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Politics and the Coronavirus

Posted by admin in May 13th, 2020
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In 1976, Dr. M. F. Weiner wrote an article for the Journal of Medical Economics entitled “Don’t Waste a Crisis.” What Weiner meant by this is that a medical crisis can be used to improve aspects of personality, mental health, or lifestyle. For example, your patient suffers a mild heart attack, use the crisis to get him on a healthier diet and exercise plan. Don’t play it down; use it for his good. But nowadays, this expression is applied to economic and political exploitation of a crisis to promote or advance manipulative agendas.

DON’T WASTE A CRISIS!

I think this is happening in our nation, and our world, with the coronavirus. Please know, I don’t think this virus is manmade; I’m not sure how it was loosed onto the world stage, but one thing I can speak definitively about is how it is being manipulated by the press and leftist political agents.

Yesterday, I received a message from Lenexa City Council where I live. It stated that absentee ballot applications will be sent to every person in our county. The message read,

“All Johnson County, KS, voters to receive vote-by-mail applications. Concerns about gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to an increased interest in voting by mail. The Johnson County Election office is sending advance voting by mail applications for both the August and November elections to all Johnson County residents in May.”

That is a political agenda. How do I know? Because Democrats have been pushing for mail-in votes since they lost the presidential election in 2016. What political advantage is there to mail-in votes?

They are easily adapted to voter fraud. In fact, it presents a very high risk of voter fraud – No ID, no proof of citizenship, no security for one vote-one person (aliases for example, can and are easily mistaken as another separate voter).

Mail-in voting would be a disaster for our November elections. For example, we live in a neighborhood of just over 300 homes—that’s just our neighborhood. Weekly, without exaggeration, we have mail delivery problems. I looked online and our post office in Shawnee, KS, had the highest complaints by customers of any other post office in the state of Kansas. The majority of the complaints were about mishandling of mail—lost, wrongly delivered, incorrect mail hold, and mistakenly returned to sender.

The US POSTAL service is the LAST agency on earth I’d EVER trust with MY vote.

In addition, mailing out absentee voter registration is costly. This is terribly expensive. Why not just let people ask for the applications rather than go to the expense to send them to everyone? Why do a mass distribution? It adds a cog in the machine that doesn’t need to be there.

And a bigger question is, if I’m safe to go to my local liquor store with less than 300 square feet; if I’m safe to go into a 7-11 or Quick Trip, without limiting numbers of customers—why in the world wouldn’t I be safe at a polling station?

I always say, “When something doesn’t make sense, corruption is involved.”

Political agendas? Yes. Why are churches to limit attendance, and in some states to remain closed, and yet Home Depot is allowed to stay open? One Home Depot employee told me recently, they can have up to 600 customers there at one time. Six hundred people gathered legally!

Again, when things don’t add up, when things are illogical – corruption is always involved. Every. Single. Time. I call it “smoke and mirrors.”

A new report out of Oxford, Great Britain, today says a surveillance rate of over 40 infected people per 10,000 is required for a disease to be declared an epidemic.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics place the current rate of COVID-19 at 24 infected persons in 10,000, while a separate study from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) found that the rate of infection could be as low as 3 confirmed/tested cases per 10,000 people.

Professors Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson, of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said that the low numbers may be attributable to asymptomatic people not getting tested, but added that the overall number of respiratory infections across the nation has dropped dramatically.

“The current community transmission of Covid is low, and not at epidemic levels,” the professors said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. “Rates of upper respiratory tract infections and lower respiratory tract infections have fallen, but a majority of  this decline would happen naturally at this time of year with the onset of spring and warmer weather.”

Professor Heneghan said that the current rate of infection “suggests that, at peak, we had more cases than we realized, but that the virus is less deadly than initially believed.” Wider spread infections perhaps, but not as lethal as anticipated.

On Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx, of the White House Covid-19 Task Force, said the CDC reports of cases and fatalities is inflated by about 25 percent. That means there are 25 percent LESS deaths than the CDC reports. The CDC reports are even lower rates than the WHO or Worldometer. So, if we go by Dr. Birx’s estimation, the number of deaths reported by the WHO and Worldometer are actually half of what they state. Half. So their current number of 84,000 deaths in the US would be more accurately– 42,000. Padding is a result of federal funding. Hospitals and doctors (unbelievable) are paid a bonus for every COVID-19 death as a part of the federal government’s stimulus package. It’s so bizarre.

