Kanye West, Thank You | National Review


Kanye West arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, August 28, 2016. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Kanye West may not be your preferred presidential candidate, but he’s hit some necessary points.

It was “a plan by the Devil to have our kids committing suicide at an all-time high.” So said Kanye West, who recently declared, via Twitter, that he was running for president, on the “Birthday Party” ticket. It’s about the best explanation I’ve heard for the non-coronavirus that plagues us. There’s some serious good-and-evil combat going on, and neutrality isn’t a viable option. And yet, it can be legion.

“Reinstate in God’s state, in God’s country, the fear and love of God in all schools and organizations, and you chill the fear and love of everything else,” West told Randall Lane, the editor of Forbes, in an interview. “Removing God” leads to “murders in Chicago at an all-time high because the human beings working for the Devil removed God and prayer from the schools. That means more drugs, more murders, more suicide.”

Around the time he gave the interview, the Supreme Court was putting the finishing touches on its second ruling in the seemingly endless litigation that the Little Sisters of the Poor have gone through because of a needless mandate requiring them to participate in insurance coverage of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs that are against their religious beliefs. This violation of religious liberty should have been as clear as it gets. When this all went down in the Obama administration, a not-Catholic colleague walked into my office and asked why we weren’t marching on Washington, so direct a violation of the First Amendment it obviously was. But not so obvious to everyone. Certainly not to the Democratic Party, which has made itself an extension of the abortion industry.

It doesn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t be this way. The Republican Party may be in a mess, but people opposed to abortion feel they have to vote for it because the other party becomes more extreme on abortion by the day, it seems. Take their presumptive presidential candidate, Joe Biden. He has vowed to make the Little Sisters pay. This is the same man who reportedly raised objections to the mandate behind closed doors, until Planned Parenthood put him in line. And then he was their faithful servant — even lying about the mandate during a subsequent vice-presidential debate, making it seem as if there was no conscience problem at all. Would that it were true, a near-decade later, as the Supreme Court only kicked the litigation back to district court!

So about Planned Parenthood, my candidate for a day, Kanye, says, “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.” Those are words I’m grateful a more mainstream audience may hear and consider. “For the…

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