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Hearsay

The Democrats have moved their impeachment inquiry fiasco to the next level with their public testimonies.  These are the same witnesses that were hand-selected by the Democrats for “closed door” sessions with the goal of presenting to the public the most incriminating evidence for impeachment.  Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff have actually “raised the bar” on their accusations and are now saying that the President has committed an act of extortion and/or bribery.  Like the conductor of an orchestra, Schiff is carefully conducting every minute of his symphony.  I did not waste any time watching the televised testimony knowing that the biased media would tell me what they thought I needed to know.  From what I have seen of the testimony there has been nothing of substance.  Everything in the testimony today was hearsay.  The Democrats proudly displayed their primary witness for the day, Bill Taylor.  I think the Democrats feel that the witness’s credentials somehow make him a more trustworthy observer.  Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and received a bronze star while serving in Vietnam.  Robert Mueller had a stellar record as a marine veteran and former head of the FBI.  His Russia probe was a total disaster however and made his Democratic backers look like fools.  Despite his outstanding record, Mr. Taylor did not speak with the President and therefore does not know why the military aid was temporarily withheld to the Ukraine.  He (Taylor) assumed that the aid was contingent on the launching of an investigation into the Bidens and Burissma.  Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the EU testified last week to essentially the same assumptions.  When Taylor initially texted Sondland regarding his concerns over the delay in aid, Sondland responded that there was no quid pro quo.  Sondland testified to that while under oath in his closed door sessions.  Once other witnesses contradicted Sondland’s testimony, he suddenly “remembered” the phone call in question.  Was that a simple memory lapse or was it perjury?  Perhaps the Democrats pressured him to say there was a quid pro quo.

One thing is certain, you can’t convict someone on hearsay alone.  There has been no firsthand knowledge or objective evidence to indicate that the President pressured Zelensky into investigating the Bidens.  The military aid flowed and no investigation was ever conducted (although it should have).  The Trump Administration has been a good ally of the Ukrainians, supplying military weapons, including anti-tank missiles.  Under the Obama Administration the Russians invaded the Crimea and annexed it without Obama doing anything to stop them.  Then when the Russians invaded the Ukraine, the Ukrainians bravely fought back.  Obama aid consisted of blankets and MREs (meals ready to eat).  The Obama Administration was cowardly in the face of Russian aggression in Eastern Europe but it was President Trump who provided real aid to the Ukrainians for survival.  Hopefully Republicans in the House and Senate will continue their steadfast support of this President who has been under continuous attack by the corrupt deep state.  The longer this unjust debacle continues the more the Dems are ensuring Trump’s second term.

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Trump’s Budget

More on defense & security, less on social programs.

The Trump Administration released their budget proposal. As promised our President is wanting to increase spending on defense and homeland security. They have also suggested limiting growth in many social programs. Under the previous Administration food stamps, disability payments and welfare programs increased exponentially resulting in a doubling of our national deficit to some 20 trillion dollars (even with cuts in defense). Chuck Schumer is screaming bloody murder and will no doubt depict Republicans as heartless. Our society has become one of entitlements and dependency. The Dems are relying on government dependency to remain in power and expand the Democratic base. Have we learned nothing from the events in Venezuela? How long can the burden of an entitlement society be borne by the working taxpayer? We are taking a long walk off a short pier. Many Republicans are reluctant to support such efforts fearing loss of voter support. We elected a president with courage, but we still have a Congress of cowards. Remember the parable, “Give a man a fish and you’ve fed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.” Handouts are not helpful long term.

