Because of the Coronavirus, Borders Suddenly Matter: New York State even establishes internal borders.

There is a Yiddish expression that translated states, “Man makes plans and God laughs.”  In other words, for all of the hubris of the human species, things do not always go as planned.  Circumstances beyond human control can easily obliterate the best laid plans.

Scientists currently believe that the mighty dinosaurs that inhabited the earth for millions of years were suddenly rendered extinct when an asteroid slammed into what is now the Yucatan Peninsula, roughly 65 million years ago.

Literally overnight the world changed and the mighty dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the earth.  Some disappeared entirely and others, it is believed, morphed into other creatures such as birds.

The stage was thus set for the rise of the mammals and, ultimately the human species.

We can hope that today another drastic event, the sudden appearance of the coronavirus (COVID-19)  will lead to the extinction of another species- the globalists and lead to a resurgence of leaders who, not unlike President Trump, believe in the value of national sovereignty, not just for the United States but all countries.

Greed-driven globalists have, for decades, demanded a borderless world insisting, “Borders, we don’t need no stinking borders” (slightly misquoting the famous line from the old film “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”)

The globalists, driven by greed and unbridled hunger for power concluded that in a world without borders, workers could be moved around the world, not unlike chess pieces on a huge chessboard to drive down wages.  Merchandise could be moved around the world without tariffs, without any obstructions and as a consequence, the super wealthy could become even wealthier while the middle class would be relegated to museums that display extinct species.

Proponents of this transformation claimed it would lead to “The New World Order.”

In reality it would lead to nothing short of tyranny.

Borders are our nation’s first line of defense and last line of defense, yet you would never know it if you listened to the speeches and accusation hurled with rancor by the globalists.  The Democrats who used to support immigration law enforcement and the securing of America’s borders against the illegal and un-inspected entry of cargo and people have done a total reversal and now call for the end of immigration law enforcement.

In my previous article for FrontPage Magazine, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Should be Renamed the “Overwhelm America Act” I provided a direct quote from Bernie Sanders who, in 2007 proclaimed:

I think as you’ve heard today, sanctions against employers who employ illegal immigrants is virtually nonexistent. Our border is very porous.”And I think at a time when the middle class is shrinking, the last thing we need is to bring over in a period of years, millions of people into this country who are prepared to lower wages for American workers.

None of the “journalists” who are covering the Democratic presidential primaries, who have become the masters of ambush or “gotcha” interviews, have ever confronted Sanders about his reversal on this extremely critical issue.

Did Bernie simply accept bribes from his “campaign contributors” who want the end of border and immigration law enforcement?  Alternatively, and more likely, has he and his Communist fellow traveler Democrats decided that the destruction of America’s middle class would propel millions of desperate Americans to the Left to seek financial assistance as they lose their jobs to foreign workers or, at a minimum, face massive wage suppression or even wage reduction making ever increasing numbers of Americans dependent on government subsidies offered by the increasingly radicalized Democratic Party?

Perhaps it is a combination of both.

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has come to vilify ICE (Immigration and Customs Agents), referring to them as thugs.  New York State recently enacted the “Green Light Law” that blocks federal immigration law enforcement agencies from having access to DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) databases.

As I noted in my recent article, this lunacy is a gift to criminals and terrorists that would keep on giving while undermining public safety and national security.

The purpose for imprisoning law violators is to punish those who commit crimes, to deter others who might consider committing similar crimes and to protect potential victims of criminals.  In essence, you could say that prisons quarantine sociopaths from society.

Increasingly, however, the Left has sought to turn criminals into the victims and have enacted measures that result in violent thugs and gang members being turned loose and back onto the street where they can continue to ply their criminal “trades.”

As a consequence innocent people have been injured and killed in the name of “Social Justice.”

Deportation of criminal aliens can help to address the perennial problem of recidivism when prisons fail to live up to their lofty and optimistic goals of being “correctional institutions.”

However “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States” refuse to cooperate with ICE and infuriatingly, innocent people have again paid the price, all too often, the ultimate price, for this lunacy.

Now, however, in the wake of the emergence of the coronavirus countries around the world are suddenly attempting to secure their borders to prevent infected people from entering.  Following President Trump’s lead countries around the world are imposing entry restrictions on aliens who seek entry but have recently been in countries where the coronavirus is present.

While it is likely that the coronavirus will move around the world whether or not such measures are imposed, the idea is to slow the spread of the virus so that hospitals and medical resources can deal with the onslaught of patients without being overwhelmed in a short period of time.

This sensible strategy can, and hopefully, will save many lives around the world.

What is truly incredible, is that because of the virus, New York’s Governor Cuomo has established a Containment Zone around hard-hit New Rochelle in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading outward from this community.  In essence, he has established a border around this town in an effort to quarantine the residents who live here.

It is also worth noting that as I wrote in an earlier article, The Coronavirus and China’s Travel Ban:

Indeed, on January 24, 2020, New Jersey Senator Bob Melendez posted a news release on his official website, “Booker, Menendez demand coronavirus screenings at Newark airport as illness spreads.”

The inspections process is conducted at ports of entry by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to prevent the entry of aliens who pose a threat to public health, public safety, national security and the hence the lives and livelihoods of American and lawful immigrants.

A section of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S. Code § 1182 enumerates the categories of aliens who are statutorily ineligible to enter the United States and makes it clear that our immigration laws have nothing to do with bigotry, racism and xenophobia, but everything to do with protecting America and Americans.

Yet Cuomo and other radical Democrats are determined to undermine and thwart the efforts ICE and CBP, two component agencies of the Department of Homeland Security, to protect America and Americans.

Sanctuary policies and the obstruction of immigration law enforcement must suffer the fate of the dinosaurs and be rendered extinct- the sooner the better.


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VIDEOS: President Trump Secures No-Cost Virus Testing for Americans

The Trump Administration is leading an “all-of-America” approach, as Vice President Mike Pence calls it, to protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak.

“Last week, at this table, the President met with pharmaceutical leaders, we met with nursing home leaders, leaders of commercial labs, airline industries,” Vice President Pence said. “We’re bringing all of the businesses of the country to bear to protect the health of the American people.”

Earlier today, President Trump and the Vice President met with executives from America’s largest health insurance companies, where they announced a major deal.


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Vice President Pence: We are defending all patients against surprise billing

“I’m pleased to report, as you requested, Mr. President, that all the insurance companies here—either today or before today—have agreed to waive all copays on coronavirus testing and extend coverage for coronavirus treatment in all of their benefit plans,” the Vice President said.

Medicare and Medicaid announced recently that beneficiaries will have Coronavirus testing and treatment covered. Now, private insurers have made that commitment, as well.

Insurers also agreed to cover telemedicine services, which will allow all patients—particularly among the vulnerable senior population—to be treated without feeling the need to go to a hospital or doctor’s office.

After sitting down with insurance leaders at the White House, the President traveled to Capitol Hill this afternoon, where he and Vice President Pence met with lawmakers. “We just had a meeting on stimulus, and you’ll be hearing about it soon. But it was a great meeting,” President Trump said.

He also had one important message for Americans during this time: We’re prepared.

“Everybody has to be vigilant and has to be careful. But be calm,” the President said. Thanks to early preventative measures by the Administration, as well as the strong fundamentals in our economy and job market, America is in great shape to weather any storm.

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Life During the Pandemic (and afterwards)

By Wallace Bruschweiler and William Palumbo

Through personal conversations, and by listening to statements from politicians (federal, state, local, and international) and media pundits, it is apparent that very few people, if any, are prepared to think through the implications and consequences of what we are facing today.  The purpose of this article is to provide some context, insight, and – modestly – foresight into the current crisis created by the coronavirus (aka Covid-19, aka the Wuhan virus).

The next two to three months will be a period that we have to go through all together, and will come out on the other end changed.  This applies to us individually as well as to various facets of our society – commercially, politically, culturally, and financially.

Safety First

Let’s start with the obvious: to slow and finally contain the spread of the virus, there is no alternative to total lockdown.  We must isolate ourselves as much as practically possible.  Although the virus is most lethal in the elderly population (80+), any person regardless of age can contract and transmit the virus.  Therefore, people of all ages are equal opportunity vectors.  Lockdown measures have been applied in China, Italy, and Spain, and will almost definitely be used throughout Europe and the United States within the next few days.

What does that look like?  In Italy, for example, you are not allowed to travel outside your zone unless you have written form permission.  The list of exceptions is limited: for example, if you have an elderly relative to visit, if your job requires your physical presence (hospitals, delivery services, supermarkets, pharmacies), or your role in society is essential to keeping order (e.g., law enforcement) or ensuring survival (food and pharmaceutical production and distribution).  Police checkpoints enforce the rules; violators are fined, potentially jailed, and (if not jailed) sent back to their zones.

Locking down the United States for a period of two to three months (following the example of China and others) presents a unique set of challenges.  Each state will likely implement their own protocols.  The specific measures may reach down to the county level, with discretion given to police departments or sheriffs.  Specifics will be negotiated, or are more likely already negotiated, between parties at the governmental and corporate level.  The United States is leveraging contingency plans we all wish we never had to use.  The private sector will play an active role in distribution and planning: Walmart and CVS, and surely others, will serve as distribution points.  Google is assisting with the testing website.  Insurance companies will pay for the tests, as their contribution to the effort.  Pharmaceutical companies are working in concert to develop a vaccine.  More on vaccines later.

