Election watch: Mail-In Undercuts Democracy
“Democracy is in danger, but the threat is not coming from Donald Trump,” declares Daniel McCarthy at Spectator USA. Democrats’ push for mail-in voting is a “revolution in the very idea of what an election is.” Rather than “taking place in a specific location on a specific day, an election becomes more of a virtual event,” with Americans voting from anywhere at any time, though “news may break, voters may die, candidates themselves may die or drop out of the race.” An election “ceases to be an election” and “becomes an ongoing survey of public opinion.” In the balloting booth, voters are “free from the influence of outside opinion”; there is “no campaigning,” “no television blaring out news with a partisan slant” and no one “to pressure the voter.” These “protections for conscience” effectively disappear with mail-in voting.
From the right: Good Coronavirus News
“For those who feel as if the coronavirus crisis is never going away,” the editors of Issues & Insights “offer some optimism.” The virus is here to stay, yes, but a sharp drop in excess deaths shows it “isn’t the threat it was when deaths spiked in the middle of April.” Other good news: “When compared to Europe, South America, its closest neighbors, other developed nations and the world, the US’ case fatality rate is among the lowest.” Expect Democrats to “ignore facts” that show improvement, since “they want to voters to live in fear” through November. But if “the media do the same,” it shows they’ve “become the Democratic Party’s communications and propaganda office.”
Art critic: Museum’s Betrayal of Its Public Trust
Want to buy one of Jackson Pollock’s most beautiful works? You can — if you have $18 million lying around. Sadly, Pollock’s “Red Composition” is going on sale thanks to one museum’s betrayal of its “public trust,” charges Terry Teachout at The Wall Street Journal. The Everson Museum of Art, in Syracuse, NY, plans to use the proceeds for a “politically attractive reason” — to acquire works by women and minorities. That might be an admirable goal, “but to seek to diversify the Everson by selling off the jewel of its collection flies in the face of a fundamental tenet of museum governance”: “In return for its special tax status and similar privileges, it is expected” to preserve important pieces for Americans, not let them go into private ownership, “never again [to] be seen by the public.”
Tech beat: Censoring COVID News From China
Big Tech reacted rapidly to Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan’s claims that the Chinese Communist Party designed and intentionally released the virus to the world, Lee Smith notes at Tablet magazine: Twitter suspended her account, while Facebook and Instagram added warnings to videos of her interview. Yan’s charges seem “impossible to ever prove,” yet “China’s public actions” certainly sow doubt, and “the CCP has never given straight answers about the origins of the pandemic” and “waged an active disinformation campaign about the origins and effects of the virus.” Meanwhile, YouTube and others have blocked even medical experts, including “the head of epidemiology at Rockefeller University,” for questioning the lockdowns. This isn’t stopping “misinformation,” it’s protecting “a political narrative” — one that happens to serve both China’s rulers and America’s elite “China class,” which profits from doing business with Beijing.
Space race: A Great Place to Visit – on the Moon
NASA has hinted that it may not be able to land at the moon’s South Pole as planned during a trip there in 2024, but Mark Whittington at the Washington Examiner offers another site: Tycho, a crater that is one of the lunar satellite’s most “scientifically interesting” features. The site contains “boulders and melted material” formed during “the original impact” that created the crater. Samples would “advance our understanding of lunar science considerably.” Of course, “any voyage of discovery to the moon,” whether to the South Pole or “a place such as Tycho, would be a balm for a world wracked by pandemic and civil strife. The whole planet could look up and know that humans are still capable of great things.”
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
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