On a Grim Anniversary, a Look Back — and Ahead

Today marks the anniversary of the first officially recognized COVID-19 death in the United States. On this day last year, the dreaded disease took the life of Patricia Dowd, 57, of Santa Clara County, Calif.

But nobody knew that at the time. More than two months later, it was revealed that CDC testing showed her heart, lungs, trachea and intestines were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. And according to her autopsy, that’s what caused the heart attack she succumbed to on Feb. 6, 2020.

In the 12 months since then, this virus has killed over 450,000 more of us. That substantially exceeds America’s WWII body count — the bloodiest war we’ve ever fought in terms of actual deaths in combat. Keep in mind, however, that we were fighting in that war for 44 months. If the pace of U.S. WWII casualties had equaled our COVID death toll so far, over 1.6 million Americans would’ve been KIA.

Plus it’s important to remember that we got something of great value in exchange for all the pain, sacrifice and destruction of WWII. We got a freer, more stable and more prosperous world, liberated from the menace of the Nazi and Axis powers.

Another sobering point of perspective: The single bloodiest day in U.S. combat history was the Battle of Antietam, on Sept. 17, 1862. On that terrible day, approximately 3,650 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed outright in the fighting. Since mid-December, America has regularly seen daily COVID-19 body counts higher than this number.

Yet another wartime parallel: Thousands, if not millions, of Americans who have survived this virus are not the same people they were before they caught it. They have lingering effects, just like after a shooting war. Some of them are very serious. Heart trouble. Lung damage. Sensory impairment. Cognitive issues. Depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health problems. And a lot more, too…

The difference is that unlike many of our injured combat veterans, the walking wounded of this undeclared war won’t feel the solemn pride of having fought in a noble conflict for the betterment of this world. They won’t get the soldier’s sense of patriotic glory and honor that might serve as some small compensation for their pain and sacrifice, or the damage they may live with for the rest of their lives.

There will be no ticker-tape parades or annual holiday for America’s pandemic survivors, believe me. Instead — and mark my words — I’ll bet a lot of these folks will soon find themselves targeted by the woke mob for being angry at China over the crosses they now bear because of COVID-19, or for the death and chaos this nation and world have suffered because of it.

They’ll be called xenophobes for wondering why they had to get sick, bury their grandpa, lose their job, or get kicked out of their house because of the horribly hazardous and unsanitary wet-market trade on the other side of the world.

They’ll be pilloried and called Sinophobes for daring to postulate that SARS-CoV-2 may have accidentally leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology — or that it was intentionally released by the Chinese Communist Party as a weapon of social and economic mass destruction targeting free societies like America…

Because why on Earth would a deceitful, oppressive and tyrannical leftist regime bent on world domination at all costs ever DO such a thing, right?

My point is that it’s perfectly legitimate and appropriate to speculate about things like this. It’s literally the “wokest” thing any thinking person could do. And frankly, it’s our duty as Americans, whether we end up getting canceled for it or not.

It’s also perfectly reasonable for us to wonder whether our country is ever actually going to stand up to China over the destruction wrought by COVID-19 — and about a hundred other things, too…

Especially now that the one man who arguably helped give rise to the modern PRC more than anyone else is sitting in the Oval Office.

The Final, Fawning Ride of Shanghai Joe

When I say that Joe Biden has played a major role in creating the Chinese menace that’s increasingly threatening America’s hegemony, I’m not being hyperbolic.

In fact, I wrote about this extensively in my article from May 7, 2020, Why China Wants a Biden Presidency. The basic gist of that piece was, “the PRC stands to make much greater strides in its quest for global economic and military dominance during the first term of a Biden presidency than a second Trump term.”

Just to quickly recap for you, the basic reasons I made this assertion are:

  • Joe Biden has been China’s #1 advocate in Washington for decades, lobbying for their “most favored nation” status in the 90s, and their induction into the World Trade Organization in 2001. These and other moves Biden has made on the PRC’s behalf have been major factors in making them the economic and military juggernaut they are today.
  • The more Biden hamstrings domestic fossil fuel industries and internal combustion engines, the more he puts America in a position of dependency on the PRC and strengthens them economically. China is by far the world’s top producer of both lithium-ion batteries (read: electric vehicle cells) AND solar panels, and that’s not going to change anytime soon.
  • The Biden family’s financial relationship with the PRC is complicated and uncomfortably cozy at best, criminal at worst. As just one example: Even today, as his father occupies the White House, Hunter Biden controls an LLC that maintains a 10% stake in BHR Partners, a $2 billion Chinese private equity firm partly owned by the Bank of China.

There’s more I could flesh out for you, too — but you catch my drift, I’m sure…

We’re not supposed to cuss in these articles, so I’ll sum it up like this: There’s no way in hey-yell that “Shanghai Joe” Biden is going to bring the People’s Republic of China to heel. And Chinese President Xi Jinping damn well (oops) knows it, too.

That’s why he’s been brazenly flexing his nation’s military muscle ever since Biden’s election victory was settled. January alone saw elaborate live-fire drills in the East China Sea, sanctions of American officials, menacing war rhetoric over U.S. ally Taiwan, and almost daily invasions of that nation’s air space. There’s a lot more to come, too, I promise you.

What does all this have to do with the coronavirus, you’re wondering?