 

Covid Economy

Joe Biden announced his running mate for the 2020 presidential election yesterday. Kamala Harris, the former California Attorney General and a presidential candidate who withdrew last December. In my opinion she is the lesser of the evils among the group from which Biden was choosing. Harris is still a bit controversial for taking a tough stance on others for minor marijuana offenses while admitting to smoking marijuana herself. Then as a presidential candidate she proposed the legalization of marijuana nationally. Her critics have accused her of a willingness to say or do anything to attain the “next level” in her political career. She essentially called Biden a racist in one of the Democratic debates over his friendships with segregationist Senators and for his opposition to school busing. Biden was co-author of the 1994 Crime Bill that incarcerated countless inner city black men and decimated poor families. During their first joint appearance Biden and Harris focused criticism on the current Trump economy and unemployment numbers. They both should be reminded that the U.S. economy pre-Covid was the envy of the world. In January we had the lowest unemployment among all minority groups in the history of our nation. Then the coronavirus struck and the president’s task force recommended closing down the economy. All but the most essential people were thrown out of work and told to “shelter in place.” You can’t blame the virus (or the decision to shut down the country) on the President. Harris and Biden both believe that the President has mishandled the pandemic. I would like to know what Biden and Harris would have done differently. This is a new entity and even the “so called experts” were unsure at times and have changed their advice over the course of the infection. It is easy to sit on the sidelines and second guess the coach, but Trump followed the advice of his Task Force in almost all cases.

The previous administration had depleted stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE) and China bought up any supplies that were available without informing the world as to “why.” I think Dr. Fauci has some explaining to do when he predicted the pandemic and was personally involved with the Wuhan Virology Institute. Shutting down the economy may have “flattened the hospitalization curve” but it did nothing to curb the infection. By creating Operation Warp Speed, President Trump will have stimulated the most rapid development of a safe, effective vaccine ever. NO ONE is giving him credit for this idea but it was a brilliant move. He is also wisely funding the production of the vaccine before the final trials are complete. The wisdom in this aspect is that once the final trial is complete, the vaccine can then be distributed and patients can begin receiving the vaccine. Vaccines are the safest way to create “herd immunity” where enough people are protected that those who chose not to receive the vaccine will be safe from the virus. The Democrats and the media have been working against the President and spreading fear and panic to keep the economy from recovering. The current economy is not due to the policies of the President, this is a Covid economy. The Democrats are hoping it is their ticket to the White House. This is the right president at the right time.

No Police, No Peace

The Seattle City Council voted to reduce the police budget and to cut the salary of the Police Chief. The vote was a near-unanimous 7-1 with the only dissenting vote being placed as a protest vote. That council member actually believed that the cuts were not deep enough. Seattle has been the hotbed of the radical Antifa movement and has seen more than its share of violence over the years. The latest decisions of the Seattle City Council led to the resignation of the first black female police chief in the nation. The loudest, most radical voices in Seattle (as well as other liberal cities) are calling for the defunding (and in some cases disbanding) of the police. This year has seen a rise in violent crime, particularly gun violence at the very same time vocal elements are calling for defunding police departments. The war on police began under President Obama who was often critical of police encounters with civilians. Ambushes of police and shootings during routine stops have risen over the past several years. The media is quick to indict police actions before the completion of an investigation. Such irresponsible action solidifies the image of police as “enemies” of the community instead of community protectors. Most police officers enter the profession our of a desire to serve and make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. Under current attitudes and conditions, who is going to want to become a police officer and become a target for every radical with a firearm? The only way to maintain law and order in a society is with a well-trained police force. I doubt that the majority of the citizens of Seattle (and other cities) are wanting fewer police patrolling the streets. The city of Seattle will lose 100 police officers and a police chief who has served the city for many years and was devoted to her job and her city.

After the well-publicized deaths of several blacks at the hands of police, the violent protests initiated by Antifa were joined by the Black Lives Matter movement and spread beyond the Northwest to other major cities Rioting, destruction and looting marked the protests. In several situations the National Guard had to be mobilized to gain control. Violence will not end until the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted. The response in New York City to the violence there was to cut $1 billion from the city’s police budget and eliminate their plain clothes division. The predicted response was a rise in crime, especially shootings which are at record levels. Despite cutting the police budget DeBlasio has the funds to paint a large BLM mural in front of Trump Tower. Other large cities are also cutting their own police budgets. This will especially hurt the poorest sections of these cities where a greater proportion of the crime tends to occur. Predictably gun sales have skyrocketed and the TSA reports confiscating 15 firearms for every 100 passengers screened at airports. Without a police force the citizenry feels the need to arm themselves. To paraphrase a BLM chant, “No police, No peace.”

