudem’s decades of service to reformed evangelicals and authoring of the perennially best-selling “Systematic Theology” failed to shield him from EIC non-personing. Protective of blue community sensibility, EIC gate-keepers found no place for Grudem’s widely hailed Townhall piece, “Why Voting for Trump is a Good Moral Choice.”

Platform controllers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville last summer thwarted black Southern Baptist best-selling, award-winning author and expert on race Carol Swain when she tried to speak against CRT.

Although once a major force within the EIC, the president of the flagship SBC seminary Albert Mohler reversed himself to support Trump in 2020. In response, woker SBC elites successfully tapped unknown pastor Litton to scuttle Mohler’s candidacy for the SBC presidency. Denominational resources and mobilization of the vast SBC bureaucracy were deployed on behalf of Litton, the wokest candidate in the field.

As president, white EIC-backed Litton declined to invite newly elected un-woke black SBC first vice president Lee Brand to take part in a highly publicized denominational conversation on racial reconciliation. Meanwhile, for six years, evangelical never Trumpers of all colors retained membership in good standing in EIC circles.   

Within 24 hours of Litton’s announced withdrawal from the race for SBC president this summer, Florida Pastor Willy Rice, also white, announced his own candidacy for the post. Like Litton, Rice speaks passionately about the need to platform African-American voices but has no persons of color on staff at the church he leads. He also ignores all un-woke voices including that of Brand, who occupies the highest SBC office of any elected black Southern Baptist.

Like Litton, Mohler, Keller, and Moore, Rice assiduously protects himself from the threat posed by un-woke blacks smeared as Uncle Toms by blue communities. But Rice was happy to platform and nod approvingly before blacks invited to his church to tout Robin DiAngelo’s bestselling CRT manifesto, “White Fragility.”   

The EIC fell into the trap Keller had resolved to avoid. Keller warned — “if we are not deliberately thinking about our culture, we will simply be conformed to it without ever knowing it is happening.” To blue communities, un-woke evangelicals became, as Hilary Clinton taught the nation to view them, “a basket of deplorables.”

The EIC hoped to strike a less political posture. But the blue communities to which the movement tied its branding, messaging, and platforming dictated terms of winsomeness incompatible with that aim.

The arc of the EIC’s rise and fall calls into question the assumption that theology and politics can or should be treated as separable enemies. Religious belief or lack thereof, moral convictions, and political loyalties inevitably penetrate one another within communities whether colored blue, red, or purple. Efforts to spread the gospel that imagine otherwise risk unhappy and potentially shattering collisions with reality.    


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Leftist Nonsense Is Killing Washington DC, And It’s Time To Let It Die

Leftist Nonsense Is Killing Washington DC, And It’s Time To Let It Die

Here today, gone tomorrow. That’s the reality of coercive medical mandates in Washington, D.C. — and, in a way, it’s the reality of the capital city itself.

Exactly one month after implementing a mandate requiring proof of vaccination at even private businesses, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that, as of Tuesday, there’s no need to show your papers anymore. By the end of the month, you can ditch the mask, too — unless you’re a child hostage in a school or daycare.

It’s a remarkable development. Just four days prior to the announcement, in a hearing before D.C.’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board, the attorney representing the D.C. government affirmed the suspension of Big Board’s liquor license because the sports bar refused to require masks and proof of vaccination for service. Even after Bowser’s announcement on Monday, the ABC Board confirmed the bar’s license would remain suspended indefinitely.

“The appropriate outcome of this hearing is an indefinite summary suspension,” the attorney representing D.C. said at the hearing just days ago. “Their continued operation places the community at risk and cannot be allowed.”

In just one weekend, D.C. absurdly went from persecuting a nondiscriminatory business for being a community “risk,” to giving all the rest of the district’s establishments the green light to conduct their business the same exact way and stop discriminating based on vaccination status.

But the nonsense cuts even deeper. Bowser’s vaccine mandate for local businesses never got to the point of requiring a second shot, meaning those who were vaccinated at the earliest shot rollout and whose immunity has long since waned were never required to get a booster but were treated as “clean” — because science.

