Fear and Loathing in the Age of Corona

The only thing we should have to fear is fear Itself ?

fear of covid-19

Fear triggers our survival instinct, an acute stress response most commonly known as fight or flight is the end result. It refers to a physiological reaction that occurs within individuals in the presence of something terrifying, either mentally or physically. Fear induces an emotional response that causes a change in brain and organ function, as well as in behavior. Fear can make us hide, run away, freeze in our tracks or soil our skivvies.

The current chapter or sub-chapter as the case may be in Human history covers the Corona Pandemic, Wuhan flu, the China virus or Kung fu flu if you're so inclined to lean towards 'Sino-phobia'. In the political realm the presence of a crisis that evokes fear, especially a fear this universal is one way the wheat is separated from the chaff, it creates an opportunity for a vetting process between statesmen or women and scumbags. In American politics there most certainly are prophylactic galore - who'd a guessed, and the media fahgettaboutit !

The following content is gleaned from various sources, news outlets, covering a period of several months pertaining to fear induced by covid-19, the medias and politicians response to it and attempts to capitalize on it. Some in positions of power, by their very nature can never let a good crisis go to waste, while others are hampered as they struggle for a solution by those who are part of the problem.

We Go From Hysteria to Hysteria

We go from hysteria to hysteria.

And even that’s not quite accurate. We now endure multiple hysterias at once.

The latest, of course, is COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus. In addition to China, where the virus originated, major cities in Italy and Japan are in lockdown mode, and Japan has closed all its schools. In the United States, where, as of this writing, six people — most, if not all, of whom were already ill — have died, the states of Washington (where all six deaths occurred) and Florida and the city of San Francisco have declared states of emergency.

Many international and domestic business conferences have been canceled ...

It was a Democratic president who told Americans, during World War II no less, that “we have nothing to fear but fear itself.” He is a liberal idol, in part for saying that.

That is more or less exactly what Trump has been saying. Yet he’s an “existential threat” to our country. PRAGER: We Go From Hysteria To Hysteria Dennis Prager

Is this panic over coronavirus justified, or not?

Corona Virus Panic

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A friend tweeted from Ireland (in time for St. Patrick’s Day), blaming President Trump for the major decline in the value of stocks. This same friend credited Barack Obama’s economic policies when the Dow Jones Industrial Averages approached 30,000.

This — and more — is part of our political, economic and medical divide with mixed messages coming from supposed professionals, amateurs and people who don’t know what they are talking about.

According to Dictionary.com, “panic” is “a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons or animals.” Here’s a piece of news that has been buried by major media. An Associated Press headline read, “Most coronavirus patients recover, still anxiety, fear loom.” Gee, I wonder why fear and anxiety are looming? Could the major media, which love promoting fear when it comes to hurricanes, also be promoting fear while mostly ignoring those who recover from the virus? Full Story - Cal Thomas - Washington Times

The Only Thing Dems Have to Offer Is Fear Itself

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1933 inaugural address contained a phrase, remembered to this day. In the wake of the Great Depression, he told Americans,

FDR Quote Fear Itself

So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

Flash forward nearly a hundred years and the American Left is pushing fear as hard as they have ever pushed anything. We have had plenty of scares since the days of FDR, including the overpopulation, acid rain, and Y2K. Some scares have changed names, from global cooling in the 1970s, only to be replaced by global warming, climate change, and now extreme weather.

Infectious diseases invoke fear ... Full Story American Thinker - Brian C. Joondeph

President Trump and Coronavirus

The attempt to hang corona virus around the neck of the president is a movement that has gone from a standing start to neck-snapping speed, as opportunities to discredit Donald Trump in the American media generally do.

He was criticized for acting early in restricting access from potentially vulnerable countries, and after for having short-changing the relevant government agencies, even though that didn’t happen. Even the brickbat-wielding Washington Post has had to make the point that, in fact, Trump increased the allocations to public health and disease control authorities. Full Story American Greatness - Conrad Black

The Trilateral Commission: Using Crisis As An Opportunity To Reform

A couple of years ago I posted an article that gave a brief overview of the Trilateral Commission, quoting directly from numerous former members of the institution and how their overarching goal was for the integration of nation states at the expense of self determination.

It was in the article where I argued that the prevailing model for globalists dating back to at least the First World War has been to use crisis as an opportunity, first by instigating periods of chaos before presenting themselves as the order to the ensuing turmoil. Four of the world’s largest global institutions – The Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the United Nations – were founded on this principle. Without a series of crises there would have been no rationale for them to exist.

A trend over the past few years has been how in the midst of geopolitical conflict global bodies and world leaders have called for the likes of the European Union and the World Trade Organisation to undergo substantial reforms in the wake of a rise in political nationalism and protectionism. The push for reform has been largely justified on the grounds that the international ‘rules based global order‘ – brought to be out of the ruins of World War II – is under threat, and all as a direct consequence of the growth in anti-globalisation movements that are often characterized as ‘populism‘. Full Story - Zero Hedge Tyler Durden

Fear Makes Power

Corona Fear

The establishment’s pundits and politicians who cheer for higher death tolls from the virus and for more straitened circumstances must imagine that enough people in their audience are fearful enough to have abandoned all critical faculties—fearful enough to follow the fear-mongers.

