Never Repeat The Past Year: Shutdowns Don’t Work, Only Freedom Does

By Rod Thomson

Looking back on the past year of pandemic, there are two significant lessons that Americans must learn, or re-learn. I hold little hope for politicians and the vested ruling class, but I do for Americans.

First, the lockdowns didn’t work, even CNN has admitted it in a surprisingly positive story about how Governor DeSantis got it right. But we’ve known for a century they would not be effective against an airborne virus.

Pathogens have always been a part of life on earth. For the past century, America at least understood that viruses have to be dealt with by individuals through their patient-doctor relationship. Yes, there would be deaths, but as has become excruciatingly clear now, even the most tightly shutdown states — providing for an A/B comparison with those that did not shutdown — show no fewer deaths. More in some cases.

Because viruses kill the weak. It was accepted public health policy since the 1918 pandemic that the social and economic trade off, if there was any, was far worse shutting down than individual mitigation. We tried then, in a few instances, and they failed. State coercion against diseases has a terrible track record of success.

And we knew this and followed it.

In the  pandemic of 1957-58 — in which cases and deaths were measured very differently from the almost absurdly broad way we have jacked up Covid case and death counts — health officials declared: ‘‘…there is no practical advantage in the closing of schools or the curtailment of public gatherings as it relates to the spread of this disease.’’ This was followed again in 1968-69, by another airborne virus measured very differently. And in smaller outbreaks since. Do we know more now? Not on this front. 

But a year ago, with social media and instant photos of Wuhan on our phones, people dropping dead in the street (well, one person captured on camera) and Chinese Communist police dragging people out of their homes, there was an instant panic. That panic was driven by access to information without any context, history or knowledge of the broad picture.

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People were terrified when northern Italy was hit and politicians responded to calm those fears. But instead, they stoked them. And those whose worldview favored heavy government control of people’s lives, for their own good of course, jumped into action. Shutdowns, mandates, micromanaging every bit of a citizens’ life.

In the end, it was all to no effect on the virus, but tragically destructive of lives from children in school to the elderly who were depressingly isolated in their old age. With CNN giving it up, virtually no one seriously continues to defend the lockdowns. A few weeks was forgivable as fearful ignorance. A full year? More like criminal, if there was a definable crime against destroying millions of peoples lives.

But second, and truly more important, even if lockdowns did work — and again, they don’t — the trade off for the loss of human rights, self-worth, finances, hope, education, social interaction, spiritual, emotional and mental stability, health care for a range of other fatal ailments such as cancer and heart disease, are not worth it. Not remotely.

The broad well-being of a community, a state and a nation must be weighed against the threat of one pathogen. Or more. This is incredibly important because there will be more pathogens. Ever more. And it is not at all clear to me that our ruling elite have actually learned from this. I fear they will just calculate political mistakes, always calculating for themselves, but not see the error of once again stripping away American rights for the next disease.

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The one thing that is broadly associated with America and her historic successes, her status as a beacon to the world, has been honoring freedom, a free people in a free society producing the highest level of human rights and dignity, to say nothing of extraordinary economic expansion and quality of life.

For the sake of our children’s freedoms, their social and economic functioning, their basic human rights, we average Americans must learn that disease mitigation can never again be given over to politicians with suspect motives and the wrong qualifications.

It must be left up to Americans to freely make decisions in consultation with their own medical providers, for their own good. Our ruling class and those who put their trust in them may not be comfortable with that, but the rest of us Americans must demand it. 

More will be lost than any virus could manage if we don’t.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.

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The Real Cause Of The U.S. High COVID Death Count: Our Successes

by Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

One of the many points of contention brought up during Tuesday’s fiery presidential debate was the issue of the United States’ high coronavirus case and death numbers.  The allegation of America’s high numbers relative to its population was espoused by former Vice President Joe Biden when he lamented that the United States owned 20 percent of worldwide deaths while possessing only 4 percent of the world’s population. Predictably, he then did his best to pin the responsibility for these stark statistics on President Trump.  

Indeed, as of this writing, the United States has approximately 21 percent of the world’s coronavirus deaths and cases, but the reason for this is never reported by the press and has nothing to do with the President’s conduct. In fact, the reason may surprise you.