Furthermore, despite all available data clearly showing that children are at the lowest risk of severe illness or death from this virus, Bowser’s ease-up on the mandates didn’t apply to them. While adults, including D.C.’s ruling class, are free to whip off their masks and breathe freely at bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, and workplaces, schoolchildren will still be required to keep their faces covered in the classroom, for the political reasons Sean Davis describes here:

No surprise, as D.C. has been going to hell under Democrat leadership for a while. Homicides in D.C. were up 14 percent in 2021 over 2020, which was up 19 percent from the year before that. Motor vehicle theft was up a whopping 50 percent in 2020 and then another 8 percent in 2021.

Last spring, I watched an attempted carjacking right in front of my own car in a “safe” neighborhood at dusk. The month before that, a Pakistani immigrant and UberEats driver was murdered by two teenage girls when they tased him and stole his car with the owner still hanging off the side.

Long before the vaccine mandate went into effect, the city was suffering under other heavy-handedness that the government blamed on Covid-19. Isolation exacerbated civil tensions and drove many restless Americans to the breaking point. The mentally ill became sicker still, and the parts of the city once populated by excited tourists were overtaken by vagrants and tent burroughs.

This skyrocketing crime — thanks to “progressive” policies, unchecked rioting, and severely understaffed police departments — paired with a government-induced Covid craze, chased the first wave of D.C. residents out of the District and into the rest of the country.

But it’s amazing how rapidly the pointless, month-long vaccine power trip wreaked so much additional havoc on the D.C. residents and businesses that remained, turning our nation’s capital into a bleak and pathetic ghost town. A D.C.-based colleague joked that going out for drinks on what would normally be a buzzing evening now feels more like hitting a down-and-out Old West saloon. One almost expects to see tumbleweeds a’rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Last year when Capitol Hill was chattering about D.C. statehood, I argued that the District of Columbia is a Third World country. Despite CNN clowns and NeverTrump has-beens calling me racist for it and siccing the mob on my personal Instagram to pretend that captions I wrote as a D.C.-infatuated intern are evidence of hypocrisy, I stand by it:

We don’t need to cross any borders to witness a failed state — or at least a dysfunctional wannabe state. The 68 square miles of Washington D.C. have it all: a pathetic education system, federal security that is a ‘shocking failure,’ law enforcement that stands by while mobs set fire to their squad cars, and lots of poverty and illiteracy — one in four adults in the District struggles to do basic reading, and one in three can’t do simple math. This is to say nothing of the city government, which is known to be fraught with corruption.

It’s not that D.C. doesn’t have an abundance of impressive photo ops — it does, and there’s no shame in posting photos of them on your Instagram, thank you very much. The problem isn’t that there are no beautiful parts. It’s that those bastions of history and luxury are surrounded by filth, poverty, and District-endorsed lawlessness.

It’s precisely for that reason that D.C. is like a Third World country and why it deserves to rot in disgrace. The rich and powerful sit maskless, fat, and rich behind their security fences or at extravagant parties, all the while ignoring the mentally ill and addicted who are pitching tents down the street and dodging gunfire.

DC fence around Capitol

Meanwhile, small businesses sit defenseless when either a riotous mob or a vengeful Alcohol Beverage Control Board comes knocking at their door to snatch their livelihoods for having the wrong opinions.

Washington was never supposed to be like the Capitol in “The Hunger Games,” where the wealthy and powerful clowns in charge destroy the lives of the vulnerable for sport, watching from the safety of their ivory towers.

Just like the rest of D.C.’s leftist nonsense, its asinine vaccine mandate — however short-lived — did nothing but accumulate more government power and screw the little guys. But in the process and to its own demise, it made the city more unlivable and more unbearable.

D.C.’s stupidity is killing it one self-inflicted blow at a time. It’s time just to let it die.


