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The most prominent Catholic high school in Arizona has decided to require masks and COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff, sparking outrage. Brophy College Preparatory, where Governor Doug Ducey’s children attended, announced the policy earlier this month. Any student who refuses to be vaccinated will be required to undergo onerous testing twice a week, and the mask mandate will be in place indoors until at least September 10. Oddly, the girls’ associated high school, Xavier Prep, does not have a vaccine mandate; if the vaccine is so imperative, why are they exempt?  

 

The mandate is strange considering there is no significant COVID-19 surge in Arizona. Cases have barely gone up since the winter surge ended in March, and the death rate has remained the same since March, according to Worldometer, which is cited by reputable organizations and governments around the world. 

 

The mandate also goes contrary to the advice of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which reportedly last had 5,000 members and grows by 10% every year. The AAPS published an article earlier this month entitled “Not Everyone Should Get COVID Vaccine.” They wrote a letter to colleges and universities in April demanding that they refrain from mandating the vaccine. 

 

The AAPS surveyed 700 doctors in June and found that nearly 60% were not vaccinated. This is significant considering doctors come into close, often physical contact with people every day as part of their job. The survey also found that 54% of physician respondents were aware of patients suffering a “significant adverse reaction,” and 80% of those unvaccinated said, “I believe risk of shots exceeds risk of disease.”

 

Ducey opposes vaccine mandates, and issued an executive order a few days ago prohibiting local officials from implementing them. The Arizona Legislature also banned them. Ducey signed an executive order in June prohibiting public colleges and universities from mandating them. 

 

The AAPS also opposes mandatory masks in schools and has a lengthy analysis of their effectiveness and negative health implications on its site. They cite “Psychological Damage in Children,” with a discussion of 70 doctors in Belgium who begged to cancel mask mandates at schools. There are graphs showing how areas that institute mask mandates have spikes in COVID-19 compared to areas that don’t. The AAPS concluded, “Wearing masks (other than N95) will not be effective at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, whether worn as source control or as PPE.” The left-leaning Drudge Report just linked to an article about a study showing masks only filter 10% of exhaled aerosols. 

 

Yet schools constantly defend their mask mandates by ignoring the AAPS and citing the American Pediatric Association, which supports mandatory masks in schools. No one ever bothers to disclose, however, that of all the types of doctors, pediatricians lean the most to the left. 

 

Ducey opposes mask mandates in schools, and signed a law that bans them from public schools. Several school districts have defied him, requiring them anyway, and so now the issue is in litigation. Ducey announced Tuesday that he will financially penalize those districts. They will not receive any of the $163 million that the state got through the American Rescue Plan to boost per-pupil funding. Students in those districts will receive vouchers to attend schools elsewhere.

 

Even though there is no third surge in Arizona, Brophy’s principal Bob Ryan claimed there was in a letter to families announcing the mandate. The only areas experiencing a third COVID-19 surge around the countries are primarily blue cities and counties. Arizona never locked down and has a relatively lower vaccine rate, 55% are fully vaccinated. A recent Rasmussen poll found that more Americans oppose than support mandatory masks and COVID-19 vaccines in schools.

 

A backlash is starting. Six students dropped out after Brophy announced the mandate. A group of more than 800 student family members, alumni, donors, supporters and over 25 state legislators signed a letter to the school requesting a reversal of the vaccine mandate. They said the families of at least 100 children are considering withdrawing them. One parent started a Twitter account for updates.  

 

Brophy is a Jesuit school, which are known for being more progressive than other Catholic schools. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope. Brophy has a video posted on its homepage of the Pope telling people to get vaccinated because it’s an “act of love.” 

 

However, a group of Colorado bishops recently published a letter explaining how “The Catholic Church teaches that a person may refuse a medical intervention, including a vaccination, if his or her conscience leads them to that decision.”