As part of my book Coronalessons, which Amazon did its best to ban and whose existence it is still trying to suppress, I assembled data regarding the number of per capita cases and deaths of COVID-19 throughout the world.  My team performed univariate analyses comparing the effects of a country’s per capita COVID-19 case and death rates with its national healthcare ranking, per capita GDP, physician density, population density, and life expectancy.  We selected the countries with the one hundred highest per capita cases of COVID-19 as of May 2, 2020, according to and employed the demographic data published by the World Bank in our analysis. The nation’s healthcare ranking was obtained from the admittedly dated world rankings published by the United Nations in 2000, the last year it did so.  

The results were startling. As the number of physicians per capita improved, the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 exponentially actually increased! (Figure 1).  Relatedly, the better the country’s health care system, the worse it performed. And when we looked at the number of hospitals per capita, the greater the hospital density, the poorer the nation performed. In fact, the mildest correlation we found was a nation’s per capita testing with the number of deaths and cases. 

​These results were contrary to our preconceived expectations. But the findings were explainable. Amongst the strongest correlations were those between a country’s life expectancy and its per capita cases and deaths.  (Figure 2.)  

This correlation was completely expected based the virus’s heightened threat to the elderly.  What’s more, for a nation to amass a greater life expectancy and thus a higher elderly population, it requires a robust healthcare system with lots of doctors and a myriad of hospital beds. And what’s required to amass these? Wealth. Indeed, there was a direct, linear relationship between a nation’s per capita GDP and its per capita cases (Figure 3.) and an exponential relationship to per capita deaths. (Figure 4.)  In short, the richer the nation, the more likely its citizens were apt to contract the disease and to die from it.  
But still the question remains, how is it that the higher number of per capita cases could be explained by a nation’s per capita GDP? Here again, then answer is simple. Travel!  

COVID-19 is spread purely through the intermingling of contaminated people with others who would otherwise not have come across the virus. It is to the richer nations that people travel, either due to business or pleasure; particularly early in the pandemic before anyone could do anything about it and before many even knew they were infected. 
With these factors in mind, one can almost predict the global course of COVID-19. As we know, the pandemic began in Wuhan, China. From there, the principal locations of its initial spread were to Italy and Iran through contacts related to the Belt and Road Initiative into which each country had entered with China. Recall that even after China knew of the virus’s propensity for inter-human transmission if did nothing to stop international travel from within its country.  
True to our predictions, the spread from Iran, a relatively poor and isolated country, did not blossom, but for Italy, the experience was entirely different. In Italy, the government tried, unsuccessfully, to contain the spread in the northern third of the country where the virus had entered via Chinese interaction, but the virus quickly spread south as Italians easily moved throughout the peninsula. In the meantime, a colossal soccer match in the northern Italian city of Atalanta allowed for the intermingling of Italians and Spaniards where the virus spread next.  Shortly thereafter, in Madrid, the international women’s march allowed for further spread to take place. 

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A related dynamic began occurring in Europe that was also predicted from our correlations: the deaths of massive numbers of elderly patients. In Italy, the dynamics revolved around the sharing of living quarters between the younger generations and the older ones. In Spain, like in France and England, the decimations largely took place in nursing homes.
Additionally, throughout this time, travel was robustly taking place between China, Europe, and the United States. Like a hidden landmine ready to go off, the virus took hold in our population before we even knew it. Ours is the richest country in the world, and perhaps the most heavily visited. It was, predictably, the ultimate destination for SARS-COV-2, and without any means of detecting it, there was nothing the President or any other authority could have done to prevent it. Needless to say, shutting down travel from China on January 31 was logical and helpful, but in the end it was insufficient to keep the virus from reaching our shores, and our nation’s epidemiology behaved exactly as our model would have predicted.  
Before closing, one other point is in order. If Biden is going to spuriously accuse the President of doing a poor job merely based on the United States’ relative contribution to the global prevalence and death rates of the virus, he should even more zealously criticize New York, which is singlehandedly responsible for 15% of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths. Governor Andrew Cuomo recklessly ignored the already established pattern of nursing home vulnerabilities by irresponsibly and selfishly insisting that hospitalized elderly patients be transferred there. Under his watch and because of his actions, New York’s nursing homes became a cesspool of death and infection when many of the fatalities could have been prevented.
So what’s the real cause of the SARS-CoV-2’s attack on the United States following China’s disregard for the wellbeing of its neighbors? The answer is the world’s attraction to the United States because of our wealth coupled with the relatively advanced age of our population due to our superior healthcare. But neither the mainstream press nor Biden will ever admit to this because it would decimate their false claims against President Trump. And thus the true cause of our plight with this pandemic remains hidden from the public.

