The Lone Conservative Weekly: July 18

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Sunday, July 18, 2021


Dear readers,

We hope you are enjoying another wonderful summer weekend.

In recent weeks, several public health and mainstream media figures have expressed concern about the rise of the coronavirus cases connected to the Delta variant and the overall decrease in vaccination rates. In response, National Review’s Michael Brendan Dougherty critiques the condescending tone frequently used by government officials when attempting to persuade vaccine skeptics. Dougherty emphasizes that respect and honesty should be the cornerstone of the vaccine persuasion effort, instead of disdain and manipulation.

Conservatives have rightly been concerned by Big Tech’s censorship for quite some time, but the cause for concern grew exponentially when White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the White House is “flagging problematic posts for Facebook” in order to eliminate misinformation about COVID-19. As the Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal explains, the more influence the government has over Big Tech’s decisions, the more likely it is Big Tech will become deserving of the “state actor” label and will therefore be restrained by the First Amendment.

In his Saturday article, our own Garion Frankel describes the plight of special needs students and families who have been without in-person educational services since the beginning of the pandemic. Frankel also highlights a Texas law that aims to give parents more control over their children’s education; he argues: “No public entity should presume that they know better than a child’s parents — especially the parents of a child with special needs. The role of the public entity is to inform and assist, not to rule.”

Voter ID has become a hot-button issue, and many conservatives have accused the left of only opposing it in the name of their own pursuit of power. You need an ID to do so many things in this country, but not to vote. New contributor Meredith Minto pointed out the hypocrisy of voter ID opponents in her article ID for Arlington Cemetery…But Not to Vote? 

Please also check out the latest from our pages:

Entrepreneurial Spirit Is Key to American Prosperity by Emily Cope

SCOTUS, The California Attorney General, and Free Speech by Ben Snead

No, President Biden, We Wouldn’t Need Nukes by Nathan Biller

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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