The Left Leans Into Political Idolatry

Political idolatry, like crabgrass, is nearly impossible to get rid of. We want a winning message, we wish to sell it and get support for it, we tout the sizzle of what we stand for to one and sundry — and we forget about the steak.
The high moments of freedom have involved not the recitation of democratic dogmas but rather clear-eyed, daring, and courageous response to severe challenges that would have not responded to political cliches or the tactics responding only to the challenge of yesterday.

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Editorial: Nominate a Californian: Who most deserves a statue in the U.S. Capitol?

California is a state full of great thinkers, creators and contributors to the story of the state and the history of the world. If the Legislature were to replace the 90-year-old statue honoring Father Junípero Serra in the U.S. Capitol — which it should — the options would be nearly endless, and Californians should be allowed to play a nominating role in the process.
The state’s list of Nobel Prize winners alone could fill a couple of galleries. Our state’s residents include world-famous celebrities in the entertainment field as well as in technology.

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California’s unstoppable authoritarianism

Sure, California has great beaches, wine country, and Hollywood stars. But Gov. Gavin Newsom has lately signed some bills into law that make the Golden State look like an authoritarian vampire that sucks the life out of its residents by chilling free speech and making unusual demands about everything from gender quotas to law enforcement attire.
Let’s start with the most recent: A group called Right to Life of Central California, a pro-life organization dedicated to helping women, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week challenging a state law that Newsom signed Oct. 8.
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Nearly 100 Confederate Monuments Were Toppled Last Year. What Happened to Them?

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It’s been a long time since I sat in an American history class, but what I remember of my education in Jacksonville, Florida, in the 1980s and ’90s is how much of it was not fact, but myth.
I was taught that the Civil War was fought over states’ rights—a concept that seemed plausibly defensible to a kid—and that “our side” had its own heroes and its own stories worth remembering.

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Canceling Thomas Jefferson

Statue of President Thomas Jefferson in the council chambers of New York City Hall, October 19, 2021. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
After more than a century, the New York City Council is removing a statue of Thomas Jefferson from its chamber. The decision, which was made by the New York City Public Design Commission, was unanimous.
It was wrong, too.
Justifying the move, Councilperson Adrienne Adams proposed that Jefferson had to go because he “embodied some of the most shameful parts of our country’s long and nuanced history.

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House Democrats Oppose Prohibitions on Research Funding Connected to China

Manufacturing associate Theodore Szmurlo views a cell sample in the cell culture room where they are working on developing a vaccine for the Zika virus at Protein Sciences Inc. in Meriden, Conn., in 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Their proposed funding would fail to safeguard research from Chinese espionage.
The Republican Study Committee (RSC) — the largest group of conservatives in the House of Representatives — has led the GOP charge against the $3.

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House Democrats Oppose Prohibitions on Research Funding Connected to China

Manufacturing associate Theodore Szmurlo views a cell sample in the cell culture room where they are working on developing a vaccine for the Zika virus at Protein Sciences Inc. in Meriden, Conn., in 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Their proposed funding would fail to safeguard research from Chinese espionage.
The Republican Study Committee (RSC) — the largest group of conservatives in the House of Representatives — has led the GOP charge against the $3.

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Bolsonaro faces ‘crimes against humanity’ charge over COVID-19 mishandling

by Matt Williams, The Conversation
A Brazilian congressional panel has recommended that President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with “crimes against humanity” over his alleged bungling of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The near-1,200 page report, formally presented on Oct. 20, 2021, holds Bolsonaro culpable for worsening a crisis that has to date killed some 600,000 Brazilians, outlining how his failed policies allowed the virus to spread among the population. The president denies any wrongdoing.

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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tycoon’s yacht stars as Dodi Fayed’s love boat in new season of The Crown 

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tycoon’s yacht stars as Dodi Fayed’s love boat in new season of The Crown
By Richard Eden for The Daily Mail
Published: 17:58 EDT, 21 October 2021 | Updated: 18:03 EDT, 21 October 2021

No stranger to making waves, billionaire Phones 4u founder John Caudwell reveals his £64 million superyacht will star in the new series of The Crown.
Titania, which he bought in 2010, will take on the ‘role’ of Jonikal — the gin palace once owned by former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tycoon’s yacht stars as Dodi Fayed’s love boat in new season of The Crown 

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tycoon’s yacht stars as Dodi Fayed’s love boat in new season of The Crown
By Richard Eden for The Daily Mail
Published: 17:58 EDT, 21 October 2021 | Updated: 18:03 EDT, 21 October 2021

No stranger to making waves, billionaire Phones 4u founder John Caudwell reveals his £64 million superyacht will star in the new series of The Crown.
Titania, which he bought in 2010, will take on the ‘role’ of Jonikal — the gin palace once owned by former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

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