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People line up behind a health care worker at a mobile Coronavirus testing site at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. California's confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 409,000, surpassing New York for most in the nation. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Don't let the suffering with the coronavirus crisis be in vain

The coronavirus crisis brings for many Americans, especially the youngest among us, suffering unlike they've ever experienced. As citizens in the most prosperous country on Earth, at what may be the historical apex of its economic and military prowess, it is no exaggeration to state that no one has, or has had it, better than the citizens of the modern United States. Perhaps that's why we feel our privations so acutely.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the Colonial Early Education Program at the Colwyck Training Center, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in New Castle, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The price of Biden's power

A Joe Biden presidency would unleash an American transformation, but not simply a seismic shift in political power. If the former vice president is to be believed, he would clamp down on the use of fossil fuels and, over time, force the nation to depend on renewable sources for its energy requirements.

The dangerous hypocrisy of the media elite

American public intellectuals, those self-appointed arbiters of good taste and morality, are not exactly an honest collection of people. By and large, they reverse their positions depending on the winds of public opinion, always making sure to be on the correct side of fashionable debate. When they are not playing the grifter, they are attempting to set the terms of American civility by hectoring the public on their version of right and wrong, true and false, noble and ignoble. To observe these phenomena, read a New York Times editorial any day of the week.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Joe Biden cribs from Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump

Joe Biden's legacy may be still in the making, but he is already known for one thing: borrowing liberally from the work product of others. Building on his well-earned reputation, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president has delivered an economic blueprint he hopes will help him capture the White House in November. If the Biden plan has a familiar ring, it's because it bums ideas off the Bernie Sanders economic prescription. And even though it also takes a page from the Trump playbook, rather than revitalizing America, it would likely "make socialism great again."

Student's chairs are stacked on top of desks in an empty classroom at closed Robertson Elementary School, March 16, 2020, in Yakima, Wash. (Amanda Ray/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)

All schools should be mandated by governors to prepare to open

The coronavirus lockdown has prevented the nation's children from enjoying many of the typical joys of summer. Fear of letting the virus spread has shuttered summer camps, closed beaches and other amusements, limited access to community pools and parks, and left teenagers jobless, idle and liable to get into mischief.

The International Energy Agency forecasts that offshore wind energy could become a $1 trillion industry by 2040, with major U.S. growth expected in next decade. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Power grabbers hope pandemic will rally the 'green' revolution

For most individuals, tragedy is simply tragedy. For some, though, tragedy spells opportunity. Prominent among them are the chieftains of the "green" revolution who intend to seize upon the coronavirus pandemic turmoil to revamp global energy. It may be a venerable tradition of power grabbers to advance under cover of adversity, but it's not the American way.

FILE- In this Aug. 28, 1973, file photo, McGraw Hall stands on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. As colleges around the country grapple with how to reopen in the fall, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Cornell's president announced that it will welcome students back to campus, an option she said is best not only for their education, but also public health. (AP Photo/Jonathan Jay Fink)

Colleges put profit before safety during COVID-19 pandemic, at great cost

As of this writing, daily coronavirus case counts are over 30,000, a country-wide level we haven't seen since April. This past Thursday, we set a single-day record of nearly 60,000 new cases. Hospitals in many parts of the United States are exceeding capacity. Many states have hit "pause" on their re-opening plans. Some are re-closing. So, whether we like it or not, it's time to accept that infections are surging. Lord knows what the landscape will look like after the July 4th weekend.

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