17 – 23 February 2019
1. Washington and Lincoln Are As Relevant Today As Ever
The American Spectator’s Scott Powell reflects on President’s Day and the impact of two of our nation’s greatest leaders, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Both Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays fall in February and both had massive impacts on our nation, one creating it and one saving it. The virtues of these grandfathers of classical conservatism led to our nation becoming what it is today, the pinnacle of liberty in the world today.https://spectator.org/washington-and-lincoln-are-as-relevant-today-as-ever/
2. You Can’t Say That on Twitter
Mona Charen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center covers the issues of Twitter and their targeting of conservative figures. Case in point is conservative journalist Meghan Murphy, self-proclaimed radical feminist, who tweeted “men are not women” and was subsequently banned from the social media platform. It is because of Murphy’s ideology that she was banned. Her statements were critiqued and marked as hate speech, showing the slippery slope that many social media platforms are now on. Conservatives are habitually scrutinized on these applications, proving that the founding fathers idea of “the tyranny of the many” is rapidly becoming a reality.https://eppc.org/publications/you-cant-say-that-on-twitter/
3. New fear ‘cyber border wall’ will fail in electric grid attack, pandemic
Washington Examiner writer Paul Bedard reviews the case of a “cyber border wall” which was proposed by Democrats who oppose President Trump’s physical barrier. The cyber defense would feature many different types of technology which are meant to replace the need for a physical defense, such as drones and movement detection systems. The problem with this proposed solution, as pointed out by Pax Americana Institute Advisor Dr. Peter Pry, is that these systems are susceptible to cyber attacks. Dr. Pry, like many others, conclude that a physical barrier is the only long term solution to both illegal immigration and potential terrorist threats from the southern border.
4. Wars ending badly
Jed Babbin of The Washington Times analyzes the proposed “roadmap for peace” in Afghanistan between the United States and the Taliban. US officials have sought to implement a peaceful solution to the ongoing war in Afghanistan by orchestrating a ceasefire with Taliban forces. The peace talks have been delayed for multiple reasons. First, because of the United States’ desire for a cease fire and second, a reconciliation with the US-backed government before peace talks begin. Like many others have done, Babbin remains skeptical of the Taliban obeying any sort of agreement after US troops leave the country, likening the situation to Vietnam. US policy makers must carefully consider all of the consequences in withdrawing from Afghanistan.