Over 202,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. That’s an impressive number–you must be proud of yourselves.
That’s nearly double the number of Americans killed in the First World War. In fact it’s nearly 40,000 more than the TOTAL deaths from Revolutionary War (25,000), The War of 1812 (20,000), The Mexican War (13,283), Spanish-American War (2,446), The Korean War (36,516), The War in Vietnam (58,219), The Gulf War (258), and the Iraq/Afghanistan War (6,626) combined.
Of course, the Spanish Flu of 1918 – 1920 is still ahead with 650,000 deaths. The Spanish flu’s existence was debated and denied and simplistic treatments, such as sunshine and fresh air proposed. Sound familiar?
Like COVID-19, the Spanish Flu came in waves, with each downturn hailed as the end only to be followed by the next surge of infections and deaths.
I know many of my views are unpopular. It’s been that way for over 2 millennia–I just come across that way. Why? Because I choose to say what I BELIEVE is factual.
Am I always right? Of course not–no human, whether living or dead–is always right, no matter what some may tell you. Nevertheless, I give it an honest effort. Many of your leaders do not.
For some reason, many of you and your contemporaries, accept what are obvious fallacies, as factual–you know “Promises made, Promises kept.” Try these:
Is “The Wall” completed from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico? NO
Has Mexico paid for the wall as promised? NO
Is employment up? NO
Do people feel secure in their homes? NO
Are they confident that they can afford their rent or house payments? NO
IS healthcare available and affordable for all Americans? NO
Did COVID-19 miraculously disappear, as promised? NO
Are Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran (AMONG OTHERS) pumping false information into the media to affect our election outcomes? YES
Are your elected officials ensuring an honest election? NO
Are some officials benefiting from foreign interference? NO
Do you even care?
If you want the shit scared out of you, get a pen. a tablet, and a clipboard. Watch Netflix’s Hitler – A Career and keep track of how many techniques and practices from NAZI Germany are occurring today in America.
I hope that you suffer neither a stroke nor a heart attack, If you do, after watching and thinking about things, you just might care.
In the waning days of your Second World War, Hitler tried to break through the Allied lines in the Ardennes forest near a town called Malmedy. This is known to Americans as The Battle of the Bulge.
Some American soldiers, out of ammunition and surrounded, surrendered to the Germans. The Waffen SS (a Nazi paramilitary organization), under the command of Joachim Peiper, massacred 84 of the American prisoners of war by machine gun fire, finishing them by crushing their skulls or shooting them in the head. Miraculously, some Americans survived and, once reunited with Allied forces, reported the event.
After the war, there was a thorough investigation. Every American casualty’s location was marked, autopsies were performed, and Waffen SS members involved identified. A trial was conducted at the former Dachau concentration camp in July 1946. The Waffen SS Nazis were found guilty. Forty-three were sentenced to death and 22 to life in prison.
To make a long story short, after the trials and convictions, there was a move to shift the blame from the Nazis to those who had investigated the crime. One of, if not the most significant players in this was US Senator Joseph McCarthy–yes that Joe McCarthy. When all was said and done, every single Waffen SS Nazi previously convicted of the crime walked free by December 1956.
McCarthy held strong antisemitic sentiments, although he did have a few staff members who were Jewish. The most interesting of these was attorney Roy Cohn–yes the Roy Cohn who was mentor to Donald J. Trump.
Ah, plagues! You may call them pandemics, but a disease that kills many people and leaves many others debilitated is a plague. Period.
The depiction of plague deaths in your Monty Python and the Holy Grail is not too terribly far off. Your refrigerated semi trailers are the twenty-first equivalent of the medieval cadaver carts. Plagues are nasty, no matter what the nobles, politicians, or even dictators try to tell you.
However, there is an interesting wrinkle about plagues that effects society at large.
Throughout history, when plagues kill off many workers, the powerful promulgate edicts and other pronouncements from on high to insist that the workers return to their former work at the same dismal wages that they received before the plague. These demands are largely ignored. Why?
When everybody loses workers to the plague,. other business owners, also desperate for workers, offer higher wages. (“You were given a loaf of bread every week? I’ll give you access to an oven and a bag of flour every month! Come to work today and I’ll spot you two beers a week at the local pub!”)
Regardless of the edicts and proclamations; regardless of the threats, the workers go to where the opportunity is better. (For academics, this is Adam Smith’s so-called invisible hand.)
So, today, you are in a similar situation. Do you learn from the past or do you merely repeat the same old, same old, behavior, yet again. You face a significant risk–or maybe a significant opportunity.
Death is a fascinating subject, especially to someone who died over 2400 years ago. Been there, done that, still hang around my sewer.
Your COVID-19 Pandemic doesn’t compare to the Black Plague. During the historic plagues, it was advisable to avoid doctors, who were actually barbers. The best they had to offer was to cut open the veins of people who were already sick or injured to “let out the bad humours.”
Medical resources in your time are actually helpful, which makes every unnecessary death all the more egregious.
When I see so many unnecessary deaths; when I see unused resources; and when I see your president shrug it off as “They are dying. That’s true. And you — it is what it is.”
I truly don’t know what to say–and I’m rarely at a loss for words.
Those who were subjected to the Black Death had no options.
You have science and technology. You actually know what to do.
What the hell is going on with you, with your knowledge, and your resources?
You’re willing to settle for “They are dying. That’s true. And you — it is what it is,”
In the musical 1776, one of the first offerings is John Adams bemoaning the lack of progress toward independency:
I do believe you’ve laid a curse on North America A curse that we now here rehearse in Philadelphia A second flood, a simple famine Plagues of locusts everywhere Or a cataclysmic earthquake I’d accept with some despair But, no, you sent us Congress. Good God, sir, was that fair?
In my time, we were just past the stage of banging rocks together. Your society may soon advance to that level.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas has defended slavery as a necessary evil for America.
You people say the most amazing, incredible, and stupid things.
Buying and selling human beings was necessary for the development of your country? After the Renaissance? After the Great Enlightenment?
You should be deeply ashamed.
Your country has a lot of “developing” to do to before it can be considered civilized, much less developed..
Of course, the (choke, choke) distinguished (gag) gentleman from Arkansas might also point out the benefits of other fine American practices, such as ducking people to determine if they were witches (if they drowned, they were innocent). Then he could explain how tarring and feathering is as American apple pie along with vigilante justice and lynching.
I would like to see Mr. Cotton experience life in the reality he aspires to, but experience it as an enslaved African
As the debate continues about Confederate monuments, I’d like for you to consider a few issues:
After the Civil War, Reconstruction, which was despised by the South, ended about 1877. This ushered in the Jim Crow era, which included various laws and practices to effectively disenfranchise and disadvantage the freed slaves.
Many, if not most monuments to the Confederate soldiers were erected after 1890 and peaked about 1909, when segregation was the norm, especially in the South.
It is not coincidence that more than a few of the monuments to confederate soldiers were located on sites that were former slave markets or whipping posts where slaves were flogged in public. You don’t have to be Sigmund Freud to figure out the not-so-hidden message.
I keep hearing apologia that the Confederate soldiers honored by these monuments were not traitors. Merriam Webster provides the definitions below. Many of those depicted in statues and other monuments attended or graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, where they had taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. These include Robert E. Lee, Braxton Bragg, A.P. Hill, George Pickett, and John Bell Hood. For a more inclusive list, click here. They all took up arms and waged war against the country to which they had sworn an oath.
Definition of traitor
1 : one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty 2 : one who commits treason
Definition of treason
1 : the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family 2 : the betrayal of a trust