It’s the pseudo anniversary of the “Covid Pandemic,” as declared by the World Health Organization, and we have a year’s worth of data to reflect upon. While WorldOMeters accuracy has been called into question, we can still use it to see the rough trends. Please read to the end to see the specific ways the Trump Administration’s handling of the crisis exacerbated the crisis. Trump had an opportunity to reduce the medical and economic effects of this disease radically, but he failed.
We will look at only one metric, but it is a telling one.
We have solid data for deaths per million from Coronavirus. The United States has to date 1631 deaths per million. This places the US at 12th in the world, behind countries like the UK, Italy, Portugal, and Belgium, all countries that had extreme lockdowns in place.
If you Google Brazil today, you’ll find much press about President Bolsanaro’s mishandling of the pandemic. However, Brazil ranks well below the US at #25, right below Sweden’s #24. Bolsanaro and Sweden both utilized very lax lockdowns and measures.
So how did the Trump administration (and Congress) fail?
- Panic. Trump is well known for being a germaphobe, (a condition rampant in our country) and leaned too heavily on WHO-influenced medical “experts” who really had no idea what they were dealing with. In contrast, Sweden pretty much carried on business as usual, and Brazil’s president made fun of the disease (perhaps not a good response.)
- Abandonment of Common Sense. It’s been known for centuries that disease flourishes in cramped unventilated space, which was the norm with closing of outdoor parks and beaches and oppressive stay-at-home regulations by states like New York and California. Exposure to sunlight is nearly essential to a healthy immune system, and millions of people were locked away from the sun and fresh air.
- Medical (and governmental) Malpractice. There was sufficient data from China and Europe providing evidence that ventilators were functionally a death sentence for most patients, but the government put insurance bonuses in place for those institutions that put patients in ICU and on ventilators. And placing Covid-positive patients in rest homes among the most at-risk population? (That might as well go under Abandonment of Common Sense.)
- Giving the Socialists the Reins. (We already have a socialist government; it’s just not as bad as it could/will be.) Socialism dictates that the “wise” leaders have the best in mind for their people, and we are well indoctrinated in this country by Socialism. Remember, we have a huge socialist medical system in Medicare and Medicaid, and now have the beginnings of guaranteed income with the new stimulus act.
- Inability to do Math Among Adults (can’t blame Common Core). Right now we have a little under 600,000 Covid deaths in this last year. The CDC came out with a report that “Covid drove a 15% increase in deaths last year.” In fact, Covid still falls far behind heart disease and cancer in the death rate, even given that many of those deaths were likely attributed to Covid. And that odd statistic about nearly no influenza deaths this year is being ignored…
Bolsanero has been called the “Latin American Trump.” We could have wished for Trump to be the “North American Bolsanero.” Had Trump (and his administration, and Congress) not been so influenced and enamored by “the Science” and pure paranoia, we might have been closer to Sweden’s and Brazil’s death tolls per million than Italy’s and Great Britain’s…
“Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?” Bolsonaro told a crowd at an event. “How much longer will you stay at home and close everything? No one can stand it anymore. We regret the deaths, again, but we need a solution.”
Above all else, we as American’s have to conquer our fear of death and our obsession with extending our lives though extreme medical actions, and trusting in the corrupt and socialized medical institutions that consume the greatest part of our wealth as a nation.
What is our chance of dying? 100%.
We need to pray with Paul, “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19)
And we need to stop walking “…according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2)
These are eternal truths that should and could have been espoused by Trump, and Congress, that were overwhelmed by the lies fronted by secular humanists and socialists.
Postscript: I wrote this tongue in cheek given that no sitting American president could have survived the onslaught of media persecution that would have been the lot of any American president taking a stand like Brazil’s Bolsonaro. We can try to imagine an alternate universe where rationality reigns and true scientists, such as Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford, have their day in the public forum. I highly recommend you listen to him.