So why? Why would a political party want to exploit this virus? Oddly, for many Democrat Party leaders, it may just seem like a God-send. What were the six most powerful positives President Trump had going for him as we neared November’s election?

  • The Economy
  • Low unemployment rates (lowest in history)
  • Tough and fair tariffs on China (canceled in April)
  • Massive Trump rallies
  • The Religious Freedom Act
  • Four million Americans lifted off food stamps since his election because of household economic upturns.

All that was destroyed by the illogical response to this virus and the nation-wide shutdown. Why would Trump’s opponents want that to go away?

See the inconsistencies? I would say over 90 percent of regulations put in to play as a response to the Wuhan Virus are irrelevant and unnecessary and certainly not backed up by science.

Please listen to my Coronavirus podcasts to see what I mean: https://truthmatterswithteri.podbean.com/e/the-pandemic-that-hasnt-panned-out/

In my lifetime, there was an actual deadly flu epidemic in the United States. The flu spread from Hong Kong to the US, arriving December, 1968, and peaking a year later. It ultimately killed over 100,000 Americans, the majority over the age of 65. Over one million lives were lost to this virus worldwide.

The population of the US in 1968 was 200 million as compared with 328 million today.

In terms of lethality, it was deadlier than COVID-19. But nothing happened. No schools closed; no events cancelled; shops remained open.

“In 1968/69,” according to researcher Nathaniel L. Moir, “the H3N2 pandemic killed more individuals in the United States than the combined total number of American fatalities during both the Vietnam and Korean Wars.”

And this happened in the lifetime of every American over the age of 52.

I was nine years old and have no memory of this at all. It’s mostly forgotten today. Why is that?

Well, nothing was closed by force. Schools stayed open. Businesses did too. You could go to the movies. You could go to churches and restaurants. Concerts like Woodstock went full force, though it took place at the peak of death. There was no thought given to the virus which, like today’s virus, was dangerous mainly for an aging demographic. Sadly, because each life is significant and important, the aging population is more vulnerable to all diseases and is the highest demographic of death annually in the US. People simply don’t live forever.

But during the 1968 virus, stock markets didn’t crash because of this flu. Congress passed no legislation. The Federal Reserve did nothing. Not a single governor acted to enforce social distancing, curve flattening (even though hundreds of thousands of people were hospitalized), or banning of crowds. No mothers were arrested for taking their kids to the playground. No surfers were arrested. No daycares were shut, even though with THE 1968 VIRUS there were infant deaths. No one under the age of 14 has died of COVID-19 in our nation. There were no suicides, no layoffs, no drug overdoses attributable to the social impact of the 1968 virus.

And yes, the Media covered the pandemic, but it never became a big issue.

The only actions governments took during that time was to collect data, watch and wait, encourage testing and vaccines. The medical community took the primary responsibility for disease mitigation, as one might expect. It was widely assumed that diseases require medical, not political responses.

It’s not as if we had governments unwilling to intervene in other matters. We had the Vietnam War, social welfare, public housing, urban renewal, and the rise of Medicare and Medicaid. We had a president swearing to cure all poverty, illiteracy, and disease. Government was the most intrusive it had ever been in our history. But for some reason, there was no thought given to shutdowns.

Which raises the question: Why was this different? We as a nation will be trying to figure this one out for decades to come.

Was the difference that we have mass media invading our lives with endless notifications? Was there some change in philosophy such that we now think politics is responsible for all existing aspects of life? Was there a political element here in that the media blew this wildly out of proportion as revenge against President Trump and all his deplorables?

Or did our excessive adoration of predictive modelling get out of control to the point that we let one inexperienced physicist with ridiculous models frighten the heck out of the world’s governments resulting in the violation of the human rights of billions of people?

Maybe all of these were factors. Or maybe there is something darker and nefarious at work, as the conspiracy theorists and OpenAmerica folks would have us believe.

By way of personal recollection, my own mom and dad were part of a generation that believed they had developed clear and more sophisticated views of viruses. They understood that less vulnerable people getting them not only strengthened their immune systems, but contributed to disease mitigation by reaching “herd immunity.” They had a whole protocol to make a child feel better about being sick. I got a cool cloth on my head, unlimited Popsicles, Vicks’ vapor rub on my chest, a humidifier in my room, and actually I was hardly ever sick.

My parents’ generation literally took us to other kids’ houses to expose us to disease so we could catch it while we were young. Anyone else remember that? Mumps in groups?