Logistics become the primary economic challenge.  Movement is very limited.  Schools and many businesses must temporarily be closed.  The National Guard may be used to distribute food and other vital supplies, and to help enforce the rules.

If this sounds Draconian, consider that the last time the United States government took comparable sweeping actions for any extended period of time (for a completely different reason) was during World War II.  (The same, incidentally, can be said for Italy, France, U.K., etc.)  But given the risk to the whole US, and global, population there is no absolutely reasonable alternative.  The implications that result from our almost definite future – lockdown – are sprawling and profound.

The Economy

The stock market is basically a predictive engine. Since concern about the virus has proliferated, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down from an all-time historic high of 29,568 to 23,85 (6,382 points down).  That’s a 21.5% economic drop already (from what we once expected).  For many investors, especially savers, this probably means a mainly paper loss.  But it is useful information because it provides a barometer of what we should expect.

Disruptions in travel and supply chains mean lost opportunities and lost revenues.  Business plans for the next 9-12 months will all need to be entirely reevaluated, and many postponed until it is possible to end isolation.  Restaurants and other small businesses face a strong threat of bankruptcy.  More on the travel industries later.

In Israel, which has a mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone (including citizens) entering the country, the airline El Al has told 75% of their staff to stay home.  It is not unreasonable to expect all major airlines to be in a similar position shortly.  Eventually, even though these measures are temporary, they have real economic consequences down to the employee and family level.  We suspect that two things will occur: the government will make low or no interest loans available, sustaining the majority of businesses through the period.  And businesses, with their bottom lines chopped, will use it as a pretext for retiring some “dead wood.”  Nice or not, that’s how things often work in the real world today.

Further economic relief will likely come in the form of tax breaks, tax deferments, and, as already announced, elimination of interest on student loans (expect other loans to be added to that list where and when possible). The Fed just cut interest rates to between 0.00-0.25%.  They did this in coordination with their international counterparts.  What effect will this have on credit card or mortgage debt – of an individual or business – with a 20% or 6% loan?  What will be acceptable rates in today’s situation?

All of these government tools, along with the equally complex situation in the financial markets, need to be thought through by officials and their private sector counterparts, and come to an agreement to put in to practice.  This all takes time, and no doubt these discussions are ongoing right now.

Once the crisis has ended, our entire approach to pandemics, in the United States and globally, will be (better be) overhauled.  The US dependence Chinese on manufacturing for our pharmaceuticals and other critical medical supplies will come into sharp relief, and the American pullback will have further economic consequences, as countries around the world reevaluate their dependence on China.  Reverberations will be felt for years, if not decades.

Hopefully, part of our future vigilance will be proactive development of vaccines against particularly virulent virus types.  On the hope for a coronavirus vaccine, it is a solution for a future date.  Let’s assume that one was discovered today.  We would still need to manufacture hundreds of millions of doses, and then deliver those injections to hundreds of millions of people.  If we really want to solve the problem, taking into account the global population, we need to inject billions.

So, to reiterate: for our immediate future, the vaccine and talk of one is irrelevant.  Let that continue in the background among the experts.  Today’s situation will be controlled without a vaccine, i.e. through 0lockdown and self-isolation, or it will not be controlled or solved at all.

Politics and International

Internationally, going forward leaders will have to be ready for pandemic control.  The WHO’s broad failure should result in dramatic and lasting changes.  Each country will certainly have to rewrite their pandemic playbooks.  A few days ago, the European Council President and European Commission President scolded President Trump for not consulting him before enacting the travel ban with Europe.  This is unhelpful and unserious: no country should ever ask permission to protect its own people.  The ban is for Schengen area due to lack of borders, so it was banned as a whole (including Switzerland).

A word on politicians: Every mayor, governor, president (etc.) is taking advice from their experts in this area.  President Trump, for example, is not setting policy based on politics but on scientific advice from the government’s top epidemiologists and infectious disease doctors.  CDC, HHS, and their partners are running the show now.  The President has to coordinate the entire effort, but in terms of the containing the disease the professional bureaucrats rule the day.  Let them, for they know best.

President Trump’s efforts have, at times, felt frustratingly slow.  As Americans, we assume that our government had the ability to test all of us in the event of a pandemic.  We now know this was not true.  They are developing, on the fly, a new system that should have been thought of and implemented 10, 20, or just 3 years ago.

It’s easy to say “we should have been prepared.”  Hindsight it always 20/20.  Although our response feels bumbling, it is equally true that the knowledge that something like this could happen with a coronavirus has been known to the scientific community for decades.  Although this may be the “novel coronavirus,” coronaviruses and their treat to human life is anything but novel.  We, as societies, are now exposed as negligent to prevent, detect, and vaccinate against such diseases.  Who do we blame for that?  The “experts?”  Sure.  But also get a mirror.  (We will, too.)

For Trump’s part, we can only offer this prognosis: he must embrace this challenge, or he will fail to be reelected.  From the outset his presidency has never sought to be at war; he has fought to end our foreign military presence across the globe.  His focus was always economic and cultural.  In this moment, however, we are on a wartime footing and must be prepared to stop the virus.  The economy will suffer, obviously, but wartime leaders who guide their people through incredible hardships are, in history, the most beloved ones.  (How popular is Calvin Coolidge today compared to FDR?)  We believe that President Donald J. Trump has strength, fortitude, and an exceptional, professional team around him to rise to the unforeseen and incredible occasion.  It’s a hell of a way to finish a first term, which will decide not only November but also the fate of hundreds of millions, nationally and internationally.

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Our Civic Duty in the Coronavirus Era

President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency Friday to deal with the coronavirus pandemic is anything but a sign to panic. Instead, it’s a reassurance to the American people that the federal government, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations and American industry are working together to stop the spread of the virus.

In many parts of our country, schools are shutting down for weeks. Businesses are sending their employees home to telework when possible. Churches and synagogues are closing their doors. Professional sports events have been canceled. More than 30 governors have declared states of emergency.

There are some who view this response to the coronavirus as an overreaction. After all, millions of Americans get the seasonal flu every year and we don’t take these measures.

But this isn’t an overreaction. On the contrary, this is a commonsense, measured response to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.


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In the Washington metropolitan area where I live, new cases of people testing positive for the coronavirus are being reported each day. Washington is an international city, with embassies housing foreign nationals from all over the world and people from other countries regularly visiting for business and vacation. Large conventions and conferences, along with packed sports arenas, are a daily occurrence in normal times.

That’s why it makes sense that Washington and the surrounding states of Virginia and Maryland have all declared states of emergency. Maryland has banned gatherings of 250 people or more. In Washington and Virginia, mass gatherings have also been postponed or canceled.

Congress has shut down the Capitol and congressional offices to the public. Schools, colleges and universities are closing. Even major businesses like Capital One are asking employees to stay home and telecommute.

There are lessons to be learned from places like Italy, where currently the health care system is overwhelmed because the coronavirus is spreading faster than the system’s capacity to handle the influx of patients.

The facts are indisputable: social distancing is one of the primary ways to slow the trajectory of the spread of the coronavirus, reducing the number of active cases at any given time.

Slowing the trajectory spreads the cases out over time, giving hospitals and medical personnel the capacity to handle them. Slowing the trajectory also buys time for scientists to develop a vaccine and get more people vaccinated before they contract the disease.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pointed out the need for social distancing when he told members of Congress that the number of cases will get worse – but how much worse will depend on our “ability to contain and mitigate within our own country.”

Some ask why these actions are being taken when we don’t take similar actions for the seasonal flu that strikes millions of Americans each year. The answer is that COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – appears to be deadlier and spread quicker.

Fauci and other health officials estimate that the COVID-19 death rate in the United States is likely somewhere around 1 percent. “The flu has a mortality rate of 0.1 percent. [COVID-19] has a mortality rate of 10 times that. That’s the reason I want to emphasize we have to stay ahead of the game in preventing this,” Fauci told members of Congress.

In addition to the higher death rate, the coronavirus appears to be more infectious than the flu. With the seasonal flu, a single infected person will infect another 1.3 people. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, early estimates point to a single person with the coronavirus infecting another two to three people.

Based on those numbers – the potential for more than double the infection rate and 10 times the death rate of the flu – the coronavirus could result in a horrific number of deaths in the United States this year if mitigation efforts aren’t introduced immediately.

Rather than an overreaction, social distancing and these other measures are prudent. And rather than instilling fear, they should bring some sense of relief to the American people. Because positive measures are being taken, less people may become infected, and we’re working toward ensuring that the American health care system has the capacity to handle new cases.

Mitigation measures like postponing conferences and conventions, canceling sporting events, and having employees work from home may bring a temporary but painful disruption to the economy. But that’s a relatively small price to pay to save the lives of many people in our country.

We would do well to heed the advice the British government offered a fearful nation under much worse circumstances during World War II: “Keep calm and carry on.”

