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And like that, America’s history is scrubbed

ANALYSIS/OPINION: For years, Democrats and those on the left have been trying to suppress America’s true history — the one that tells of American Exceptionalism, the one that speaks of the genius of the Founding Fathers, the one that speaks of freedoms for the individual as coming from God, not government. And now, with George…

And like that, America’s history is scrubbed

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For years, Democrats and those on the left have been trying to suppress America’s true history — the one that tells of American Exceptionalism, the one that speaks of the genius of the Founding Fathers, the one that speaks of freedoms for the individual as coming from God, not government.

And now, with George Floyd, they’re having their moment in the sun.

The left is on a rampage right now, busily tearing down any semblance of American history from America’s public eye.

Sadly, they appear to be winning.

“A statue of Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park has been removed by protesters and dragged into the lake,” WTVR CBS 6 in Richmond tweeted.

“Christopher Columbus Statue In Boston Beheaded,” WBZ CBS 4 in Boston reported.

“Lincoln Statue Found Burned on Chicago’s South Side,” NBC 5 in Chicago reported.

From Virginia to Alabama to Tennessee, long-standing statues of the Confederacy have been toppled, destroyed, defaced or otherwise damaged, or targeted for removal by outraged George Floyd activists on social justice crusades.

In Birmingham, Alabama, it was a statue of Confederate Navy Capt. Charles Linn that offended. In Alexandria, Virginia, it was a 131-year-old bronze statue of the Confederate “Appomattox” that was removed — ostensibly, to save it from looming rioters. In Montgomery, Alabama, it was the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee that was toppled. In Tennessee, at the State Capitol, it was a statue of the former lawmaker Edward Carmack that got the crowd’s goat.

Robert E. Lee in Richmond was sprayed with graffiti. Stonewall Jackson in Richmond was defaced with paint. The Confederate Defenders statue in Charleston, South Carolina, was hit by graffiti.

The destroyers are everywhere.

In Washington, D.C., it was the World War II Memorial and fountain that were targeted by vandals who spray-painted, “Do black vets count?” And the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s headquarters. And the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters. And several spots in the vicinity of the White House.

There are more, there are many more.

The protesters are supposedly angry at police brutality and systemic police racism.

But tearing down national monuments and defacing expressions of American history are acts of ISIS terrorists.

That such defacement is occurring on a widespread scale right now is not only a sad commentary on the tensions currently tearing at America’s fabric. But it’s also a sad, even sadder face-slapping reality show of how our schools are failing our emerging generations.

If true history were still taught in the public schools, angry youth wouldn’t be roaming the streets looking to lash out at some of the very foundations that helped make America so great and free in the first place. If places of higher learning in America hadn’t become breeding grounds for far-leftist professors to implant their propaganda, educated idiots wouldn’t be trampling over the symbols of America Past, trying to blot out the offensive and with it, the truths.

Simply put, a statue of Robert E. Lee doesn’t represent a national worship of Robert E. Lee. It only represents the historical contributions Robert E. Lee made in America — historical contributions that are irrefutably substantial.

Who would Black Lives Matter rather have as the faces of America’s monuments and memorials and statues? Or, to use the statue-destroyers’ standard: Who is perfect enough to be a face of America’s monuments and memorials and statues? Unless the answer is Jesus, it’s a lie.

America is not without sin. America doesn’t have a sinless past. 

But what America does have is a Constitution and a set of founding documents and principles that lay the groundwork for all citizens, no matter ethnicity, no matter sex, no matter religion, no matter political leanings — but for all citizens to seek, to pursue, to achieve their hopes, goals and dreams in freedom, absent overburdensome government interference.

What America does offer is a set of governing ideals that guarantee a black man the same rights as a white man; that hold a president of the United States to the same judicial standards as a garbage collector; that secure the freedoms of a woman the same as a man — as coming from God, not government.

Are those standards always upheld? No.

But they’re there.

They’re there for the fighting.

They’re there for the taking.

They’re there for the demanding.

