The Lone Conservative Weekly: April 11


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Dear readers,

We hope you are enjoying your weekend.

We are deeply saddened at the death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Our hearts go out to the Royal Family, the United Kingdom, and the millions who adored him world over. His lifetime of steadfast and loyal service to Queen and Country gave meaning to the phrase “the greatest generation” and we shall be forever grateful for the character, compassion, and grace he embodied. There is lots to be said about this larger-than-life figure we have lost, but we would like to share some poignant tributes to a life of duty well lived: royal biographer Philip Eade at the Spectator and Tina Brown at the New York Times. The Spectator has also compiled some of the artful witticisms throughout the 74 years of his marriage to Queen Elizabeth. Ave atque vale, sir.

Meanwhile on the home front, President Biden has proposed extensive tax hikes which would hurt American workers and corporations by axing the 2017 tax reform, taxing capital, and handing out extensive subsidies to unions and the green lobby, which Kevin Hassett explains at the Wall Street Journal. Beyond raising tax rates, Biden is working hard to confirm suspicions that, save for an affable, avuncular figure at its forefront, this is the Elizabeth Warren presidency. Consider his latest proposal for a commission to study packing the Supreme Court—or in the words of the New York Times—“rebalancing” the court’s conservative majority. With public trust in institutions already at its ebb, the editorial board of the Journal reminds President Biden of his own words from 2019 on court packing before he decided to appease progressives: “We’ll live to rue that day.” 

Speaking of living with consequences, Democrats worry about the political ramifications of Major League Baseball’s boycott of Georgia, which they openly encouraged after smearing the Peach State’s new voting law as “Jim Crow 2.0,” reports John McCormack at National Review. For the latest print issue of the magazine, Jay Nordlinger interviews Kevin Faulconer, former Republican Mayor of San Diego and a gubernatorial candidate in California. 

We would do well to remember Harold Wilson’s evergreen wisdom that a week is a long time in politics as contenders jostle for the 2024 Republican nomination, but potential candidate Ron DeSantis can thank CBS News for writing a blank check to his campaign should he throw his hat into the ring. Besides being a demonstration of blatant media perfidy, the episode shows why the Florida Governor is the best model for the post-Trump GOP. As Rich Lowry writes in his column for Politico, “if a post-Trump GOP looks like Ron DeSantis, who has a populist edge and is combative with the press, yet is unquestionably serious about governing and is succeeding in the third-most populous state in the nation, it will have landed in a favorable place.” 


The Newsletter Team


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