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?
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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