John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson is the Political Editor at The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Texas Monthly, The Guardian, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, The LA Review of Books, and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas.Source
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Americans Should Never Again Comply With Pandemic Lockdown Orders

Americans Should Never Again Comply With Pandemic Lockdown Orders

We’re told a second wave of coronavirus infections is coming. As businesses open back up and states relax lockdown orders, the number of new cases is ticking up in a handful of states. We’ve heard warnings in recent days from the Centers for Disease Control and various public health experts and elected officials that a new series of lockdowns might be necessary. What these experts and officials don’t seem to realize is that Americans will never comply with their lockdown orders again. They have burned their credibility to the ground, and they no longer have the moral authority to tell us...

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5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War

5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War

By 2, 2020Last week I wrote about how and it’s time for conservatives—and really, anyone who’s not on board with the radical anti-American agenda of Black Lives Matter and the rest of the woke left—to fight back.But how? I was light on specifics, and subsequently heard from a number of readers who wanted to know what they could do, personally, to push back against the leftward lurch of the culture. Many said they feel powerless and overwhelmed, and with good reason.Silicon Valley, Hollywood, academia, the mainstream media, corporate America, and the entire Democratic Party (along with not a...

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Mexico Facing A Dual Crisis: Deadly Drug Cartels And A Deadly Pandemic

Mexico Facing A Dual Crisis: Deadly Drug Cartels And A Deadly Pandemic

By 30, 2020With so much turmoil and trouble across the country right now, most Americans are probably not thinking about our southern neighbor. But they should be, because Mexico is in trouble, facing a dual crisis of deadly drug cartels and a deadly coronavirus pandemic. As conditions there deteriorate, we should expect Mexico’s problems to become our own.First, the cartels. Last week, one of Mexico’s most powerful cartels brought the country’s ongoing drug war right into the heart of Mexico City, long considered an island of calm in an ocean of chaos and violence.Not anymore. Gunmen...

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We’re In A Cultural Civil War. It’s Time For Conservatives To Fight Back

We’re In A Cultural Civil War. It’s Time For Conservatives To Fight Back

By 26, 2020The daily spectacle of angry mobs pulling down statues, taunting police, attacking passersby, and taking over entire city blocks makes it seem like Black Lives Matter is a mass movement, that pretty much everyone except knuckle-dragging Trump supporters is on board with its radical agenda, and that the new national consensus is that you’re either anti-racist or racist.Under these conditions, many ordinary Americans feel disoriented and discouraged. Confusion abounds. When did it become racist to like the national anthem and Mount Rushmore? At what point did we decide George...

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Jun 26
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Twitter’s 2020 Election Interference Will Eventually End In Banning Trump

Twitter’s 2020 Election Interference Will Eventually End In Banning Trump

By 25, 2020It seems clear now that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is going to ban President Donald Trump. It’s just a matter of when.Dorsey will come up with a pretext, however absurd or cynical, as part of Twitter’s ongoing efforts to interfere in the 2020 election. It will probably consist of a charge that Trump has had one too many violations of some entirely subjective and impossible-to-define Twitter policy on abusive or harmful speech.We got another preview of what that might look like this week when Twitter once again that apparently violated Twitter’s policy against “abusive behavior.”...

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Jun 25
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Americans Should Never Again Comply With Pandemic Lockdown Orders

Americans Should Never Again Comply With Pandemic Lockdown Orders

By 18, 2020We’re told a second wave of coronavirus infections is coming. As businesses open back up and states relax lockdown orders, the number of new cases is ticking up in a handful of states. We’ve heard  from the Centers for Disease Control and various public health experts and elected officials that a new series of lockdowns might be necessary.What these experts and officials don’t seem to realize is that Americans will never comply with their lockdown orders again. They have burned their credibility to the ground, and they no longer have the moral authority to tell us what to...

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Jun 18
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The Monument Mobs Don’t Hate The Confederacy, They Hate America

The Monument Mobs Don’t Hate The Confederacy, They Hate America

By 15, 2020Angry mobs are tearing down and defacing monuments across America. They make no distinction between Confederate and Union, abolitionist and pro-slavery, 15th-century figures and 20th. They don’t care when a monument was erected, who built it, or why. They have not come to debate or persuade their fellow citizens to relocate these statues to museums or private property. They believe the debate is over and that they have won.Their target is not the Confederacy. It is the United States. They mean to destroy symbols of American history writ large, because to them all of American...