If I’m right, it’s this: Instead of holding China to account for its crimes against humanity in loosing SARS-CoV-2 on the world, Joe Biden and his spineless, globalist, socialist, one-world, one-track (“change America!”) Democratic Party will talk tough on China — and maybe engage in some empty posturing…

While actually giving them a big, wet, sloppy kiss of new “green” commerce, a return to our historically lopsided trade dynamics and deficits, key strategic and military concessions (watch out Taiwan and Hong Kong), and other forms of appeasement.

Is Biden our Neville Chamberlain, or a Chinese agent?

In the best possible scenario, the PRC is guilty of epic negligence, denial, and willful mass mayhem with SARS-CoV-2 — because they covered it up, got their WHO shills to downplay it, and didn’t stop international travel out of their country. In the worst imaginable scenario, they’re guilty of global biological warfare…

But either way, they should be on the hook for it. They should be forced to make amends to every person, family, business, town, or city affected by the disease we’re not supposed to call the China Virus. Because that’s exactly what the world would do to us if some disastrous contagion had escaped from one of our facilities, like the U.S. Army’s bio-labs at Fort Detrick, for instance. And they’d be right to do it, too.

Wait and see, though — China will end up getting a pass on this, for the most part.

Why do I say that?

Because clearly, the developed nations of this world are willing to sacrifice a certain number of their own citizens to ensure an uninterrupted flow of poisonous pet food, hazardous tires, exploding cell-phone batteries, rubber dog turds, and all the other cheap, substandard crap China rips off from everyone else, produces with no regard for the planet, and sells back to us by the megaton every dad-gum day.

If this were NOT true, the PRC would be collapsing into chaos and open rebellion right now from all the boycotts, embargoes and sanctions levied on them by a righteous world. But nothing of this sort has happened on any meaningful scale…

That’s why China’s economy is crushing it, comparatively speaking. In fact, the PRC is the only major global nation to finish 2020 in the black. Last fall, they overtook the U.S. to become the EU’s #1 trading partner for the first time ever. They also inked the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) — the largest trade deal in world history — with 14 other nations in the Asia-Pacific zone.

Now how’s this for a sour cherry-on-top: According to the latest credible estimates, COVID will accelerate China’s quest for global economic domination by at least five years. Before the pandemic, they weren’t projected to eclipse the United States in gross output until 2033. But now they’ll be the world’s top-dog economy by 2028, just seven years from today.

And with President Biden totally sabotaging America’s energy, auto, manufacturing and other industrial sectors with green insanity that’ll actually make the world warmer and dirtier, he’s doing nothing but helping China achieve this goal.

Given all that’s transpiring, one has to wonder: Is that secretly his objective?

Meanwhile, our economy has seen its worst year since WWII, many of our cities are increasingly like ghost towns, our restaurants, movie theaters, playhouses, concert halls and sports venues are shutting down all over the place (many of them forever), our airline, hotel, cruise, resort, theme park and travel industries are in a shambles, and millions of our people are out of work. A lot of their jobs aren’t going to come back, either…

And that’s to say nothing of the multiple crises currently affecting our schools, social services, healthcare system, financial system and other institutions — including all levels of government — because of COVID.

However it actually got started over in the PRC, everything was humming along pretty well for America before this virus infected the world. Now look at us.

Bottom line: Who’s going to hold China accountable for this disaster, if not the United States of America?

Although it could never make us all whole again, or replace our lost loved ones…

In my opinion, the United States should form and lead a coalition of nations in a coordinated campaign of economic retaliation, financial reparations and punitive damages against China for SARS-CoV-2. Instead of accelerating and facilitating their global dominance — like everyone’s doing now — this coalition should ensure that it never happens.

And for America in particular, we should:

  • Start manufacturing our own stuff again in the kinds of ecologically responsible ways that can only happen in a democracy like ours
  • Box China in militarily by strengthening ties with our allies in the region, instead of ignoring them or hanging them out to dry
  • Replace lost jobs (and help the planet) by expanding our energy industries, including green and nuclear, and making our own batteries, solar panels, etc.
  • Vigorously defend our technologies, patents, intellectual property, medical research, personal information and more from Chinese theft
  • De-globalize generally, but specifically with regard to our supply chains and critical tech, much of which comes from the PRC

In my opinion, the proper way to honor America’s COVID dead is to stand up in every possible way to the nation that unleashed this pandemic on the world. There must be consequences for the kind of gross negligence — or deliberate action, as unthinkable as that may be — that allowed this contagion to develop and spread.

We also must do it because the People’s Republic of China means to be the dominant force in this world by 2049, the 100th anniversary of the Communist revolution that forged it. They’ve said as much themselves, multiple times, in so many words. You can look it up. This fact alone gives the U.S. and its allies ample reason to initiate coordinated, multi-front resistance against them…

But when you add SARS-CoV-2 into this mix — which has suddenly and radically tipped the global balance of power even more in China’s favor — the need for decisive, multi-lateral action has become that much more crucial and urgent.

That said, the question then becomes: Is Joe Biden the one to lead such action?

Is he capable, strong, principled, and honorable enough to hold China to account?

To me, the answer is all too clear, regrettably.

Mournfully Yours,

Jim Amrhein

Jim Amrhein
Freedoms Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder

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