Despite this week’s unsettling political turmoil, we hope you are well.
We are thankful for fine public servants like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence, who despite tremendous pressure, stood by their oath to defend the Constitution and stay within their role of solely counting the electoral votes. Vice President Pence’s address in the aftermath of the storming of the Capitol, and that of Senator McConnell on the Senate floor in defense of constitutional procedures, are worth a listen. We also applaud the exemplary courage of the Capitol Police and the National Guardsmen for bringing the situation under control.
The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal did not mince words in calling out the insurrection on Capitol Hill as instigated by the President’s words and actions. The editorial board notes that the best course for the country, and for President Trump himself, would now be to resign and save us all another impeachment fight. Also at the Journal, Peggy Noonan fervently calls for the insurrectionists to face justice, and the politicians responsible for egging on the mob should bear consequences for the mess they have created.
Another big story of the week was Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend President Trump from the social media platform, while Apple and Google both removed Parler from their app store. Credit to the American Civil Liberties Union for raising concerns over the suspension of President Trump’s social media presence. Whatever one’s thoughts on this week’s events, and the undisputed legality of these decisions, the moves were cowardly. As Kate Andrews notes at The Spectator, it is likely that those who have defended liability protections for tech giants would now be less inclined to do so. Big tech is playing with fire and by setting a bad precedent rife with hypocrisy, it is inviting further calls for increased regulation.
In his column for Bloomberg Opinion, Niall Ferguson remarks that despite the past week’s events and mass political polarization, that like the Coronavirus, Trump too will fade away as a potent force in politics. However, it is now time for conservatives to do some soul-searching as we contemplate our future in the post-Trump era. After losing the Senate majority, the first task of Republicans is to become a serious voice in opposition, writes Kevin Williamson at National Review. They should ensure that certain projects of the Biden Administration, from COVID vaccines to countering the threat of China, are carried out intelligently, instead of letting them serve as a dumping ground for every item on the progressive wish list.
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