This is the inaugural issue of my newsletter that I hope you will enjoy. My idea is to go into more depth on the stories I tell and the lessons I've learned in a long life of service, loss and renewal. This is a story about all of those things. For now, learn more about a great man who opened my eyes to the plight of our partners.
During his stints as one of the rotating guest hosts on Fox News Primetime, Federalist co-founder Ben Domenech has hammered viewers over the tyranny of vaccine mandates -- bemoaning the supposed creeping authoritarianism of public health requirements that, according to an earlier defense of the same policy by Domenech himself, have been in place “since before the Emancipation Proclamation.”
In a 2015 piece for The Federalist titled “The Insane Vaccine Debate,” Domenech condemned Republican politicians for being unable to “discuss vaccination policy without sounding like anti-science fools,” and he lauded the right of public and private institutions to require vaccinations in the name of public safety. Now that Domenech has fallen in line with Fox’s hysterics about the COVID-19 vaccines, however, the earlier piece serves to starkly highlight the lack of principle needed to become a Fox News talking head.
President Biden also shed his hesitancy to wade directly into the rough currents of “pandemic politics” — as he calls the deep divide over how to approach the virus — triggering the kind of red-hot reaction on the right that he’s sought to avoid in the opening months of his presidency.