It’s been a pretty great year for Anthony Fauci. Yeah, there’s the whole pandemic thing. Record unemployment, business shutdowns that went from “temporary” to permanent, kids set back years in their education by school closures… but Dr. Fauci has it better than ever. He’s enjoyed unlimited time in the spotlight, is the highest paid official in the entire federal government, received a $1 million award for “speaking truth to power,” and is the subject of fawning media interviews, numerous magazine covers… the list goes on and on. Now, he’s going to be the hero of a children’s book. It’ll hit the shelves on June 29th, courtesy of Simon & Schuster. As CNN put it, the book will “immortalize” Dr. Fauci. Yeah, “fawning media interviews” wasn’t an exaggeration. We have a hero-worship problem in this country. And most of the time, it’s political figures and government bureaucrats receiving the highest praise.
“Why don’t we just cancel everybody’s rent?” It’s an innocent enough question when it’s coming from a child. You may have even heard it from your own kids before. Combine a desire to help others with a lack of education on property rights and scarcity, and these types of questions are pretty much inevitable. The rent conundrum is usually in good company with “why can’t we print more money?” or “why do I have to pay for stuff?” If you’ve ever taken the time to explain to them why “cancelling” pillars of the economy on a whim isn’t a good idea, your kids probably have a better grip on reality than a lot of Congress. This week, “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar re-introduced the “Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act,” which is as terrible an idea as it sounds. The bill proposes to cancel rent and mortgage payments until April
“Rob from the rich, give to the poor”… the famous mantra of a famous socialist, right? Wrong. Despite what Bernie Sanders and his gang of eat-the-rich lefties or McCarthyist protesters have tried to tell us about Robin Hood’s so-called communist creed, this classic character was actually a champion for individual rights and small government. For starters, he lived independently in the woods with a band of “merry men,” bucking the traditional way of life for his time. He spent his days subverting and running from the government, not trying to make it bigger. If he was a socialist, he was the most ineffective socialist of all time! And yes, he may have stolen from the rich… but who exactly were the rich? A little revisit to the original book, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, tells us Robin Hood’s enemies were actually government thugs. Namely, the infamous tax collector Sheriff Nottingham
With all this talk of “kids in cages” lately (or, when it was only Trump doing it…), I thought I might share some musings on the subject. Oh, did you think I meant immigrants at our Southern border? Nope. I’m talking about two teenagers who were arrested for putting anti-lockdown stickers on telephone poles in Moscow, Idaho. I won’t get into all the details—they can be found in this news report—but here’s a quick rundown on what happened. This all started with a “Psalm Sing,” a peaceful protest against COVID-19 lockdowns. It was organized last September by Douglas Wilson, a 67-year-old pastor at a local church. Several attendees were arrested. Charges were later dropped, but the local government’s grudge against the family remained. Douglas has a 47-year old son, Nathan Wilson. He is a bestselling author and TV producer, and he also lives in Moscow. In light of the arrests at the Psalm
Happen to have any copies of To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street or If I Ran The Zoo sitting on your kids’ bookshelf? If so, you’re sitting on some serious collector’s items… or contraband, depending on who you ask. You may be wondering why on earth some of the world’s most popular kids’ books are fetching $1,500 on eBay overnight. You’d think it’s impossible for Dr. Seuss-centric discussions to get farther-fetched than a human-sized-cat that babysits, or an elephant that tries to save a speck society on a flower—but not so. If the last year taught us anything, it’s that things can always get weirder. And dumber. This week, citing feedback from educators, academics, and specialists in the field, Dr. Seuss Enterprises—the company that oversees Dr. Seuss’ book distribution—pulled six books from the printing presses. Yes, you read that right. We’ve come full-circle. The author of Horton Hears
Over the past several months, we have seen cancel culture unfairly get people removed from their jobs over controversial opinions. The new trend, however, is to cancel people over disagreeing with Hollywood’s leftist narrative. Its most recent victim is the co-star of the popular Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian, Gina Carano. Ironically enough, the post-Carano was fired over was simply pointing out how cancel-culture and political divisiveness is bad for the country, which seems like a fairly neutral and non-controversial point to make. In fact, it wasn’t even her making the original point—she posted a screenshot of a meme. The screenshot of a post read: “Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating