I wish that was a spoof question and simply an attempt to engage in sarcastic satire, but I am serious, deadly serious. I cannot help but wonder if the extreme fear mongering that the media has been engaging in is not exacerbating the problem and making the control of the situation more difficult. There seems to be a concerted effort by those seeking to defeat and destroy Donald Trump to do as much damage as they can. They appear willing to destroy our system of government in the process. They seem hell-bent on fanning the flames of fear, paranoia, and panic and create such hysteria no rational action is taken and affording them total control. That is deeply concerning.
When I call to mind the H1N1 or Swine Flu epidemic in 2009, I remember some pertinent facts and research bears out my assertions, that the media largely downplayed it. I wonder why this situation is different and has warranted the 24/7/365 coverage shouting the dangers. Was it because Barack Obama was president in 2009 and the media was devoted to protecting him at all costs and Trump is president now and must be destroyed? A little research will reveal that the Obama administration found it necessary to make a public apology for Joe Biden’s mishandling and of the situation and his comments? Yet, now, Biden is a genius and Trump is an imbecile. Seriously? The words genius linked to Biden would be an oxymoron of oxymorons.
Numerous people have called our attention to the health crises over the past century and articulated how, at this juncture, those were more severe and dire than this current epidemic. Will the COVID-19 rise to the level of disaster and destruction being afforded it or will it prove to be something less? Time will tell. I keep wondering what they are not telling us.
It is wise to be prudent and cautious and use reasoned rationale in a crisis. I say that providing the intent is out of a genuine desire to protect and help people. However, if the intent is to transform the crisis into a weapon or a tool to create the ‘perfect storm’ to destroy an opponent and in this case Donald Trump and our system of government, that must be exposed and resisted. I acknowledge that I probably am not the person with the credentials to expose it, but I am one of the ones asking questions that could lead to its exposure.
From 1918 to today the Influenza virus has proven incredibly deadly. Each time the CDC or other world health entities claim to have contained or controlled it, a new strain breaks out and off we go again. Each flu season produces thousands of deaths in America and there is no shutting down of our economy and our ability to function societally. Why not? We were exposed to the Asian flu in 1957, the Hong Kong flu in 1968, the Swine flu in 2009 and now this. In those outbreaks, thousands of deaths occurred and yet most of those were somewhat downplayed and we survived.
We endured SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which is properly called the SARS coronavirus. It first infected people in 2002 and within weeks spread to 37 countries through air travel. Imagine that! President Trump acted quickly to restrict air travel to and from China and he was called evil, racist, and other less than complimentary names for that positive action. His actions likely helped reduce the impact on the United States and possibly the world, but he is deemed inept and evil. That amazes me.
We faced and are still facing the HIV/AIDS epidemic that burst on the world scene in the 1980s and has infected over 60 million people with an estimated 30 million deaths. Was everything shut down? Did the NBA shut down when Magic Johnson was tested positive for HIV? No, why not? The virus is reportedly spread through blood, semen, and other bodily fluids. In the United States, about 50,000 people are infected annually and at the end of 2009, we were told that about 1.1 million were living with HIV. It is estimated that about 18% of those do not know they are infected and thereby infect others unwittingly.
How about the age-old disease of Malaria? It has been around for a very long time and continues to pose a global problem. In 2010 it was estimated that about 219 million people worldwide were infected with the disease and 660,000 died. We have been informed by various world health organizations that about 90% of the malaria cases in the world are in Africa. We are now told that the COVID-19 virus has spread to Africa. In my view, that is a recipe for a global disaster of epic proportions.
Dare we omit consideration of the disease that has been around since antiquity, tuberculosis (TB)? This disease is not entirely under control and still a problem in many parts of the world. The root cause of this disease is the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and it is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent. The good news is that over the past couple of decades the death rate for TB has been cut almost in half. In 2012 we learned that about 8.6 million people were infected and about 1.3 million died.
I say all that to say this, the hypocrisy of the Left and the media over the coronavirus stinks to the high heavens. I am not saying the disease is not real bu the claims that President Trump has not taken this situation seriously is disgusting. It is easily debunked on virtually every level and in every case, yet the spin continues.
President Trump assembled a very notable task force, exactly what Joe Biden said he would do. The Left and the media have thrown decorum and sanity out the window and seized upon this situation to damage, if not destroy Trump. Some of them have gleefully hoped Trump and his supporters would be infected and that the economy would tank plunging to disastrous lows. What an economic collapse does and would do to all Americans seems to be of no concern, defeating Trump is their prime objective.
Ayn Rand said it powerfully, “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.” The Left and Never Trump contingent have decided not to see what the president has and is doing positively. A quote from Thomas Sowell is apropos, “The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.” That is incredibly accurate in describing today’s situation. We would do well to remember another Ayn Rand quote in her definition. She said, “Freedom (n): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” We need to think!
The Bernie Sanders bunch and virtually every Democratic hopeful running for president or any elected position cause me concern. They seem to desire that everyone embrace identity politics, abandon core values and principles, and surrender to the Deep State and Big Government. I remember Obama’s words to business leaders, “You didn’t build that.” He was attempting to take credit for their success. If they didn’t build it who did? It wasn’t the government. It was created through creativity and ingenuity. It was created through hard work, and the willingness to risk and achieve.
How far will the Left go in their quest to destroy President Trump and take over America? How far will they go in their desire to transform our Republic into something other than the Constitutional Republic our Founding Fathers gave us? I believe there is no limit to their commitment to the destruction of our way of life and our republic. If you can live with that, blindly or willingly ignore reality, then we will all pay a severe price. I cannot and will not do that quietly, willingly, or complacently.
I stand with President Trump and stand with America as I stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom. I hope you will too, and that millions will flood the polls in November and not only reelect him but reclaim the House and provide a filibuster-proof Senate for him to work with. Yes, that may be a dream, but it is my dream!
God bless you and God bless America!