For more findings on the COVID-19 pandemic that are not reported by the press, such as information on hydroxychloroquine, the timeline of the pandemic, China’s and the WHO’s roles in propagating the disease, and the disruption of constitutional constraint by certain governors, please go to Dr. Gonzalez’s store and get your copy of Coronalessons.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida.  He served in the Florida House of Representatives.  He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist PagesThe Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons.  He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through

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Dear World: Florida Is Doing Fine

Rod Thomson

We have a friend who lives in London and has checked in on us to make sure we are OK. Why? Because we live in Florida and the international media, taking their cue from the national media, continues to report that Florida is boiling over with Covid cases and the state is overwhelmed. It’s one big triage.

A South Korean acquaintance of one of our children found out that we live in Florida and immediately had the same worries. Are you OK? They too had heard Florida is overwhelmed. Sigh.

Calm down, world. The media is, again, deceiving you. Florida is actually doing just fine, if you look at every single metric beyond new cases — which of  course are necessary in a pandemic.

Let’s start with some data at Worldometer, compiled from the CDC and WHO.

The chart above shows Florida ranks 24th in deaths per million among U.S. states at 273 per million residents, well under the U.S. average of 453 per million. The death rate in Florida is extraordinarily low. Note that this chart is tiny and hard to read because Florida is so far down the list of deaths.

That seems kind of relevant, doesn’t it? Good luck finding it in any “news” story. We need to start putting quotes around “news” because it is much more akin to Democrat operative spin than anything resembling news. Our friends in London don’t know this critical context because the reckless, partisan media in Florida and nationally only scream headlines on case count. 

This chart above demonstrates clearly that Florida hospitals are nowhere near being overwhelmed by Covid patients. This is a far more relevant metric than case count.

Hospitalizations and medical facilities are not being overrun. Not even close. Hospital bed usage is very low and ICU bed usage is low. In fact, even taking the worst case projections at this point, usage remains well below capacity for hospital beds, and only at the very worst does it move beyond ICU capacity — which I identified in the chart — without hospitals making adjustments for surge capacity, which they would.

Even in the case rate, the only real scare tactic that can be used, Florida ranks 5th in the U.S., behind Louisiana, New York, Arizona and New Jersey. Anyone around the world terrified for friends in those states? The problem is that this metric is heavily dependent on testing. Florida is testing more than 100,000 daily now (it’s never clear if those are actual people or tests administered, but either way it’s a lot) and many states that had heavy Covid loads early missed untold thousands because testing was limited two to three months ago. 

So the comparison is weak, yet still there are four other states worse than Florida.

Next we get to the totally screwed up death totals.

The chart above, compiled by Issues & Insights shows the totally wonked system of reporting deaths, as they come in late and in odd bunches, painting a ridiculously inaccurate picture of what is happening in Florida. There is definitely an increase in deaths in the state, but nothing like the spike being reported.

Part of the reason for this is that there was no system in place when Covid hit and so it fell to government agencies to quickly and efficiently create a system to help the medical profession in reporting deaths. Well come on, that was doomed to fail before it started. The reporting may be improving, but slowly.

Timely reporting of deaths must improve if they are going to be released daily. If they were released weekly even, it would be a much more accurate picture. But the media would howl about cover-ups and whatever other nonsense they conjured.

And finally, the much ballyhooed Rt factor is now below 1 in Florida, meaning the virus spread is on the decline, at least at the moment. The Rt factor is watched closely by geeks because it purports to be able to measure how quickly the virus is spread. According to the World Economic Forum, “The R number is a key factor in gauging the coronavirus pandemic. It refers to the ‘effective reproduction number’ of COVID-19. An R value of 1 is a crucial threshold.”

Being below 1 means the spread is under control. Again, at the moment, but remember, this is supposedly the moment when everything is going crazy in Florida.

And an interesting event happened yesterday. Another jurisdiction mandated face masks, this time the Republican-dominated Manatee County Commission, in Florida. During her presentation pushing for the mask mandate, Dr. Jennifer Bencie, director of the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County, told commissioners that the local medical community estimates as much as 48 percent of Manatee County residents may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic and spreading the coronavirus. That is an astounding assertion.

Bencie falls into the category of expert we are instructed to listen to. Since the experts say herd immunity is achieved at around 70 percent, although it varies from disease to disease depending on contagiousness and may be a little higher for Covid, then actually this is very good news. It would mean we are more than two-thirds of the way toward herd immunity already in Manatee County, which is by far not the hardest hit place in Florida. If true, this could explain both the “wave” of new cases (mostly just identifying what already is, or was) and the promising Rt factor.

Look, Covid is very dangerous for a very small part of our population. That is true with many diseases. The great thing is that we know exactly who is at risk and can protect them. Treatments are improving rapidly. For the vast, vast majority, it is another disease that is part of life. About half of people, apparently, don’t even show symptoms. Some feel sick, a few very sick. And a tiny, tiny percentage die.

But all of the data relayed here paints a picture of Florida that is wildly different than the media is feeding to the rest of America and the world. So to all of our friends around the world, Florida is doing fine, thank you.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Like Rod on Facebook.

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The Lack Of Constitutional Standing For Interstate Quarantines

By Dr. Julio Gonzalez

You can’t order quarantines forever, and at some point a state of medical emergency becomes a new reality.
In an article last updated yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have instituted a mandate requiring travelers from states they designate as “experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases,” to observe a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.  
This mandate that took effect on midnight Wednesday carries with it varying consequences for non-compliance.  In New York, a first-time violation merits a fine of $2,000.00 with subsequent violations earning fines of $5,000.  Higher penalties would be enforced if the non-compliance caused harm.  In Connecticut, there will be no fine, and in New Jersey, the quarantine would take the form of an “advisory.”
There’s one overarching problem with these mandated quarantines.  They’re of questionable constitutional legality.  
Following our independence from England, our nation stood as an inept giant. Yes, it was young.  It was also financially broke, but perhaps even more importantly a powerless Congress led it.  Under the Articles of Confederation, our first system of government, the states created a very loose alliance of sovereigns, so loose in fact that they were able to impose harsh restrictions upon each other.  Each state could print its own currency, ignore other states’ currencies, and restricted interstate travel and commerce.  Protectionist laws casting advantages to those citizens living within each state at the expense of their fellow countrymen loomed large, and there was nothing Congress could do about it.  Such divisions could never work, and it is for this very reason that the nation’s leaders convened a Constitutional Convention with the aim of preventing the disintegration and fractionalization of the young confederacy.  Protections against limitations in travel and interstate commerce were chief amongst the corrective measures implemented in the new Republic’s founding document. 
Clearly, a state restricting an individual to a certain location for a fortnight simply because he or she is from a targeted state acts in a manner repugnant to interstate commerce and individual travel rights.  The Supreme Court was explicit in this regard when it decided Saenz v. Roe, (1999).  Here, the Court ruled that there are constitutionally prescribed travel protections including “the right of a citizen of one State to enter and to leave another State, the right to be treated as a welcome visitor rather than an unfriendly alien when temporarily present in the second state, and for those travelers who elect to become permanent residents, the right to be treated like other citizens of that State.”  Mandatory interstate quarantines violate all three.  
It is true that the governments may claim certain latitudes during times of crisis. For example, Congress is given the authority to suspend the privilege of Habeas corpus, “when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require.”  And the states are afforded certain liberties if “actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”  But these contentions do not apply to a pandemic.

