The top featured letter to the editor today in the New York Times is from Big Brother-loving Richard Cantor:
Re “The Covid Policy That Really Mattered Wasn’t a Policy” (column, Feb. 7):
Ezra Klein’s insightful column points out that the root causes of our failure to deal with Covid adequately both nationally and internationally were more our lack of solidarity and our mistrust of government than policies. In other words, they were due to our social dysfunction.
That insight has profoundly negative implications for human survival that go well beyond Covid. It indicates that we are incapable of dealing with the much larger threats of global warming and devastation of the environment no matter what engineering miracles we discover, because we lack the solidarity and trust necessary to tackle those threats to continued human existence.
We are doomed not because we do not know what must be done; we are doomed because we will neither cooperate with each other nor support our respective governments to get it done. Mankind is now on its last merry-go-round ride and that ride is coming to an end much sooner than most people realize, not because we lack the knowledge to prevent catastrophe, but because too many people refuse to acknowledge the truth for very selfish and shortsighted reasons.
The most urgent things we need to do are to face facts honestly and start getting along with one another to deal with them.
It is astounding to me that anyone who has watched the last two years unfold could conclude that failure to trust the government was an existential problem, or that a solution to current challenges facing the U.S. is to trust the government more
. Putting aside the observation that Ezra Klein, a pure progressive propagandist who eschews objective analysis, who started Vox and was also behind “JournoList,
” a select Google group controlled by Klein and limited to “several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics,” has never issued an unbiased column not propelled by a leftist agenda in his life, the failure to see the government’s pandemic response as irrefutable proof that the government can NOT be trusted can only be called a fevered delusion.
The letter is a call for dictatorship, and for the American public to blindly accept the orders of mediocre bureaucrats, political hacks, and power-obsessed elitists because “they know best.” I do not want to pick on Mr. Cantor, who once must have been a clear-thinking, normal American like you and me, raised to understand the basic Jeffersonian principle of being suspicious of government power, and to place the the values of independent thought and action and personal liberty above appeals to follow authority for “the greater good.” Yet people who think like him are aiding and abetting power-abusing hypocrites and incompetents.
It is true that a democracy must maintain some level of trust in its government, and that the U.S. is dangerously below that level now. However, that is a condition created entirely by state, local and the national government showing itself to be so thoroughly untrustworthy on multiple fronts, particularly in the very same matter Cantor cites, the Wuhan virus infestation. “We know what to do”? WE KNOW WHAT TO DO???” The CDC clearly hasn’t known what to do from the beginning, though it dishonestly claimed it did. A recent study from John Hopkins, largely ignored by the Times and others, credibly concludes that the lockdown response, dictated by “science,” was a huge and tragic mistake.
Yet the response of the Left is “you need to trust us more.” This is a call for the blind faith of Winston Smith after his will has been shattered.
I assume that the Times reader also believes that we should trust the news media more too, as it has seen its credibility with Americans fall even lower than that of government. After all, that “solidarity” Klein and Cantor long for can best be achieved by daily, calculated brain-scrubbing through the media and through selective publication of facts and subtle, constant, biased rhetoric that eventually numbs the mind. The Times cleverly followed up Cantor’s letter with one from two partisan academics, authors of “At War With Government: How Conservatives Weaponized Distrust from Goldwater to Trump.” They point out that it’s Republicans’ fault that Americans don’t love Big Brother.
There are always dozens of examples of the small, almost invisible ways the Times pushes the narratives calculated to convince readers to give up their minds and liberties to their betters. In the Times obituary of GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn last week
, for example, I read, “In December 2020, Mr. Hagedorn was one of 126 Republican members of the House who filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn the election of Mr. Biden as president, a brief based on spurious and disproved allegations of widespread voter fraud.”
But the allegations have not been “disproved.” The allegations were not proved, which is very different. Later, the same obituary describes the January 6, 2021 riot as “the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.” It was not an “insurrection,” but the allies of the Democrats insist on labeling it so: all the better to demonize Trump supporters. Calling it “deadly” is also pure deceit. Two people died during the Woodstock music festival, and I have never seen or heard the iconic event refereed to as “deadly.” Moreover, the single death during the 2021 riot was not caused by the rioters, but by a legally questionable use of deadly force by a police officer in response to it.
Meanwhile, the slight of hand being attempted by the Left, its fans (like Mr. Cantor) and its tool, the news media, continues, as they use the misdirection of calling their adversaries fascists and a “threat to democracy” while making the outrageous demand that we trust them
despite all evidence that doing so is madness. In yesterday’s Times Review column by Maureen Dowd
, she dutifully quotes Democratic strategist Stan Greenberg as warning that if the American people don’t realize that Democrats know best,”we’re going to end up with fascism, dammit.”
Got it. Trust the government and do what it tells you, or we’ll end up with fascism.