Taking Action

After weeks of fruitless negotiations the Senate left for their August recess without a final economic relief package. Many within the Republican party were opposed to any additional spending since the funds appropriated in the initial CARES Act (passed on March 6) has yet to be fully spent. An estimated $1 trillion remained of the initial $3 trillion that was authorized in the first bill. In addition some of the moneys that had been spent went to businesses that were not true “small businesses” that the bill was designed to help. A real thorn in the side of the President (and many Republicans) was the funds that went to Planned Parenthood. Some companies, when called out, returned the money to avoid public criticism. It came as no surprise that the Senate negotiations failed to find a compromise. The last ten days of intense talks with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was equally unsuccessful. I could have predicted such an outcome. The Democrats believed they had the upper hand and there was no need for them to compromise. The House had passed the HEROES Act with a $3 trillion price tag that included bailouts for Democratic cities and states and a wish list of Democratic socialist ideals including payments to illegal aliens. Schumer and Pelosi believed Republicans would be blamed if the Senate failed to pass legislation that continued unemployment benefits and eviction protection. With the general election less than 3 months away it could mean Trump’s defeat. Pelosi and others underestimated the President’s business sense and ability to wheel and deal. Trump likely anticipated these events and was prepared with a response. On Sunday the President signed 4 Executive Orders that will provide immediate economic relief to those who have been unemployed by the pandemic. Those who had been laid off due to the pandemic will continue to receive $400/week of federal unemployment payments in addition to their state benefits. The previous $600/week ended on July 31 and the lower amount combined with a payroll tax cut is designed to boost employment. The 4 Executive Orders are:

  1. Extending Unemployment Benefits
  2. Preventing Evictions
  3. Extending Student Loan Relief
  4. Payroll Tax Cuts

The President was criticized primarily for performing an action that was unconstitutional. Naturally his harshest criticism came from Democrats who were perfectly fine when President Obama wrote countless executive orders during his 8 years in office. His most infamous executive order was creating the DACA program when he stated numerous times that he didn’t have the authority to create the program but still did so. His famous quote, “I have a pen and a phone.” We have a dysfunctional Congress who can’t see beyond their party lines. In a television interview Attorney General Barr noted a stark difference from his two Cabinet appointments 30 years apart. He said that you no longer can have friends of the other party because politics has gotten so partisan. Indeed our entire country has become partisan. His goal as the AG is to remove politics from the Justice Department. If only we could remove politics from our society I think we’d all be better off.

Stalemate

The President’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have continued talks with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi since last Friday on another economic relief package. Initially the Republicans offered to extend the current unemployment benefits for one week to allow more time for negotiations on a final bill. This offer was rejected by Schumer and Pelosi as have other compromise offers put up by the Republicans. If anything, the Democrats have raised the $3 trillion price tag on their demands, asking more money for schools in preparation for fall classes. The Democrat-controlled House passed their bill in May, the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act. One of the main points of contention between the Democrats and Republicans is over the amount of federal unemployment being provided (in addition to state unemployment benefits). The CARES Act passed by Congress in late March provided for $600/week in federal unemployment through the end of July. When added to state benefits the average worker was receiving about $930 a week. Some employers complained that this so-called “enhanced unemployment” was inhibiting many of their employees from returning to work. A University of Chicago study found that 2/3 of workers on unemployment were receiving more than they did at their prior job. The Democrats proposed extending the full $600/week through the end of 2020 whereas the Republicans wanted to reduce those payments to a lesser amount ($400/week). One proposal suggested keeping the $600 in place as long as unemployment remained above 10 percent and gradually lowering the amount as employment rebounded. The CARES Act was scheduled to end by August 1 since lawmakers believed infection numbers would be substantially less by that time. Unfortunately the virus is not behaving as expected.