After all these years of warring and bloodshed, of bickering and disputing, of dying through trying: They’re still there. The dream of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness is still alive and well in America, for all to grab at, for all to embrace, no matter race, creed, color, sex, etc.

It’s just that it’s much easier to throw paint on a memorial than it is it to study hard, work hard and stay the course to achieve the dream.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE.

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LIVE | Latin America’s coronavirus death toll tops 250,000 |NationalTribune.com

The French health ministry reported 4,711 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, a new post-lockdown record and a level last seen during the height of the epidemic in France. Germany confirmed 1,707 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the highest daily toll since April, official figures showed. Brazil expressed cautious optimism…

LIVE | Latin America’s coronavirus death toll tops 250,000 |NationalTribune.com

The French health ministry reported 4,711 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, a new post-lockdown record and a level last seen during the height of the epidemic in France.

Germany confirmed 1,707 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the highest daily toll since April, official figures showed.

Brazil expressed cautious optimism that the country’s coronavirus outbreak could be about to slow down, with cases and deaths on a weekly basis falling from their late-July peaks. 

More than 22.5 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 around the world, and more than 14.4 million have recovered. More than 790,500 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates:
Friday, August 21
03:55 GMT – Stay-at-home order in Myanmar’s Sittwe
Health authorities ordered residents of Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, to stay at home after detecting three more locally transmitted cases, according to the Myanmar Times newspaper.
A total of nine cases have been reported in Rakhine since August 16, when authorities detected Myanmar’s first locally transmitted case in nearly a month.
Buses and flights have suspended operations in and out of Sittwe starting on Thursday.
For years now, Rakhine has been mired in conflict between the military and ethnic groups seeking greater autonomy. The restive state is also home to the Rohingya, a persecuted mostly Muslim minority, many of whom now live in camps for displaced people.

Residents in Sittwe township, Rakhine State, have been placed under stay-at-home notice after the health ministry reported three more local COVID-19 transmissions. https://t.co/OYWDCbEA4R
— The Myanmar Times (@TheMyanmarTimes) August 20, 2020

03:32 GMT – Biden says his top priority is to ‘get control of virus’
Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, said his “first step” if elected president of the United States would be to “get control of the virus that has ruined so many lives”.
Speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Biden said: “We will never get our economy back on track, we will never get our kids back in schools, we will never have our lives back until we deal with this virus.”
His plan to contain the pandemic included developing and deploying rapid tests, bolstering the supply of protective gear and instituting a national mandate for masks.
Biden also offered a withering assessment of Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic: “Our current president has failed in his most basic duty to the nation: he has failed to protect us.”

Joe Biden accepts the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during a speech delivered for the largely virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, US, August 20, 2020 [Kevin Lamarque/ Reuters]

03:12 GMT – New Zealand defers lockdown decision
New Zealand reported nine new locally transmitted coronavirus cases, and put off a decision about easing restrictions in its biggest city of Auckland to next week.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would announce on Monday whether the government would ease alert level 3 restrictions enforced in Auckland, and level 2 measures in the rest of the country.
02:41 GMT – Germany to take on more debt in 2021
Germany will need to take on yet more debt in 2021 to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on the economy, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said.  
“Next year we will continue to be forced to suspend the debt rule and spend considerable funds to protect the health of citizens and stabilise the economy,” Scholz said in an interview with the Funke media group, referring to Germany’s cherished policy of keeping a balanced budget.
Scholz already plans to borrow around 218 billion euros ($258bn) this year to help pay for a huge rescue package to steer the country through the coronavirus-induced downturn.
The minister said he was expecting the German economy to have recovered from the virus shock and returned to pre-crisis levels “by the end of next year or the beginning of 2022”.
02:26 GMT – New virus cases in Australia’s Victoria hit five-week low
Australia’s Victoria reported its lowest number of new infections in five weeks, logging 179 new cases in the past 24 hours, compared with 240 a day earlier and down from over 700 two weeks ago.
The decline in cases comes after authorities introduced a nightly curfew and shut large swathes Victoria’s economy. The state reported nine deaths.
Despite the second wave outbreak in Victoria, Australia has largely avoided the high casualties of other nations with just under 24,500 infections and 450 deaths from the virus.