Today carrying on means following the advice of the president and our nation’s leading health care professionals. It means living our lives while at the same time practicing responsible social interaction. That’s not panicking. That’s doing your civic duty to help protect yourself, your family, and your fellow Americans.

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This is a critical year in the history of our country. With the country polarized and divided on a number of issues and with roughly half of the country clamoring for increased government control—over health care, socialism, increased regulations, and open borders—we must turn to America’s founding for the answers on how best to proceed into the future.

The Heritage Foundation has compiled input from more than 100 constitutional scholars and legal experts into the country’s most thorough and compelling review of the freedoms promised to us within the United States Constitution into a free digital guide called Heritage’s Guide to the Constitution.

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Professor, Punished for Not Using Preferred Pronouns, Appeals After Judge Dismisses Case

A professor at an Ohio university is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that he contends compels him to say something he doesn’t agree with.

“Professors don’t give up their First Amendment freedoms simply by choosing to teach,” said Travis Barham, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal aid group that represents the professor.

Nicholas Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, says he was “illegally disciplined” by his employer because he chose not to adhere to a male student’s insistence on being referred to with female titles and pronouns.

“Dr. Meriwether received a written warning … threatening him with ‘further corrective actions’ if he does not start expressing the University’s desired message,” Barham said in an email to The Daily Signal, adding:


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These further corrective actions could include suspension without pay or termination. He is still employed at Shawnee State University, though he has this black cloud hanging over his head all the time. This punishment is illegal because it violates his First Amendment rights.

On Nov. 5, 2018, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on Meriwether’s behalf, maintaining that he should not be forced to use feminine pronouns and titles for a male student.

“Public universities have no business trying to force people to express ideological beliefs that they do not hold,” Barham told The Daily Signal. “Dr. Meriwether remains committed to serving all students with respect, but he cannot express all messages or endorse all ideologies.

“When the university tried to force him to do this and then punished him for exercising his rights, it violated the First Amendment,” Barham said.

U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott threw out the lawsuit Feb. 12, and Alliance Defending Freedom announced Thursday that it is appealing her decision.

Dlott, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1995, is senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Emilie Kao, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that Meriwether is being robbed of his constitutional rights.

“Compelling a university professor to utter scientific falsehoods in the name of a political ideology is un-American,” Kao said. “The Constitution protects the freedom to speak according to one’s conscience. It must be protected on controversial issues like transgender ideology if diversity of thought and intellectual integrity are to be preserved.”

Jonathan Butcher, a senior policy analyst in Heritage’s Center for Education Policy, said in a written statement provided to The Daily Signal that “students and professors should be allowed to speak freely on public policy issues of the day and not fear reprisal from the university based on positions the school has decided to take on such topics.”

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The Heritage Foundation has compiled input from more than 100 constitutional scholars and legal experts into the country’s most thorough and compelling review of the freedoms promised to us within the United States Constitution into a free digital guide called Heritage’s Guide to the Constitution.

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VIDEO: BDS or Coronavirus? Israel Leads Way for Vaccine.

As Israel leads the way in developing a coronavirus vaccine, the question is: Will the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement supporters turn their backs on the vaccine if it is developed in Israel?

It’s a question that looms in the air as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted that any coronavirus vaccine should be free.

While Sanders does not claim to support the BDS movement, many of his surrogates and Muslim supporters do — including Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib (who was recently photographed wearing a T-shirt that wipes Israel off the map) and Linda Sarour.

Presumably Sanders’ newly appointed campaign adviser Philliip Agnew supports BDS as well, since he is on record as denouncing Zionism as “racist” and rejected former President Obama’s comments justifying the Jewish nation.

Shockingly, House Democrats blocked a bill proposed last week that would have prohibited U.S. support for the BDS movement, including prohibiting U.S. support for foreign boycotts of Israel from groups including the European Union and the U.N. Human Rights Council.

(The bill did not interfere with a person’s First Amendment rights to free speech as it explicitly stated it did not prohibit “a person’s noncommercial speech or other noncommercial expressive activity.”)

The BDS movement against Israel aims to strangle the Jewish state economically while at the same time calls for the flooding of Palestinians into Israel to destroy the Jewish character of the state.

According to the definition of anti-Semitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which has been officially adopted by the U.S. (and 31 other nations), the BDS movement has been deemed at its core anti-Semitic.

This is fundamentally because the movement “[applies] double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of by any other democratic nation.”

For example, there are at least 100 land disputes across the globe that are not subject to “BDS” movements.

So, with global and U.S. markets crashing and the entirety of Italy on lockdown, what will the anti-Semites say if Israel successfully develops a vaccine against coronavirus?

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The world changed. A paradigm shifting moment if you read between the lines. This may be the most important article of over 450, that I have written to date. Please do read all of it and share it. Not for me, for us. Thank you and God bless you. And follow me on “News Behind The News“.

On March 11, 2020 President Trump addressed the Deep State, the American people and the world from the Oval Office concerning the Coronavirus. The President announced unprecedented moves such as suspending air travel both to and from Europe for thirty days. Social distancing and general hygiene precautions were also addressed. President Trump approved an $8.3 billion bill passed by Congress to help combat the virus. Furthermore, the President spoke of school closings and other closures and the avoidance of large crowds. The President announced financial assistance in various forms for financial relief of the American people. The President assured us that the fundamentals of our economy are solid and the best in the world today. He provided comfort and assurance that this will pass, (and it will). Then on March 13, 2020, the President once again held a briefing at the White House Rose Garden accompanied in part, by CEO’s of large corporations, joining forces with the Federal Government to help curtail the spread of the Coronavirus. In this briefing, the President declared a National State of Emergency. And with this, the Corona counter attack begins. They can never out trump, Trump.

The News Behind The News – Connecting the Dots of the Cornavirus

Perspective. Presently, and it is now only March 13, 2020, there are an estimated 220,000 people in the U.S. with the flu and 22,000 died thus far year to date. Presently, and this number changes daily, authorities in 132 countries and territories have reported more than 142,000 novel coronavirus cases worldwide since China reported its first cases to the World Health Organization in December. In the U.S. as of today, March 13, 2020, the total cases reported are 1,629, in 46 states, with 41 deaths. Of these deaths, 23 occurred in one concentrated place at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center.

Could this virus simply be a highly contagious cold or flu like virus? There was a 65 year old woman that was on the Diamond Princess who was diagnosed with Covid-19 and she went on FOX NEWS and basically said she had a mild fever, cough etc. and after a few days the symptoms went away and she was tested again as negative. The President has told us that most who are diagnosed in fact, do recover. Most who die are elderly due to poor immune systems and or current illnesses. Well isn’t that the case with most anything for anyone elderly like this?

Let’s talk about testing shall we? According to reports, there seems to be some sort of problem with the current tests. According to a study published in a medical journal, the false positive rate of positive results was 80.33%. You can find more data about this by clicking here. So you can see why there is a rush to test the President. Like all else, Trump has beat them to the punch. The President has taken action to make new tests and make testing available for all under the direction and supervision of the team the President has assembled in government as well as in the private sector. The fact that there is such a rush to have the President tested by the MSM media makes one wonder. The President will be tested with the test he chooses at the time he chooses. End of story.

Dark Desperate Deep State Is Panicking

This is a deep state op. Yes, another deployed false flag. A soon to be failed one. The media has pushed fear. Do you believe what the media says? I mean they told us for two years that Donald Trump was a Russian spy! The MSM have been fanning the flames of fear since day one. That’s their job as the controlled megaphone of the deep state. They expected to create complete chaos and societal breakdown, this has not occurred. They expected a complete market and economic collapse but this too, actually has backfired as well. I will discuss this a bit further on this Wednesday on News Behind The News. Tune in.

You see, the “plandemic”, Coronavirus, is a well-planned deep state op, that was created and deployed as a weapon against humanity, with specific aim at President Donald J. Trump (the existential threat), we the people, and America, as an attempt to derail the electability of Donald Trump, and as a desperate attempt to prevent being further exposed and taken down. Yes, a battle between good and evil. I, and many others that are in the know and awake, have forecast this type of event and scenario we today find ourselves in with the Coronavirus attack. I and others, have written and spoken about these sorts of events for quite some time and most always under much fire and challenge. They are called false flags. And since we all will have some time on our hands now, I strongly urge you to listen to the video links posted below. And so it’s game on! Let’s have a further look at the News Behind The News, shall we? Oh excuse me, before we continue, Bill Gates resigned from his BOD. Carry on, nothing to see here…

National Emergency – Counter Attack – Stafford Act –  Restoring the Republic

Nothing can stop what’s coming. Nothing. This has been planned for quite some time. National State of Emergency – the Counter Attack. “Never let a crisis go to waste”, cuts both ways. The national state of emergency gives the President extraordinary resources and full power of all kinds, from the Federal Government.

