The Corona Feverists’ main argument for imprisoning the populace – styled “shelter in place” – or else . . . unemploying millions who had jobs and destroying life as we knew it just two weeks ago is that if we don’t millions or at least hundreds of thousands of people will die.
But this is an assertion, not a fact.
In the same way that it was asserted Iraq possessed “weapons of mass destruction” and that “mushroom clouds” were in our future . . . unless, of course, we acceded to the government’s demands for unprecedented power.
But let’s take the assertions at face value and ask – is it worth it?
On the one hand, a virus that might make half or even two thirds of the population temporarily sick as opposed to making practically everyone in the country permanently broke, possibly starving and forced to live in fear of the Free Shit Army or the government army that will soon be everywhere to “keep us safe” – that is to say, keep us like battery hens in a commercial farm.
Excepting, of course, Our Leaders, who are not affected by “lockdowns” – who get what they have always wanted most – unlimited power and absolute control – via “Lockdowns” and the consignment of the population to life as battery hens in a commercial farm.
Is it worth it?
As Mike Rowe – the star of Dirty Jobs – put it an excellent column (here): “We are treating a virus that might have devastating consequences in a way that will guarantee devastating consequences.”
We are told – as a backup Fear Sell – perhaps because the bodies (of otherwise healthy, not-elderly people ) are not stacking up – that if we do not accept being “locked down,” the virus will spread and the health care system will be “overwhelmed” by sick people, the Corona-afflicted and others.
But parse this. They are admitting the virus isn’t especially lethal . . . if you are otherwise healthy. Just that it might – and probably will – spread. Which implies the otherwise healthy have little to fear – in terms of death – from the virus.
Just as the not-obese have little to fear from Diabeetus. Millions of Americans are obese. Do we “lock down” the country on account of that?
We do not know how many people will need to be hospitalized, chiefly because most of those who have the virus do not need to go to the hospital. They may need to go to bed for a few days, at home.
Maybe not even that as – apparently – many have no symptoms at all or mild ones.
Put another way, the “population” of those put in serious peril by this virus may not represent the general population’s peril, in the same way that “terrorism” is less an actual threat than the fear of it.
But the Fear Peddlers are portraying the very opposite, using a sample population – the elderly and infirm population – to create a very misleading picture of the threat to the actual population.
It is extremely alarming – or ought to be – that the profiles of the people who have actually died – their ages and their existing, pre-Corona afflictions – are not being separated out.
Imagine if the media tallied every daily death from heart disease – one every 37 seconds, which works out to more than 650,000 every year – with loud graphics and sonorous experts but didn’t provide any context. Implied that the average person’s risk of dying from a heart attack today, tomorrow or sometime over the next 20 or 30 years was the same as the chances of an obese, hypertensive 65-year-old’s.
Imagine if that’s what’s being done with this WuFlu business.
Where are the bodies – of the otherwise healthy, under Social Security-aged people who’ve died specifically from this and weren’t close to dying from something else?
Americans ought to be demanding answers to this, given the stakes. Everything has been put on the table – by us – if we accept the fear-badgering of them. Our freedom to move. Our ability to earn a living. Our right to associate with one another.
Bear in mind that precedent always becomes practice – if we allow it. We allowed the government to tell us we’d better buckle up for saaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety. Or else. The government now uses saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety to Or Else us for everything. For a litany of manufactured “offenses” that have no victim – other than the “risk” we were once at liberty to weigh and assume for ourselves.
We gave that up that liberty – the principle that we had rights – – and are now treated exactly like idiot children too stupid to know what’s good for them and who require correction.
Corona Fever is the apotheosis of the Fear Culture manufactured by the Safety Cult. The defining dogma of which is that if it saves even one life – or a few thousand – then no matter the cost to millions.
One thing follows another, as inevitably as water running downhill.
Keep in mind that WuFlu isn’t going away, ever – because viruses generally don’t. The risk will always be there, for some. Just as the risk of catching flu or herpes or AIDs doesn’t go away. WuFlu and the ordinary flu will sicken millions – and kill thousands – next year and the year after that, ongoing.
Will the country be on “lockdown” for that, too? Where – and when – does it end? It never ends – when saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety is fetishized by a population conditioned to regard it as the most important thing in life.
Even more so than life, itself.
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