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Pressure On Spotify To Censor Now Includes Blue State Pension Plans

Pressure On Spotify To Censor Now Includes Blue State Pension Plans

Earlier this week, Reuters reported that New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli sent a letter to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, expressing concern about the streaming platform hosting controversial content. While this incident seems no different than other attempts by governmental officials to prompt the private censorship of speech, DiNapoli’s calls on Spotify to remove “misinformation” related to Covid19 differ in kind—and thus constitutionality—from the demands made by other politicians, such as Massachusetts’ Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“Dear Mr. Ek,” DiNapoli opened, “I write as Trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, one of the largest public pension funds in the United States, which holds and invests the assets of the New York State and Local Retirement System on behalf of its 1.1 million members, retirees and beneficiaries.” “As an investor in Spotify Technology SA,” the letter continued, “I am writing to express my concerns regarding the ongoing controversies related to Spotify’s content management practices.”

With that introductory paragraph, DiNapoli removed his inquiries to Spotify from the realm of veiled threats that might trigger a First Amendment violation to expressing concerns as a shareholder. In other words, DiNapoli spoke in his letter to Spotify not as a sovereign, but as an investor. Yes, a very large and powerful investor, but an investor nonetheless.

In this letter, DiNapoli expressed concerns over supposed “misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” a clear reference to the continuing controversy over Joe Rogan’s podcast. Yet his targeting of Spotify mirrors the efforts DiNapoli used as the trustee for the “largest public pension fund in the United States” to challenge other corporate practices.

For instance, the same week DiNapoli wrote Spotify in his position as trustee for the New York States Common Retirement Fund, he also “filed shareholder proposals with portfolio companies Activision Blizzard Inc., Tesla Inc. and Starbucks Corp. requesting they report on their efforts to prevent harassment and discrimination against employees and steps taken to improve workforce management.”

DiNapoli similarly announced on February 9, 2022, that the retirement fund he oversaw would “restrict investments in 21 shale oil and gas producing companies, including Pioneer Natural Resources Co., Hess Corp. and Chesapeake Energy Corp.” Such restrictions, DiNapoli explained, support his “comprehensive Climate Action Plan” that seeks “to transition the Fund’s investment portfolio to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.” Pioneer, Hess, and Chesapeake “failed to demonstrate they are prepared for the transition to a low-carbon economy,” according to the New York comptroller, justifying his ban on investing in those and other companies.

So the revelation that DiNapoli is using his clout as the trustee for the largest American public pension plan to pressure Spotify to censor Rogan and other speech with which he disagrees should come as no shock. Nor should the right view the threat as one caused by the symbiotic relationship between the government and Big Tech. Yes, that is a problem in many cases, but here DiNapoli’s epistle points out a different problem.

DiNapoli’s letter exposes the risk to free speech and the free market caused by a government that employs a large swath of her citizens and then provides them generous post-employment pension benefits funded by corporate investments chosen by elected and appointed officials based on politics and policy instead of profit. In short, the First Amendment has no say here, and DiNapoli’s push for Spotify to censor Rogan or anyone else has no remedy, outside of the ballot box.

Conversely, when politicians, such as Warren, issue veiled threats to Amazon or other distributors suggesting they may face potential legal consequences for selling certain books that contained supposed “COVID-19 misinformation,” the First Amendment provides a check on such intimidation by the sovereign.

The First Amendment, however, is not robust enough to restrain government officials when Big Tech (or Big Business) shares the same aim—limiting conservative voices or controversial speech—because in that case no threat is needed. A mere entreat by a politician or press secretary to Spotify or another “offending” platform to “do more” will be enough to prompt the stifling of objectionable voices.

While the First Amendment prohibits “government intimidation,” non-coercive requests qualify as constitutionally permissible “government expression” or “government speech.” And under the “government speech” doctrine, the government, as the speaker, “is entitled to say what it wishesand to select the views that it wants to express,” including by favoring or disfavoring different views and by asking private companies to do the same.

In short, even within constitutional bounds, the government can do much to silence speech with which it disagrees, which is why conservatives are wise to begin building their own ecosystems. But true wisdom will also require foresight in financing these ventures, or the start-ups might soon find themselves under the thumb of Democrat-controlled pension plans and then all will be for not.


Margot Cleveland is a senior contributor to The Federalist. She is also a contributor to National Review Online, the Washington Examiner, Aleteia, and Townhall.com, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Cleveland is a lawyer and a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned the Hoynes Prize—the law school’s highest honor. She later served for nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk for a federal appellate judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cleveland is a former full-time university faculty member and now teaches as an adjunct from time to time. As a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of a young son with cystic fibrosis, Cleveland frequently writes on cultural issues related to parenting and special-needs children. Cleveland is on Twitter at @ProfMJCleveland. The views expressed here are those of Cleveland in her private capacity.

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Democrats Think Unmasking Children Is Good Only When They Do It

Democrats Think Unmasking Children Is Good Only When They Do It

Over the past several days, four Democrat governors have announced plans to repeal their states’ school mask requirements, marking a massive shift in Covid policy for the party that spent the past year attempting to muzzle those least at risk for the respiratory virus.

According to The Daily Mail, “[T]he decisions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Oregon were announced as state and local governments grapple with which virus restrictions to jettison and which ones to keep in place,” with the changes coming “amid a growing sense that the virus is never going to go away and Americans need to find a way to coexist with it.”

“We are not — and I´ve said this many times — going to manage COVID to zero,” said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, whose state mandate will remain in effect until March 7. “We have to learn how to live with COVID as we move from a pandemic to an endemic phase of this virus.”

Individual school districts will still be permitted to continue masking requirements after the state mandate expires, however.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont recommended ending his state’s school mask mandates by Feb. 28, while Delaware and Oregon’s Democrat leadership announced plans to let their mandates expire on March 31.

“We’re in a much better place than we were several weeks ago,” said Delaware Gov. John Carney in a series of tweets. “We have the tools to keep ourselves and each other safe. Get vaccinated. Get your booster. That’s especially important for children, where we continue to see low rates of vaccination.”

Democrats’ sycophants in legacy media have also shifted their talking points on masking children. In the Tuesday edition of The New York Times, senior writer David Leonhardt notes how “studies — in Florida and in England, for example,” found that masking students had “little effect on caseloads.”

“Of course, the costs of mandates may also be small for many children, especially older ones. For others, though, the costs seem larger,” writes Leonhardt. “NPR’s Anya Kamenetz has cataloged them: Students can’t always understand teachers; young children, unable to see faces in classrooms, may not be developing emotional skills; and children of all ages are having a harder time making connections.”

“For reasons like this, Europe’s infectious disease agency does not recommend masking for children under 12, and many countries avoid masking preschoolers. The U.S. stands out for its aggressive use of masks on young children,” he added.

The left’s newfound inclination to unmask schoolchildren, however, is a remarkable development considering the treatment they gave Republican governors for doing the same thing. Since taking office last month, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has faced a series of hysterical attacks from Democrats after he issued an executive order giving parents the power to decide whether they want their children to wear masks in school.

On Jan. 24, The Washington Post Editorial Board published an opinion berating Youngkin for the order, saying the governor is “pandering to a minority of parents who regard mask mandates as an infringement on their liberty.”

“The governor, who took office on Jan.15, chose to fan the flames of a culture war. As a middle-ground position, he could have rescinded the order of his predecessor, Democrat Ralph Northam, while leaving the decision on mask mandates to school districts themselves,” the board wrote. “Instead, he has fomented chaos across the commonwealth, with parents protesting outside schools and students arriving without masks, only to be disciplined or, in some instances, prevented from attending class by school officials.”

“If and when covid-19 cases spike again, forcing school closures, the governor will share the blame,” it added.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also went after Youngkin, tweeting her thanks to Arlington Public Schools after the district said it would refuse to abide by the governor’s order.

“Hi there. Arlington county parent here (don’t believe you are @GlennYoungkin but correct me if I am wrong),” she wrote. “Thank you to @APSVirginia for standing up for our kids, teachers and administrators and their safety in the midst of a transmissible variant.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has also been subjected to harassment from leftists for his barring of mask mandates in schools, with MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner even going so far as to lay the death of an immunocompromised Florida teacher at his feet.

