I’m not going to get into all the endless TDS-inspired barking and snapping from the media that have been attacking, badgering and second-guessing everything Trump has done from day one, and who attacked him for saying he hoped to reopen by Easter and will now assail him as a miserable, incompetent failure for not reopening by Easter. I’m tired of listening to their constant, mindless negativity. He merely expressed a hope, and thank God someone has, because we’re certainly not getting any from the press.
Nor are we getting any from the “loyal opposition,” who sometimes almost seem to be rooting for a deadly virus and an economic collapse if it will help their electoral prospects. I was especially disgusted to see some media voices seeming to chortle in satisfaction at the Dow drop, describing it as the loss of “Trump’s economy.” No, that’s the American people’s economy. You should be rooting for them, not cheering their misery.
It might also be easier to take some of the constant criticism of how Trump is trying to do the impossible if the people launching it could point to anything – ANYTHING – they have said in the past three months that turned out to be correct. For instance, Joe Biden continues to criticize Trump for not acting swiftly enough or making the decisions he would have made when we know what decision he would have made back in January: he would have let people from China keep streaming into the US to spread the disease until we were Wuhan II rather than risk having someone like him call him a racist. Other Democrats like New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio continued encouraging people to go out and mingle until earlier this month, while the Mayor of New Orleans seems to think it’s somehow Trump’s fault that the city didn’t cancel Mardi Gras. I ask you to consider:
What would these liberal leaders have done if Trump had actually attempted what they now attack him for not doing – indeed, what they are doing themselves: shutting down cities, turning people away at state borders, and in the most unconscionable act I have seen in many years, if Trump had threatened, as DeBlasio has, to shut down church and synagogue services and “take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently,” if people gathered to worship. Note: that's not just a threat to shut them down during the virus outbreak, but "permanently."
I think you all know what would happen if Trump had done anything like that. They would have called him a fascist dictator, “literally worse than Hitler,” and run to the nearest liberal federal judge to get a nationwide injunction to block his efforts.
We also know that while Trump was dealing with the earliest days of the outbreak, all his opponents were obsessed with was distracting him with their pointless impeachment boondoggle and trying to turn everything he did into a federal offense. Even now, as he’s trying to clear government out of the way to blunt a pandemic and save the economy, the same people complaining that he’s moving too slowly are trying to throw endless roadblocks in his way with complaints from self-styled “whistleblowers” demanding more investigations. Here we go again. Can you imagine if FDR and Eisenhower had had to deal with this while planning D-Day?
The cold fact is that it is not possible for any nation to be fully prepared to deal with something this big, sudden and unpredictable and get everything right. To begin with, many of the resources Biden claims he would have had at the ready were depleted by the Obama/Biden Administration (when I hear the phrase “Biden 2020,” I now think it refers to his “20/20 hindsight.”) As one commenter on Lucianne.com put it well, Trump has handed off a ’58 Studebaker. Now he’s being savaged for not converting it into a Tesla overnight.
And I can’t even fault the previous Administration for not being prepared immediately to deal with something like this, when it hasn’t happened in over a century. Of course, we weren't fully prepared for it. It would be like attacking FDR for not having a standing army big enough to fight World War II two years before Pearl Harbor.
Add to it that this is a very fluid situation. It’s a new disease that we know nothing about and there’s a deadly learning curve. Trump is attacked for not listening to “experts” (even though he has; that’s more fake news.) Yet the experts first told us masks don’t help stop the spread, now some are saying maybe they do. Some called a suggested treatment “false hope;” new studies seem to show it’s helping. Experts assumed patients on ventilators must be on their backs; some now report it helps more to put some on their stomachs. So-called “experts” compare our numbers (143,055 confirmed cases, 2513 deaths) to other nations, which considering the vast differences in population density, medical systems and unreliability of statistics makes such comparisons meaningless. Experts assailed Trump for saying that a shutdown economy might lead to more suicides, and…
So pardon me if I’m fresh out of patience for listening to Trump’s professional critics claim he’ s gotten everything wrong from the beginning and we should listen to them. I’ll listen to them when they can tell me just one thing they’ve gotten right from the beginning, the middle or even just recently.
For those in need of the $1200-a-person support checks, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says Americans should see them direct-deposited into the back accounts within three weeks. For those who are not signed up for direct-deposit, there will be an online system created where you can upload your account information and not have to wait for a check to be mailed.
The worst suffering from the COVID-19 virus is in densely-populated areas, with many rural areas not yet seeing a single case (yet another thing the left has gotten spectacularly wrong: that suburbs and country living are bad, and we all need to be in densely-populated urban areas, riding together on mass transit.) For rural folks, it may seem like a terrible thing, but far away.
However, the deadly seriousness of this disease was brought home to everyone with the word over the weekend that Grammy-winning country music artist Joe Diffie has died of complications from the coronavirus, just two days after announcing he was sick. He was only 61. Diffie had 18 top 10 hit singles, including “Home,” “Pickup Man” and “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets.)” Five reached #1, and he was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years.
It was also reported that Alan Merill, co-writer of the smash '80s hit, “I Love Rock and Roll,” has died at 69 in New York City of complications from the coronavirus.
Our prayers and sympathies to both men’s families, and to everyone who is struggling with this disease or who has lost a loved one to it.
Also, please say a prayer today for folk singer/songwriter John Prine, who is reportedly in critical care with symptoms synonymous with those of COVID-19, but it’s not yet verified that’s what it is. His wife Fiona tested positive on March 20.
John Prine has long been acclaimed one of America’s greatest songwriters, with an unmatched talent for striking turns of phrase, such as his description of feeling “naked as the eyes of a clown.” Some of his classic songs include “Angel from Montgomery,” “Paradise,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello In There,” “Donald and Lydia,” “Illegal Smile,” and “Far From Me,” and those are just from his first album in 1971. He received the Grammy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Honor in January. He has survived two life-threatening battles against cancer, and I hope you will join me in praying that he recovers fully and goes on to bring the world more warmth, joy and insight through many more great songs to come.
To all those who think the solution to our current medical crisis is government health care, here’s the latest video from Prager University, detailing some nightmare experiences with Canada’s “free government health care” system. Hint: if you’re told you can have a colonoscopy to remove polyps in November, don’t leave without finding out which year.
This is where we got the old joke, “Why can’t America adopt a Canadian-style medical care system? Because then where would Canadians go when they need a doctor?”
Former Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn passed away Saturday at 72 after a long struggle with prostate cancer. Coburn was something you seldom see anymore in Washington: someone who fought for his principles, stood up for the taxpayer against government waste and pork barrel spending (earning him the nickname “The Dr. No of the Senate”), yet he was respected by members on both sides of the aisle. Here is an excellent tribute to him…
…And here’s another reason why Americans no longer respect the media. Even upon his death, the New York Times couldn’t resist saying negative things about Coburn for protecting taxpayer money, but they found ways to praise a murderous, oppressive communist tyrant like Fidel Castro when he descended to his final reward.