A man wearing a face mask crosses a quiet road in Melbourne’s Chinatown area on August 13, 2020 [William West/ AFP]

02:11 GMT – Japan to ease re-entry curbs on foreign residents
Japan plans to ease its COVID-19 entry restrictions on foreign nationals with resident visas starting next month, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Re-entry will be permitted for visa holders, including permanent residents and exchange students, on condition that they undergo coronavirus testing and quarantine for 14 days, the same policy that applies to Japanese citizens re-entering the country, according to NHK.
01:58 GMT – Mexico to get 2,000 doses of Russian vaccine for testing
Mexico will receive at least 2,000 doses of Russia’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed ‘Sputnik V’, to test among its population, according to the Mexican foreign minister.
Marcelo Ebrard called the Russian offer “very good news”.
Mexico has already agreed to help manufacture a vaccine candidate being developed by Britain’s AstraZeneca and Oxford University to supply the Latin American market. It is also preparing to carry out late-stage trials for US company Johnson & Johnson and two Chinese companies.

COVID-19 vaccine: Safety concerns as countries rush for cure (2:24)

01:46 GMT – Extreme poverty ‘could surge by 100 million’
David Malpass, the president of the World Bank, warned that the coronavirus pandemic may drive as many as 100 million people back into extreme poverty.
The Washington-based development lender previously estimated that 60 million people would fall into extreme poverty due to COVID-19, but the new estimate puts the deterioration at 70 to 100 million, and Malpass told the AFP news agency “that number could go higher” if the pandemic worsens or drags on.
The situation makes it “imperative” that creditors reduce the amount of debt held by poor countries at risk, going beyond the commitment to suspend debt payments, he added.
01:07 GMT – Morocco may reimpose full lockdown
King Mohammed VI warned that Morocco could return to a complete coronavirus lockdown amid a jump in infections that has strained health services and triggered protests by medical staff.
New cases nationally have surged to more than 1,000 a day since Morocco lifted a strict three-month-long lockdown in late June and hit a record high of 1,766 on August 15.
“If figures continue to increase, the COVID-19 Scientific Committee may recommend another lockdown, perhaps with even tighter restrictions,” the king said in a speech.
As of Thursday, Morocco had recorded a total 47,638 cases, including 775 deaths and 32,806 recoveries.

START HERE | Coronavirus: What did they get wrong? (9:03)

00:57 GMT – Canada extends emergency aid
Canada announced a four-week extension of emergency aid for people who lost work due to the pandemic, and an easing of rules on qualifying for unemployment benefits when that expires.
Officials estimated the cost of the new measures at 37 billion Canadian dollars ($28bn) over one year.    
About 4.5 million Canadians, or 12 percent of the population, are currently receiving $2,000 a month in emergency support. That will now be in place until September 27.
Afterwards, claimants will be shifted to an unemployment benefits programme.
00:33 GMT – Peruvian, Argentine economies post huge falls
Peru’s year-on-year gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 30 percent in the second quarter of 2020 due to coronavirus containment measures, the government said.
In Peru, mandatory confinement was in place throughout the whole of the second quarter and was only lifted in the majority of the country on July 1. The worst-hit sectors of the economy were mining, down by 20.9 percent; processing, down by 44.5 percent; and services, down by 28.3 percent, the state statistics and information institute said.
In Argentina, official data showed the country’s economy contracted by almost 13 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year.
The year-on-year fall in GDP for June was 12.3 percent, although that was an improvement on April and May. 