And there’s even harder questions to answer. Like how much prosperity, culture, technology, science, and lifetime memories have we lost, unregainable, during this quarantine? Moments forever gone and impossible to replace.

What happened between then and now? For COVID-19, we suddenly reverted back to medieval-style understandings and beliefs about diseases. Our policies weren’t even based on science or data. It’s all very strange.

The contrast between 1968 and 2020 couldn’t be more striking. My parents’ generation were smart, independent thinkers, not afraid, and knew their own voice—something that prevented them from being bullied by Big Government and small alike. They simply knew how to think for themselves.

Trying to bring this blog to a close, I’d like to ask one big fat question…The people, especially the social and political leaders of our time, who say this virus is catastrophic, who want the shut down ‘til next year, who want to restrict church going and beach going and work going and life – are they people who you’d respect on any other topic? Are they leaders that have ever lied to the public before? Or made false allegations? Are these the people you admire, respect, and most importantly TRUST? If you say no to any of these questions, then why on earth would we trust them now? What possible motives could there be behind their rhetoric?

I’ve lived under two totalitarian regimes, communist China and the USSR and both took away citizens’ rights “for their own good” and “for their safety.” Including mine.

It is always dangerous when bureaucrats think they know what is best for the general population. Remember they are frail human beings just like us, and have YOU EVER seen an efficiently run government program or service? No? Me neither.

Knowledge of facts empower us as a free people. The Freedom of Information Act and our Constitution invite us to think for ourselves and to make informed decisions based on facts, not on opinions or speculation. Also, as those of us who follow Christ believe that prayer changes things, information empowers us to pray with the understanding. Fear cripples us. Fear makes us mute. Fear causes us to doubt our own best instincts.

Catholic scholar Rusty Reno wrote last week from NYC, “Satan rules an empire in which death is announced as ultimate and all-powerful. He does not rule directly…he needs only that people fear suffering and death above all else. When this is so, he rules through those who are in positions of authority, no matter how noble and selfless their intentions may appear. Should authorities say, ‘We must save lives AT ANY COST,’ Satan is very pleased. Someone who believes that this earthly life is worth everything is ready to bargain away his very soul.” And I’d add to that, his freedom as well.

C.S. Lewis said, “Giving up freedom for security is a terrible bargain that is so tempting, we cannot blame men for making it. Yet we can hardly bear that they should. Despite the temptation, if people do make this bargain, the loss of freedom will lead to total frustration and disastrous results, both moral and psychological.

“The temptation to turn our destiny over to the state often ignores the realization that some people will take charge of others. These will simply be men and women–none perfect; some greedy, cruel, dishonest, and power hungry. The more that people in government control our lives, the more we have to ask ‘Why, this time, power should not corrupt as it always has before?’” Remember, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It’s sad that there is a whole generation of people in our nation that has not been taught these principles nor understand the benefit of critical thinking and carrying something out to its logical conclusion.

And to all those complacent folks who choose to remain silent, quarantined, and compliant, let me leave you with Edmund Burke’s words from 1770—you remember Edmund Burke? His writings laid the intellectual foundations for modern conservatism, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Peace.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/commentary-mail-in-ballots-make-voter-fraud-easy-i-know-because-i-did-it/ar-BB12heX1?ocid=st2&fbclid=IwAR0Jv8J5iGH-igd3v__BJYKj04Ob2t4RlknuHw-QJFlQt0PyPzVdO5hWb_w

Referenced Jeffrey A. Tucker from the American Institute of Economic Research.

 

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54316. Lana said,
May 14th, 2020 at 9:44 am

Wow. The consequences that come with a loss in freedom. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Scary stuff.

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54317. Greg Will said,
May 14th, 2020 at 10:05 am

Another well-thought-out, well studied, well presented article Terri. Thank you.

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54321. admin said,
May 14th, 2020 at 10:57 am

Thanks Greg!

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54322. admin said,
May 14th, 2020 at 10:57 am

GIRL!!!

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54325. Carol Howell said,
May 14th, 2020 at 4:10 pm

Teri, we are so blessed by your blogs. This
one was so timely. Thank you, so much, for speaking out.

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54326. admin said,
May 14th, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Carol Howell, I am so blessed that you and your husband read the blog. Thanks for being so supportive and encouraging. I truly value your opinion because I admire your walk with God. Thank you!

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