The New York Young Republican Club remains one of the most outspoken right wing organizations in the nation.
On November 19, 2020, it released a statement condemning the “cowardly decision by Democrat government officials to close New York City schools.” In the Republican youth organization’s view, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bill De Blasio, and New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza demonstrated that “their obsequious nature by serving teachers’ unions’ interests rather than students.”
The group cited a number of studies and observations showing that children learn better when they are in a classroom setting with other students. On top of that, the Republican group made the case that there is scant empirical evidence of children being vectors for the spread of the Wuhan virus.
The Young Republican Club also exposed a bigger agenda that the teacher unions are trying to push during this pandemic:
Democrats’ pandering to teacher unions will have a material impact on students’ education. It will likely disproportionately harm those who belong to the impoverished communities that the Democrats claim to support. In addition, these same children’s families will struggle to find childcare to enable parents to work.
The Republican organization concluded: “This pathetic situation underscores Democrats’ vile disinterest in providing for their citizens and proves that they will prioritize entrenched and corrupt organized labor over children.”
BLP reached out to NYYRC president Gavin Wax for his take on the New York City school closures:
“The closing of NYC public schools is the latest in a string of unscientific actions from that are designed more as political theater than effective policy prescriptions. There is no empirical evidence to show children are big vectors of the disease. In fact the case spread in NYC schools is negligible, close to .23% and the 3% limit city wide is just an arbitrary number. Asymptomatic cases are irrelevant. Hospitalizations and deaths are the key metric which is being ignored.”
New York continues its descent as one of the least free states in the country. It has gained notoriety for its botched Wuhan virus response, in which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to place recovering Wuhan virus patients in retirement homes, which hastened the spread of the virus. Cuomo has also hurt the Hasidic Jewish community by using the pandemic as a pretext to restrict their religious gatherings.
New York state is no place for any freedom-loving person to live in these days and it’s no shock why many New Yorkers are fleeing the state for freer climes.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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