Many years ago, I was a little child.
Tiny. Defenceless. Looking for protection.
I remember, vividly, to this day, that whenever I went for a walk with my papa, my little hand instinctively searched his; or, better said, that one or two finger of his that were all I could get with my little fingers.
When my papa reached his hand (or, rather, two fingers thereof) to me, I grasped them with all the confidence of the little child. And I, so little and defenceless, proudly walked with my papa, who was big and strong; and felt safe, and reassured, and quite in my element.
I don’t know how long those walks were, because I must have been very tiny, and the speed forcibly limited. But I never remember tiring of it. I never remember fatiguing my little arm, for example, though I can still distinctly remember that my hands were so little, that they had quite a solid purchase with only two fingers of his. This is, I think, what happens when you feel, as a child, as happy as a child.
Alas, it seems to me that the same phenomenon is, on a planetary scale, and with some notable variations, going on right now, in the Age of the Chinese Virus.
It seems to me that hundreds of millions of people feel, as I write this, just like little children , and patiently wait for the big, reassuring hand of Dr Fauci, Dr Birx, Andrew Cuomo, Gavin Newsom, Boris Johnson, or even Dementia Joe Biden giving them (pun intended) two fingers and telling them whereto the walk leads: more lockdowns, more misery, more business closures, more quiet desperation, and more suicides.
Being little children – who never had to go through great difficulties in life, or who have forgotten them -, they grasp the two finger of Dr Fauci, or of Creepy President* Biden, and never let go. I don’t think they have much of that confident pride I had when I was walking with my papa (but then my papa loved me, and had my interest at heart); still, they have decided that it is for Fauci and Birx, for Johnson and Biden, for Newsom and Cuomo and Merkel to tell them how miserable they have to be, and they find some reassurance in this.
They seem to think something along the lines of : “I am about to enter month 12 of the lockdown; some of my friends are about to go bankrupt, and the one or other might decide to take the fast way out; but if papa Biden is telling me to walk through a sea of excrement and say nothing at all, there must be a good reason for this”.
Alas, there isn’t.
You aren’t a little child anymore.
And President* Biden is, more likely than not, papa to a drug-addicted pervert.
If you ask me, as we write the 15 July 2020 Trump has only one enemy, and his name is Donald Trump. Unless he does some very stupid things on the Lockdown, or DACA, or other stuff (and just to reiterate: I did not like his treatment of Jeff Sessions, at all…) he should drive over Creepy Joe with the steamroller, and when Trump is done with him, Creepy Joe will not even… remember what hit him.
One of the greatest danger I saw for Trump’s re-election is a “soft” approach on the “second wave”, which tries to appease Dr Fauci and the Scarf Lady (though it seems to me the former is far more insidious than the latter) for fear that the Democrats unleash hell on him because of his allegedly “wrong” approach to the virus. Note to Trump: the Dems would unleash hell on him even if he did exactly what they ask, from here to election day.
Trump seems to have understood that appeasing the two is not going to pay and would, in fact, be a huge risk. The evidence? Peter Navarro went at Fauci with the shotgun, listing a series of mistakes, from big to huge, that make the man a guy not to listen to.
There can be no doubt that this happens with the permission, or after the instructions, of Trump himself.
Of course, Trump is in a delicate position here, as there can be no doubt that he has listened to Fauci too much, and for too long. But hey, Trump is not an expert, Fauci and Birx are (supposed to be). It is not unreasonable to simply argue that you listen to the Government experts, until the facts prove that the experts were not so expert after all.
Trump should now follow the example of the excellent Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who 1) chose a course based on sanity and common sense, and 2) was man enough to stay the course, even after weeks of prophecies of doom and hysteric journalists screaming Mass Murder.
This virus is on the way out. Trump must accompany the reopening of the Country and actively fight the false narratives of the inflated “cases” and bogus “hospitalisations” the Democrats are now trying to use. He also needs to spread a message of resilience, self-reliance, optimism, and confidence in the future of the Country. It takes some attributes, of course. But if you have no attributes you have no business being a President, either.
I’d love to see DeSantis as the Republican candidate in 2028 or 2032, perhaps even in 2024. He certainly seems to have what it takes in the most important times: the times of emergencies and of the temptation of easy solutions.
Let us hope Trump does not listen to the likes of Jaranka, and keeps a cool head about this.
The article is here.
It is very informative, extremely detailed, and very thorough in its analysis.
I suggest all of my readers with time and inclination to read the thing in its entirety, and then forward it to whomever they know, post it on their Facebook page (if any), retweet, etc.
Spread the sanity.
The article is a comprehensive examination of all the major issues revolving around the Chinese Virus. It has contains a lot of information about how the stats are now describing a completely different situation from the one in February-March.
It also has a clear, convincing explanation as to why there will not be a second wave of magnitude even remotely comparable to the first.
Basically, the job is almost done. There is no need to keep shooting ourselves in the foot. Those who advocate it want to hit Trump, and the US economy be damned.
One would think that such robust arguments, fruit of facts instead of scaremongering and “forecasts” of politically motivated activists masked as “experts”, would put an end to the controversy. Alas, we do not live in a world dominated by robust arguments. We live in a world dominated by emotions, desire to “feel good”, and effeminacy galore.
Enjoy the reading.
You just need to visit for one minute the comments section of every conservative site when the article commented mentions the word “lockdown”, to see what people in Trumpland think of it.
The fact is, a second nationwide lockdown would be a catastrophe. I would not cry “we have lost”, or abandon myself to the defeatism so many conservative commenters seem to enjoy (I wish I had a dollar for every “it’s all over” comment I have read since the begin of the Internet), but certainly it would be the biggest gift Trump can make to his adversaries. If you ask me, already the first lockdown was too long, and Trump pushed it a bit too far before starting to work for reopening. Whilst the discipline is in the hands of the States, the input coming from the White House is, as everybody has noticed in March, extremely important.
In my eyes, Trump should do this:
- Constantly criticise the Democrats for crying that the end was near when it was convenient to damage him, and forgetting everything about the Chinese Virus when…. it was convenient to damage him. This should be relentless, day in and day out.
- Never mention, or even consider, or propose, or ponder about, a second nationwide or almost nationwide lockdown.
- Constantly remind the Americans to be brave in battle, and not to desert their post. The Brits went to work under the bombs during the Blitz. Everyone should reflect on this.
- Fire, or sideline, or isolate Dr Fauci, now. Fauci has shown a very alarming propensity to think he can make policy. He needs to go. He needs to be substitute by someone taking great care to only talk about facts and stats, but always referring to the decisions of the elected personnel when asked about policy options.
Trump is in the middle of two storms right now: the BLM Attempted Revolution and the Chinese Virus. The first event will work for him if he navigates it correctly (which he seems to be doing). The second is an unknown at the moment, and I am terrified of whom he might lend his ear to if the second wave proves (or is said to be) a massive one.
God forbid, Dr Fauci and Jaranka;s influence determine the campaign and the President’s actions in the last fourth month of the race.