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Serious mayhem occurred at the Capitol on Wednesday. There was a lockdown, gunfire and a fatality. Lawmakers had to be evacuated. (Associated Press)

America’s mental health crisis is here

With all the recent talk of “trusting the experts” it’s easy to forget that the best barometer of how things are faring is almost always ourselves. After all, we don’t need a federal jobs report to tell us our neighbor no longer has a small business; we don’t need to read a newspaper to tell us our parents are ill-protected in their nursing homes; and we sure don’t need mental health professionals to inform us that our children are psychologically breaking down.

President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden’s road more traveled

The inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the 46th president returns the United States to the direction from whence it came. For the tens of millions who voted for him, his ascendance to the White House means the nation is getting back on track. Those who did not dread the U-turn he has vowed to make.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with members of the audience as he leaves a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democrats mistake division for union

As Democrats prepare to convene their 2020 political convention later this month, their draft platform exhibits a few loose planks. Meant to help Americans gather around a common cause, sadly, it reads like a blueprint for driving them apart.

Pedestrians wear masks as they walk in front of a sign reminding the public to take steps to stop the spread of coronavirus, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) ** FILE **

Face-mask data doubletake

Beyond the realm of virtue signals, at least 30 states have instituted face mask mandates. If they clearly control the virus, reason dictates that where face mask usage is high, death rates should be low. It is not necessarily the case.

People line up behind a health care worker at a mobile Coronavirus testing site at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. California's confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 409,000, surpassing New York for most in the nation. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Don't let the suffering with the coronavirus crisis be in vain

The coronavirus crisis brings for many Americans, especially the youngest among us, suffering unlike they've ever experienced. As citizens in the most prosperous country on Earth, at what may be the historical apex of its economic and military prowess, it is no exaggeration to state that no one has, or has had it, better than the citizens of the modern United States. Perhaps that's why we feel our privations so acutely.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the Colonial Early Education Program at the Colwyck Training Center, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in New Castle, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The price of Biden's power

A Joe Biden presidency would unleash an American transformation, but not simply a seismic shift in political power. If the former vice president is to be believed, he would clamp down on the use of fossil fuels and, over time, force the nation to depend on renewable sources for its energy requirements.

The dangerous hypocrisy of the media elite

American public intellectuals, those self-appointed arbiters of good taste and morality, are not exactly an honest collection of people. By and large, they reverse their positions depending on the winds of public opinion, always making sure to be on the correct side of fashionable debate. When they are not playing the grifter, they are attempting to set the terms of American civility by hectoring the public on their version of right and wrong, true and false, noble and ignoble. To observe these phenomena, read a New York Times editorial any day of the week.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Joe Biden cribs from Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump

Joe Biden's legacy may be still in the making, but he is already known for one thing: borrowing liberally from the work product of others. Building on his well-earned reputation, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president has delivered an economic blueprint he hopes will help him capture the White House in November. If the Biden plan has a familiar ring, it's because it bums ideas off the Bernie Sanders economic prescription. And even though it also takes a page from the Trump playbook, rather than revitalizing America, it would likely "make socialism great again."

Student's chairs are stacked on top of desks in an empty classroom at closed Robertson Elementary School, March 16, 2020, in Yakima, Wash. (Amanda Ray/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)

All schools should be mandated by governors to prepare to open

The coronavirus lockdown has prevented the nation's children from enjoying many of the typical joys of summer. Fear of letting the virus spread has shuttered summer camps, closed beaches and other amusements, limited access to community pools and parks, and left teenagers jobless, idle and liable to get into mischief.