Sunday, March 15, 2020

Trump's COVID-19 Fear Monger May Be Worse Than Trump's Neocon War Mongers

Anthony Fauci, White House fearmonger
Murray Rothbard regularly pointed out that wars enable governments to get more authoritarian.

He often quoted Randolph Bourne's observation that "war is the health of the state."

But don't think for a minute that bloody wars overseas are the only way states can grow rapidly. We are learning this first hand with the panic over COVID-19.

I have no doubt that this fear will result in legislation that puts more control in the hands of the state. Shady legislation is already starting to move.

Almost any kind of legislation can be passed in this atmosphere of panic.

And  if there is one thing that is clear about Trump, it is that he is terrible at picking advisers. The White House is filled with neocon warmongers but his worst adviser may be the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Anthony Fauci.

Trump should have fired the bastard the day he took office. Instead, he has now made Fauci part of the coronavirus task force and praises Fauci publicly.

I can't think of anyone in the administration that is stoking more fear with the general public. Without any foundation, he has testified before congress that COVID-19 has a mortality rate of 10 times the flu. There is no factual basis for this, it is complete fearmongering.

He never ever puts things in perspective. He always heightens the panic. And he had plenty of opportunities this morning to do just that and he took full advantage. This morning he went on all the Sunday talk shows and cranked up the fear on each show.

He told "Face the Nation":
“Right now, personally, myself, I wouldn’t go to a restaurant.” 
Only to get more sadistic on CNN:
 "For a while, life is not going to be the way it used to be in the United States. We have to just accept that if we want to do what’s best for the American public."
And then on CNN pretty close to an outright lie, outside of some extreme outlier:
"There are going to be people who are young who are going to wind up getting seriously ill" 
Then more fearmongering on "Meet The Press":
  "I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing."
I mean take a look at what this guy said, he pretty much said he would be in favor of a 14 day shut down of the entire country. The "Meet The Press" transcript:


Notice he didn't push back against the 14-day national shutdown, he went as far as he could in spewing panic that he thought he could get away with.

I really think he is mentally ill.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams almost sounds rational compared to Fauci. At least he said at yesterday's press conference that "Almost all people will recover---98%--99%."

 -RW

4 comments:

  1. Agree, Fauci is a very dangerous bureaucrat. Sadly the politicians seem to be competing to see who can be the biggest fear monger. Newt Gingrich was quoted in Newsweek urging congress to implement a WWII-like response to this virus! Never mind electing Bernie Sanders, Gingrich's proposal would turn the U.S. into a socialist dictatorship by the ruling politicians over night! These are dangerous times.

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  2. I see an almost exact analogy with the climate fear mongering. Before the manufactured crisis in climate, no one cared about atmospheric sciences unless there was interest in working for a news channel.

    Similarly with COVID19, Anthony Fauci gets to be a household name now. No one knew or cared who he was before.

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  3. In early February Fauci was saying not to worry about COVID-19 that seasonal flu was more of a concern and the same precautions for the flu would be helpful against a coronavirus. Has COVID-19 become so much more of a health issue or is this political? The Trump administration has been accused of not doing enough. The orders have gone out to all factions that this is a crisis. Is Fauci and the rest of the Trump administration just following the line?

    I don't see that COVID-19 by itself is more dangerous than most seasonal ailments. What it has done is added to the the flu/cold season which has overwhelmed some medical services and supplies. But how much of this overwhelming is due to making a crisis out of a non-crisis?

    Even most of the non-corporate media is click-bate driven. The corporate media would have and were probably making COVID-19 a crisis before they received their mockingbird orders.

    Fauci knows the originally reported origins from bat soup in a Wuhan market are likely not correct. He should know that based on what the Japanese and Taiwanese have uncovered about it origins that the way the virus has spread should be expected. He should also know based on history that the stats available now are very incomplete and inflate the death rates, and therefore the danger, because they under report the infection rate.

    We need to know why Fauci considers the situation so much more dire now than it was a month ago.

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    1. Because the crowd has become fearful he has joined it believing it is his best option to avoid blame or maybe even being rewarded.

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