The Lone Conservative Weekly: November 22

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Sunday, November 22, 2020


Dear readers, 

We hope you are having a great weekend. 

All post-election analysis continues to defy the prognostications of our most revered and forever omniscient pollsters, as the country voted down the ballot to reject the radical change. Surely, with a spending splurge that ran into billions and a media atmosphere subservient to Democratic talking points, a blue wave must have been inevitable? Such wisdom misses the point that America at its heart continues to remain a right of center nation and remains opposed to progressive orthodoxies. At the Wall Street Journal, the seasoned political strategist Mark Penn breaks down the nature of America’s electorate that eluded the pollsters. Also at the Journal, Joseph Sternberg notes in his column that such failures in polling hurts governance, as it gives policymakers the wrong ideas about what voters really want. The silver lining perhaps– or rather, hopefully, is that politicians will now rely on old-fashioned door-knocking and actually listening to their constituents so that they can represent them in the best possible manner.

While domestic drama distracts the West, China has continued its authoritarian power-grab in Hong Kong. When Britain offered residence to Hong Kongers fleeing the territory earlier this year, it angered the CCP. But Britain can do more to undermine China’s soft power by marshaling a coalition of like-minded democracies and make the case for liberal values internationally, argues Charles Parton in the latest issue of The Spectator

Congratulations to our very own Daniel Buck for having his piece published at National Review. As an English teacher at a secondary school, Daniel draws on his own teaching experiences and has much praise to offer for the policies championed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. 

When Donald Trump ran his insurgent campaign in 2016, he promised to “drain the swamp.” But what went wrong with his anti-technocratic project to usurp the Washington establishment? According to Christopher Caldwell of the Claremont Institute, it was terrible hiring that doomed it from the start. In his piece for the Financial Times, Caldwell points out that technocratic know-how is still needed to reform government and the lack of it highlights the limits of populism as a governing philosophy. 

For such grand projects to remake government altogether, one would need a political advisor nothing short of a modern-day Machiavelli. The ideal political advisor is someone who not only understands thoroughly how government works, but also provides discipline, brings a realist perspective on policy, and is not afraid to challenge groupthink. This daunting job description makes another Machiavel hard to find, but indispensable in today’s political climate, as Adrian Wooldridge notes in the Bagehot column for The Economist

We for one find it beyond parody that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is receiving an Emmy Award for his COVID-19 TV briefings, but hey, it’s 2020 after all. But beyond the monotones of the liberal Hollywood types and excessively ingratiating journalists, Americans are seeing past Cuomo’s theatrics and noticing his failures, as Matt McDonald points out at Spectator USA

And do check out the latest from our pages:

The GOP is at a Crossroads

The “Wokeness” of America’s Top Universities is Starting to Backfire

Biden Calls for Unity, but What Does that Mean?

College Students Use Social Media for Political Engagement with Startling Consequences

COVID-19 Vaccine: A Post-Election Roadmap for America’s Future

Alex Trebek: A Life Lived Forward

Warmly, 

The Newsletter Team

 

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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