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Politicians need ‘cooling off’ periods

America is looking straight into the eyes of a tornado-style political year in 2022, and an even bigger one come 2024. How did democracies in the past handle situations where deeply divisive personalities on the political scene were disruptive to peace and good order?

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What if Waukesha killer were white?

President Biden recently flew to Minnesota to push his social welfare spending plan, but Air Force One should have landed in Milwaukee so his entourage would have been obliged to travel to Waukesha, just 20 miles west of the airport.

The U.S. must prioritize competition with China

Clifford May is right to suggest that the competition between the United States and China will be determined by will. But it will also be determined by the ability of the U.S. to focus and prioritize, including with respect to its defense posture ("Beijing's strategy for Cold War," Web, Dec. 1)

The Democrats' destructive road

The liberal left is out of control and is destroying America. The Democrats realize their time in power is short. America today is in total chaos. From our open southern border to the unplanned Afghanistan debacle, the party has taken us down a destructive road.

Hydrogen not so green after all

Before we enthusiastically invest in hydrogen as part of the "decarbonization" strategy suggested by Rich Powell,several mitigating factors should be considered ("Hydrogen investments may be key to global energy competitiveness for U.S.," Web, Nov. 23).

Maxwell treatment shameful

Human rights lawyers Francois Zimeray and Jessica Finelle have filed a complaint with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention alleging "serious violations of Ghislaine Maxwell's defence rights and presumption of innocence." The decision to incarcerate Ms. Maxwell for over 500 days in isolation certainly strikes me as of doubtful legality and it seems highly unlikely Ms. Maxwell will receive evenhanded treatment.

When prosecutors get it wrong

Recently we have seen three high-profile cases in which prosecutor decisions have been proven badly wrong. In Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse, seriously overcharged in the opinion of many legal experts, was found not guilty of every single charge. In Georgia, prosecutors initially decided not to bring a single charge in the Ahmaud Arbery killing, but a jury found the defendants guilty of felony murder. Again in Wisconsin, trivial bail for a multiple violent offender led to the deaths of six people and the injury of 61 in the parade rampage. Should prosecutors have so much discretion that they can get it so wrong?

Take back the midterms

The Marxists are going back to the virus well once more, this time to make sure the 2022 midterms can be manipulated in their favor ("New virus variant raises old fears, spurs travel bans," Page 1, Nov. 29). Anthony Fauci will tell us that voting in-person is out of the question and only mail-in ballots will be acceptable. That will pave the way for the political far left to print all the ballots needed to ensure that they keep the House. I suspect that storage units and back alleys all over this awesome country are already being filled with completed ballots, ready to be miraculously "discovered" when needed.

Ignore left's anti-Semitism at your peril

The centers of anti-Semitism in America are our college and university campuses ("Jewish leaders alarmed by rise in antisemitism," Page 1, Nov. 29). After decades of left-wing academia, with Saudi Arabia and Qatar spending billions funding 'chairs of learning,' is it any wonder our university graduates, who are today's policy makers and influencers, are as self-abasing and anti-Semitic as they are?

Aid-money malfeasance no anomaly

Massive fraudulence is commonplace in these massive bills that respond to such short-notice emergency requirements, from Desert Storm on through the multitude of bills driven by the COVID-19 crisis ("Pandemic unemployment aid landed in wallets of enemies," Page 1, Nov. 29). They are vaguely written and the objectives are poorly articulated and understood. Moreover, the short timelines make it impossible to establish competent fiscal oversight.

Not all are capable of reform

The type of senseless crime committed by the suspect in the Waukesha, Wisconsin, parade killing was ushered in by federal and local officials undermining our legal system and is what happens when you combine socialism, liberalism and criminal mentalities. Recently this country has gotten into a bad pattern of protecting the criminals and not the victims, such as is happening now.

Reserve release not the right answer

The announced release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is the equivalent of about two-and-a-half days of U.S. demand. The reserves were put aside in case of an emergency, such as a war or a natural disaster. The move to release them now is aimed at reducing high gasoline prices., but there were other answers to easing prices at the pump.

Follow the money

A one-time partner and current stockholder in a China-based enterprise, Hunter Biden assisted in the purchase of one of the largest and richest cobalt mines, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is directly linked to the Biden administration's policy of promoting electric cars. Cobalt is an important component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Just imagine that.

Military members struggling

Most of us are celebrating the holidays with family members and enjoying bountiful meals -- but what about the approximately 160,000 families of active-duty military personnel who cannot afford to feed those at their tables?

Biden's destructive 'pilots'

The actions and policies of the Biden administration remind me of the Japanese kamikaze pilots who would drive their planes into the decks of our ships during World War II. This action caused inestimable destruction. Notwithstanding the damage to America and its image, the Biden kamikaze 'pilots' continue to bear down on their targets, whether they be climate change, the reckless abandonment of Afghanistan, the southern border crisis or the ill effects of inflation fueled by rampant spending.

Admit jury was right on Rittenhouse

As peope on both the left and right explode over Kyle Rittenhouse's acquittal on murder charges in Wisconsin (conservatives because he killed two people, and liberals because he used a gun and killed, well, liberals) we need to pause and take a reality check.

Milk was no hero

Recently, under President Biden, the U.S. Navy officially named a ship the USNS Harvey Milk ("Navy to christen ship in honor of assassinated S.F. politician and gay pioneer Harvey Milk," Web, Nov. 5). Why? The rationale was that Milk was some sort of heroic gay civil rights leader who was unjustly kicked out of the military for being gay.

Biden's carbon-dioxide goggles

Build Back Better is a catchy name that means nothing. Isn't everything subject to decay and demise? Are there better materials available for building? Maybe, but how about new concepts? How about national bullet trains for faster passenger travel? Or universal geothermal heating and cooling, even on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis?

Race not a factor in Rittenhouse verdict

The contention that Black people in circumstances similar to those in which Kyle Rittenhouse found himself would have been treated differently by the law is not supported by the statistics ("Jury finds Rittenhouse not guilty in Kenosha shootings," Web, Nov. 19). In fact, in this country over 70% of homicide defendants acquitted on claims of self-defense are Black, according to William Wilbanks in "The Myth of a Racist Criminal Justice System."

All eyes on Sinema, Manchin

President Joe Biden's Build Back Better bonanza, a palimpsest of his hero FDR's Great Depression rescue, has staggered to a narrow victory in the House. It now confronts a problematic obstacle course in the Senate, the world's greatest deliberative body.