It appears obvious that some additional federal payments may be necessary for several more months. This is an election year and if nothing is passed President Trump and the Republicans will likely be blamed for the inaction. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are not interested in negotiating for that reason. The HEROES Act passed by the House is loaded with $2 trillion of items mostly unrelated to the crisis at hand. Pelosi believes in the political dictum, “never let a crisis go to waste.” Some of the items could be difficult for Republicans to swallow such as: provides FY2020 emergency supplemental appropriations to federal agencies; provides payments and other assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; provides additional direct payments of up to $1,200 per individual; expands paid sick days, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, nutrition and food assistance programs, housing assistance, and payments to farmers; modifies and expands the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans and grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations; establishes a fund to award grants for employers to provide pandemic premium pay for essential workers; expands several tax credits and deductions; provides funding and establishes requirements for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing; eliminates cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatments; extends and expands the moratorium on certain evictions and foreclosures; and requires employers to develop and implement infectious disease exposure control plans. The bill would also modify or expand a wide range of other programs and policies affecting: Medicare & Medicaid: health insurance: broadband service: medical supplies immigration: student loans & financial aid: the federal workforce: prisons: veterans benefits: consumer protection requirements: the U.S. Postal Service: federal elections: aviation & railroad workers: pension & retirement plans. Trump should take a page from Obama and start making his own laws until challenged in the SCOTUS. It worked for Obama and with the election in 90 days it will show he is taking action to help those in need.

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Chicken Little

Joe Lockhart, a former White House spokesman is advising the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee not to debate President Trump. The stated reason, according to Lockhart is that “Trump has made more than 20,000 misleading or false statements according to the Washington Post. It’s a fool’s errand to enter the ring with someone who can’t follow the rules.” The Democrats have done their best to hide Biden as much as possible. The few times he has gone to events attendance has been very sparse and his speeches have been brief and scripted. He has taken few questions and they have been softball-type questions at best. The candidate’s team is minimizing the opportunities for Biden to make his famous gaffes. President Trump is right when he says the Democrats are attempting to steal the election. First they hide their candidate and secondly they are pushing for total mail in balloting. We have had absentee ballots for 150 years but there is a difference between absentee ballots and mail in ballots. Absentee ballots are requested by registered voters and a specific reason must be given for the absentee ballot. Most often this type of ballot is utilized for military personnel who are deployed or diplomats in foreign lands. They are also used by those with illnesses or handicaps who find it difficult to reach a polling place. Mail in ballots are sent out in bulk according to voter rolls that may be outdated. Ballots may be sent to homes where voters have moved or died. The mail service is fallible and ballots may be lost before or after votes are placed. There are numerous steps along the path of mail in voting in which voter fraud can and does occur. In a close race the final outcome of an election may not be known for days or weeks until all the mailed votes have been verified and counted.

Another serious concern with this year’s presidential election is the fact that early voting in many states will begin before the first debate takes place. The first of the three scheduled debates is not until September 29. It would be advantageous for voters to hear the candidates debate before making their choice for the most important office in the free world. Thanks to the pandemic, Joe Biden has been able to hide his rapidly declining physical and mental abilities. If this were a normal election cycle Biden would be expected to be at multiple campaign stops and appearances a day. In reality he barely appears capable of a short speech. The Democrats know he is incapable of debating President Trump and his team is doing their best to somehow get him out of them. This is a serious time and we need someone who is tough enough to withstand the constant attacks that Trump has withstood the past 3 1/2 years. Biden, should he be elected, will be a figurehead and others in his administration will be running the socialist agenda that the Sanders/AOC wing of the party is pushing. Under a Biden presidency be prepared to give up your money (taxes), your guns, and a host of jobs as we return to the flood of companies moving offshore.

Political Sniping

When it comes to the selection of an “honorable” career with which to pursue I doubt that anyone would give serious consideration to that of a political career. The more I see of politicians and the political process the more disgusted I become. Although politicians campaign on a message of helping their constituents, the only individuals they are interested in helping is themselves. I watched several hours of the White House Coronavirus Task Force testimony before the House panel today. The Task Force consisted of Dr. Anthony Fauci, Admiral Brett Giroir and Dr. Robert Redfield. With an upcoming presidential election the Democrats are using every opportunity to take shots at President Trump, blaming him for the rising numbers of COVID-19 infections. They are also blaming him for inadequate testing supplies (despite the fact the U.S. has administered over 50 million tests) and other shortages. The tone of the hearing was set at the onset by Committee Chair Jim Clyburn of South Carolina who attacked President Trump’s handling of the pandemic. In his introductory statement Clyburn said Trump failed on testing and lack of a national “plan.” He concluded with a final comment, “We do not need to lose another 150,000 American lives. But if we do not make drastic changes now, this tragic outcome is well within the realm of possibility.” The President has been criticized for everything he has said and done since first announcing for the presidency. Dr. Redfield spoke several times responding to various questions on lowering infection rates in the U.S. He emphasized that it is up to personal responsibility. Dr. Fauci repeatedly stated the need to avoid large gatherings where you are both more likely to be infected with the virus and to spread it (virus).

Trump has been following the advice of his Task Force from Day 1. If the President’s policies failed it was a failure of the Task Force. The Task Force has had to modify it’s knowledge and treatment of the virus over time. The media focused on the sickest patients creating unnecessary public fear and panic. Politicians capitalize on every crisis, and this is no different. They were able to agree on several stimulus bills to help small businesses in the belief that the pandemic would be short-lived. Now that infection rates have risen, more businesses have laid off workers, forcing Congress to look at yet another relief package. Congress is currently at a stalemate and can’t agree on the latest relief bill. The HERO bill passed by the House was loaded with unnecessary items that would add another $3 trillion to an already inflated national debt. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer feel they have the upper hand and will not compromise on ANY bill supported by the Republicans. Mitch McConnell is more focused on unemployment money and protection against eviction for those unable to pay rent or make mortgage payments. McConnell is also insistent on liability protection for employers who open businesses against lawsuits from employees who get sick after returning to work. The Democrats believe that if nothing gets passed, the Republicans will be blamed. With several key Senate seats at stake, plus the presidency Schumer and Pelosi will gamble with the lives of poor Americans for their political gain. Politicians are scoundrels and I can’t imagine anyone aspiring to become one intentionally.

Tough Talk

Oregon Governor Kate Brown was boasting that she had negotiated a withdrawal of federal agents from Portland yesterday. After her embarrassing and totally inept response to the terrorist activity in Portland over the past 61 days, she is the one “blinking” in her showdown with Uncle Sam. Oregon State Police will take over the security of the vicinity around the federal court that has been guarded by members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Although Governor Brown stated that federal “troops” would be leaving areas, US Marshalls are assigned to protecting the judges and lawyers within the court and CANNOT leave the federal court. Federal agents and other DHS officers will retreat to the interior of the building out of public view. They will not depart Portland until there is proof the federal court is secure in the hands of State and local police. If only Governor Brown had acted as tough toward the anarchists as she is acting toward federal agents this could have ended weeks earlier. Mayor Ted Wheeler has suddenly gone silent since his encounter with the “protesters.” What a blow to his inflated ego; instead of being treated as a conquering hero the crowd shouted for his resignation. Both the Oregon Governor and Portland Mayor fail to understand that the federal government is obligated to protect federal property. If local authorities are willing and capable of doing so, then there is no need for federal involvement. In this case it was the failure of both local authorities to carry out their executive functions that forced the hand of Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf to send federal agents into Portland.

