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Stephanie Grant holds a "Stop the Tyranny" sign during a protest of Gov. Gary Herbert's mask mandate and new COVID-19 restrictions outside of the Governor's Mansion in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

Voices opposing government COVID-19 restrictions must be heard

One thing the left does much better than the right — other than shut down city blocks for days at time — is agitate for their needs. They grab the megaphone, collar the media outlets and raise Cain. Consequently, they find the odds that their grievances are acted upon increased. It’s a nice little cycle, or racket, which is why it has been in the liberal playbook forever.

The Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to America 400 year ago, is docked in Plymouth, Mass., days after returning home following extensive renovations, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. A disease outbreak that wiped out large numbers of the Native inhabitants of what is now New England gave the Pilgrims a beachhead in the "New World." So, some historians find it ironic that a pandemic has put many of the 400th anniversary commemorations of the Mayflower's landing on hold. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Mayflower Compact’s enduring impact

The American electorate’s apparent decision to replace their leadership amid a tumultuous pandemic is adding energy to progressive ambitions worldwide to engineer “a Great Reset,” a reordering of society along socialist principles. Enthusiasm is no substitute for wisdom, though, and the current apostles of radical change will be hard-pressed to surpass the prudence of the intrepid sojourners who disembarked from the Mayflower 400 years ago this Saturday to found a society unmatched in history.

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In this March 2020 file photo provided by Gilead Sciences, a vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. Given through an IV, the medication is designed to interfere with an enzyme that reproduces viral genetic material. (Gilead Sciences via AP) ** FILE **

Blinded by science: Why modern faith in 'expertise' should be tempered

Among the most admired men and women in America today are our technical experts. They tend to reside in Silicon Valley or Boston, and even in The Washington Times' own backyard, Montgomery County, Maryland. They work in bits and bytes, and are given over to making astounding pronouncements on seemingly-miraculous health cures, colonizing the outer galaxies of the Milky Way, advanced weapons systems and uploading our consciousness onto computers to achieve immortality.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 and the Crew Dragon capsule, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley onboard, lifts off Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The soaring hope of SpaceX

On Sunday, as the hour approached midnight, and right around the time the destruction and looting of Washington reached a pitch that would find the historic 200-year-old St. John's Episcopal Church (among many other places throughout the United States) across from the White House desecrated and set fire, American Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley were docking with the International Space Station.

The Family Dollar on East New York Street, seen Monday, June 1, 2020, was heavily damaged by fire in downtown Aurora, Ill., Sunday night. While Chicago officials took extraordinary steps Sunday to patrol and restrict access to downtown in the hopes of preventing further chaos after tense weekend protests over the death of George Floyd, destruction and unrest spread to the city's neighborhoods and suburbs. (Rick West/Daily Herald via AP)

Anarchy disguised as anger: Street violence trashes the quest for justice

The mask is off. Followers of the political left indoctrinated to believe America was conceived in oppression have dropped their pretense of crusading to create a more perfect union. Always on the scout for a means with which to dismantle America, they have opted for the most direct ploy yet: Light the match of racial strife and burn it down. They won't succeed, though, because hundreds of millions of citizens see through the charade and won't stand for their malice.

In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, former President Donald Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington. Newly released FBI documents show the FBI concluded Mr. Flynn believed he was telling the truth at the time of his interviews with bureau agents. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

It is time to end the political prosecution of Michael Flynn

The Trump-Russia collusion ruse has been unraveled, proven false and buried in the annals of dirty politics, except for one dangling strand -- the relentless persecution of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that masquerades as legitimate prosecution. Knowing that a nation can't long endure without respect for justice, judges with the authority to intervene should gavel the case to a close.

A voter drops off their mail-in ballot prior to the primary election, in Willow Grove, Pa., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mailed-in votes often wind up missing in action

The coronavirus has been a killer of the conventional. Even as health dangers diminish, pressure is building for a radical shift in long-standing custom for the way the nation elects its leaders. Vote-by-mail may be a common-sense method of avoiding the risk of infection amid busy polling stations for the most vulnerable, but staking the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on postal proficiency is reckless.

The SpaceX Falcon 9, with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of the rocket, sits on Launch Pad 39-A Monday, May 25, 2020, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Two astronauts will fly on the SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station scheduled for launch on May 27. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SpaceX brings renewed expectations to crewed space exploration

Americans were not meant to sit on their hands with their feet up on the coffee table. Our forebears of more than 10 generations took leaps of faith -- some by ship, some by foot and some by airplane -- all to light upon a new land where they could chase their wildest dreams. A new chapter in the story of the nation's journey begins Wednesday when a fresh generation of spacecraft, labeled "Made in America," lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. New adventures and opportunities await, somewhere out there.

The tennis ball of french veteran Nicolas Mahut is marked with a sign during a training session in the French Tennis Federation center near the grounds of the French Open in Paris, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 under the watchful eye of a team doctor and courtside trainers. Professional tennis players resumed training in France after the end of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Tennis ball guidelines for COVID-19?

Laura Curran, the chief executive of Nassau County, New York, may have made a monkey out of herself while explaining how things would go in the post-COVID environment now that the county was reopening its tennis courts.

In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status conference with Judge Emmet Sullivan, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) **FILE**

The fanciful Flynn case: Persistent prosecution of Obama-era prey has lost its appeal

Fantasy has its place, but it's not the courtroom. With more than a full share of unlikely twists, the case against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI has lost a line of sight with reality. When the legal process carries prosecution of a citizen beyond the bounds of common sense, Americans sense instinctively that the system is out of whack. For the law to be respected, the law must be just.

In this Thursday, May 7, 2020, photo, Bob Berkel reads a couple of newspapers during the coronavirus pandemic outside the Stockbridge Library, in Stockbridge, Mass. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Supporting journalism's role in civil society

These days it is both common and unpleasant to hear espoused, especially by members of the elite, that the coronacrisis is helpfully accelerating the demise -- if not total destruction -- of sclerotic industries. One such industry, and everyone's favorite whipping boy, if we are being honest, is the media, particularly newspapers, which seem to have now regressed from a decade-long serious condition to one in need of critical attention.

President Barack Obama listens to President-elect Donald Trump speak during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

From 'Russiagate' to 'Obamagate': The tables turn on Obama administration

The wheels of justice may turn slowly, as dictum claims, but those who ignore the relentless grind risk a painful surprise. That is the lesson for mischief-makers who engaged in a cloak-and-dagger plot to depose President Trump. More than 1,200 days have passed since Mr. Trump arrived in the White House -- three times longer than it took to build the Empire State Building. It's long enough for justice to run -- or walk -- its course.

A parking lot at a JC Penney store is empty in Roseville, Mich., Friday, May 8, 2020. Across the country, in industries of every kind and size, the coronavirus pandemic has devastated businesses small and large. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Getting America going again by incentivizing a return to work

In as dramatic a turn of events as we've seen in our lifetimes, America went from virtual full employment to the highest level of unemployment in just about a blink of any eye. The economy is as flat on its back as it's been since any time since the worst parts of the Great Depression and, as yet, no one has come up with the way out.