Don’t panic is rotten advice,” Peggy Noonan advised in her column in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal. A stream of similar opinions in the New York Times and from CNN, reminded me of Machiavelli’s historical observation that “whoever controls the people’s fears becomes master of their souls.”

The formula for achieving such mastery has not changed in millennia: stoke any fear, turn the fear to hate of whomever and whatever you accuse of standing in the way of safety, and make yourself the agent of that hate.

Our 21st-century “developed” world, which so touts its own rationality, is now engaged in the historically unprecedented attempt to shut down most social and economic intercourse for the sake of mitigating the effects of a virus the lethality of which is far more like recent strands of the flu than that of the plague. One reason we do not know how many persons have been infected by this virus is that most infections in most people are so mild as to be unnoticed. That is also why we do not know the virus’s true lethality. Of course it is especially lethal to the old and otherwise infirm. What isn’t? - Why then do so many in high places advocate this global shutdown so vehemently? And does the question answer itself? Full Article - Angelo Codevilla - American Greatness

Are You Ready To Have Your Civil Liberties Severely Restricted? Because That's Where This Is Headed...

Dark Money Progressive Groups Spending Millions to Politicize Coronavirus, Spread Fear

Democrat-aligned Super PAC announced on Tuesday that it will spend $5 million on negative ads targeting President Trump’s response to the coronavirus.

“The campaign from Pacronym — a political action committee affiliated with the nonprofit group Acronym — represents the first major pivot to coronavirus-related advertising fewer than 250 days from the election,” the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

Acronym owns the technology firm Shadow Inc: The Mysterious Clinton-Linked Company Counting Iowa's Caucus Votes., which was responsible for developing the infamous app used in the chaotic Iowa caucuses. Notably, the firm’s founder and CEO, Tara McGowan, “worked for Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and previously served as the digital director for NextGen America, a progressive organization founded by presidential candidate Tom Steyer,” as RealClearPolitics noted. Full Story - Breitbart - Hannah Bleau

Leftist Groups Plan Ad Blitz Politicizing Coronavirus Even as Dems Praise Trump's Leadership

In the past week, even Democrats and liberal media figures have praised President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis, but left-wing activist groups plan an ad blitz politicizing the crisis. Trump has largely avoided politics in his coronavirus briefings, but he did hit likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden once.

A dark-money network of liberal groups will spend millions tarring the president's response to the virus, RealClearPolitics' Susan Crabtree reported. Pacronym, a liberal PAC, announced it would spend $5 million through July slamming Trump's handling of the crisis through ads in Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Full Article - PJ Media - Tyler Oneil

Former Warren, Clinton aides leading 'coronavirus war room' targeting Trump's response to pandemic - Former aides to high-ranking Democratic politicians are joining a so-called "coronavirus war room" in order to attack President Trump's response to the pandemic. Basically instead of being part of the solution they choose to remain a part of the problem

The Impeachment That Killed Americans

Instead of dealing with the virus, Dems focused on getting Trump.

The lethal price tag for the months of the Impeach Trump obsession by Democrats is now in — and rising.

Over there at Breitbart, Joel Pollak, one of the serious journalists of the day, has put together this telling timeline that shows exactly what Democrats were doing as the coronavirus loomed. Here’s the link to Joel’s story — and here’s his very revealing timeline: "Democrats Pushed Impeachment While Coronavirus Spread"

January 11: Chinese state media report the first known death from an illness originating in the Wuhan market.

January 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. Pelosi and House Democrats celebrate the “solemn” occasion with a signing ceremony, using commemorative pens.

January 21: The first person with coronavirus arrives in the United States from China, where he had been in Wuhan.

January 23: The House impeachment managers make their opening arguments for removing President Trump.

January 23: China closes off the city of Wuhan completely to slow the spread of coronavirus to the rest of China.

January 30: Senators begin asking two days of questions of both sides in the president’s impeachment trial.

January 30: The World Health Organization declares a global health emergency as coronavirus continues to spread.

January 31: The Senate holds a vote on whether to allow further witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial.

January 31: President Trump declares a national health emergency and imposes a ban on travel to and from China. Former Vice President Joe Biden calls Trump’s decision “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”

February 2: The first death from coronavirus outside China is reported in the Philippines.

February 3: House impeachment managers begin closing arguments, calling Trump a threat to national security.

February 4: President Trump talks about coronavirus in his State of the Union address; Pelosi rips up every page.

February 5: The Senate votes to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, 52-48 and 53-47.

February 5: House Democrats finally take up coronavirus in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia. Full Article - American Spectator - Jeffrey Lord