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Jun 15
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If You Don’t Support Black Lives Matter, You're Fired

If You Don’t Support Black Lives Matter, You're Fired

By 11, 2020There will be no opting out of the Black Lives Matter movement. You’re either for BLM or against it—and if you’re against it, you’re a racist. You will either support BLM publicly and enthusiastically, or you will be harassed, shunned, and shamed out of mainstream America. If you dare to speak a word against BLM, you will be targeted, mobbed, and probably fired.That’s the message coming through loud and clear, not just from protesters but from corporations and institutions desperate to seem woke enough to escape the wrath of the BLM movement.It doesn’t matter what your job or...

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Jun 11
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What Happens When You Disband The Police? Look At Mexico.

What Happens When You Disband The Police? Look At Mexico.

By 9, 2020One of the most visible and insistent demands of the Black Lives Matter movement is the abolition or disbandment of the police—or at the very least defunding them, which taken to the extreme would amount to the same thing. “Abolish the police” has become a rallying cry among protesters and a litmus test for elected officials seeking to ally with them.What comes after the police have been abolished remains unclear. Protesters and politicians alike are hazy on details, preferring instead to talk about “reimagining public safety” and throwing around vague terms like “community...

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Jun 9
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‘Abolish The Police’ Is A Slogan For The Destruction Of America

‘Abolish The Police’ Is A Slogan For The Destruction Of America

By 5, 2020If you thought “abolish the police”—or it’s more moderate iteration, “defund the police”—was just some asinine slogan blue-check journalists, woke academics, and pandering public officials post on Twitter to show they support the Black Lives Matter movement, then you’re not keeping up with the revolution.This week Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the city would be slashing the police department’s budget by $100 to $150 million and instead “reinvesting in black communities and communities of color.” The cuts to the LA police will make up the bulk of $250 million in funds to be...

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Jun 5
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The Struggle Sessions Are Here, And They’re Not Going Away

The Struggle Sessions Are Here, And They’re Not Going Away

By 4, 2020Amid the scenes circulating on social media this week of protesters and rioters and burned out storefronts and police barricades, two of them stand out as harbingers of what all of this means for the future of mainstream American society.The first was a video clip of a small group of white people . A white man at the head of the kneeling group was praying, his voice shaking with emotion: “Father, we ask for forgiveness from our black brothers and sisters for years and years of racism, of systematic racism.”The second was a clip of a large gathering in the affluent DC suburb of...

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Jun 4
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The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots

The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots

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Jun 3
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Twitter And Social Media Are A Cancer On Our Civic Life

Twitter And Social Media Are A Cancer On Our Civic Life

By 30, 2020There’s nothing like a row between Twitter and President Trump to turn everyone into an expert on 47 U.S. Code § 230, a heretofore obscure section of federal law that deals with liability protections for companies like Twitter.Go on social media right now and you’re bound to find friends, neighbors, and colleagues opining on federal statutes and citing old Supreme Court cases to bolster their arguments that we have to do this or that right now to save the internet or protect free speech.So let me just say up front, I am not an expert on Section 230 or on federal liability law...

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May 30
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It’s Time To Stop Pretending Twitter Is A Neutral Platform

It’s Time To Stop Pretending Twitter Is A Neutral Platform

By 28, 2020Twitter’s decision this week to to President Trump’s tweets about the risks of mail-in ballot fraud should be enough, at long last, for us to dispense with the fiction that Twitter is nothing more than a neutral platform.It’s not, it never has been, and it’s time to stop pretending otherwise.Set aside the relative merits of and the entire debate about whether mass voting by mail is a good idea, because that’s not what’s important here. By stepping in to flag Trump’s tweet with a warning label and a link so users can “get the facts” about mail-in ballots (which ironically links to...

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Thousands Of Churches To Defy Lockdown Orders. It’s About Time.

Thousands Of Churches To Defy Lockdown Orders. It’s About Time.