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President Trump declared a health emergency regarding SARS-CoV-2 on March 11, over 90 days ago.  Since that time, we have been able to establish that there is no imminent exhaustion of our medical supplies.  Despite “surges” in certain states, the nation’s daily new-case rate has flattened. As of this writing, the nation’s daily death rate has not been this low since March 30.  In New York, arguably the state guilty of the nation’s worse COVID-19 mismanagement, there were a mere 742 new cases on June 23, the lowest since March 17, and the daily death rates rival those of March 22.  
In the meantime, in Florida, one of those states experiencing a surge, the number of new cases for June 24 was 5,511, but the number of deaths was 45.  And to add to the inconsistency in the data, New York carries a 1,611 death per million rate compared to Florida’s 153, and an active case per million rate of 294,660 compared to Florida’s 84,570.  
Adding to the absurdity, Florida presently has a quarantine still in place for visitors from New York similar to the quarantine New York implemented against Floridians on Wednesday, albeit it Florida’s is voluntary one, begging the question just who needs to be protected from whom?
As I explain in my book, Coronalessons, obtrusive interventions such as quarantines, shutdowns, and border closures only work to keep the virus out of a country.  But in America, the virus is already here. In Coronalessons, I also observe the Constitution, miraculous as it may be, is a very fragile document, easily ripped and irreparably destroyed.  The right to freely move from one state to another and engage in interstate commerce is one of the hallmarks of our Constitution. Although it may be appropriate to briefly restrict our interstate travel in the name of safety, morale, health, or welfare, prolonging these restrictions, as we are presently doing, threatens to hurt us much more than it will aid us.  
The only real interventions we can take until the development of a vaccine or definitive treatment is for the elderly and the infirm to observe social distancing measures, for all of us to engage in frequent hand-washing, surface sanitation and mask use when in public places.  More aggressive interventions are mere opportunities for governments and people in authority to extend their ambits of power.  It is time for us to end these random and capricious interstate quarantines.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through to arrange a lecture or book signing.

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Amazon Censors Another Non Government-Sanctioned Coronavirus Book

Rod Thomson

Continuing its heavy-handed tactics of blocking non-government information on the coronavirus, Amazon has now censored a Florida surgeon’s just-published book on lessons learned from the COVID-19 outbreak and public officials handling of it.

This comes just five days after Amazon censored former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson’s booklet titled Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1: Introduction and Death Counts and Estimates. If not for Elon Musk’s involvement, Berenson’s book may still be banned on Amazon.

But while Berenson published a short booklet, Dr. Julio Gonzalez’s book titled Coronalessons, is an exhaustively researched look at everything from virology and epidemiology to spread and treatments to crippling lockdowns and violations of Americans’ Constitutional rights. It has nearly 700 citations and a detailed timeline. It’s criticisms are deeply researched.

“This is the first comprehensive look at our nation’s coronavirus experience,” Dr.  Gonzalez said. “I have been furiously studying the pandemic, amassing data, and evaluating our responses and the effects these have had on our society and our system of laws. I compiled all that information, including a novel statistical analysis and over 650 citations into Coronalessons.”

Dr. Gonzalez is hardly a neophyte. In addition to running a surgical practice in Venice, Florida, he is an attorney and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He’s also the author of The Case for Free Market Healthcare and The Federalist Pages.

But Amazon said his most recent book “does not comply with our guidelines,” which it says is to follow official government sources, such as the CDC and WHO — both of which have been phenomenally incompetent on the virus. Amazon then went on to blather about the changing information about COVID-19 (which sort of undermines their own case) and suggests removing references to the virus — in a book about the virus!

“This is the second time in two weeks that we learn of Amazon openly suppressing an alternative voice on the issue of COVID-19 and on China’s behavior regarding the pandemic,” Dr. Gonzalez said. “One has to wonder whether Amazon has any interest in promoting the free exchange of ideas.”

Amazon has sold books on controversial topics from politics to religion to race and gender and pedophilia. It’s not like they shy away from controversy. So maybe now is a good time to note that Amazon has financially benefited greatly from the lockdowns that many people like Dr. Gonzalez and Berenson have criticized. By the government forcing people to stay home, Amazon’s home delivery and streaming service have been operating in overdrive.

But these are dangerous moves for Amazon. The trend may also start raising the attention of members of Congress on whether Amazon should be considered a monopoly. Apparently at least one influential member of Congress is quite upset with Dr. Gonzalez’s book being censored, as many were with Berenson’s. 

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Like Rod on Facebook.