President Trump recently stated in media interviews that he has read and is very well familiar with the provisions in the Stafford Act. This gives under a national state of emergency, extraordinary powers to the President such as afforded to the President via the Stafford Act

Stafford Act Provisions Provides Emergency Power

  • Marines and National Guard to work under one set of orders by the President
  • Can call forth the militia to help execute the laws – Repel invasion
  • Felonies can be brought forth without presentment or without grand jury indictment

Yes the President said he can now use the full power of the Federal government under a National Emergency. The President said no resource will be spared in a recent tweet.

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Then check out “Silent Running” which has shown up on the Q boards and reported by Kelly Ruiz on News Behind The News marker 11:00.

Winning

You see this is an intelligence battle of which we are winning. Check mate is coming. Although presently it seems like we are losing, Trump is setting the stage. This is what America’s second revolution looks like. We have fought and won many battles in the past three years beginning with the attempted election theft of Donald J. Trump in 2016, not by Russia but by the deep state, the DOJ, FBI, CIA, the Democrat operatives, and the Clinton machine  all under the Barack Obama administration. They said Trump will bring us into nuclear war with North Korea. Instead the President ushered in a handshake between North and South Korea as the President himself crossed the demilitarization zone. No nukes, no war. Syria, they said Trump would bring us to war with Syria. How did that work out? ISIS and the caliphate crushed, no war with Syria. This brings us to the orchestrated designed destruction of Brett Kavanagh to see that he did not become a Supreme Court Justice. Today he sits on the bench. When all else fails bring in Stormy Daniels and the creepy porn lawyer Michael Avennatti. How did that end up? Stormy Daniels was ordered by a Federal Judge to pay President Trump’s $325,000 legals bills and CNN fake news porn star Michael Avenatti, who said he will put Trump behind bars and considered a run for President, is behind bars in a rat infested urine stained cell and Trump is seeking re-election.

And remember the media frenzy about recession-recession-recession? There was no recession. Then of course there was the Mueller witch hunt. Russia-Russia-Russia. Result? A nothing burger. This brings us to the fake, phony, and false impeachment hoax. This too backfired. Happy New Year! The attempt to bring Trump into war with the failed Soleimani attempt too back fired and that story came and went in a flash along with the life of the terrorist himself. Trump, ending endless wars. This brings us to today, the Coronavirus. Now this battle, albeit a bit more challenging and sacrificing, shall soon be won. In fact the pendulum shifting moment already happened. Time is short for the deep state scum. We are actually, covertly, on the offense – big league. Again, nothing is as it appears. Trust the President. Trust the plan. Things will get worse and more dangerous over the next two to three months. It’s okay. We will prevail. Stay calm and focused. Trust the plan. This is what dark to light looks like.

Summary

The Coronavirus is real, created in the labs of Wuhan and has since been deployed, so wash your hands well and often. Follow what the authorities, particularly what President Trump is saying. Consider taking sodium ascorbate (Vit C) in powder form, oregano drops, perhaps along with colloidal silver and Vit D. Seek a qualified natural health care practitioner or a medical doctor with a conscience towards cures and not just addicted and controlled customers, and build your immune system. Plenty of good advice on the “prepper sites” as well as on FOX NEWS and other broadcasts from various professionals. Hunker down. Stay home, enjoy yourself! Get caught up on things. Read, watch movies, actually talk with human beings. Use technology while at home to remain well connected. Kick back and soon this too, shall pass. Having said that, nothing is as it appears.

The lock-downs and closings will accelerate. But the bottom line is simply this. Exposure-Shakedown-Takedown. Keep these three words in mind. Turn off the fake news and tune in. You will begin to see. Their time is up and they know it. Game on-game over. Arrests have begun. Indictments are coming. The CB system is about to be checkmated. The markets (eventually), will be restored but more importantly the entire monetary system. In November, Trump wins in a landslide.

And So…

And so now I ask you to listen up please. Yes I may be speaking to the choir here to an extent, well I am glad that the choir has been assembled. Now sing your hearts out and share this article far and wide. Since what I am about to say may come as somewhat of a surprise so again I ask you to listen up as I embark upon what I call disruptive, uncomfortable truths. But don’t shoot me, I am only the messenger. You are about to hear things that perhaps you have never heard before. But just because you haven’t heard it doesn’t mean it isn’t true. You just haven’t heard it yet. And just because I say it, doesn’t mean it is true. Point here is do your homework. Do your own due diligence. Let me begin to help us connect the dots, making sense of the madness.

Their goal in part, is people control, population control, forced vaccinations and the destruction of President Donald Trump’s economy along with the global economy. This is being done at the same time as the de-class and while arrests have begun and also serves as a major diversionary tactic and diversionary distraction as the deep state and global shadow government are fighting for their survival. We are at war.

Pay attention. Last week hundreds of the cartel arrest were made. Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell is draining the swamp. He is freezing hiring at the Office of the DNI while beginning the process of cutting staff. Meanwhile, and not getting much media attention, Trump has ordered the military which has hit deep state site targets in Iraq. This is the next step to the follow up of the take down of terrorist Soleimani.

IGI, IGII FISA, Lyndsey Graham’s Senate Judiciary sworn hearings , as 21 deep state scum will testify under oath. Graham is on the record as saying that 50% involved in the Russia  hoax are going to jail. Rudy Giuliani’s files are now in the justice department on AG Barr’s desk exposing sleepy Joe and Where’s Hunter Biden along with many other dead bodies both literally and figuratively in the Ukraine. Yes the Barr tab is due. The Jeffrey Epstein case is yet another on-going investigation. We have the films, photos and evidence. AG Barr said, and I am paraphrasing, that those who are complicit in the Epstein case shoudl not rest well. There is also Julian Assange, who is due back here in US courts to reveal a treasure trove of most devastating valuable intel against the dems, the fake news and the deep state.

Then there is John Durham who is very close, I mean very close to releasing and revealing not only his criminal investigation but his indictments. Remember there are over 150,000 sealed indictments. Trust Sessions. Trust Mattis. Nothing is as it seems. This is an intel battle and information war on our minds. Fortunately, people are waking up. The people are seeing. The people are now onto this. Yes we the people, the patriots now bear an awesome responsibility for America and for mankind. Heed the call. My advice-Trust and support Trump. No Trump, No Hope.

Know this. We know who they are, where they are, and just what they have done. There is nowhere to hide, nowhere to run. Justice is coming and they know it. It’s either us or them. The deep state is going down as Harvey Weinstein is hauled off to prison.

Yes Trump stated – “I Caught The Swamp” , well, he meant it! Yes, military tribunals have already begun. Yes, two former elected officials have already paid the price as justice for them has been served. Yes, the Federal death penalty has been re-instated by AG Barr. And we may very well see perhaps in 2020, live streaming tribunals from GITMO. This is Trump and the Resurrection of America as Trump leads America’s Second Revolution. It’s here. It’s happening. It’s escalating as the battle rages on. Humanity hangs in the balance.

The deployment of the coronavirus shows you just how evil and how serious this battle is. Freedom or tyranny. Life or mass death and destruction. No this is not fear porn, this is well founded commentary and analysis. Go ahead and challenge me. Remember this, many of the conspiracy theories of yesterday have become the conspiracy facts and realities of today. The deep state is exposed. They are panicking and they will lose. Yes, things are now become increasingly more serious, deadly and greatly concerning for humanity, again with America being in the cross hairs. We have won every major battle and deployment of false flags and coup d’etats.

In Closing…

I received this intel. I shall share it.

“There are 151,002 sealed indictments in federal courts all around the US and it’s protectorates at this moment waiting to be served. Mostly on voter fraud and election rigging but also by other serious criminal syndicates and much of it treasonous which will warrant military trials. GITMO cost 2 million to set up to handle ‘terrorists’ in 2001. The Trump administration has spent over 2 BILLION revamping it and expanding it over the last two years. Another 3 Billion in remote infrastructure has been put in play in the last year.  He didn’t do all that for optics.

As of 60 days ago GITMO has been fully manned and is now at full strength with personnel and supplies. The (some) ‘quarantine centers can double as detention centers for legal processing. The overlapping ‘census’ and medical observation will provide context to speak with and vet every person – think illegals who voted. I also expect air travel to be shut down for 4-6 days at some point most likely around 3/22/20.

Things will get back on track fairly slow but sure about mid April but it will be early summer before it’s really seeming close to ‘normal’ again. Definitely not the end of the world, just a hard hiccup. Might need a weeks worth of food on hand and to bridge the kids through and keep the gas tank topped off. It will sound worse than it is and then pass but don’t blow this off; it’s the real deal, the virus is mostly being used opportunistically to do what has been in play for quite some time.”

Singing Off For Now

Wow! What an amazing time to be alive. We are winning and as our brilliant, brave, chosen, and duly elected President Donald J. Trump stated in the briefing from the oval office, “we are all in this together”. This will pass. And remember, WWG1WGA. (Where We Go One We Go All).

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The truth about trans must be defended. It’s ridiculous to slander Australian legal academic Patrick Parkinson as ‘transphobic’

The T.C. Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland was established by a £20,000 donation from Thomas Charles Beirne, a devout Catholic businessman and Papal Knight who was warden of the University from 1928 to 1941. The vast tract of beautiful riverside land on which the university sits in St Lucia was donated by pioneering doctor and Catholic philanthropist James O’Neil Mayne.

