Our First Amendment is on life support; and those who have benefitted by its life are suffocating it.

Andrew Cuomo’s sad State of the State speech.

Here are two articles regarding the Governor’s State of the State delivered yesterday from an upstate paper:  Cuomo vows to vaccinate 70% to 90% of New Yorkers  and Vaccinations, boosting economy top Cuomo 2021 agenda.  The focus of these two articles is COVID-19 and not the problems New Yorkers will face with the substantial budget shortfall taxpayers are facing.  COVID-19 is a major concern for all New Yorkers (as well as the world’s population) but, the way government responds to the economic fallout must be questioned by those reporting on the problems.  How do we expect people to understand the depth of the economic shortfall, and how it will be resolved, if the newspapers gloss over the seriousness of the budget concerns?  The media has a responsibility to inform the public; our Founding Fathers realized that by elevating their importance in the First Amendment.  It is time they accept that responsibility no matter how unpleasant it may be to report; government does not need cheerleaders as much as her citizens need to be fully informed.

Bill Hammond writes that the State’s Vaccine Appointment System Was Not Ready for Prime Time.   (BTW, it still isn’t…)

Janice Dean: COVID vaccine distribution botched by Cuomo – why wasn’t New York’s governor more prepared?

The perilous side-effects of banning evictions mean it can’t go on forever

Victor Davis Hanson opines about Crazy 2020 Is Dead! Long Live Crazier 2021!

Charles Hurt write in the Washington Times about the impeachment of King Lear: Shakespeare would have been in love with Donald Trump.

Pompeo slams anti-American ‘woke-ism’ at Voice of America, U.S. broadcast outlets.

Biden Says He Will ‘Defeat the NRA’ While in Office.

As we noted yesterday:  Dems continue ‘selling out America’ in new impeachment push

The man will say anything to get the press’s attention.  Schumer: Put Everyone Who Was in the Capitol on No-fly List.  Yes, the people who stormed the United States Capitol were wrong and they broke the laws of our land and should face the consequences for their action; and they will.

Anyone surprised about this?  Antifa’s Determined to Prevent a Book About Their Tactics from Being Published.

Wow, this makes the collusion between a campaign and a social media outlet, even worse than anyone could have imagined.  Emails Reveal Facebook Banned Users at Hunter Biden’s Request.

Left-Wing Billionaires Turn to For-Profit Corporations for Giving.

Twitter Sends Out Major Irony About Freedom of Expression During Elections.

Facts Win Out – Peter Wood’s learned and thoughtful demolition of the 1619 Project.

From the Gatestone Institute:  Iran, China, Promise to be the Biggest Tests of Biden’s Presidency in 2021. Also from Gatestone:  EU-China Investment Deal: “It Spits in the Face of Human Rights”

Sad, but true:  The Endgame of Transgender Ideology Is to Dismantle the Family.

Rest in Peace:  Sheldon Adelson, Longtime GOP Donor, Dies at 87.