 

Many of the COVID-19 vaccines use tissue from aborted fetuses, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Considering the strong pro-life stance the Catholic Church takes, it is even more surprising Brophy is mandating them. The bishops state that it is only acceptable to get vaccines made from aborted fetuses “if there are no other alternatives available and the intent is to preserve life.”

 

An insider confided that Brophy leadership made the decision because they are trying to impress the limousine liberals who run much of Democrat-leaning Phoenix. It has nothing to do with children’s health, just trying to be part of the hipster cocktail circuit crowd. 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



 
 
 

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With Representatives Like Kelly Daughtry, We Can Take Back America

Daughtry is a soft-spoken woman who gets things done

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When President Trump takes office next January 20th, he’s going to need a cadre of strong-willed Congressional representatives. It’s not enough to simply retake the White House, we need the foot soldiers with the unshakeable resolve to restore America.

In North Carolina’s 13th district, one candidate is firmly rooted in the values that made this country great, and will make it great again. Her name is Kelly Daughtry and, quite frankly, the nation needs many others like her.

Raised in rural North Carolina and the daughter of a U.S. veteran, farmer, lawyer, and entrepreneur, Daughtry has been a practicing lawyer for the past 25 years in Johnston County, where she makes her home. She’s been in the trenches and is not skittish about the slings and arrows that come with taking bold, conservative positions for what is right.

Clear Positions on Vital Issues

Daughtry is exceedingly clear on where she stands and on what will improve the lives of American citizens. She is a vigorous supporter of law enforcement and decries ‘de-fund the police’ movements wherever they arise. She understands that, by and large, the men and women in law enforcement are dedicated, hardworking individuals who, in many instances, put their lives on the line.

Similarly, Daughtry supports the U.S. military and our veterans. She knows that nations around the world with rogue leadership wish to do us great harm, and that we must maintain a strong military at all times. Not coincidentally, a strong military is the best prescription for peace.

On the border issue, Daughtry recognizes that the Biden Administration is firmly committed to swamping our country with illegal aliens. Why? Because the U.S. Census count doesn’t focus on U.S. citizenship, only the number of residents per county and state.

Hence, Democrats can gain a 20-seat advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives by continuing to flood our nation. This ploy is precisely why Biden and company have brought lawsuits against border states seeking to protect themselves.

The drugs, the crime — the murders — and the bursting budgets of towns and states trying to cope with the onslaught of illegals should never have happened in the first place. Daughtry knows what needs to be done, and done immediately.

Reversing Biden’s Reckless Agenda

Daughtry will go to work on restoring our nation, dismantling Joe Biden’s reckless agenda for America. She understands that Biden’s policies towards China in particular, and the bribes he has taken, have been nothing less than devastating for hard-working Americans and for our national security.

Most notably, she is firmly opposed to the Chinese Communist Party and their representatives who are seeking to buy farmland throughout North Carolina as well as every other place in the United States.

Biden’s out-of-control spending has particularly hurt North Carolinians. Farmers have taken the brunt of the punishment. The unending inflation that we’ve faced for 38 months also has dealt a crushing blow to North Carolina small business owners and families in general. One of Daughtry’s first agenda items will be to help steer our country back towards fiscal sanity, which in turn will have a direct impact on the cost of groceries and gasoline.

Americans First

Like President Trump, Daughtry understands the importance of putting Americans first and of safeguarding or voting procedures, elections, and indeed what it means to be an American citizen. Of note, she has no misconceptions about the differences between men and women and will work to stop the malarkey that the Left imposes on us every day, with their “56” types of genders.

Daughtry is a soft-spoken woman and in her quiet way, gets things done. If Donald Trump had an army of Kelly Daughtrys, the country would be on firm footing in relatively short order. She knows what hard-working Americans want and need, and is exactly the type of politician that North Carolina must send to Washington D.C.

It is not an exaggeration to say that in Wake, Harnett, Johnson, and Wayne counties in North Carolina, as well as the entire state and entire country, the 2024 election will be the most important in our lifetimes. This has been said about other elections at other times, but considering the damage that the Democrats have wrought on America, the time is now to reclaim our great nation and, with the likes of Kelly Daughtry, we can.

