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In the cover story for National Review, Charles C.W. Cooke rightly denounces America’s “illiberal moment.” As cancel culture runs amok from campuses to boardrooms of major newspapers, little consideration is paid to free speech, due process, and equality before the law. It is thus upon conservatives to take a firm stand in defense of classical liberal ideals while not becoming a mirror image of the very progressives we decry.
The GOP won its first victory for 2021 this week, according to Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal, as ousting Liz Cheney from her “number three” House Republican status would have reinforced the caricature of Republicans as nasty, and would have fed the media’s appetite for a “Republican civil war.” But there is no time for complacency, writes Peggy Noonan at the Journal. If the Republican Party is to win back swing states, suburbs, and independents, it must take an unequivocal stance against vile conspiracy theories that are damaging our social fabric.
Damaged as the state of the Republican Party might be, Rich Lowry cautions conservatives to not abandon the GOP in his column for Politico. The Republican Party remains the only plausible vehicle for conservative electoral politics in America, and splitting the party would only ensure more victories for the Democrats.
Good news across the pond, as the UK has impressively managed to vaccinate 17.6% of its population—more than France, Germany, Italy, and Spain combined. Though Prime Minister Boris Johnson made major missteps at the start of the pandemic, Britain’s vaccine success gives him, Brexit, and the Union with Scotland a much needed political boost, as James Forsyth notes for The Spectator. The success of Downing Street’s vaccine taskforce is owed to their coordination, focus on procurement, and their willingness to learn from mistakes, writes Katy Balls in a deep dive for the magazine.
So long, farewell, Captain. Christopher Plummer, of Sound of Music fame, sadly passed away this week at the ripe age of 91. For the Financial Times, veteran film critic Nigel Andrews pens a fitting personal tribute to the legendary actor.
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