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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley

Foreign Affairs

Fact.

America's humilation in Afghanistan sends a signal of weakness and bad faith.
  • President Biden can boast that he ended U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan, but he did so at immense human cost to Afghans who had placed their trust in America.
  • Biden talks a lot about rallying America’s democratic allies, but he failed to consult with allied forces who still had some 7,500 of their own service members in the country — forcing a scramble to get them out.
  • Biden’s helter-skelter withdrawal turned into a degradation of America’s global standing, in effect a surrender.

By: Claudia Rosett

Culture

Fact.

States are expanding educational options.
  • Public school enrollment decreased by 3% during the last school year. Homeschooling rates doubled to over 11% of the total school-aged population. Families in areas with perpetually closed public schools, but fully open private schools, eagerly transferred their children.
  • State legislators recognized the soaring demand for educational options, and expanded or created new school choice programs in 20 states in 2021.
  • School choice policies empower parents, rather than school board officials or district bureaucrats, to direct their children’s education.
  • School choice programs should be expanded everywhere so that all families possess purchasing power to direct their children’s educational path, rather than remain beholden to district inertia and negligence.

By: Ginny Gentles

Community

Fact.

We need a systemic approach to stop Critical Race Theory.
  • Under the cloak of buzzwords like “anti-racism”, equity, and inclusion, critical race theory has seeped into America’s most powerful institutions. As a result, efforts to beat it back will also need to be — in the favorite word of CRT scholars — systemic.
  • Different institutions captured by the ideology, including education, government, corporations and the media, will require different strategies to purge the influence of CRT.
  • E pluribus unum — “out of many, one” — isn’t just a motto of the United States that appears on our Great Seal, but presents our greatest challenge. CRT directs the country away from forming a “more perfect Union” between citizens of all racial backgrounds.

By: Inez Feltscher Stepman

Economy

Fact.

Work is a hand up, not a hand out.
  • Many businesses have attributed hiring difficulties to the extra federal unemployment payments that continued even as the COVID emergency subsided.
  • In a recent Harvard/HarrisX poll, an overwhelming 76% of Americans said people are “staying on unemployment because they can make more money.”
  • Minimum wage hikes yield job losses and disincentivize hiring, especially among those who are less educated and with lower skills—people who need jobs the most.

By: Carrie Sheffield

Energy

Fact.

Nuclear power is carbon-free, cheap and reliable.
  • But nuclear is underutilized in the United States despite the increased calls to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Instead, environmental purists advocate for renewables only, such as the wind turbines that shut down when Texas faced freezing temperatures in February 2021.
  • This has caused America’s nuclear power capabilities to remain at the same level for the past three decades while increased energy consumption has led to overall higher carbon emissions.

By: Kelsey Bolar & Charlotte Whelan

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Title IX, Male-Bodied Athletes, and the Threat to Women's Sports

As the number of male-bodied athletes seeking to compete on women’s teams and in women’s events grows, the risks to female athletes also grow. In our new, free report titled, "Competition" you'll find the scientific, legal, and anecdotal evidence you need to back up this conclusion. Help us protect female athletes.

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