Perpetual Pandemics: Ghosts of Christmas Future?
Right now, the ripple effects of Thanksgiving travel and celebration in the age of COVID-19 are reverberating through America’s hospitals, doctors’ offices, and virus testing centers. They’re increasingly being felt in morgues, too…
And if Fauci and other experts are right, the spread of this disease in our country is likely to get even worse during the Christmas holiday. “Surge upon surge,” is how the media’s rock-star doc recently described the nation’s coronavirus situation.
Yes, vaccines are on the way. But by a number of credible estimates, the U.S. may still be looking at a COVID-19 body count of up to 500,000 by winter’s end. To put that number in perspective, it’s substantially more people than our nation lost in battle during the nearly four years we were involved in WWII.
It’s also approximately twice as fast as the 1918 “Spanish Flu” — which took 26 months to kill 675,000 Americans. Time will tell if COVID-19 eclipses this total to become the deadliest disease outbreak in U.S. history. That may well depend on the public’s willingness to be vaccinated en masse.
In the meantime, American government at every level has enacted a battery of measures aimed at controlling the pandemic’s spread. And as free people, we can and should debate the wisdom and effectiveness of these measures. We often have in this very forum, in fact. But there’s one thing that really can’t be debated at this point, because it’s so obviously true…
COVID-19 has shown the world how to destroy America
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now: I’m no scientist, but I think the odds are far from remote that China developed SARS-CoV-2 in a lab, perhaps even as a plausibly deniable agent of biological warfare.
I also don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possibility that the PRC intentionally unleashed it on the world to cripple the U.S. and other free nations — while strengthening their own economic and military position around the globe.
The circumstantial evidence seems very incriminating, too. Beyond the obvious “qui bono” stuff we now see unfolding in China’s economy, there’s the timing, for one thing. I mean, this virus just happens to emerge in the re-election year of a president who’s determined to rebuild America’s industrial, manufacturing, and military might — and hold the PRC to account in a way the world has never seen before?
If that’s a coincidence, it’s the most strategically fortunate one of Xi Jinping’s life.
Consider, too, the constant deflection, denial, and misinformation coming out of Beijing. First, they tried to blame the U.S. military for SARS-CoV-2. Then Italy, India, and now Australia. As usual, nothing China says is true. It’s all propaganda to keep their people subdued, and believing in their national righteousness.
Plus Harvard research suggests that China’s outbreak could’ve started as early as August, 2019! So why didn’t they sound the alarm earlier and shut down outgoing travel to avoid spreading the virus around the world? Instead, they quietly stockpiled PPE and locked down domestically — while staying mum and continuing outbound flights. That doesn’t seem innocent to me.
I digress, though, as usual.
My point is that even though this viral pandemic hasn’t quite brought our nation to its knees, it certainly is cutting a wide, tornadic swath through many different fields of American life. Not only in the broad realms of economics, politics, education, and public health — but also in the personal arenas of employment, household finance, travel, entertainment, families, worship, and more.
Perhaps most importantly, it’s eroding the liberty of our people.
This aspect is particularly chaotic, because no one really knows where those lines are, so to speak. Everyone from the president on down has a strong opinion about the proper role of government in this thing, and the appropriate limits on it. But these opinions run the gamut from total, top-down, jack-booted domination of the people for the public good (as defined by the government itself, of course)…
To complete, unfettered freedom to be as irresponsible and destructive to the general welfare as we want, such is the sanctity of the individual under the Stars and Stripes. There’s also not much in the way of precedent to rely on, or any kind of default playbook for situations like this. We’re making this up as we go here — the rest of the world can see that, too.
And that’s the part that scares me as much as the pandemic itself, if not more…
The fact that it’s laid bare the systemic weaknesses of America’s precious freedom-first way of living for all our enemies to see, and exploit. As much as managing a killer virus, this has become about managing liberty — and how much of it we’re willing to part with, temporarily or permanently, in the name of safety.
If my worst fears come true, this pandemic is only the beginning of that struggle.
Whether SARS-CoV-2 was intentional or not, the next “Freedom Flu” pandemic (or 10) could be
Back in my June 4 article — before much of the evidence implicating China in the development of SARS-CoV-2 had surfaced in the public sphere — I wrote this:
I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to believe that seeing how their virus hobbled America’s economy, terrorized its people, and stymied its government at multiple levels could embolden the PRC to intentionally create the next killer pandemic for potential stealth deployment as a bioweapon…
Because in the immortal words of ancient Chinese warfare wizard Sun Tzu, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
The bottom line is that whether SARS-CoV-2 was an intentional bio-weapon release, a disastrous laboratory accident, or just a dreadful invention of nature, its horrific impact on free societies has now been seen by every power-hungry regime in this world. The commies, the fundamentalists and zealots, the dictators and oligarchs…
They all now plainly understand that a virus like SARS-CoV-2 impacts nations that emphasize individual liberty much more profoundly than countries that can be forcibly locked down at a moment’s notice by an oppressive government.
And with that in mind, do you really think it’s so impossible that some of America’s enemies could be hard at work right now on new “Freedom Flu” viruses they could use as weapons of mass destruction against us in the future?
Take Iran, for instance…
Now that they’ve seen all the ways in which it paralyzes our country and its free way of life — not to mention the crushing costs — do you really think they wouldn’t create a disease to wreak havoc on the “great Satan” U.S. and its allies?
I’ve got to believe that if they can enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, Iran could surely develop a killer disease. Especially if their new BFF China helps them out on the sly. To me, it seems more than plausible that tomorrow’s terrorist minions won’t all be suicide pilots or bombers. Some will be virus carriers.
Look, I’m sorry to be talking about all this during the holidays, when we’re all supposed to be joyous and hopeful for the future…
I’m just worried that America’s future could become an endless succession of soul-crushing, bankrupting, freedom-robbing pandemics loosed on us by our enemies.
I’m worried that every single year from now on, we’ll have to conduct a whole new “Operation Warp Speed” and issue trillions in economic relief for our very survival.
And I’m worried that if all that happens, we’ll have to give up so much of our liberty at home — and flex so much of our military muscle abroad — that we won’t really be America anymore.
The fact that all this could put China and the New Axis of Evil they would inevitably command at the top of the world pecking order is just the sour cherry-on-top.
Yes, I realize that this is all unthinkable to kind, merciful folks like you and me. But it’s not unthinkable to those who hate us around this world, I assure you.
For diabolical zealots who can imagine killing thousands of Americans and striking terror into our hearts with hijacked commercial airliners…
And to ruthless communist regimes who might be willing to sacrifice the lives of thousands of their own people — and millions more around the globe — to gain economic advantage…
The notion of killing 500,000 Americans a year from now on, erasing our hegemony, and destroying our free way of life without firing a single shot is the farthest thing from unthinkable.
Freedoms Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder