Probably not.

2021 got off to an inauspicious start. Source: The Undefeated

2020 was objectively one of the worst years of the past century. American life expectancy declined for the first time in twenty years. A world-altering pandemic shut down life, leading to millions of layoffs and nearly half a million deaths in a span of nine months. The daily news brought an onslaught of stories about lockdowns, case numbers, and ineffective leaders at every level of government. There was a racial reckoning following the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked weeks of protests and publicized the appalling state of policing towards African Americans. 2020’s presidential election relieved millions…

Even if you lose, you’ll be famous for a while.

Andrew Yang at a 2019 speech. Source: Los Angeles Times

Andrew Yang, a person who has never held a political position and did not vote several times in the past two decades, has dominated New York City’s mayoral race over the past year and has a good chance of becoming mayor in January.

Many observers reading this sentence are instantly reminded of Donald Trump. In 2016, Trump became the first political neophyte who was not a general to ever be elected president. His rise led to prolonged anxiety about the nature and future of the American electoral system. …

There is still more they could do.

Trump waving from Air Force One. Source: ACLU

The Republican Party is currently realizing that it has not, in fact, gotten rid of Donald Trump as its leader. Over the weekend, numerous outlets reported that several Trump allies had suggested the possibility of a military coup to reinstall Trump as president. The 45th president himself believes there is a chance this may happen. Maggie Haberman reported that Trump thinks he might be able to return to office in August, even though none of his supporters have laid out a legal or reasonable way for this to happen.

Trump’s hold on the…

Long-term political predictions drive doomscrolling and clicks. They are not helpful.

Donald Trump with a map of the 2016 presidential election results. Source: CNN

Democrats are, as always, allergic to success. They have just won their first governing trifecta since 2008. That trifecta has led to a significant legislative victory and the possibility for more over the next 18 months. President Joe Biden has led the country through the nadir of the pandemic and is starting to preside over significant economic growth. Two of his biggest challenges, the border crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have cooled in recent days.

And yet, Democrats are as despondent as ever. Instead of remaining happy that they…

It’s not easy to buck a party in 2021.

House Representative Liz Cheney. Source: The Guardian

Last week, Liz Cheney was voted out of House Republican leadership for her refusal to accept Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Her crime was not criticizing him on January 7th or expressing misgivings about him throughout February. She was sanctioned for continuing to emphasize the danger Trump still poses to the republic. …

It may be hard to admit that the rise of Donald Trump really was a singular event.

Tucker Carlson on a recent episode of his Fox News show. Source: Fox News

Two weeks ago, a political media moment occurred that gave many observers a flashback to the Trump presidency. The CDC issues guidelines on April 27 stating that outdoor mask usage outside of close groups was no longer necessary. Many liberals and conservatives had supported this change for months due to new research about the lack of outdoor coronavirus transmission.

But Fox News host Tucker Carlson took the suggestions further. He insinuated on his 8 P.M. television show that people should call out and…

Knowledge is essential to properly preparing for severe weather.

The famed “hook echo” of tornadoes. Source: Accuweather

On March 18, calamity was predicted for the city of Raleigh, North Carolina. The National Weather Service issued a Level 4, or “moderate risk,” severe weather advisory for the greater Triangle area. This is the second-most serious advisory for severe weather that the National Weather Service issues. Meteorologists warned that the region would be subject to damaging winds, hail up to two inches, and a number of strong tornadoes. They pointed to similar damage shortly before in Alabama and Mississippi, where six people were injured among an outbreak of dozens of tornadoes.

The call went out to prepare. Schools went…

Instead of undermining them at every possible opportunity, use and regulate them.

Elon Musk being grilled (inefficiently) by Congress. Source: Ars Technica

Elon Musk has made his presence known in the world again. The Tesla founder and one of the world’s few centibillionaires launched a group of astronauts to the International Space Station on Saturday. This launch was lauded as a breakthrough for privately funded space travel. It will give the United States an alternative to its previously embarrassing need to travel to space with other countries’ rockets following the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011. …

Economic action works far better against corporations than it does against legislators.

A “Welcome to Georgia” sign in Augusta. Source: Augusta Chronicle

The American political lens has once again turned to the Peach State in recent months. Georgia has found itself as a center of political controversy as a result of its new so-called election reform law. The Election Integrity Act of 2021, passed on March 25, enacts a number of harmful restrictions that will make it more difficult for poor people, African Americans, and other traditionally Democratic constituencies to vote. The bill became notorious for restricting volunteers from handing out food and water at the polls, sometimes to people…

Viral science will never be the same after the COVID-19 vaccines of the past year.

The Moderna mRNA vaccine. Source: CNBC

The world today does not know how to fully process the introduction of the vaccines that are on their way to ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Several recent articles have done an admirable job of explaining how the vaccines work and the many steps in the supply chain necessary to get a vaccine from idea to reality. But the idea that vaccines are effective and widespread enough to end the pandemic still seems farfetched to some scientists. In a recent Meet the Press interview, Dr.

Eric Medlin

I’m a writer interested in the intersections of history, ideas, and politics. I publish every week. www.twitter.com/medlinwrites

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