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Despite Riots, Democrats Continue Masking To Topple Trump

By Cathi Chamberlain 

Let’s not forget during the current wave of riots and looting that Democrat states are still mostly shut down and they are trying to convince Americans that we are killing fellow countrymen by not wearing face masks to stop the spread of the pandemic. Yes, the Wuhan virus can be deadly. No question many people have died from it. Absolutely there are precautions we should all be taking. But, is the real motive something more than saving lives?

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s been happening over the past four years, you know we’ve been lied to repeatedly. Not simple little white lies. Astronomically devious, evil lies meant to destroy the very fabric of our freedom-loving country. You wouldn’t know that, however, if you’ve been listening to the “fake news” media. That’s the same media from which you say you just want to get a “second opinion.”

Within weeks of President Trump’s inauguration, some of his most loyal servants were systematically and successfully taken down, one by one. DOJ Director Jeff Sessions bowed to demands for his recusal. General Mike Flynn’s stellar 33-year military career and his life were destroyed based on planted evidence that we now know never existed. American Patriot Carter Page was spied on and his life pretty well ruined. George Papadopoulos was jailed for a crime not even associated with the Russia witch-hunt. Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Michael Cohen and so many others were targeted and destroyed. All because they supported President Donald J. Trump.

The left told you the Trump-Russia collusion investigation was based on “evidence”. LIARS.

Democrats tried to convince you that Brett Kavanaugh was a sexual deviant. LIARS.

They said Trump was guilty of bribery in his Ukraine phone call. LIARS.

Democrats said he was targeted for accusations worthy of impeachment. LIARS.

The abundance of lies was there for all to see. Instead, many preferred to listen to the “fake news” media so they could get a “second opinion.” As though liars matter.

Due to that enabling of the anti-Trump media who’ve made no secret of their bias against our President, the lies have perpetuated. No longer are we a nation built on common sense.

When all else failed, the left found yet another “crisis” they didn’t want to go to waste, the Wuhan virus.

America’s initial, fanatically-fearful response to the pandemic was understandable given the very rational concept of “flattening the curve.” Even that, if you think about it, can be blamed on our own pathetic lack of preparedness. Our PPE stockpiles were low, a shortage of ventilators was worrisome, hospitals were too few and ill-equipped, testing by the CDC was an abject failure. In short, we were staring down a double-barreled catastrophe if we didn’t act quickly and decisively. There was simply no time to waste arguing about what had to be done: a total shutdown of our economy combined with self-isolation, stringent regulations, and masks on all.

We complied without asking questions because it made sense. We saw a dizzying array of models that scared the crap out of us. The number of deaths, projected to be 2.2 million, was unfathomable. Transmission of the virus was frighteningly easy, we were told. Imminent, they said, unless we followed their strict orders. Stay six feet away. Three aisles over.  Scrub our clothing. Wipe down goods. No masks necessary, at first. Then masks were required on everyone. We lived in total fear. And that made us easy to control.

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Then a rather peculiar thing happened. Trump and the American people began seeing some serious flaws in the advice of the “experts.” The models turned out to be grossly inaccurate, not even close to the actual numbers. Recommendations by the fed’s scientific community changed almost daily. Rumors that those “experts” were controlled by anti-Trump leftists became believable as many of us googled for truth. Could they simply be trying to take Trump down, again?

To be honest about the pandemic we must assess real numbers, not models skewed by leftists with an agenda. After all, these numbers are guiding life-altering decisions about whether or not to shut down our economy, right?

Lindsey Graham seems to think so. Or at least that’s what he said recently in response to the WHO’s disastrous handling of the pandemic. As a Republican who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Graham’s influence matters.

Recently, he left no doubt as to who he thought should be running things at the W.H.O. “I have a lot of respect for Bill Gates and his work in the public health arena,” he said. “The Gates Foundation, under Bill and Melinda’s leadership, has a reputation for investing in programs which are well-run and produce results.” Seriously, Lindsey?

As stated in my recent article entitled, “Same Globalists Who Bungled Pandemic Pushing to Control the World”, the prediction models insisted upon by Drs. Fauci and Birx were way off. They were based on data from the IMHE (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) and Imperial College of London. That article is a must read to understand who is involved in corruption around the handling of this pandemic. And, somebody might want to tell Lindsey that the Gates Foundation “recently provided massive amounts of funding to both” of the companies behind the models. In fact, he founded the IHME. Was that purely by chance?