One wonders what these two benefactors would think of the current push by students to remove the Dean of Law, Professor Patrick Parkinson, for making “transphobic” remarks in The Australian, on February 14. Reporter Bernard Lane wrote:

University of Queensland law dean Patrick Parkinson, speaking in a personal capacity, conceded authorities would be worried and busy with the coronavirus but said the explosion in transgender-identifying teenagers, chiefly girls, was “another epidemic” — one that had “so far escaped public attention”.

“Social contagion” via online platforms — such as Tumblr, Reddit and YouTube — and peer groups is suspected to be a factor in the rapid rise of atypical teenage cases of the condition “gender dysphoria”, or distress about the conflict between the body and an inner feeling of “gender identity”.

In response to Professor Parkinson’s remarks, a petition was started at Change.org by student Jean Emmett, aka “Johnny Valkyrie”, titled “No Transphobia At University. Condemn Prof. Patrick Parkinson.” It reads:

…  Parkinson compared transgender people to the coronavirus, declaring it an “epidemic.” Previously, he has compared transgender and gender diverse people to those with eating disorders, campaigned against LGBTQIA+ adoption and has ties to Freedom For Faith and The Australian Christian Lobby

The School of Law should not be figureheaded by an individual who does not uphold discrimination, vilification and human rights protections. Further, it is highly unprofessional to breach The University of Queensland’s official policy on LGBTQIA+ people, especially when transgender and gender diverse people work and study at the institution …

We call for Prof. Patrick to cease and desist his discriminatory, vilifying behaviour or to be removed from The University of Queensland.

As of writing, the petition has garnered 432 signatures.

Emmett seems to misunderstand what Parkinson said. The professor compared the explosion of transgender-identifying teens to the coronavirus epidemic, not the teens themselves to the virus.

A social contagion of body dysmorphia

Last year, 38 members of staff at the T.C. Beirne Law School signed an open letter in support of LGBTQIA+ students after Professor Parkinson delivered a paper, “Is Gender Identity Discrimination a Religious Freedom Issue?” at the Freedom for Faith conference in Sydney. Here’s what he said:

“[A] crisis of conscience may arise from a genuine belief that it is not in the best interests of the child or young person to affirm his or her transgender identification, any more than it would be in the best interests of an adolescent girl with an eating disorder to affirm her body image as overweight.”

Parkinson is not alone in issuing these warnings. Miranda Yardley, a 52-year-old transsexual who was the first person in Britain to be sued for committing the “hate crime” of making “transphobic” remarks on Twitter, wrote:

There seems to me something uniquely cruel in telling children their bodies are wrong because they do not match the interests our culture deems appropriate for their sex. The adults who promote this lethally toxic culture should feel ashamed of themselves. Of course, they never will: they are fanatics.

Philadelphia-based clinician Lisa Marchiano wrote at Quillette:

While transgender advocates have derided the notion that the sudden surge in trans identified teens – and natal female teens in particular – could be influenced by social contagion, the idea is not so far-fetched. Bulimia was virtually unknown until the 1970s, when British psychologist Gerald Russell first described the condition in a medical journal. Author Lee Daniel Kravetz interviewed Russell for his recent book Strange ContagionAccording to Russell, “once it was described, and I take full responsibility for that with my paper, there was a common language for it. And knowledge spreads very quickly.” Scientists have been able to track bulimia’s transmission even into culturally remote enclaves following the introduction of Western media sources. It is estimated that bulimia has since affected 30 million people.

People with body integrity identity disorder claim to be “transabled”, longing for amputations of perfectly healthy limbs, or wilful blinding. Should we also affirm them in their quest to become physically disabled? What about “transracial” people?

A chilling effect

Meanwhile in the UK, University of Exeter economics professor Dr Eva Poen has been accused of transphobia by feminist and LGBT students for tweeting: “Only female people menstruate. Only female people go through menopause.”

She also tweeted in response to insurance company Aviva promoting LGBT+ inclusion in sports:

“Let’s keep female sports for FEMALE PEOPLE. Stay in your lane, Aviva. We don’t tell you how to do insurance; it would be great if you could stop telling women to give up their hard earned place in society. Women’s sport is not yours to give away.”

Adam Deloit, the 22-year-old transgender representative of the university’s LGBTQ+ society, states:

“What she is doing isn’t a debate. It’s constant harassment and discrimination. I don’t think anyone who sees her tweets can say that they are not an attack on trans people. She can try to define us out of our existence, but we are still here. The fact the university tolerates her is really frustrating.”

A spokeswoman for the university’s feminist society said:

“The university must investigate the allegations thoroughly and look at it from, if nothing else, a well-being standpoint for groups of students within that community.”

In 2018, the Bristol University student union backed proposals to ban any TERF (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist) speakers who questioned whether men who identified as women were actually women.

In 2017, 60-year-old Maria MacLachlan was beaten up at Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park by young trans-identifying men, enraged that she was about to attend a feminist talk entitled, “What is Gender”.

Why are trans activists so afraid of questions and statements which are grounded in basic biology? So much for inclusivity and a grasp on reality, not to mention common civility! Must the whole world conform to their perception? Do “trans rights” override the basic human right of free speech?

Detransitioners scarred for life

The growing trend of detransitioners speaking out about their irreversible physical and mental scars from rushed transitions should give us pause for thought. There are now rapidly-expanding groups on Reddit and Tumblr for those suffering transgender regret.

Trans-identifying Blaire White reports from Montreal:

A few years ago, there were a few detransitioners on Youtube talking about their experiences, but not many. Now, there appears to be almost as many people talking about their transition failures as there are people talking about their transition successes… Many of the teen detransitioners on Youtube cite falling into trans activist circles online as a contribution to the mistake they made.

Lisa Marchiano wrote, in an article titled “The Ranks of Gender Detransitioners Are Growing. We Need to Understand Why”:

… there is the problem of bias reinforcement. For adolescents struggling to understand themselves and their place in the world, a self-diagnosis as transgender can offer seemingly easy answers. But clinicians shouldn’t be “affirming” that sort of self-diagnosis on a no-questions-asked basis …

The detransitioners I see in my practice are all female, and they are all in their early twenties. At the time they became trans-identified, many were suffering from complex social and mental health issues. Transition often not only failed to address these issues, but at times exacerbated them or added new issues. These young women often became derailed from educational or vocational goals during their period of trans identification.

Twenty-three-year-old Keira Bell, who is now suing the Tavistock clinic in London for facilitating her sex transition, told the BBC:

“I should have been challenged on the proposals or the claims that I was making for myself… I was allowed to run with this idea that I had, almost like a fantasy, as a teenager… and it has affected me in the long run as an adult.”

The Christian Post reports that 41-year-old Marcus Fitz in California “believes it’s important that people learn about the deceptive practices at gender clinics that push cross-sex hormones and transgender surgeries, which he says have left him psychologically scarred, physically mutilated, and with a severely compromised endocrine system.”

Indeed, UnHerd reported this case of another detransitioner:

When she was 15, Livia was diagnosed with severe anorexia. “It’s so scary to realise that my anorexic thoughts were about [hating] my female body,” she tells a stunned room. “I really wish someone had been there to tell me not to get that body castrated at 21.”

Ovulation is essential for women’s health. Canadian endocrinology professor Jerilynn Prior states: “women benefit from 35 to 40 years of ovulatory cycles, not just for fertility but also to prevent osteoporosis, stroke, dementia, heart disease, and breast cancer.” What does the future hold for trans-men who have had their reproductive organs removed?

And what could happen to trans-women? The British Medical Journal published a study last year showing that men who take oestrogen to transition develop a 46-fold higher risk of breast cancer; the World Health Organization published a report in 2015 noting the measurably higher risk of cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancer faced by women who transition while retaining their genitalia.

Meanwhile, a study published in the American journal Pediatrics found that among transgender-identifying people, “the percentage of people who attempted suicide and were hospitalised in the last 12 months was DOUBLE for those who had blockers (45.5% versus 22.8%).”

Follow the money

The ABC’s Four Corners recently reported on an 11-year-old receiving puberty blockers, “one of a small but growing cohort of children around Australia seeking treatment because they don’t identify as either a boy or a girl.” She was diagnosed with gender dysphoria when she was only nine.

Writer Jennifer Bilek observed in a sobering post, “Capitalizing on the Destruction of Healthy Female Breasts”:

TomBoyX, Luna Pads, and Thinx corporations have all used the healthy breast amputations of young women in their ad campaigns, normalizing body dissociation and mutilations as self-expression, with barely any criticism in mainstream media.

At The Federalist, she unveils the billionaires funding the powerful LGBT lobby in the USA. Over at Populist Wire, Ben Kenobii published: “Meet Jennifer Pritzker: The Trans-Billionaire Big Tech Doesn’t Want You To Know About”.

Positive publicity on ABC’s Four Corners has been credited with a A$6 million grant to Australia’s most popular youth gender clinic.

Doing right by our children

Considering the well-documented physical and mental health implications of puberty blockers and sex change surgery, is it not irresponsible of our government, media and health institutions to keep advocating affirmation of gender dysphoria, particularly in vulnerable, malleable children?

