We hope you are having a great weekend.
We begin by wishing former Secretary of State George P. Shultz a very happy 100th birthday. Being one of only two Americans to have held four different cabinet positions, Secretary Shultz has exemplified courage, character, patriotism, and statesmanship throughout his long career in public service, which Bill Whalen celebrates in a piece for Forbes.
This has been a rough year for us all, but as 2020 draws to a close, we can all celebrate the encouraging news about the Pfizer vaccines on both sides of the Atlantic. Surely, the scientists and pharmaceutical companies that helped develop the vaccine are much more deserving of Time magazine’s person of the year than you-know-who. As Isaac Schorr writes at National Review, the skepticism in vaccines is misguided. As American ingenuity and market-driven innovation help save the day, we can only hope that politicians on both sides of the aisle help build public trust to bring the end of the pandemic in sight.
As America becomes more polarised, Washington grows ever more dysfunctional with its state of partisan politics. However, at the local level, elected officials and small businesses are finding solutions to help everyday Americans, from promoting meaningful police reform to providing personal protective equipment. The benefits of decentralisation are palpable in local politics and can help lower the temperature at the national level, as Gerlad F. Seib notes in the Saturday Essay for the Wall Street Journal. Also at the Journal, Peggy Noonan has some advice for members of the incoming 117th Congress. They can do a lot worse than learning from the independence, courage, and integrity of the great 20th century lawmaker, Margaret Chase Smith.
In the latest issue of the Spectator, Claudia Rossett details China’s dangerous co-opting of the United Nations for its own political ends. We should keep that in mind the next time we hear liberal policy wonks and members of the foreign policy commentariat sanctimoniously gush over the UN and its skin-deep role in “preserving a rules-based international order.”
General Chuck Yeager, the WWII flying ace who broke the sound barrier, sadly passed away this week at the ripe age of 97. Here is a fitting obituary for the legendary airman, at the New York Times.
And to end on a festive note, enjoy this newly-released rendition of White Christmas by the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja and the Mantovani Orchestra.
The Newsletter Team
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