Conservative gatekeeper Jonah Goldberg wrote a piece titled “Debating Virus Terminology is a Waste of Energy” trying to play the role of “reasonable” conservative during the ongoing PC debate about how to refer to the current pandemic —originating in Wuhan, China — shocking the entire world.
In typical fashion, he tries to play the centrist role by calling out some members of the leftist media while also taking some of the most effective conservatives in Congress to task.
He specifically singled out Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar:
While it’s not racist to refer to it as the Chinese coronavirus or Wuhan virus, there are people on the right eager to play into the very stereotype the left is decrying by refusing to use the official name. This brouhaha started in large part because of a “Wuhan virus” tweet by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., a crackpot fond of playing footsie with white supremacist idiots. (He’s claimed, among other things, that the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was a left-wing stunt possibly funded by George Soros.)
Never mind that Charlottesville police engaged in one of the most heinous examples of anarcho-tyranny and let leftist radicals operate with virtual impunity at the event, which escalated tensions and led to a fatal confrontation.
Goldberg called out President Donald Trump as well for trying to capitalize on this crisis:
Others have a more serious agenda. Some people, deeply committed to the new nationalist cause and the effort to paint China as an enemy of the United States, have jumped on this crisis as an opportunity to further stigmatize China. After all, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. That’s why President Trump tweeted on Tuesday, “We need the Wall more than ever!”
What Goldberg doesn’t get is that the Wuhan virus outbreak is not a pretext to justify overreach, but instead demonstrates Trump’s 2016 concerns about globalism — the pitfalls of unrestricted movement of people and “free trade” with despotic regimes with questionable environmental standards. Because of these recent developments, Trump should not hesitate to flex his muscles against globalism by closing the border and passing America First immigration restriction policies.
Goldberg has a long history of moving to the Left on issues ranging from immigration to gay marriage, so he can never be counted on to be an effective advocate nor ally to America First causes.
And you wonder why so-called “conservatives” can’t conserve anything of value?
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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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