“Trump, Kushner & Pence may now be joined as negligent homicide candidates by DeSantis: vulnerable 5th grade school teach dies after contracting COVID apparently in FLA classroom, thanks to DeSantis’ outlawing school mask mandates,” he wrote in an August 2021 tweet.

Despite Kirschner’s claim, nobody can know whether she contracted Covid-19 in her classroom.

Let the Gaslighting Commence

The sudden 180 and total hypocrisy in school masking policy can be traced back to the changing political winds in the country. With more than two-thirds of Americans saying they’ve accepted that Covid is here to stay and are ready to move on with life, the left desperately needs to ease America back toward some semblance of normalcy before the 2022 midterms to avoid a potential electoral landslide for Republicans.

After spending a year and a half demonizing conservatives such as Youngkin and DeSantis for attempting to follow the data and unmask children, Democrats are now looking to cast themselves as noble saviors who have come to free America’s youth from the agony of having to wear a Chinese face-diaper at school.

Despite all the gaslighting, parents know who kept their kids muzzled for months on end and send those responsible to the unemployment line where they belong.


Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a student at the University of Mary Washington, where he plans to major in Political Science and minor in Journalism. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

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Governors Using Federal Coronavirus Funds to Fight ‘Climate Change’

Governors Using Federal Coronavirus Funds to Fight ‘Climate Change’

States across the country have budget surpluses, including federal coronavirus stimulus payments, and many governors are using the money for projects to fight so-called climate change.

The excess cash is also from tax collection and post-lockdown consumer spending, and governors of both red and blue states are directing funds to improve protection from extreme weather, which Democrats and the press blame on human activity and fossil fuels.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Governor Jay Inslee speaks at the ceremonial ribbon cutting prior to tomorrow's opening night for the Seattle Kraken the NHL's newest hockey franchise at the Climate Pledge Arena on October 22, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the ceremonial ribbon cutting prior to tomorrow’s opening night for the Seattle Kraken the NHL’s newest hockey franchise at the Climate Pledge Arena on October 22, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Associated Press reported on the development:

Democratic governors such as California’s Gavin Newsom and Washington’s Jay Inslee have been clear about their plans to boost spending on climate-related projects, including expanding access to electric vehicles and creating more storage for clean energies such as solar. Newsom deemed climate change one of five “existential threats” facing the nation’s most populous state when he rolled out his proposed state budget this past week.

In Republican-led states, governors want to protect communities from natural disasters and drought, even as many of them won’t link such spending to global warming. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this past week pitched $1 billion for water infrastructure as drought grips the Western U.S., shriveling water supplies for cities and farms. Idaho Gov. Brad Little, who has acknowledged climate change’s role in worsening wildfires, proposed $150 million for five years’ worth of fire-fighting costs, plus more for new fire personnel. In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster called on lawmakers to spend $300 million in federal money for, among other things, protecting the state’s coastline against flooding, erosion and storm damage.

Governors’ proposals are just the first step in budget negotiations, and they’ll have to work with state lawmakers on the final details. Many governors will issue their plans in the coming weeks, with some already telegraphing their priorities. New York’s Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, used her state of the state address to call for $500 million in spending on offshore wind projects.

“I can think of no more meritorious use of taxpayer funds than to protect these pristine properties for future generations of South Carolinians,” McMaster said as he presented the South Carolina state budget, which includes some $17 million to respond to weather-related damage.

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster holds a model of a horseshoe crab, whose blood is a vital component in the contamination testing of injectable medicines – including the coronavirus vaccines – at Charles River Labs on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

“The climate crisis is not an abstraction. It is something that I and every governor in the United States, almost on a weekly basis, have to deal with,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, said last week.

“From extreme floods to megafires to seemingly never-ending ozone alerts, our state’s long-term health is on the line. … We have to do everything in our power to make sure this is not the new normal,” Democrat Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg said in the AP report.

Newsom wants $22 billion for various projects to take place over the next five years, with the most going to electrifying school buses and expanding vehicle charging stations in low-income communities. Newsom also wants another $2 billion for “clean energy” development and storage.

Newsom also wants to advance the “clean energy” political agenda by offering so-called “green” technologies tax credits.

