Category: Mona Charen

Obama’s Memoir: Appraising a Presidency

Barack Obama’s third memoir weighs in at 751 pages of text. The man likes to talk. The book sounds like him. You don’t wonder, as you’re reading, whether this is the product of a ghostwriter. And for fans and historians, there is presumably much more to come, as this volume takes us only up to May 2011.

Obama aimed to help readers understand what it’s actually like to be president, and in that, he succeeded pretty well.

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Testing: The Way Out of This Trap

Members of the Iowa Department of Public Health perform drive through testing for the coronavirus, in Waterloo, Iowa, April 29, 2020. (Brenna Norman/Reuters)We are currently testing about 150,000 people a day. That number needs to ramp up fast to reach 20 million by August.

One of the less-helpful aspects of our current quandary is the shrill argument between two closed-minded camps.

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Understanding African-American Deaths from COVID-19

A New York City Fire Department ambulances in New York, City, April 15, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)Though we can never discount the long-lasting effects of racism, it’s dubious to attribute this pathogen’s lethality to cultural factors.

The numbers are preliminary, but it seems that African Americans are dying from COVID-19 at alarming rates. In Louisiana, for instance, blacks represent 70 percent of the dead but only 33 percent of the population.

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Vote by Mail, Just This Once

Election volunteer Nancy Gavney verifies voter and witness signatures on absentee ballots at City Hall during the presidential primary election in Beloit, Wisc., April 7, 2020. (Daniel Acker/Reuters)At a time when we are bitterly divided, deeply distrustful, and facing a pandemic and economic depression, a disputed election might be more stress than we can stand.

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The Country Yearns for a Unifying Voice

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at his South Carolina primary-night rally in Columbia, S.C., February 29, 2020. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)Queen Elizabeth has spoken well for Britons. In America, Joe Biden can remind us of our better angels.

Elizabeth II’s speech to the United Kingdom was moving, even for those of us who are lifelong small-r republicans. In some respects, her model cannot be copied in the United States.

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What Is the Best Case Scenario?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stands behind President Donald Trump looking at a chart of possible projected COVID-19 deaths by day during the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House, March 31, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)The president should focus on his proper role, not performing for the cameras.

Faced with the greatest public-health threat in a century, we are stumbling in the dark.

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China’s Lies, and Ours

Pedestrians wearing face masks walk past a screen displaying an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping after the city’s emergency alert level for COVID-19 coronavirus was downgraded in Shanghai, China, March 23, 2020. (Aly Song/Reuters)Will the world remember the dishonesty that permitted this pestilence to hit us so very hard?

This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster — a new and deadly epidemic.

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Preserve Our Election

Voter Fred Hoffman fills out his ballot during the primary election in Ottawa, Ill., March 17, 2020. The polling station was relocated from a nearby nursing home to a former supermarket due to concerns over the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus. (Daniel Acker/Reuters)Just this once, maybe we should try a different voting system.

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After This, Voters Will Take Their Responsibility Seriously

President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office on the country’s expanded response against the global coronavirus outbreak, March 11, 2020. (Joyce N. Boghosian/White House)The crisis is here, and look who’s in charge of handling it.

‘Let’s blow it all up.” That was the sentiment that animated any number of Republican-primary voters in 2016. The “it” was (take your pick) the Republican Party, the “establishment,” the country.

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Biden’s Second Chance

Former vice president Joe Biden speaks at his Super Tuesday night rally in Los Angeles, Calif., March 3, 2020. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)While voters have handed him another chance, it’s important to recognize why they’ve had doubts.

Sweet relief. Super Tuesday was the worst setback for left-wing populism since Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party crashed and burned.

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The Moral Failing of Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Houston, Texas, February 23, 2020. (Callaghan O’Hare/Reuters)Sanders was not a liberal during the Cold War. He was an outright Communist sympathizer.

According to CNN, Bernie Sanders “has been consistent for 40 years.” Some find this reassuring. Bernie is not a finger-in-the-wind politician who tacks this way or that depending upon what’s popular.

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Amy Klobuchar Is the Democratic Party’s Only Hope

Sen. Amy Klobuchar at the Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas, Nev., February 19, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)She’s a solid, Midwestern senator who wins in her home state by double-digit margins.

The pre-Nevada Democratic debate was a gift to Donald Trump. Instead of training their fire on the incumbent or on the vulnerable frontrunner Bernie Sanders, the candidates tore Mike Bloomberg to shreds while saving plenty of darts for one another.

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