Conservative: Trump-Dem Standoff May Be Forever
As the authorities shutdown begins its fourth week, The Week’s Edward Morrissey says just one factor is evident: “Neither side has budged an inch since day one” — and that “does not bode well.” In their nationwide televised speeches, President Trump, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi “spent the better part of a half-hour repeating the arguments made during the previous 17 days.” Which are “the same arguments” we’ve heard since Trump began working for president “with a border wall as the campaign’s central policy.” Moreover, neither aspect at the moment has any actual incentive to again down. Even if a deal to reopen the authorities finally is reached, that gained’t finish the debate over border safety, which “will continue as the perpetual standoff in American politics.”
From the left: What’s Going On With Ocasio-Cortez?
Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum agrees that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “made for our era,” which is why she attracts a lot consideration: “She’s photogenic, she’s young, she’s the leader of the #Resistance and she defends herself pretty well on camera without constantly resorting to tedious talking points.” There’s only one drawback: “Sometimes she screws up.” And when reporters fact-check and name her on it, she usually fails to appropriate herself, complaining that folks appear “more concerned about being precisely, factually and semantically correct than about being morally right.” But “her inexperience excuses only so much.” And, he warns, “if she gets a reputation for spouting nonsense without bothering to understand it — and she seems to be heading in that direction — her star is going to dim.”
Culture critic: Angela Davis Is No Human-Rights Hero
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has rescinded plans to fete radical activist Angela Davis over objections to her sturdy assist for the anti-Israel BDS motion. Despite protests, Cathy Young at The Forward argues that, for a lot of causes, Davis is “a very dubious candidate for a human-rights award.” A card-carrying Communist and Black Panther supporter, she grew to become an icon of the left in 1970 whereas “facing murder charges for her alleged role in a violent attack in a California courtroom” that ended with 4 individuals, together with a choose, useless. Davis “bought several of the firearms used in the attack.” (She was acquitted by a sympathetic jury.) She later toured the world, singing the praises of East Germany, Cuba and the USSR. And her assist of feminism and homosexual rights was noticeably missing when it got here to communist regimes.
From the proper: Green New Deal’s Scary Fine Print
The “Green New Deal” is the hottest factor on the left proper now, however National Review’s Jim Geraghty suggests studying the advantageous print. The manifesto from the Green Party, he notes, “includes a plan to ‘cut military spending by at least half’ and withdraw US troops from overseas,” together with eliminating 88 p.c of America’s present power sources. The latter “is not possible short of a societal collapse to agrarian subsistence” and would “effectively nationalize the entire energy industry.” As for slashing the army, that “would leave about 1.4 million personnel out of work” and depart the world quite a bit much less protected. Moreover, as a deep dive into the manifesto exhibits, “enacting these changes would probably require a dictatorship or other authoritarian regime to suppress resistance.” Which “seems like a pretty important detail, don’t you think?”
Policy wonk: Making Porch Pirates Walk the Plank
What to do about these thieves who steal packages from individuals’s porches, particularly round Christmastime? As City Journal’s Steven Malanga notes, they’ve “become increasingly common in the Age of Amazon,” victimizing hundreds of thousands. In one research, a 3rd of respondents reported stolen packages. Now legislators in some states are considering legal guidelines to harshly crack down on doorway bandits, who’ve taken to trailing UPS and FedEx vans, as a result of dwelling merchandize supply is about greater than reward packages — “it also includes essential goods for the elderly and infirm.” But youngsters usually are concerned in package deal pilfering, so some are reluctant to embrace legal guidelines making it a felony. Expect to see one thing “between mandatory jail time on the one hand, and misdemeanor probation on the other” acquire traction in the months forward.
— Compiled by Eric Fettmann