Professor Parkinson is a specialist in family law and child protection. Instead of trying to quash his words, spoken from experience and a place of deep concern, we ought to act on his urgent warnings before even more youth are permanently maimed.

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Mei Ling

Mei Ling is a Singapore born freelance writer and social media manager living in Queensland, Australia.


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Trump Hits Democrats’ Coronavirus Bill as Stuffed With Unrelated ‘Goodies’

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he doesn’t support House Democrats’ coronavirus relief bill in its current form because it includes too many “goodies” that have nothing to do with the disease.

Although the bill addresses providing testing and masks to respond to the coronavirus, it also expands unemployment insurance and food stamps, requires the Social Security Administration to provide paid sick leave, and mandates that employers give paid permanent sick leave to their employees.

A reporter asked Trump at the White House if he supports the legislation.

“No, because there are things in there that have nothing to do with things we are talking about,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he sat with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.


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“It’s not a way for them to get some of the goodies that they haven’t been able to get for the last 25 years,” the president said of House Democrats.

As of Thursday afternoon, there were 36 deaths in the U.S. from the new coronavirus disease, called COVID-19, with a total of 1,215 diagnosed cases across 42 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Trump delivered a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night in which he announced a ban on travel to the U.S. from most European countries and proposed a payroll tax cut and assistance for industries and employees hit hard by the virus.

The president previously restricted travel from China, where the virus originated.

“The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is focused directly on providing support for America’s families, who must be our first priority in this emergency,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a public statement.

The spread of the coronavirus has prompted calls for more government action. The Democrats’ bill includes free coronavirus testing, paid emergency leave for up to 14 days, and more protections for health care workers who might come in contact with infected people.

“We cannot fight coronavirus effectively unless everyone in our country who needs to be tested knows they can get their test free of charge,” Pelosi said. “We cannot slow the coronavirus outbreak when workers are stuck with the terrible choice between staying home to avoid spreading illness and the paycheck their family can’t afford to lose.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., contended that the Democrats are playing politics, but said Congress should remain in session until it gets the bill right.

During the Oval Office session, Trump elaborated on why he excluded the United Kingdom from the ban on travel from Europe.

“One of the reasons [is] the U.K. basically has got the border … it has got very strong borders, and they are doing a very good job,” Trump said. “They don’t have very much infection at this point, and hopefully they keep it that way.”

Trump said life and death issues guide his decisions in dealing with coronavirus:

The question is how many people will die? I don’t want people dying. That’s what I’m all about. I made a very tough decision last night [with the European travel ban] and a very tough decision a long time ago with respect to China. I don’t want people dying, and that’s why I made these decisions.

The president said the stock market is stronger now than when he came into office and predicted it will bounce back.

“Whether it affects the stock market or not [is] very important, but it’s not important compared to life and death,” Trump said. “Frankly, the people that are professionals praised the decision. It’s something I had to do. I think you’ll see the end result is very good because of it, but it will take a period of time.”

Trump said he is “not concerned” about reports that a member of a Brazilian delegation who tested positive for COVID-19 had contact with him last weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement later, however.

“Exposures from the case are being assessed, which will dictate next steps,” Grisham said, adding:

Both the president and vice president had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.

As stated before, the White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service [have] been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the first and second families and all White House staff healthy.

Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, announced Thursday that he held a conference call with government science officials from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Britain on how to tackle the pandemic.

He said the officials talked about sharing more data, how artificial intelligence can be used, and data-sharing repositories.

In the Oval Office session with reporters, Trump was asked if larger quarantine zones in the United States are an option.

“It’s a possibility if somebody gets a little bit out of control, if an area gets too hot,” Trump said. “You see what they are doing in New Rochelle, which is good frankly, but it’s not enforced. It’s not very strong. But people know they are being watched. It’s a hot spot.”

A reporter asked the Irish and American leaders if they shook hands.

They replied that they hadn’t, and instead placed their own palms together in greeting, which was “sort of a weird feeling,” Trump said.

The president said that in India and Japan, where he has visited, shaking hands is less customary.

“They were ahead of the curve,” he said.

Trump acknowledged his reputation as a bit of a germaphobe before entering politics.

“I was never a big hand-shaker as you probably have heard, but once you become a politician, shaking hands is very normal,” he said.

The Irish prime minister followed by saying, “It almost feels like you’re being rude, but we just can’t afford to think like that for the next few weeks.”

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National Security Adviser Blames China for Swift Spread of Wuhan Coronavirus

China’s government initially “covered up” the new coronavirus and delayed global response to the disease by at least two months, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Wednesday.

O’Brien’s remarks come as the communist Chinese government has tried to deny the disease’s origins in the city of Wuhan and pushed internet rumors that the United States created it.

“This virus did not originate in the United States. It originated in the Wuhan, in the Hubei province in China,” O’Brien said in an appearance at The Heritage Foundation.

“It originated some time ago. Unfortunately, rather than using best practices, this outbreak in Wuhan was covered up.”

As of early Wednesday, officials had confirmed 938 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, across 38 states. There were a total of 29 deaths, all but a few in Washington state.

“There is a lot of open-source reporting from China, from Chinese nationals, from doctors involved [who] were either silenced or put into isolation or that sort of thing, so the report of this virus did not get out,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien, who is President Donald Trump’s top adviser on foreign affairs and national security matters, said the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could have assisted China in early containment and treatment before the outbreak. He said:

It probably cost the world community two months to respond. And in those two months, if we had those and had the cooperation of the Chinese, and a WHO team been on the ground and a CDC team—which we had offered them on the ground—I think we could have dramatically curtailed what happened in China and what is now happening across the world.

In a recent example, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, said March 4: “Some in the media say this coronavirus is a China virus. This is extremely irresponsible and we firmly oppose that. We are still tracing the origin of the virus and there is no conclusion yet.”

Other Chinese diplomats denied the disease’s origins in China and took offense to references of “Wuhan” in describing the virus.

More than just dodging responsibility, the Chinese government reportedly has pushed propaganda that the United States created  the virus.

O’Brien spoke well of the Trump administration’s response in assembling a task force and closing off travel to the U.S. from China.

“Pandemics and epidemics are some of the greatest challenges we face as a country. I think we’ve done a good job responding to it,” O’Brien said. “But look, the way this started out in China from the outset was not right. It should have been handled differently. But we are where we are right now. We are doing our best to work with the Chinese.”

O’Brien, who replaced John Bolton in the key White House post, also spoke about reforms to the National Security Council.

He announced plans in October to streamline the 174-member staff to fewer than 120. This has prompted controversy as Trump has demonstrated distrust of some in the government bureaucracy after the impeachment battle.

“We brought the size down, but we’ve done it for the most part through attrition and holding off on hiring,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien said he was following the model of President George H.W. Bush’s national security adviser Brent Scowcroft by having a leaner staff. He also noted that he has met with his predecessors, both Republican and Democrat.

A high profile removal was Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who had testified during the House impeachment inquiry that aspects of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president were inappropriate.

Vindman, who was in charge of European affairs, was sent back to work in the Pentagon last month, causing an uproar among Democrats.

“I think that some people decided the NSC was going to be a career for them and they were going to stay there as long they could. And I think there were people who felt they knew better how to conduct the foreign policy of the United States than the elected president of the United States,” O’Brien said, without mentioning any names or specifying the impeachment inquiry.

He added:

If you’re on the president’s staff and you don’t agree with the president, and you can’t put your disagreement aside, and you can’t get on board with the president’s policy, then you’re probably better served and the country’s probably better served if you’re back at an agency doing something where you’re not trying to make policy or create policy or thwart policy or resist policy. Or you’re better off going to run for Congress or state Senate or Senate, where you can be a policymaker. …

We are there to staff the president and make sure he gets the best advice on policy possible and to make sure his policies are implemented. If you’ve got a different view of what you should be doing, the NSC is probably not the best place for you to be serving.

Fred Lucas

Fred Lucas is the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal and co-host of “The Right Side of History” podcast. Lucas is also the author of “Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections.” Send an email to Fred. Twitter: @FredLucasWH.

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Watch: President Trump’s Address to the Nation on the Global Wuhan Virus Outbreak

On March 11th, 2020 at 9 p.m. ET, President Donald J. Trump addressed Americans from the Oval Office about our country’s fight against the global Coronavirus outbreak.

WATCH LIVE at 9 p.m. ET: President Trump addresses the nation

On March 11th the President met with financial leaders at the White House, discussing how best to meet the needs of customers affected by the Coronavirus. Ensuring financial relief for both consumers and small businesses is a core piece of the President’s agenda.

The President also signed a memorandum today directing his Cabinet to make general-use face masks available to healthcare workers. Under President Trump’s leadership, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has also already taken bold steps to incentivize the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and other products that are needed to fight the Coronavirus outbreak and address supply concerns.

TRANSCRIPT:

As prepared for delivery by the White House, March 11, 2020

My fellow Americans: Tonight, I want to speak with you about our nation’s unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in China and is now spreading throughout the world.

Today, the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic.

We have been in frequent contact with our allies, and we are marshaling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.