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The Rise of Mark Robinson and the Benefit to North Carolina

He will win the governorship of North Carolina, be an excellent governor, and have a greater political future ahead of him

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Mark Robinson, if you are not aware, is currently North Carolina’s lieutenant governor. He is someone who made himself a success, despite coming from a background of extreme hardship. He was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, the 9th of 10 children. His upbringing, amidst alcoholism and domestic violence, was nowhere near what you would want for a growing child.

Onward and Upward

Robinson’s mother imbued in her children a sense of responsibility, and let them know in actions and words that perseverance, hard work, and devotion to God would be their best ticket to a rewarding life. Robinson absorbed the message at an early age.

Among the many stops in his personal journey, he served as a medical specialist in the Army reserves. He also worked in manufacturing, and then ran a small business with his wife. When the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) was passed his small business and career endeavors dissolved.

At one point, nearly 20 years ago, he had to declare bankruptcy. Despite his financial hardships he soldiered on. Eventually, he became North Carolina’s first Black lieutenant governor. As such, he has traveled extensively throughout the state, talking to people of every race, profession, trade, income level, education level, and inclination.

Now is the Time

Robinson knows the people of North Carolina perhaps as well as anyone could. Once he decided to run for governor a wellspring of voters emerged eager to see him succeed, because they know the man. Married for now 30+ years, with two children and two grandchildren, Robinson has vowed to be the education governor and the business enterprise governor that North Carolina wants and needs.

In the coming weeks and months, however, much of what you read about Robinson in the mainstream press will ignore his accomplishments, his vision, and the fundamental reasons that so many North Carolinians of all races want him to be the next governor.

The Left is so pathetically predictable that I can tell you with complete accuracy how they respond to Black conservatives. On cue, without missing a beat, the day after Mark Robinson won the Republican primary for governor in North Carolina, the vicious press, putting in overtime, went to work. Nine of 10 articles that you would encounter on Mark Robinson were complete hit jobs, taking his words and phrases out of context.

The same was true on the internet. Google, among the most evil companies that has ever appeared on Earth, with their oh-so-mysterious algorithms, made sure that nothing good was said about Mark Robinson until about the 12th listing. Even then, Google followed with more hit pieces.

We All Know Exactly Why

Why does the Left so thoroughly despise Black conservatives? Why does the Left disparage them at every turn, such as Jason Whitlock, Star Parker, Condoleezza Rice, Alan Keyes, Larry Elder, Candace Owens, Allen West, and Senator Tim Scott? Because the mere existence of a Black conservative upsets everything that the Left stands for, such as “keeping Blacks in their place,” ensuring they never dare to leave the liberal plantation, and hoping that they don’t have an original political thought.

Traditionally, Democrats retained many Black voters at the national, state, and local level through campaign promises, while never consistently delivering on them. And now, as we approach November 2024, they are losing their grip. Survey after survey reveals that Donald Trump is gaining major ground among Black voters, other minorities, young people, and suburban women.

The press will nitpick about statements Robinson made years and decades ago. They’ll claim he’s an anti-Semite. They’ll say he is ‘against his own people.’ They will attempt to demonize him. Don’t fall for any of it.

Making His Mark

Robinson spoke at CPAC 2024 and, while he only had 12 minutes, he brought down the house. At another gathering, he spoke for less than 90 seconds about why reparations are a bad idea. He laid out in the most logical manner why people today who claim they deserve reparations are the ones who owe others, mainly the Black pioneers who came before them. It is a brilliant piece of rhetoric that everyone, everywhere should hear.

Mark Robinson is the candidate whose time is now. He will win the governorship of North Carolina, be an excellent governor, and have a greater political future ahead of him. Donald Trump strongly endorsed him and one can foresee a time in which Robinson will have important business to do in Washington, DC.

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