By 22, 2020On Friday, President Trump and called on governors nationwide to allow them to open this weekend. If they don’t, Trump said he would “override” governors, citing forthcoming guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In remarks Thursday, the president criticized some governors who have “deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential” but not churches. “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.”Trump is right, but churches are already taking action on their own. This week in Minnesota, thousands of...

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May 22
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How Obama Weaponized Surveillance Laws To Target Trump

How Obama Weaponized Surveillance Laws To Target Trump

By 21, 2020The drip-drip-drip of newly declassified documents related to the Trump-Russia investigation, together with that a classified leak against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn might not have come from an unmasking request, leaves little doubt that the Obama administration weaponized federal surveillance laws to target Trump associates and undermine the incoming administration.The story thus far is complex, but it reveals a disturbing abuse of power by the Obama administration that suggests congressional reform of federal surveillance laws is needed to ensure this never...

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May 21
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‘Obamagate’ Isn’t A Conspiracy Theory, It's A Huge Political Scandal

‘Obamagate’ Isn’t A Conspiracy Theory, It's A Huge Political Scandal

By 13, 2020When former president Barack Obama last week that the Justice Department’s decision to drop the case against former White House National Security Adviser Mike Flynn is a “threat to the rule of law,” he was relying wholly on the fiction, willingly propagated for years by a pliant media, that the Russia-Trump collusion probe launched by his administration was lawful and legitimate.But of course it wasn’t. A string of have confirmed that the entire Russia-Trump investigation, which eventually entrapped Flynn and forced then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself, was an...

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May 13
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Democrats Are Suddenly Okay With Voting For A Man Accused Of Rape

Democrats Are Suddenly Okay With Voting For A Man Accused Of Rape

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May 7
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No, We Don’t Need To Foster A Culture Of Snitching To Stay Safe

No, We Don’t Need To Foster A Culture Of Snitching To Stay Safe

By 30, 2020One of the unsettling trends to emerge from these lockdowns is the penchant for some public officials to encourage snitching on neighbors and businesses that don’t comply with social distancing rules or whatever edict a governor or mayor decides to promulgate on a given day.This week it was Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who, like many other governors across the country as the spread of the coronavirus slows. But Polis wasn’t content simply to announce the new guidelines. He had to lecture Coloradans on their behavior and warn them he might yank the reopening if they don’t behave.“If...

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Some Governors Are Getting Serious About The Cost Of Coronavirus Lockdowns. Some Aren’t.

Some Governors Are Getting Serious About The Cost Of Coronavirus Lockdowns. Some Aren’t.

By 29, 2020As the coronavirus spread slows, governors are responding in different, sometimes wildly divergent ways. Many of them, recognizing their states are not likely to see an outbreak on the scale of New York or New Jersey, have in recent days announced plans to loosen lockdown orders and get their residents back to work. Others have taken the opposite tack, extending lockdown orders and keeping businesses shuttered even as jobless claims mount.The first set of governors, generally speaking, is serious about the trade-offs and tensions between protecting public health and preventing an...

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Apr 29
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Will Texas Lead The American Resurgence From Coronavirus Lockdown?

Will Texas Lead The American Resurgence From Coronavirus Lockdown?

By 28, 2020In what could be the beginning of America’s resurgence from the coronavirus pandemic, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott he will let the state’s stay-at-home order expire at the end of the month and allow some businesses to reopen Friday, with restrictions. It marks the boldest loosening of pandemic restrictions since states began issuing lockdown orders last month, and could mark a path ahead for reopening the rest of the country.Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls across Texas will be allowed to open, but must operate at only 25 percent capacity. Same goes for museums and...

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Apr 28
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We Didn't ‘Flatten The Curve,’ We Flattened The U.S. Health Care System

We Didn't ‘Flatten The Curve,’ We Flattened The U.S. Health Care System

By 23, 2020When the lockdowns began last month, we were told that if we didn’t stay home our hospitals would be overwhelmed with coronavirus patients, intensive care wards would be overrun, there wouldn’t be enough ventilators, and some people would probably die in their homes for lack of care. To maintain capacity in the health-care system, we all had to go on lockdown—not just the big cities, but everywhere.So we stayed home, businesses closed, and tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs. But with the exception of New York City, the overwhelming surge of coronavirus patients never...

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Apr 23
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