This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.  I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens, and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.

From the beginning of time, nations and people have faced unforeseen challenges, including large-scale and very dangerous health threats.  This is the way it always was and always will be.  It only matters how you respond, and we are responding with great speed and professionalism.

Our team is the best anywhere in the world.  At the very start of the outbreak, we instituted sweeping travel restrictions on China and put in place the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years.  We declared a public health emergency and issued the highest level of travel warning on other countries as the virus spread its horrible infection.

And taking early intense action, we have seen dramatically fewer cases of the virus in the United States than are now present in Europe.

The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hotspots.  As a result, a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travelers from Europe.

After consulting with our top government health professionals, I have decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and well-being of all Americans.

To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.  The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight.  These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground.

There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings, and these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval.  Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing.  These restrictions will also not apply to the United Kingdom.

At the same time, we are monitoring the situation in China and in South Korea.  And, as their situation improves, we will reevaluate the restrictions and warnings that are currently in place for a possible early opening.

Earlier this week, I met with the leaders of health insurance industry who have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments, extend insurance coverage to these treatments, and to prevent surprise medical billing.

We are cutting massive amounts of red tape to make antiviral therapies available in record time.  These treatments will significantly reduce the impact and reach of the virus.

Additionally, last week, I signed into law an $8.3 billion funding bill to help CDC and other government agencies fight the virus and support vaccines, treatments, and distribution of medical supplies.  Testing and testing capabilities are expanding rapidly, day by day.  We are moving very quickly.

The vast majority of Americans: The risk is very, very low.  Young and healthy people can expect to recover fully and quickly if they should get the virus.  The highest risk is for elderly population with underlying health conditions.  The elderly population must be very, very careful.

In particular, we are strongly advising that nursing homes for the elderly suspend all medically unnecessary visits.  In general, older Americans should also avoid nonessential travel in crowded areas.

My administration is coordinating directly with communities with the largest outbreaks, and we have issued guidance on school closures, social distancing, and reducing large gatherings.

Smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow.

Every community faces different risks and it is critical for you to follow the guidelines of your local officials who are working closely with our federal health experts — and they are the best.

For all Americans, it is essential that everyone take extra precautions and practice good hygiene.  Each of us has a role to play in defeating this virus.  Wash your hands, clean often-used surfaces, cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough, and most of all, if you are sick or not feeling well, stay home.

To ensure that working Americans impacted by the virus can stay home without fear of financial hardship, I will soon be taking emergency action, which is unprecedented, to provide financial relief.  This will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to coronavirus.

I will be asking Congress to take legislative action to extend this relief.

Because of the economic policies that we have put into place over the last three years, we have the greatest economy anywhere in the world, by far.

Our banks and financial institutions are fully capitalized and incredibly strong.  Our unemployment is at a historic low.  This vast economic prosperity gives us flexibility, reserves, and resources to handle any threat that comes our way.

This is not a financial crisis, this is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world.

However, to provide extra support for American workers, families, and businesses, tonight I am announcing the following additional actions:  I am instructing the Small Business Administration to exercise available authority to provide capital and liquidity to firms affected by the coronavirus.

Effective immediately, the SBA will begin providing economic loans in affected states and territories.  These low-interest loans will help small businesses overcome temporary economic disruptions caused by the virus.  To this end, I am asking Congress to increase funding for this program by an additional $50 billion.

Using emergency authority, I will be instructing the Treasury Department to defer tax payments, without interest or penalties, for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted.  This action will provide more than $200 billion of additional liquidity to the economy.

Finally, I am calling on Congress to provide Americans with immediate payroll tax relief.  Hopefully they will consider this very strongly.

We are at a critical time in the fight against the virus.  We made a life-saving move with early action on China.  Now we must take the same action with Europe.  We will not delay.  I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the American people.  I will always put the wellbeing of America first.

If we are vigilant — and we can reduce the chance of infection, which we will — we will significantly impede the transmission of the virus.  The virus will not have a chance against us.

No nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States.  We have the best economy, the most advanced healthcare, and the most talented doctors, scientists, and researchers anywhere in the world.

We are all in this together.  We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation and one family.

As history has proven time and time again, Americans always rise to the challenge and overcome adversity.

Our future remains brighter than anyone can imagine.  Acting with compassion and love, we will heal the sick, care for those in need, help our fellow citizens, and emerge from this challenge stronger and more unified than ever before.

God bless you, and God bless America.  Thank you.

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VIDEO: The Vortex — Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

TRANSCRIPT

In 2008, Obama’s White House Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor Rahm Emmanuel said of the then-tanking economy, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

He meant, when something bad happens, find a way to score political points and advance your agenda even further and faster.

Well, aside from the weaponizing of the coronavirus by the Left, the same is now going on in the Church, and that’s because a vast number of the hierarchy are actually sympathetic to the Left, and in some cases, card-carrying members.

First, there’s the political idiocy. The Left is saying —we know this is shocking — that it’s all Trump’s fault. Either he didn’t do enough in the beginning, or he’s not doing enough now.

And now, since he or his supporters have dubbed it the “Wuhan Virus,” on top of all of it, they are racists. Trump got attacked for putting a Chinese travel ban in place to contain the virus. According to the Left, that makes him xenophobic. Calling it the Wuhan Virus makes him a racist.

The media-driven hysteria, which they are pushing because they think it might be a backdoor way to get to Trump, is just ridiculously over the top. The markets plunging feeds right into the Dems’ political strategy and, of course, it’s all Trump’s fault, as Joe Biden was stammering on about a couple of days ago.

What no one in the Marxist media is saying is that this is nowhere near as deadly as the H1N1 virus outbreak which killed about half a million Americans. The regular old flu kills anywhere from 40,000–100,000 Americans every year.

By the way, if there was ever a time to buy stocks it would be right now. Buy low, sell high.

However, the political Left can’t really hold a candle to what is being accomplished by what we could call the theological Left. And we are talking about the Mass hysteria —  literal Mass, as in the sacrifice of the Mass. News that all Masses in Rome were canceled throughout the remainder of Lent, which essentially just began, sent shockwaves throughout the Catholic world.

The Italian bishops conference is either canceling Masses, limiting Holy Communion or a host of other actions that have the ultimate effect of dampening the Faith. They’ve actually posted notices at local parishes that say in effect, no Masses, no adoration, no confessions, no weddings, etc.

Talk about never letting a crisis go to waste.

But when you jump the pond and land on American shores, the U.S. bishops are also making hay out of the hysteria.

And for the record, we aren’t saying ignore the virus, of course not. You should always take whatever usual and reasonable precautions you can to prevent you and your loved ones from getting sick. But too many U.S. bishops are being completely unreasonable and that’s a charitable assessment.

One could easily conclude that many are using the situation to go after Communion on the tongue. They’ve long hated it because it smacks of traditional Catholicism but they’ve been a little hamstrung in forbidding it. They’re hamstrung actually because they don’t have jurisdiction to forbid it. Only the pope can stop the practice of reception of Holy Communion on the tongue.

Hear that very clearly: No bishop can order you to not receive on the tongue, period. The Universal law of the Church says every Catholic has the right, the right — pay attention — the right — to receive on the tongue. Therefore every bishop who orders, or makes it sound like you can’t receive Our Lord on the tongue is lying and disobedient, or at the very least, totally ignorant and incompetent.

Back in 2008 and 2009, the H1N1 flu, which was also called the swine flu, broke out and killed huge numbers of people. Of course, the U.S. bishops, ever watchful for an opportunity to kill Communion on the tongue, petitioned Rome to see if Pope Benedict would end the practice. The answer they got back was a resounding no.

Now pay attention because we have attached a link to Rome’s response for you to print out and keep with you when you go to Mass. It says flat out that you always have the right to receive on the tongue, period — no exceptions. Always, always, always means always — always — even in the age of confusion which reigns supreme in Rome these days.

Again, click on the link, print out this document and keep it with you. It’s your proof that you cannot be told to receive in your hand. It’s only four sentences long. Ah, we miss the days of clarity.

And not only does it say you always have the right to receive on the tongue, it also says that it is illicit to deny Holy Communion to those who are able to receive.

And by the way, keep it with you even after the Wuhan virus scare is over, because you know that many bishops will never reinstate the practice with a public announcement that says “okay, all clear to start receiving on the tongue again.” Fat chance — it’s not going to happen.

There’s much to get into here about the topic of the manner of reception. There’s a long history to talk about — how homosexual Cdl. Joseph Bernardin of Chicago jammed through reception in the hand illicitly, over the objections of multiple bishops. We could talk about how reception from the cup was introduced to copy the Protestant revolutionaries who wanted to destroy belief in the Real Presence in the first Protestants, who were actually Catholics. The introduction of so-called eucharistic ministers was a further attempt to destroy belief in the Real Presence.

All of their plans, you have to say, have worked exceedingly well. Belief in the Real Presence is virtually nil among Catholics. Good job, bishops!