Governor Brown made the statement that sending federal “troops” to Portland was political. She was correct, but the party playing politics is the Democratic Party. They falsely believe that the more chaos created, the more poorly that reflects on the Trump presidency. I believe this will backfire on the Dems and work in favor of the “law and order” president. We may see a wholesale removal of Democratic leaders of major cities and states where liberal policies have created riots and destruction. There will be an exodus from major cities with liberal policies and high crime rates. Calls for defunding the police will further drive a migration to Red states that support law enforcement and have lower tax rates. It appears these liberal mayors will be facing a double whammy: rising costs and a shrinking tax base.

Disgraceful Display

Jerry Nadler and his attack dogs went after Attorney General William Barr yesterday. Barr appeared voluntarily to “answer” questions on a variety of topics. Interestingly Chairman Nadler was in a minor auto accident on the way to the hearing, delaying the start of the session by about an hour. Nadler began the session with a detailed attack on Barr and did not allow a response to the obvious one-sided point of view. In fact the entire session was marked by repeated interruptions every time Barr did attempt to answer a question. Barr was even denied a 5-minute break by Nadler. The AG responded, “I waited an hour for you and I can’t even have 5 minutes to grab a bite to eat.” This was not a question and answer session but a police-style interrogation in which House Democrats launched accusations at the AG and then didn’t allow him the opportunity to respond. The only time Barr was permitted to speak was when a Republican congressman sacrificed their 2 minutes for a Barr response. Many of the Democratic attacks were unfair and blatantly untrue. This was a political attack on the Trump administration and Barr served as a Trump surrogate. Yesterday was the latest example of a House of Representatives that has focused the past 3 1/2 years on trying to bring down the President and has done little else. They were still too embroiled in their impeachment trial to notice a brewing viral pandemic yet blame Trump for a lack of vigilance. Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of racism for banning flights from China while she herself encouraged people to shop and dine in Chinatown. Despite following the advise of his medical team and taking numerous measures to speed the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, polls suggest that the majority of Americans believe he has done a poor job of dealing with the virus. The media has promoted that premise by constantly inflating infection numbers and instilling public fear. Whether attacking Barr or inflating COVID-19 infection numbers, the Democrats have one goal in mind; a sweep of Congress and the White House in November.

Attorney General Barr fought back valiantly yesterday when he finally had an opportunity to speak. He justified the use of federal agents to defend federal buildings by suggesting what if protesters attacked a courthouse down the road from the Capitol. He then described how federal agents were being assaulted with professional weapons daily for the past 60 days and that several of them may have permanently lost eye sight as a result. Although Congressman Nadler is quoted as saying that Antifa is a “myth” the rioters are organized and armed like a professional militia. As of today negotiations have been reached with the State Department and local officials to remove federal agents. State Police have agreed to assume the responsibility of protecting federal buildings as of today. It remains to be seen if Mayor Wheeler is correct that federal agents are inciting the Portland violence. My money is on continued violence and perhaps an acceleration of it.

Immune Director

We know that the immune system is critical in the human body’s response and resolution to viral infections. It appears our long-term immunity to COVID-19 depends on the T cell. T cells are key part of the immune system (cellular immunity) that rejects anything that isn’t “self.” The CD4 cell (also known as the helper T cell) sits at the top of the immune hierarchy and directs the other members of the workforce. Each T cell is highly specific and can remain in the bloodstream for many years. If antibody levels fall over time, the T cells remember the “enemy” virus and can quickly produce antibodies if presented with the same virus once again. Researchers have discovered that some individuals have T cells capable of recognizing antigens from COVID-19 without having been infected nor ever having been exposed to either of the previous widespread coronaviruses SARS or MERS. Researchers were equally shocked to find T cells sensitized to COVID-19 surface proteins in blood specimens that had been drawn years before the onset of the pandemic. It appears some individuals may have had a degree of pre-existing resistance prior to the pandemic. Resistance was found to be surprisingly prevalent: some 40-60% of unexposed individuals had such T cells. The T cells present had a slightly different pattern of reactivity (responding to different surface proteins) in some cases compared to those individuals who recovered from a COVID-19 infection. The prevalence of sensitized T cells in a substantial part of the population could be explained by cross-reactivity with proteins from previous “common cold” coronaviruses. Another possible explanation is exposure to naturally occurring animal coronaviruses. The ability to retain T cell immunity could explain why falling antibody levels (often observed in convalescent patients) does not result in patients being re-infected with the virus. Although antibody levels are an important measure of “cure” it may not be the most important factor in permanent immunity.

