The article by German Lopez in Vox published on June 4 is more than just head exploding. It is clinical evidence of brain dysfunction or such deep cynicism and disrespect for readers that the author and editors should be under surveillance. I’m exaggerating only slightly.
Vox is an openly Leftist website founded by Ezra Klein, who pretended to be an ethical journalist at the Washington Post until his outrageous partisan bias became too obvious to deny. Since then it has become the kind of news and commentary source, like MSNBC, only taken seriously by those who want to hear a slanted, spun, openly partisan view of reality that jibes with their unalterable world view. Yet this thing is unbelievable even by that standard.
Over the past week, even the mainstream media has accepted the likelihood that its government, and particularly its health authorities led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, lied to the public repeatedly, hid evidence and covered up facts and documents throughout the pandemic, prime among those fact the likely origins of the Wuhan virus (you’ll never guess where it came from!) This was a betrayal of trust of epic and historic proportions. So what does Vox identify as America’s “biggest pandemic failure”?
We’re not more like China! Or Iran! We don’t automatically bow to government restrictions on our liberties. We don’t trust the experts to run our lives! Some excerpts:
“Whenever collective action is called for, Americans don’t do it — or, at the very least, don’t do it sufficiently. America is too politicized, fractured, and, above all, individualistic for a collective move to save it. …When the US writes its next pandemic playbook, it can’t ignore this reality. Going forward, tackling a pandemic or collective public health threat will require a more individualistic approach to public health — one more focused on clear guidance, risk communication, harm reduction, and making the safest choice the easiest…The research suggests collectivistic places handled at least some aspects of the pandemic better. But in a highly individualistic society like the US, maybe such approaches are simply unrealistic. After suffering one of the highest Covid-19 death tolls among developed nations and in the world, America may have to find its own individualized alternative….Many Americans did take Covid-19 seriously, social distancing and masking up as federal officials and experts asked them to. They have continued to do so, too, getting vaccines as soon as they were available. But with Covid-19, just a few people can spoil everything. A few people going out, gathering, and failing to wear masks can launch an outbreak across a community…This is a big thing that went wrong with America’s approach to Covid-19. Yes, most people wore masks at least sometimes, and a lot of people made some sacrifice to social distance in the past year. But many others, fueled by Trump’s downplaying of the virus and politics in general, rejected the precautions, describing them as violations of civil liberties. Meanwhile, calls for more collectivistic actions have gone nowhere. Lockdowns quickly proved to be unsustainable, with protests and Trump’s demands to “LIBERATE!” economies soon leading just about every state in the country to reopen too quickly and see a surge in Covid-19 cases. Mask mandates were adopted in most states, but not all. Places that did keep some restrictions, from social distancing to mask mandates, barely enforced them — cops weren’t going around breaking up a lot of house parties.…”
Read the whole thing if your stomach is empty, but that should be enough. This is a totalitarian talking, and one that either doesn’t realize how repulsive and anti-American his analysis is, or one who is confident that his readers dislike democratic society as much as he does. Let’s ignore the factual distortions and gaslighting (the U.S.’s death toll from the illness cannot be compared to other nations, since the CDC guidelines deliberately overcounted pandemic deaths while other countries of similar or greater size undercounted; states did not open up too soon, they should never have closed down; there is no mention anywhere of the huge demonstrations, protests and riots that observed no “social distancing” that the alleged health experts stillendorsed, etc.), and just concentrate on the delusional, frightening attitude the article represents:
- Despite all the evidence, coming in an avalanche before the article was written, that there was every reason to distrust the government and its experts since they were making stuff up, ignoring their own advice, and generally incompetent, Americans are at fault because they didn’t fall into line and love Big Brother, saying, “Thank-you sir, may I have another?”
- The “precautions,” like telling people they could not drive alone in their car except for “essential” travel and should wear masks during sex, were not irrationally “described” as violations of civil liberties, they were violations of civil liberties. Also, in too many cases to list, idiotic.
- “A lot of people made some sacrifice to social distance in the past year”???? Everybody in the country except the elected officials like Nancy Pelosi and the gang of dictatorial Democratic mayors and governors who had guaranteed jobs and income and defied their own edicts whenever it was convenient sacrificed. The economy crashed for everybody. Children’s education went to hell, or Zoom, which is the same thing. The arts, sports, social activities, and of course businesses—like mine—were crippled—and all based on stuttering guesswork and fakery by incompetents posing under the banner of “science.”
The conclusion of this despicable screed is that, damn it, Americans just don’t take orders, or at least not enough of them. “America is an individualistic nation, and a progressive administration alone can’t change that,” Vox tells us. “One way to fix these problems would be to try to make Americans more collectivistic.”
In other words, less American. Trust Big Brother. Give up individualism and liberty for “the greater good.” It gets to be a habit, you know, then you’ll get used to it. It’s all for the best.
“We shouldn’t tolerate another 600,000 American deaths in the next pandemic,” Big Brother’s PR flack concludes. That’s one of those intellectually dishonest statements that lets you know someone is conning you. Recent estimates suggest that the pandemic fatalities have been overcounted by as much as 20%. Ok, 500,000. The majority of the victims were sick and or elderly. How many of those would have died soon anyway if China’s virus hadn’t intervened? Half? Let’s be conservative and say only another 20%. That’s 400,000.
How many of those deaths are a reasonable price to pay to preserve American values, liberties, and individualism?
Every damn one of them.