Likewise, you can tell easily that many of the bishops are using this as a way to get at traditional Catholics, because frankly, traditional Catholics are just about the only ones who do receive on the tongue and kneeling at that. The vast majority of the few Church of Nice Catholics who still go to Mass wouldn’t dream of receiving on the tongue, or kneeling. They show up late, grab their piece of bread and scoot out the door early, and then, not even every week.

So just who are the bishops talking to when they issue all these alarmist “the sky is falling” warnings? Certainly not the huge majority of the tiny percentage of Catholics who go to Mass.

And even if the Wuhan Virus was as great a lethal threat as the Marxist media is making it out to be — and the bishops are at least faking like they believe that, given how much they are canceling Holy Communion reception on the tongue — here’s a question.

Are the bishops going to cancel their semiannual meeting that will take place here in Detroit in June? (See you there, guys.) After all, those most impacted by the virus, if they catch it, are older men in somewhat poor health. You couldn’t find a more apt physical description of the U.S. hierarchy as a whole than that — old, out-of-shape, with other health problems — men. Then you’re going to cram about 400 of them into the same room for days on end. Come on, bishops.

Then you’re going to travel back to your dioceses and transmit the killer disease to your staff who will then kill off the laity in your diocese by shaking their hands. Bishops, come on, you aren’t going to limit your efforts to just the laity at Communion time right?

Laity — know your rights.

Click on that Vatican document we’ve attached, and have it with you — print it out and have it with you — every time you go to Mass. Just keep it in your back pocket. It’s almost a guarantee in the Church of Nice: One day, you’re going to need it. After all, why let a good crisis go to waste?

Correction: The CDW letter was a reply to a lay Catholic in Britain concerned about the parish’s restricting of reception of Communion on the tongue because of the swine flu scare, not the USCCB.

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Embedding LGBT ideology in the curriculum carries serious risks for young people. We need to tell them the facts and consequences.

The UK government funded the LGBT Lobby Stonewall to produce a programme; ‘Creating an LGBT inclusive Primary Curriculum’ which has been designed to erode ‘heteronormative’ assumptions in primary schools. The programme embeds same sex relationships throughout the curriculum, using psychological techniques such as ‘usualising’, ‘actualising’ and desensitization to make these relationships appear normal to our youngest children. Teachers are told to eliminate ‘he’ and ‘she’ from the curriculum, turning the world into a place inhabited by sexless ‘theys’. Stonewall tell us that schools will be monitored to see how successfully these ideas are adopted.

Stonewall resources are already widely used in UK schools although there are no legal requirements to teach about LGBT relationships. Nor can it be supported by the Equalities Act, which simply protects against discrimination. In fact the Department for Education could probably be legally challenged as much of the programme undermines parent’s religious beliefs.

We do not allow political or religious groups such influence over the curriculum. How come a single issue group like Stonewall has such influence on the basis of their ideological belief?

Part of the reason is the assumption that ‘being gay’ is, like sex or disability, an innate characteristic, and that those who are affected need our protection and support. This belief is an outcome of a long-term campaign carried out by the LGBT lobby whose aim was most clearly articulated in After the Ball by Kirk and Madsen:

“The mainstream should be told that gays are victims of fate, in the sense that most never had a choice to accept or reject their sexual preference. The message must read: ‘As far as gays can tell, they were born gay, just as you were born heterosexual or white or black or bright or athletic. They never made a choice, and are not morally blameworthy… Straight viewers must be able to identify with gays as victims.” (See here)

This assumption influences how we teach about same sex attraction (SSA) in schools today. For example, LGBT activists Barnes and Carlile instruct teachers to draw an equivalence between disability, colour and being gay: “When we study the Paralympics are we promoting disabilities?… When we study the civil rights movement are we promoting being black?” The answer is evidently, “No!”’

The result is wide acceptance of the view that some people are ‘born gay,’ but there is little evidence to support this.

Same-sex attracted people are not ‘born gay’

Research suggests that in some cases there may exist predisposing hormonal factors. Some biological correlates have been identified, but ‘being gay’ is not genetically predetermined. This has been comprehensively confirmed.

Our sexuality, or sexual expression, is indicated but not determined by biology. Many lesbians and gay men have had sex with an opposite sex partners and enjoyed it. For some, desires change over their lifetime.  Others are clear that their sexuality is a product of nurture rather than nature. Some have been so convinced of this that they have successfully sought therapy to change their sexual orientation.

Who we desire is profoundly complex and shrouded in mystery. Biology is a clumsy tool for understanding the ins and outs of sex.

The importance of these less tangible factors is appreciated by gay rights advocate Peter Tatchell: ‘Many studies suggest social factors are also important influences in the formation of sexual orientation. These include the relationship between a child and its parent, formative childhood experiences, family expectations, cultural mores and peer pressure.’

The evidence backs him up.

Some research has identified a range of social factors which correlate with homosexual marriage including divorced parents, older mothers and absent fathers.

Another factor which emerges consistently is child abuse. For example a study found that 46% of homosexual subjects reported abuse, as opposed to 7% of heterosexuals. Another study found that 19% of lesbians had been involved in incestuous relationships while growing up.

Some psychologists have argued that  SSA is linked with a weakened sense of masculinity which can have a number of causes.. Some gay men have argued that their relationship with their father has been key. (see here and here)

For others it is simply a choice.

All this suggests that ‘born that way’ this isn’t actually true. Rather  ‘Moral values, social ideologies and cultural expectations – together with family patterns and parent-child interaction’  are some of the factors impacting on the development of our sexual identities, as Peter Tatchell has explained.

Normalisation is boosting same-sex and trans trends

However, if we accept that cultural mores, peer pressure, moral values and social ideologies all impact on the development of homosexuality and lesbianism, what are the implications for the normalisation that is going on in schools?

Is it possible that young people who might otherwise have grown up to be purely heterosexual will be tempted into gay relationships? And if so, should this be a cause of concern?

One study estimated that as many as 80 percent of male adolescents who report same-sex attractions no longer do so as adults. Had those young people lived in today’s gay affirming society it seems likely that the numbers who then moved into full homosexuality would have been higher.

We have seen how, since teaching children about transgender identity began in schools, the number of children who are now suffering from gender dysphoria has soared – by over 4400 percent. If children and young people can become confused about their sex, which is so obvious, surely confusion about sexuality could also occur?

There does appear to be evidence that homosexual orientation is slowly beginning an upward climb. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that there is an increase in the proportion of people who identify as gay lesbian or bisexual and this increase appears to be more concentrated in the younger age groups.

For LGBT activists the possibility that gay affirming schools will encourage homosexuality is positively welcomed: “Were future generations to grow up in a gay-positive, homo-friendly culture, it’ likely that many more people would have same-sex relationships, if not for all for their lives at least for significant periods,” says :Peter Tatchell. His hope is that “With this boom in queer sex, the social basis of homophobia would be radically undermined”.

However, Tatchell and others are not supported by the evidence. The evidence seems to suggest that the massive push to affirm LGBT people in schools and society may be reducing tolerance and pushing the numbers of hate crimes up. (US evidence  and UK Evidence)

There are other reasons why encouraging homosexuality to ‘become commonplace’ among our younger generation may not be a good idea.

Young people should be told the health implications

For the facts are that although promiscuity has declined enormously since the early days of AIDS, gay men do, on average, tend to have higher levels of promiscuity. As parents, this is something we would be keen for our children to avoid. It also appears that in the process of achieving intimacy some gay men and women engage in risky and dangerous practices which most of us would be desperate to protect future generations from.

There is evidence that gay people are more likely to show multiple indicators of mental disorder, including higher rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking and attempts, substance abuse, eating disorders and, at least for lesbians, intimate partner violence. And this not necessarily because of discrimination as is commonly assumed.

What perhaps is most alarming are the increased risks of sexually transmitted and other diseases, overall poor health and shortened lifespans due to HIV. (see herehere and here)

If ‘eliminating homophobia’ depends on sacrificing the health, happiness and the future wellbeing of our children, I, for one, am not prepared to pay the price.

Children are being taught that sexual relationships with your own sex or the opposite sex are both equally desirable. But this simply isn’t true.

Children need to understand that all human beings are equal. However, when it comes to lifestyles, our different choices have costs and benefits attached. For example, being gay can leave a person more vulnerable to relationship instability, mental health problems, dangerous sexual practices and exposure to disease. When it comes to family formation, one of the most significant events in determining our whole life course, being gay is a disability, not to put too fine a point on it.

For some young people choice does not appear to come into it, and of course we accept them, and hopefully journey with them, and make sure they know they have all our support.

But this does not mean that we should teach all young people that it will make no difference to their long-term health, happiness and life plans whether they settle for being straight or decide to explore the possibilities of being lesbian or gay.

So let’s encourage an accurately informed decision making process which takes into consideration the costs and benefits of different types of relationship for those young people who do feel they have a choice.

This is the direction in which we should be guiding our young people.

But that won’t happen while the LGBT lobby are in charge.

COLUMN BY

BELINDA BROWN

Belinda Brown is author of The Private Revolution: Women in the Polish Underground Movement and a number of well-cited academic papers. British, she also writes for The Daily Mail and The Conservative Woman. She has a particular interest in men’s issues and the damage caused by feminism. 

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