Democrat New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has asked the state legislature to fund the creation of a “climate change bureau,” with a 15-member staff and an initial $2.5 million.

But these budgets don’t reflect the importance fossil fuels continue to play in particularly western states’ economies, including in New Mexico “where the output of oil and natural gas has surged to an all-time high under Lujan Grisham’s administration,” AP reported. “At least one-fourth of the state’s general fund budget can be traced to income from the oil and natural gas industries underwriting public education, health care and other services.”

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1 Million Americans Fled To Red States In 2021, But What Are Those States Doing For Them?

1 Million Americans Fled To Red States In 2021, But What Are Those States Doing For Them?

New census figures show the United States added the fewest citizens in its entire history in 2021, with population growth at just 0.1 percent. The data also showed a continued exodus of Americans from Democrat-run states to Republican-run states, with New York, California, and Illinois losing the most residents and Texas, Florida, and Arizona gaining the most, respectively.

The Wall Street Journal posted graphics illustrating these trends on a recent front page, then editorialized about the trend, pointing out the correlation between strictness of lockdowns and population decline. Economist Mark Perry also demonstrated that the states gaining residents clearly have smaller government burdens and lower costs of living compared to the states that lost residents.

These are both pre-existing trends (except in California; 2020 and 2021 were its first two years ever to lose population), but the lockdowns and social unrest stemming from American leaders’ poor handling of the Covid-19 outbreak appear to have accelerated these trends.

Coasting Isn’t Leadership, It’s Laziness

Red states, however, also tend to accept this situation passively. Rather than seeking to be places of excellence and well-being for their citizens, often red states simply congratulate themselves that they “Aren’t Illinois or California,” and leave it at that.

But it’s not a mark of success to say one’s state is not as bad as those that have unleashed welfare dependents, homeless addicts, and violent criminals, just like it’s not a mark of success for public schools with middle and upper-class kids to perform somewhat better than schools that oversee mostly the children of never-married drug addicts. In neither case can such entities claim they made any improvements. They’re simply taking credit for other people’s choices and advantages. Coasting isn’t leadership. It’s the abdication of leadership.

In an article for the winter 2021 edition of American Affairs, The Masculinist’s Aaron Renn analyzes Indiana, where Republicans have controlled the legislature for a decade and the governorship since 2004. His analysis is applicable to many other red states, including those in the South and West. While Republicans have considered it a mark of success to attract large, mostly low-wage businesses and keep taxes relatively low, pursuing policies that favor business interests has come at the expense of serving the state’s voters and taxpayers, Renn says.

In fact, “too often what’s touted as small government is in reality a special interest giveaway,” Renn noted to a local reporter in a follow-up to his article. “…The success of Donald Trump, who rejected many core tenets of conservatism, in Indiana shows that there’s a bigger appetite for new thinking than the GOP leadership would want us to believe.”

Renn told the reporter “he is a lifelong Republican who is interested in ‘updating the Republican policy toolbox to respond to today’s 21st century realities, not the bygone Cold War era in which the legacy conservative policy consensus was formed.’” His article gives ideas for how local leaders can shift away from Republicans’ habit of subordinating citizens’ rights and freedoms to big business, to instead govern on behalf of those who elect them.

What Does It Mean to Put Citizens First?

“Absent favorable external factors like warm weather, the conservative approach has failed to generate demo­graphic and economic success in states like Indiana,” Renn says. He chronicles how state leaders aimed to improve Indiana the midcentury Republican way, by focusing on fiscal policy such as cutting government spending and taxes, instituting right to work laws, using public money to subsidize politically favored local business districts and development deals, and subsidizing big businesses and career-focused schooling.

In other words, Indiana’s leaders did pretty much the same stuff as the leaders of 2021’s top ten population-growth states, but didn’t get an economic or population boost from it. Renn points out that Indiana isn’t an outlier in this respect. Many Midwestern and Northeastern states have seen the same: “Looking around the Old North region, one will see many states that are a lot like Indiana: low population growth, a stagnant labor force, many shrinking counties, weak job growth, and limited success at attracting higher-wage, new economy industries.”

