Laura Hollis: Signs of Hope

It’s only mid-January, but we are starting to see signs of spring — at least if we’re talking about coming out of the “nuclear winter” that Democrats and other professional fearmongers have tried to keep the country in for the past several years.

As I wrote last week, the country is waking up to the fraud that’s been perpetrated on us with COVID-19. This is thanks in part to people like megapodcaster Joe Rogan, whose two podcasts featuring Peter McCullough and Robert Malone have garnered more than 80 million views between them. McCullough and Malone, both medical doctors, have raised serious questions about the government’s policies with respect to the virus, and the efficacy and safety of the vaccines, particularly for children. (Contrast this with the 270 Ph.D. students, veterinarians, engineers and others who recently signed a letter condemning Rogan as a “menace to public health.” The media was quick to run with this story as “hundreds of doctors” demanding that Spotify pull down Rogan’s podcasts. Um, no. And who cares? There are over a million practicing physicians in the United States.)

Credit must also be given to James O’Keefe. His Project Veritas organization obtained confirmation of earlier leaked reports that the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, run by Dr. Anthony Fauci, funded the kind of “gain of function” research on bat-borne viruses that is increasingly believed to be behind the COVID-19 pandemic. Documents obtained by Project Veritas also reveal that the U.S. government (and Fauci) knew that the “wet market” theory of COVID’s origin was untenable, and that the drug ivermectin (mocked by the media as “horse dewormer” and dismissed as useless by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) actually “works throughout all phases of illness and modulates the immune response.” Similarly, hydroxychloroquine is also identified in the report as “curative” and a “SARSr-CoV inhibitor.”

The more holes that get punched in the left’s pet narratives, the better.

In other good news, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin took office this week in Virginia and signed a flurry of executive orders. These included banning the teaching of critical race theory in Virginia schools and appointing CRT opponent Angela Sailor as head of the state’s Office of Diversity, Opportunity (no longer “Equity”) and Inclusion. Sailor’s previous experience includes positions with the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. State Department. After the Loudoun County public school fiasco, we can expect Youngkin to strongly defend parents’ rights and children’s safety.

U.S. Senate Democrats Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona) and Joe Manchin (West Virginia) have given the country an early Valentine’s Day present. Sinema and Manchin are refusing to “kill” the filibuster, a move that would permit the Democrats to ram through controversial legislation with only 50 senators plus Vice President Kamala Harris. Sinema pointed out Democrats’ hypocrisy (defending the filibuster when they are in the minority and wanting it gone when they hold the majority) and said that the filibuster is necessary to prevent “wild reversals in federal policy.”

Manchin was just as emphatic. “Allowing one party to exert complete control in the Senate with only a simple majority will only pour fuel onto the fire of political whiplash and dysfunction that is tearing this nation apart,” Manchin said. “Especially when one party controls both Congress and the White House.”

As a result, not only is President Joe Biden’s spendaholic Build Back Better behemoth dead in the water but the absurdly titled Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Act will likely not pass. More good news. Both bills federalize elections (which would certainly draw legal challenges, since the Constitution expressly gives the power over election rules to state legislatures). If they passed, reasonable state laws that protect against voter fraud, such as requiring voter identification, would become illegal. Contrary to the Democratic Party’s marketing campaign, these bills would make it easier to cheat, not easier to vote. Even Democrats admit that the “saving democracy” hyperbole has backfired, including Biden’s attempt to smear all opponents of the bill as Jim Crow-era racists.

In fact, every living citizen of this country who is over 18 and not a felon can already vote. Claims to the contrary are nonsense. But election integrity is much on the mind of state legislators. Eighteen states have passed election integrity laws in the aftermath of the November 2020 election and subsequent revelations of the misconduct and manipulation that took place. More such laws are expected to follow.

Polls show that the country is already fed up with Democrats’ control of Congress and the White House. A Gallup poll this week reveals that in just one year, Democrats lost a 9-point advantage; Republicans now have a 5-point advantage with the American public heading into the 2022 midterm elections. That is the highest public preference for Republicans since 1994, when the GOP took control of the House and Senate for the first time since 1952.

The old demographic voting blocs are dissolving as well, in ways that favor Republicans. Biden’s approval ratings among Hispanics are abysmal. Ever-larger numbers of minorities and women are voting Republican and running for office as Republicans. The Democratic Party has all but lost the middle class.

The truth continues to seep out about what really happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Video footage recently obtained and analyzed by the Epoch Times shows shooting victim Ashli Babbitt trying to prevent violence, not instigate it. Babbitt was the only person killed during the mayhem at the Capitol, and she was shot by Capitol Police officer Michael Byrd. Byrd, we now know, was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting without even being interviewed by “investigators.” As more facts come out, the “insurrection” narrative, like so many others, will unravel.

Is all the news good? Obviously not. But the momentum is moving in our favor. And that is a good thing.

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Laura Hollis

Laura Hirschfeld Hollis is a native of Champaign, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in English and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. Hollis' career as an attorney has spanned 28 years, the past 23 of which have been in higher education. She has taught law at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has nearly 15 years' experience in the development and delivery of entrepreneurship courses, seminars and workshops for multiple audiences. Her scholarly interests include entrepreneurship and public policy, economic development, technology commercialization and general business law. In addition to her legal publications, Hollis has been a freelance political writer since 1993, writing for The Detroit News, HOUR Detroit magazine, and the Christian Post, on matters of politics and culture. She is a frequent public speaker. Hollis has received numerous awards for her teaching, research, community service and contributions to entrepreneurship education. She is married to Jess Hollis, a musician, voiceover artist and audio engineer, and they live in Indiana with their two children, Alistair and Celeste.

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