The COVID response disaster | The American Conservative
If only we could have realized earlier that the illness wasn’t the joke, the answer was.
How do we even know that now? Pigs fly everywhere. The media are making themselves comfortable. After a year of COVID panic, democratic newsletter salon admits that everything was for partisan purposes: “Americans have been drawn into an all-or-nothing approach, with your choice of all or nothing largely depending on your partisan identity.” salon continues:
Trump’s rejection of reasonable precautionary measures resulted in many of his political opponents running hard in the opposite direction, embracing the lockdowns as a point of personal virtue and inherent good, rather than a temporary and deeply unpleasant measure required to contain the virus. Worse still, Liberals were so protective of bans that even reasonable criticism was ignored and Liberals often behaved like cops. There was a lot of social media shame for any activity, no matter how safe it was. And in that way, many well-meaning people made the pandemic worse.
The hill confessed:
Lockdowns Don’t Work: Do You Remember 15 Days To Slow The Spread? Well, for a year since those fateful words were uttered, we have made various efforts to slow down a virus with an infectious mortality rate of less than one percent. And what we’ve learned is that viruses become viruses. California, the United Kingdom, Florida, and Sweden show the futility of lockdowns.
The hill adds, “The media is involved in promoting panic … how you might die tomorrow from a virus that will practically not kill anyone who is healthy under the age of 70.”
And the Atlantic wrote a year into the pandemic,
Traditional and social media have gotten into a cycle of shame – worse because it’s so unscientific and misguided. Cities closed parks despite opening indoor dining and gyms. Berkeley and the University of Massachusetts banned students from even solitary walks … Images of people outdoors without masks trace references, insults, and confident predictions about super-proliferation – yet few clues if super-proliferation doesn’t follow.
All but those with the surname Cuomo now admit that the reaction was partisan and exaggerated. We know lockdowns have little effect on transmission, even if they destroy people economically and psychologically. The media praised the government’s panic response, which excused suffering with virtue and pain with progress. If only we could have somehow known this a year ago and used it as a guide for a more prudent response.
When America was reprogrammed into a major Crisis News Network, I wrote on March 5, 2020 about every story reported with a flashlight under the announcer’s chin about how COVID fear was used to manipulate people. I said the response to the virus will cause long-term damage to the nation that goes well beyond the health effects of the virus. On March 26, 2020, I explained how the same game book (scared the American people for partisan goals) was waged against us after September 11th. I wrote a second article on how the “cure” from the March 31 lockdown would be worse than the illness. Last year.
I do not brag. The information was as obvious as you wanted it to be. For example, in October 2020, a group of infectious disease epidemiologists wrote the Great Barrington Statement expressing “serious concerns about the harmful effects of current COVID guidelines on physical and mental health,” such as: However, they have been largely ignored US news found time to call everything reckless by calling for “targeted protection”. The nation was as intolerant of COVID dissent as it was of anti-war dissent in 2001, almost as if there was a pattern.
The game book against Americans with COVID and 9/11 goes back to 1984, the book, not the year. George Orwell envisioned the need for a massive Department of Truth to create a state of fear and then manipulate that fear to support a specific policy. Only a handful of deaths were required in 2020, some as Orwell put it Prolefeed– Entertainment for the masses about whether it was racism to label COVID as “Chinese flu” – and a sprinkling of articles that fall to the sky pile on existing anti-Trump night terrors. We will never have enough ventilators (intensive care beds, nurses, masks, PPE, tests, restrictions …) so we are going to die!
The goal is always to make fear of something a problem and then empower the government to solve it. Replace “terrorism” if you want. You have to give up things for a safe society. It’s just no longer practical to have freedom and Security is your choice. If you don’t wear a mask, you are selfish. You have committed a crime against your compliant neighbors, society itself (more Orwell). A new MSM issue that has most Republicans against vaccination is playing this off.
Fear is powerful. It rubs on the fight or flight part of our lizard brains, especially when you involve family members as potential spreaders trying to kill Grandma, or as victims (again, Grandma). Fear also builds up on its own. We are embarrassed when we are tricked into overreacting, like when our friend made us jump and jumped out of hiding at a party. After selling your stocks at a tremendous loss in March 2020 because of fear of a global depression that never happened, you were ready to self-reinforce instead of admitting fear led you to a 30 percent capital loss.
Fear of the virus merged with fear that Trump would find a way to kill us all. That made it easier to believe that he was seriously suggesting that we inject bleach. The MSM informed us that the vaccines, the scientific answer to the virus, were being thrown through that Trump was manipulating the regulatory process to generate political gain and release dangerous drugs. The MSM throttled the black community with racist claims about the vaccine, citing the 1943 syphilis experiments during last summer of racism. Of course, none of the media blames the vaccine resistance today.
The COVID Anxiety Playbook is almost identical to the Post-9/11 Playbook, although kudos to Bush officials who made it through without the help of social media and with nearly 3,000 deaths in 2001. They turned Americans into such fearful creatures that they completed multiple wars, a regime of torture, and the effective end of privacy in American life. We were bound by new precedents of control over personal choices, civil life, freedom of movement, education, and an increasing role for the government and the military in health care. We wanted Soldiers on our streets.
We were trained; When we saw something, we said something. Snots get riches, rewards for handing over their Muslim neighbors for being “strange”. No unlike our modern day mask patrols, rent-a-cops, and karens who are demanding everyone stay six feet behind, powered by the Washington Postwho wrote: “Any viewer who trusts the words of Earhardt or Hannity could pose a threat to the public if they walk, breath and spit droplets.”
It will be difficult for people to let go of their fear. People will wear masks for a long time. We learned that lockdowns changed from need to flatten the curve to vaccination to forever. Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said: “As long as everyone in the world is not vaccinated, nobody is really completely safe because if the virus is out there and continues to multiply, it will also mutate.” COVID scare tactics will exist as long as it is a political good and is gone before it becomes a political obligation. The news is still so full of COVID snuff porn that you might think it was trying to convince us of something.
Since we mourn all deaths equally, we need to understand that death in 2020 was not invented. Doctors will never “cure” death. Unfortunately, hospitals are full of people who die every day. Soon enough, COVID deaths will be a fraction of the current number. Deaths from heart attacks, cancer, and wrecked cars will not. We are just not going to talk about them and we are certainly not going to hold one political party from another responsible for them.
But if drama is indeed a currency in the pandemic, let me spend some. I visited my relatives physically and hugged them for the past year. Not only are we all still COVID free, we also have the honor to say that the government hasn’t told us how to live and love one another. It was Orwell himself who wrote, “They are afraid of love because love creates a world they cannot control.”
Remember that for next time. No government should be allowed to create a world of fear and isolation for its citizens, and no citizen should willingly ask for it from a government.
Peter Van Buren is the author of We meant well: How I helped lose the battle for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, Hoopers War: A World War II novel in Japan, andGhosts of Tom Joad: A 99 percent story.