Renn thinks that, as with schooling, factors politicians can’t control, such as weather and culture, seem to have the most decisive effects on state health. This means, Renn said in the interview, “Rather than believing the iron law of the marketplace compels us to disadvantage our own citizens in order to earn the favor of the economic gods, we can instead put our citizens’ interests and preferences first instead.”

Fight For Your Voters On…Anything At All

What would that look like? Well, for one thing, it would include Republicans adopting the Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis model of openly fighting back in the culture war. Or fighting for their citizens on pretty much any level — education, health, against federal regulations and bankrupting programs, threats of canceling people’s jobs, anything.

“Red state Republican politicians need to start caring much more about their voters’ priorities than they presently do. This is particularly important today, when most of our major institutions have fallen under the sway of progressive orthodoxy, leaving Republican state governments as one of the few powerful institutions remaining that can stand up for conservative citizens,” Renn writes.

He points out how Gov. Mike Pence and the Republican legislature made Indiana the state most hostile to conscience rights in the nation in 2015 at the behest of woke corporate. Indiana was the test case for leftist corporate pressure campaigns, and state Republicans’ immediate capitulation on religious liberty ensured the left would subsequently adopt corporate cancellation as a top political strategy.

It has now metastasized to the point that President Joe Biden used this tactic to implement his unconstitutional vaccine mandate, while Republicans scrambled to do mostly nothing in response. Indiana’s legislature refused to protect their voters against corporate manhandling on this issue also, repeatedly failing to protect Hoosiers from corporate and state university medical demands that are harsher than those in many blue states. Native daughter and new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett followed suit. Indiana’s governor still requires children to mask in schools or be repeatedly barred from schooling for days at a time, a completely unscientific and abusive policy the legislature has refused to check.

Renn uses other examples, such as the state legislature overriding local tenant protections against slumlords, refusing to require employers to let pregnant employees go to the bathroom on the job, and the abuse of senior citizens in nursing homes: “Over 20 percent of Covid-19 patients in Indiana nursing homes died, compared with a 13 percent national rate. The state GOP’s response was to pass a law providing nursing homes with expansive immunity from liability for deaths in their facilities.”

“It is puzzling why state Republicans would side with employers like warehouses over their own pregnant voters when the owners of those warehouses are mostly large corporations that have fully embraced the ‘woke’ party line and are actively hostile to conservatism,” Renn notes.

For another current example, parents in Indiana, like those all over the country, want their legislators to ban critical race theory in the session that starts this week. Insiders say what they’re most likely to get is a bill that claims to do so while providing no enforcement teeth.

Deliver the Goods, Republicans, Or Die Quickly

Pissing on their voters and telling them it’s raining is the old Republican way of doing business that Trump staked through the heart. Hoosier voters went for Trump in 2020 by a 16-point margin. But, like the GOP in many other states, Indiana’s is run by people who act more like mini Mitch McConnells. That political era is a dead man walking. It’s the very embodiment of zombie Republicanism.

Flyover Americans don’t want politicians who sell out their own voters for 30 pieces of campaign silver. They want leadership. Leadership doesn’t mean giving your voters the bits that fell to the ground after campaign donors get their fill. It means delivering things the base actually wants, like Trump did.

One thing Trump delivered was punches that landed in the culture war. Another was protecting and preferring conservative voters, not their enemies.

“State and local governments are some of the few powerful institutions where conservatives retain some control,” Renn notes. “Thus, a prime emerging responsibility of elected leaders at the state level, especially in red states like Indiana, is to use the power of their offices to protect their communities against ideological coercion or abuse from other institutions. Red states must not only be willing to aggressively challenge any federal government overreach; they must also be willing to resist coercive behavior from the private and nonprofit sectors.”

“If Indiana Republicans did implement conservative voter preferences and aggressively defended their voters’ priorities, that might be a draw in itself,” Renn notes. Just look at how Florida has bloomed under a governor who shed the old Republican formula for the new one.

DeSantis is not Trump, but he sure as shootin’ learned from Trump. That’s exactly what the rest of the Republican Party needs to do as well — not just for their political future, but also for the sake of their voters.


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