Europe’s impotent anti-Trumpism and other commentary

Foreign desk: Europe’s Impotent Anti-Trumpism

“For a perfect illustration of Europe’s collapse as a serious political force,” Conrad Black fumes at American Greatness, “one could do no better than to read” former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer’s ­recent essay arguing that President Trump’s re-election “could spell the end of the liberal world order.” How would a second Trump term bring about this great “slaughter”? Because, as Black puts it, the prez dares to ­insist on his “proposals that Western Europe . . . take greater responsibility for its own defense and economic prosperity.” Under Trump, the “old European idea of the United States dutifully doing the work and paying the bills while Europe” sneers at the Yanks is kaput. Maybe Germany “should seize its opportunity and become Europe’s leader again” — ending its “dependence on the United States, economically and militarily” — instead of “simpering and contemplating the end of Western civilization.”

Campus conservative: Some “Open Debate”

Last week, University of Chicago student Evita Duffy dared to voice an unpopular on an online platform for students: that “coronavirus won’t destroy America, but socialism will.” And then the campus mobs came for her. As Duffy recounts at The Chicago Maroon, she received an ­“onslaught of online hate and threats of violence,” with fellow students assailing “my character, my intellect, my family and my appearance.” Yet the administration hasn’t come to her defense — which only shows that conservatives like Duffy pay a price for “questioning the liberal orthodoxy on campus.” It’s a sad irony, since her university recently promulgated the so-called Chicago Principles, which claim to “protect free speech and encourage open debate.” Yet in her case, the grown-ups, much less the kids, have failed to uphold that lofty ideal.

From the right: Medicare for All’s Gigantic Bill

“A new study purports to show that Medicare for All would actually save taxpayers and consumers money” — but, Ross Marchand counters at The Washington Examiner, don’t go imagining that Bernie Sanders is now some sort of “fiscal hawk.” For one thing, a “landmark” analysis has found Medicare for All would conservatively “cost taxpayers more than $32 trillion over 10 years.” In fact, the program’s expenses would run costs “at least twice that of private ­insurance” when measured per beneficiary, which the sanguine study didn’t do — that is, unless the nation is willing to contemplate “raising the mortality rate and curtailing care access.” Bottom line: ­“Socialized medicine would spell disaster for millions of patients” and/or “dramatically increase costs on taxpayers.”

Conservative: “Viral” Trump Hatred

Coronavirus isn’t the only thing “spreading across the globe,” Scott Jennings quips at The Louisville Courier Journal: So are Democrats’ “lies” about the outbreak. Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, for example, claimed that Trump “cut the funding” to fight the virus, while New York Times columnists Gail Collins and Paul Krugman called ­corona “Trumpvirus.” In reality, funding has ­increased for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes for Health, and “the experts in charge have earned praise from across the political spectrum.” It just goes to show that Democrats and their media allies will “brazenly lie to the public” if it hurts Trump. In response, the president needs to be “calm and honest” in response to the hysteria, which will help the country — and his chances in November.

Iconoclast: Bernie’s Missing Killer Instinct

The Bernie Bros see it as their man’s greatest weakness, and The Week’s Matthew Walther agrees: Bernie Sanders lacks a “killer ­instinct.” Even after Elizabeth Warren and Democratic operatives tried to frame him as sexist, Sanders expressed greater displeasure last week with his hotheaded online supporters than he did with party elites. “It should go without saying that offering these pleasantries will do Sanders few if any ­favors,” Walther notes, since the establishment “has already thrown its full power against him.” Sanders “should get tough” and “commence a parallel campaign against the party that has been conducting one against him for half a decade now.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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