Friday, March 13, 2020

Plagues, politics, and perspective

March 12, 2020  By Yaacov ben Moshe

The coronavirus panic is in full cry at the moment. There are grave concerns about what may happen, and nobody truly knows. There is one thing I can tell you for an absolute certainty, though: the situation is a perfect reflection and microcosm — not just an allegory of the abject betrayal of America and Americans by our ruling elite.

I'm a simple traveling salesman. Yesterday, I walked into the store of one of my best customers and didn't see the showroom manager, whom I liked and had always had very nice conversations with in the past. When I asked where Alice was, the lady behind the desk got that stricken look on her face. You know that look. It says the question you asked opened a doorway you might not want to look through.

She tried to be pleasant and professional. "She's not in...she's out indefinitely." 'Is everything OK?" I asked, knowing it wasn't and not knowing how or against what to brace myself. "Well...no. (Long pause.) Her son died of a drug overdose, and she's had to take some time..."

The opioid epidemic — it's a much worse thing than this virus. It's been killing tens of thousands of Americans every year for the past twenty years. Not to minimize the coronavirus — I wouldn't. But as I understand it, the people being trapped in that cruel addiction and dying pathetic and futile deaths are mostly younger people from the heartland of America.

The people who seem to die of the virus are, like me, older. You see, I'm seventy-one years old, and even though I'm pretty physically fit, I've had pneumonia four times, and my lungs have a tendency to fill with fluid when under stress from colds and flu. So I'm imagining that this puts me in a pretty high-risk category in the current pandemic. I'm not afraid, though; I'm furious.

I get madder every day because the same heartless power brokers (the Biden family, the Clintons, and the McConnells chief among them); the same business people (Bloomberg and all the CEOs of companies manufacturing in China); and the very same pseudo-intellectual pundits (pick any of them — MSNBC, CNN — the whole sorry mob of shills, Cassandras and charlatans) that sold American jobs, technology, manufacturing licenses, and trade advantages are in aggressive CYA mode. They and their families became rich beyond obscenity while bleeding away the jobs, dignity, and self-reliance of those young people, making them vulnerable to despair and drugs. Adding the ultimate insults to the grievous injury, that very China, that communist pest-hole of greed and deviousness not only paid our traitorous elites their pittance, but also bred the present disease pandemic in its dismal meat markets even as it ships the synthetic opioids into our country illegally to finish the job of killing off what should have been our next generation of tradespeople, factory workers, and entrepreneurs.........

So they are now reveling in the new plague that their Chinese masters have set loose. The panic, predictably, has tainted the stock market. They are crowing that this will be the downfall of Trump. If America falls for this ploy, the pity will be greater still. Then we will be headed for a truly dark age. They will still have their gated walls, their armed security details and their smug, insufferable public relations toadies in the media, but America as founded will be subjugated and lobotomized. Everyone else will live in an economic stagnation that will make the Obama years seem like a boom. Our elites have not just joined forces with The Pestilence; they are The Pestilence..........To Read More....

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