Concerns over Brazil tourism curb amid COVID-19 pandemic (2:37)

00:27 GMT – Latin America’s death toll passes 250,000
The number of COVID-19 deaths in Latin America surged past 250,000 on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally.
The grim milestone was passed as Brazil reported 1,204 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours.
Over the past week, the region has reported more than 3,000 deaths a day, while daily caseloads continue to rise in Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
00:16 GMT – Brazil’s cases top 3.5 million
Brazil reported 45,323 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 1,204 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said.
Brazil has now registered 3,501,975 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 112,304, according to ministry data.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 
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America’s Faucian bargain

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Anthony Fauci’s embarrassing face-plant on Opening Day at Nationals Park was not because he threw a crazy sidewinder rainbow that looked more like a bad throw toward first base than a ceremonial first pitch towards home plate. To be sure, that was embarrassing. His weak performance on the mound gave a bad name to…

America’s Faucian bargain

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Anthony Fauci’s embarrassing face-plant on Opening Day at Nationals Park was not because he threw a crazy sidewinder rainbow that looked more like a bad throw toward first base than a ceremonial first pitch towards home plate.

To be sure, that was embarrassing.

His weak performance on the mound gave a bad name to bespectacled nerds everywhere. Maybe it was his facemask cutting off the oxygen required for elite athleticism.

Nor was it because cameras later caught the government’s top disease expert using his facemask as a chin-bikini, rather than the proper virus-guard he endlessly harangues U.S. citizens over.

Of course, that was humiliating as well.

But that was not his terrible mistake. Dr. Fauci’s great sin on Opening Day was his suffocating, intolerable arrogance.

The guy actually even had a decent excuse when asked the next day why he had shirked his mask after lecturing the world for months about the need to wear the very same such masks.

He was sitting between his wife and a friend when he slipped his mask down over his chin so that he could drink water. “Trying to hydrate myself,” he allowed, nerdly.

Anyway, he added, he had tested negative for the Chinese plague just the day before.

In other words, he was not a danger to his wife or his friend, so the mask only served to protect him from them. It was a risk, apparently, he was willing to take.

OK, fine.

But this is where the titanic arrogance of Anthony Fauci comes in and exposes him for the dangerous, power-drunk bureaucrat he has become in this global pandemic.

First of all, he can be as selfless and gallant as he wants in his own mind, but when he is on government dime during the worst pandemic in 100 years, he’d better take every precaution in his own book not to become a carrier of the Wuhan. Dr. Fauci can take whatever risks he wishes, but if he is going to be spending time around President Trump and the White House team combatting this global menace, then he needs to think of more than just himself.

Then there is the stunning arrogance of being somehow surprised that he was spied on camera flouting his own rules about wearing masks. Seriously?

And, worst of all, Dr. Fauci’s olympic arrogance upon being questioned later about getting caught without his mask. It should have been a moment for humility and apology. Instead, he delivered only scorn and indifference.

“So, I guess people want to make it a big event,” Dr. Fauci sneered.

“I wear a mask all the time when I’m outside,” he said, disdain etched upon his face. “To pull it down to take some sips of water and put it back up again — I guess if people want to make something about that, they can.”

At this, Dr. Fauci could barely contain his contempt at being asked a simple question. It was all so beneath him.

“To me, I just think that’s mischievous,” he spat.

It was a great reminder of the grievous price we citizens pay — America’s Faucian Bargain — when unelected federal bureaucrats are taken seriously. And then, in a squirming effort to be liked, he tells us how much he loves baseball.

Okay, Dr. Fauci, so you love baseball. Great. You know who else loves baseball?

Millions of Americans. Millions of Americans who go to baseball games every year. Americans who have never missed an Opening Day in their adult lives. Americans who have slavishly obeyed every single one of your rules about combatting this invisible enemy that we don’t really understand.

Americans who did not wear masks when you told them masks were useless. Americans who then started wearing masks when you changed your mind and started telling them it was the only way to save their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

These people have obeyed all your rules. They listened to loved ones die over the phone — if they were lucky. They have stayed home. Washed their hands raw. They have wept.

Oh, and Opening Day of baseball — one of the most cherished days of any year? Don’t even think about it.

But there you were, in a vast, empty stadium that seats 40,000 fans, sitting all alone with your wife and a friend. Smiling. Laughing. Enjoying a gorgeous day at the ballpark.

And — as if you wanted to flip us all off — you chucked the mask so we could all see your beaming smile, the kind of carefree smile you only get under the gorgeous sun on Opening Day at your favorite ballpark.

• Charles Hurt is opinion editor of The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected] or @charleshurt on Twitter.

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