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 By Rich Lowry    Voices    July 12, 2020 

Opinion: Facebook in the right this time

Mark Zuckerberg clearly hasn’t gotten the memo. The founder of Facebook persists in defending free expression, even though free speech has fallen decidedly out of fashion. His reward for adhering to what once would have been a commonsensical, if no...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    July 5, 2020

Opinion: No way Trump will quit the race

After he’s repeatedly survived the unsurvivable, we are supposed to believe that President Donald Trump might quit the presidential race before it truly begins because of a spate of negative polling. This is the latest chatter among (unnamed)...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 28, 2020

Opinion: Jefferson complex, consequential

They’re coming for Thomas Jefferson. This was always obvious, but now it’s even more plain. Protesters in Portland, Oregon, used axes and ropes to topple a statue of President Thomas Jefferson. The New York City Council is agitating to remove a...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 21, 2020

Opinion: Social distancing hypocrisy alive

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently had big news — the city is opening up its iconic Lakefront Trail after months of being closed off as part of a COVID-19 lockdown. That Lightfoot kept the trail closed even after Chicago had experienced...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 14, 2020

Opinion: Accusations of fascism against Trump make no sense

Confronted by a clear and present fascist threat, the staff of The New York Times rose up early this month to humiliate and punish quislings in its ranks. In a now famous op-ed, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton called for federal troops to quell riots and lo...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 7, 2020

Opinion: Burning, looting never defensible

Breaking things and burning buildings is enjoying a vogue it hasn’t had since the late 1960s or early 1970s. Arson and looting are a perennial feature of urban unrest, but they have been pretty universally condemned for decades now — until the...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 31, 2020

Opinion: Biden will bring on even more government

It’s 2009 again, or feels like it. That was when spontaneous, grassroots protests against overweening government sprang up and were widely derided in the media as dangerous and wrong-headed. The protesters then were inveighing against Obamacare;...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 24, 2020

Opinion: Gubernatorial candidate sore loser

Stacey Abrams has another distinction to add to her resume — she’s among the most preposterous potential vice-presidential candidates ever. Her attempt to leverage a failed Georgia gubernatorial bid into a spot on the Democratic ticket is so...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 17, 2020

Without NY, epidemic would be different

New York is the greatest city in the world. It also is uniquely suited to the spread of the coronavirus. As the national debate over re-opening continues and the political blame game intensifies, it’s worth considering the scale of New York’s...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 10, 2020

Opinion: Flattening curve not eradication

We will be in a fight against the coronavirus for months, if not years, and yet it is time to declare mission accomplished on one important goal. The lockdowns of much of the country were undertaken “to flatten the curve” and largely to prevent...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 3, 2020

Opinion: Lockdowns, bans killing hospitals

We had to destroy the hospitals to save them. You could be forgiven for thinking that’s the upshot of the coronavirus lockdowns that have suspended elective surgeries and generally discouraged people from going to hospitals. Many hospitals are...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    April 26, 2020

Opinion: Kushner plan for ventilators clearly worked

At a coronavirus task force briefing at the beginning of April, White House adviser Jared Kushner explained the approach that would — as events proved — get the country through its ventilator crisis. He was relentlessly pilloried, mocked and...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    April 19, 2020

Opinion: Think carefully before opening up

An irony of the coronavirus debate is that the more successful lockdowns are in squelching the disease, the more vulnerable they will be to attack as unnecessary in the first place. A growing chorus on the right is slamming the shutdowns as an...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    April 12, 2020

Opinion: US should produce own medicine

A country learns about itself in a crisis, and one revelation in the coronavirus emergency is that we can’t make our own penicillin. The first patient successfully treated with the antibiotic was a woman suffering from sepsis in a Connecticut...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    April 5, 2020

Opinion: Virus puts pettiness in stark relief

On Jan. 20, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation’s political and media elite obsessed over Mitch McConnell’s just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. On Jan. 23, China locked...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 29, 2020

Virus shutdowns not sustainable

Countries have experienced economic depressions before, but not usually as a matter of choice. The nationwide coronavirus shutdowns over the past few weeks have ground parts of the country to a halt. We have probably never before in our history seen...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 22, 2020

Lowry: Profit least of COVID-19 problems

A specter haunts progressive America — the possibility that a company might make too much money solving the world’s coronavirus problem. At the last Democratic debate Bernie Sanders called the leaders of the pharmaceutical industry “a bunch of...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 15, 2020

Coronavirus should spur Trump to action

A foreign threat, emanating from China and requiring border controls and the exercise of government power to protect Americans, has arrived in the United States. Yet President Donald Trump spent the initial weeks minimizing the threat and talking of...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 1, 2020

Sanders making excuses for adversaries

Bernie Sanders may be on the verge of gaining an insurmountable lead in the Democratic nomination fight, but he’s not letting that get in the way of his socialist principles. Asked in a “60 Minutes” interview about old statements praising...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 23, 2020

Bloomberg makes for worrisome opponent

Mike Bloomberg is cool, correct and effective, and all the more worrisome for it. If November were to come down to a Trump-Bloomberg race — despite the former New York City mayor’s woeful debating skills — Americans would get the choice of...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 16, 2020

Sanders likely to go way of UK's Labour Party

The Democratic Party could soon be taken over by a leftist who has never formally been a member. If it’s any consolation to Democrats, it’s a version of the same wrenching dislocation that has beset the center-left throughout the Western world....

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 9, 2020

Trial last act in 2016 election

And so 2016 finally draws to a close. It’s been the longest election year in American history. It ran from Feb. 1, 2016, the date of the Iowa caucuses, to the Senate vote to acquit President Donald Trump last week. It’s true that Nov. 6, 2016,...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 2, 2020

New message: Old rules don't apply

The Democratic race is shaping up as most of the candidates expected at the outset, with the campaign appealing to the most fervent progressive wing of the party showing formidable strength. It’s just that Bernie Sanders is the one running that...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 26, 2020

Impeachment dragging country through pointless melodrama

It’s easy to forget what the Senate impeachment trial is supposed to be about. It’s not a fight over whether the Senate will call a couple of witnesses that the House couldn’t, or didn’t bother to, obtain on its own. The underlying question...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 19, 2020

Bernie Sanders a clear and present danger to public welfare

The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success. Bernie Sanders is leading or near the top of most polls in the first two Democratic nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire. He could...

 

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