As the work on a COVID-19 vaccine continues and intensifies, it is critical to produce a vaccine that induces rapid antibody production to protect us in the short term and provides long-lasting immunity. Recent research has shown that T cell activation and recruitment is the key to long-term immunity. Individuals who were infected by the SARS virus in 2003 were shown to have reactive T cells to the SARS CoV-2 virus (17 years later). With the addition of this recent knowledge more focus should be placed on T cell activation for long-term protection. As the vaccine candidates reach the final stages of development it will be interesting to see which vaccine or vaccines are mass produced and if patients will be allowed the option to choose based on an informed choice and not on a government mandate.

Gone Too Far

The cancel culture has been destroying statues and attempting to remove every bit of American history that the self-appointed conscience of society finds offensive. The police killing of George Floyd triggered a crusade for racial justice that made everyone examine their own beliefs and behavior. The movement that began with good intent was taken over by violent elements that turned to rioting and looting. The city of Minneapolis estimated that some $500 million damage was done in the days of chaos and destruction that followed. George Floyd was no saint, but his treatment at the hands of the police was a terrible misjustice. One thing we have learned from the events that have followed the death of Mr. Floyd is that Black Lives Matter (BLM) is more interested in politics than black lives. They seem little concerned with all the shooting deaths (black on black) that take place every weekend in Chicago, NYC, Detroit and other major cities. Donations to the organization help support Democratic candidates and Planned Parenthood (that aborts thousands more black babies than whites). BLM are active participants in the cancel culture that demanded the removal of every Confederate statue on public display. Their Democrat allies in Congress have likewise insisted on the removal of all Confederate statues in the Capitol. They didn’t stop there but also demanded removal of statues honoring many of our nation’s founders. The early days of our nation were marked by slavery and both Washington and Jefferson owned slaves. Thomas Jefferson fathered children with at least one of his slaves. The Union general who won the Civil War, Ulysses Grant, owned slaves at one time and therefore the cancel culture has called for the removal of Grant statues as well. Professional athletic teams are under pressure to change team names perceived as offensive to certain groups. Nearly every aspect of our society could be viewed as offensive to someone. Where will the insanity end?

Congress just passed the Defense Authorization Act that is basically our defense budget. This year’s budget provides a much-needed 3% pay increase for military personnel. Democrats added the provision that ten military installations named for Confederate generals be renamed. The renaming process can take place over time and among those bases include Fort Bragg, Fort Hood and Fort Benning. The President has threatened to veto the bill if such a provision were included. I have never heard a black soldier complain that the post name was offensive to him/her. Every soldier who trained or served at these posts had greater concerns than the name of the post. Unless you were a scholar of the Civil War, you would not likely have even known the significance of the post name. I often hear Democrats protesting the fact we should not be honoring “traitors” by naming military bases after them. I know for a fact that Robert E. Lee was offered the command of the Union Army but when his native state of Virginia joined the Confederacy he left the Union. It was a difficult decision for him but he had to protect his native Virginia. Many Confederate generals and soldiers were probably facing the same quandary. Most of us would choose to defend our homes in a similar situation. Changing the name of a post that has stood for 75 years seems petty. Removing Confederate names will not remove that part of our history. The soldiers on both sides were valiant but fortunately the Union was preserved.