In last week’s column, I discussed the existence of Coronavirus politics within America, how both sides had unsurprisingly divided themselves on the issue, and what that divide meant for the future of the country. Today, I just decided to write some snippets about this global catastrophe.
The Initiator, And President Trump’s Response
Whether or not the Coronavirus originated from a wet-market in Wuhan, or if it escaped from the pathogen lab next door to it, it still came from somewhere in China. If we know who the original initiator is of this virus (China), then we must also understand what the initiator did in response to their own virus, and then we can begin to comprehend how it is that we got here.
On Jan. 11th, the first known Coronavirus death was reported by the Chinese State Media, and merely 10 days later, the first case of Coronavirus was confirmed in America. It wasn’t until the 23rd that China finally decided to close its borders and halt all international flights. Was this just simply incompetence on their part, or could this be marked as intentional?
Then on Jan. 30th, the WHO (World Health Organization) declared that Coronavirus was “a global health emergency” as the number of cases globally continued to spike. The day following this declaration (Jan. 31st), President Trump also made a declaration, saying that the Coronavirus was a “national emergency” and immediately implemented a travel ban on people going to and from China. Democrats like former Vice President Joe Biden responded to this move by labeling it, “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”
Five days later, on Feb. 4th, President Trump gave the last SOTU (State of The Union) address of his first term. During this widely viewed historical address, he mentioned the Coronavirus saying,
“Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”
Americans Respond To The News Media
It wasn’t the case that Americans responded to the Coronavirus, rather It was this, “that Americans responded to the media.” As the virus spread throughout America, our news media continuously spread alarmism and fear.
Millions of people went out and “panic-bought” enormous amounts of toilet paper, disinfectants, and other various cleaning supplies. Why? Because the news media decided that it would be a great time to broadcast a couple of pictures of some empty store shelves. Though these empty shelves could only be found in some stores at the time when these pictures were broadcasted, they soon-after could be found in almost every store throughout the country. Did Americans really believe that toilet paper would eventually become nonexistent, or was this action simply an impulsive desire driven by induced collective hysteria? The world may never know.
In addition to indirectly promoting hoarding, our news media did a fabulous job at inviting doctors and medial experts on their programs to discuss the potential effects of the Coronavirus. Their predictions and blithering comments ranged from “Oh my God, this is going to be the next Black Death!” To ; “People that label this virus the Chinese Flu are racist!”
Science Makes People Tyrants
As I scrolled through my news feed this morning, I came across a headline that said, “SCIENCE, NOT POLITICS MUST BE THE GUIDE.” These words (now a headline) were uttered yesterday by my state Governor, Gavin Newsom (D), as he introduced a new “4 point” Coronavirus recovery plan for the state of California. In a state with 40 million people, with roughly 45,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases, 3 million people have filed for unemployment. Newsom said that the state is aiming to open up some schools, gyms, and churches by late July/early August. Translation : whenever they say so!
What Needs To Happen Next
With more than 30 million people unemployed in American right now, the political left and many Democrats want to continue to stick with science, data, and fallible government recovery plans. These things won’t work. Just like the “Stay-at-Home-Orders”, and the closure of businesses deemed “non-essential”, and the hundreds of computer generated predictions haven’t worked!
It is time for the American people to stand up and fight to get their livelihoods back. The government has severely overreached throughout this pandemic, and the responsibility needs to be relocated once again into the hands of the people, they will make good decisions, and I have faith they will be prosperous in bringing this country back to normal.
Lastly, let us not forget the wise words of Benjamin Franklin which read, “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.” We are Americans, not citizens of some other country, let’s act like Americans.
Dylan Shetler is a freelancing self-taught journalist and Christian apologist. He owns and operates his personal blog The Onlookers Publication : onlookers.news
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