We live in a very weird time, in which people don’t even seem to think of lie and truth as things, but instead seem to believe whatever pleases them best, and run with it. Only that explains the abundance of contradictory beliefs the left holds to, and the fierceness they hold to them.
Honestly I think part of it is that the adherents to the self-proclaimed party of science, most of whom have never taken a science class more complex than what I took in 9th grade (if THAT) have read something about quantum and about observations and beliefs influencing the outcome, and don’t realize yeah, sure, this applies at the quantum level (which is smaller than whatever they can imagine) so that, yeah, sure, if you believe that wave is a particle, or whatever, it might just be so. But you can’t — well, they tried — levitate the Denver Mint by the force of your belief. And believing you’re brave at resisting orange man bad doesn’t make you anything more than a nuisance at which the rest of us roll our eyes.
The problem with this primacy of belief over truth — and tell me, how many times have you come across someone who yells back to reasoned facts “well, that’s what I believe. You can’t tell me what to believe!” (Which is true. you can believe all the counterfactuals you wish. There is a term though for believing — wholeheartedly believing — things you know are not true. It’s called madness. It never ends well) — is that it ends up corrupting people’s morals as well as their minds.
We’re thus treated to the spectacle of the left saying that the COVID-19 will be “Trump’s Katrina.”
Okay, the sheeple (shabbies) are excused from this, but how many people on the left can AVOID knowing that Katrina was in fact nothing to do with Bush? That it was not a federal disaster, but a local one? That the local people wouldn’t take federal help. And that, for that matter, a lot of the bullshit going on was highly imaginary. Like the disaster that was the superdome? Mostly memorex created by the TV stations and “news.”
In that sense it tracks pretty well, honestly. I’m tired of watching the left saying Trump should have acted, etc, etc.
Other than blocking flights from China — probably much too late but ahead of everyone else, really — and releasing emergency funds, what part of this is Trump’s to do?
It’s insane to say “We should be more like China” or Singapore, or whatever. First, no, we shouldn’t be more like China, because we don’t even know what China is like, and neither does ANYONE else. A characteristic of totalitarian regimes is that information is falsified all up the line. The other countries “doing all this so well” are small countries, and not divided polities with local control.
Which frankly is good. For us. It means that if some local governments mess up, the whole nation won’t be dying.
Screaming “But Trump” is tiresome and just another form of Orange Man Bad.
Are we in for it with COVID-19?
Who the hell knows. I don’t. I don’t think so, and not just because our medicine is way better than China’s, and frankly Italy’s (no, I don’t want to hear it. I really don’t want to hear it. Italy is not much better than Portugal, which means even amazing medical staff is in trouble for lack of funds/machines, etc.) I also think honestly it was here way before there, and that the results haven’t been THAT lethal, though probably a lot of deaths early on got counted as flu.
But would I be shocked if in two weeks we’re maxed out on ICU and medical personnel are getting very sick? Waggles hands. Not particularly. A little.
I’d honestly be surprised if that’s true ALL OVER, but not if it’s true for our big cities, where social distance is non-existent and a lot of the conditions are less than ideal.
I’d be surprised if the outcomes for anyone under 80 is as bad as in China, but not for over 80, and there are a lot of people over 80. More than most of us realize.
Of course, whatever happens, EVEN if the crisis is only in San Fran, say, the media is going to pound that drum and make it seem like it’s all over the US and stoke a financial panic which WILL kill more people than the flu in the long run.
And perhaps give us a socialist president — you think Biden is different from Bernie? AHAHAHAHAH. His cabinet would be Obama’s third term. — The only way we get out of that is by shooting our way out. Which I don’t want, if I can help it.
But, it’s all out of my hands. Like so many things are.
When half the nation doesn’t believe objective truth exists, they don’t even realize they’re telling poisonous lies. And people love themselves a good panic. Particularly with themselves as potential victims.
Hold on to the sides of the boat. The water is going to get rough.
Wash your hands, keep distance if you can. DO NOT PANIC.
In the end we win, they lose. The question is only how far away the end is.