Finally: TX Lt. Governor Reminds Us What American Courage Looks Like
I fear this shall be the last missive I ever pen for you, dear fellow American! We’ve run out of food and were forced to eat the mule yesterday. Clem is giving me strange looks and I’ve caught him staring at my feet while sharpening a butcher knife. On top of that, Netflix has been throttling our high-speed internet, causing that little circle thingy to spin round and round in the middle of the television screen as we wait for the next episode of “Breaking Bad” to load. We shall not make it through the winter. Tell mother I died as a brave Christian, thinking of the blossoms in the fields back home!
Good grief, does anyone else feel like Americans have totally forgotten what actual hardship looks like? As of this writing, the Chinese coronavirus has killed 593 Americans in our nation of 330,000,000 people. At this rate, we could lose approximately 16,000 American lives in 2020 – not the 3 million or astounding 11 million that some doom peddlers are predicting.
Multiply that 16,000 by eight and the Chinese virus will have killed as many people as hepatitis does every year – a disease you primarily catch when someone wipes their bum, fails to wash their hands and then makes you a sandwich.
America lost 70,000 citizens last year to fentanyl and heroin overdoses – both drugs that come across our porous southern border with Mexico. The fentanyl precursor ingredients are only manufactured in one chemical plant in the world, which is located in communist China. Those fentanyl and heroin overdoses didn’t kill very many people over the age of 70, who are the most at-risk group from the Chinese coronavirus. The drugs killed major league baseball players, fashion models, truck drivers, and young people who stuck a needle in their arms.
Can someone please explain to me why that was not considered a national crisis that we needed to spend a couple of trillion dollars combatting (primarily by building a wall), but the Chinese coronavirus somehow is? Please speak slowly when you answer that question and try not to use big words so that any of us hillbillies who don’t have one of them fancy epidemiology degrees can understand you.
The buildup to this current panic was several weeks in development. We were assured that coronavirus would rampage through the homeless communities in places like Seattle and Los Angeles. Except that didn’t happen.
Someone at CPAC had the coronavirus and shook hands with tons of people there. Thousands of people came into contact with those people. That was a month ago. Where are the deaths and hospitalizations from these things, which the really smart epidemiologists warned us about?
Texas’ Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has emerged as a much-needed voice of courage in the midst of all of this stupidity, in which we have somehow decided to smash our booming 500mph economy into a concrete wall. Here’s the note he sent to Tucker Carlson of Fox News on the US response to the virus:
“I don’t pretend to be speaking for everyone 70-plus… But I think there are lots of grandparents who would agree with me that I want my grandchildren to live in the America I did. I want them to have a shot at the American dream. But right now this virus, which all the experts say that 98% of all people will survive, is killing our country in another way. It could bring about a total economic collapse and potentially a collapse of our society. So I say let’s give this a few more days or weeks, but after that, let’s go back to work and go back to living. Those who want to shelter in place can still do so. But we can’t live with this uncertainty.”
Bravo! That’s what courage in the face of adversity looks and sounds like. I wish that more Americans would echo that sentiment. If our economy collapses because of overreaction to a virus, the deaths and misery from that will dwarf the current “crisis.” Our kids are safe. The vast majority of America’s young people are safe. What are so many people so worried about this?
We can protect our most vulnerable and get on with life. What we cannot afford to do is continue on this current trajectory of hiding under a rock and hoping that nothing bad ever happens to us.