Isn’t it rather coincidental that both Gates-funded models caused massive shutdowns worldwide due to erroneous results? Whether it was by gross negligence or intentionally misinforming, choosing Bill Gates as the new head of the CDC would be an unmitigated disaster.

Gates has also advocated heavily against hydroxychloroquine and for keeping the world shut down until there’s a vaccine. That’s not surprising given his funding of a global vaccination program to be disseminated in conjunction with his ID2020 Alliance program designed to track every citizen’s movement at all times. The consequences of a WHO led by Bill Gates is especially worrisome considering his far-from stellar record on global vaccines.

The widely-wrong Gates’ models are all the more suspect after reading an article that appeared in Forbes recently. If true, it throws doubt on the entire numbers game attributed to the pandemic.

Entitled, “The Most Important Coronavirus Statistic: 42% Of U.S. Deaths Are From 0.6% Of The Population,” the author claims that nearly half of all deaths from the pandemic in America occurred because of bad state-wide decisions. He says nursing home and residential care facility policies are to blame. If right, that changes everything.

According to the author, he and a Public Policy Professional/Health Care Policy Expert at The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity conducted a study to determine how many deaths were caused by faulty decision-making. They reveal their calculations in an online spreadsheet that’s easy to read. Based on nearly criminal directives from the governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, among others, the high rate of deaths due to the Wuhan virus could have been avoided.

Having just surpassed 100,000 deaths in America, the study is worth reviewing. The authors claim that 42% of the total deaths in America by the Wuhan virus can be attributed to wrong-headed decisions regarding long-term care facilities. Specifically, those governors ordered nursing homes to admit COVID patients into their facilities. Had better precautions been taken, the real number of COVID deaths would reflect about 58,000. That’s more in line with a bad case of flu!

“An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications” from 2017-2018, according to the CDC. It’s hard to imagine such a high number that so few of us paid attention to at the time. But, we barely noticed. Nor was there ever mention of shutting our country down.

From 1957-1958, the Asian flu killed “1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the United States.” But, according to one eye witness account, America didn’t shut down. The National Football League played on and the economy continued to function. “As Rhode Island doctor and author Andrew Bostom notes, the federal Centers for Disease Control now say that the infection fatality ratio of COVID-19 is 0.27 percent, almost equal to the 0.26 percent of the 1957-1958 Asian flu.”

During the 1968 Hong Kong flu, the “estimated number of deaths was 1 million worldwide and about 100,000 in the United States. Most excess deaths were in people 65 years and older.” Still, as the New York Post reports: “schools were not shut down. Face masks weren’t required or even common. Though Woodstock was not held during the peak months of the H3N2 pandemic (the first wave ended by early March 1969, and it didn’t flare up again until November of that year), the festival went ahead when the virus was still active and had no known cure.

“Life continued as normal,” said Jeffrey Tucker, the editorial director for the American Institute for Economic Research. “But as with now, no one knew for certain how deadly [the pandemic] would turn out to be. Regardless, people went on with their lives.”

As more people come to understand the truth about the Wuhan virus, a rush to reopen states will be inevitable. We are already, thankfully, seeing that. But, there is one big obstacle: the Democratic Party. Only Republican states seem willing to get our country back on track. States governed by the Democrats are pushing back, creating fear about a second wave. We must wait for a vaccine, they warn. Even if it means a total destruction of our economy. Are they even credible anymore? 

While every American should want what’s best for our country, the truth is that a recovery will undoubtedly benefit Trump to Biden’s detriment. After all attempts to topple the President over the past three years have failed, could the Democrats stoop so low to purposely damage the economy as a final attempt to take him out? You bet they could, and already are. 

According to the left’s idol and father of community organizing Saul Alinsky, their goal must be achieved by any means necessary. We should take them at their word.

In his 70s blockbuster book Rules for Radicals, Alinsky outlines thirteen tactics to be used by the left to achieve their goals. I break them down in my book, Rules for Deplorables: A Primer for Fighting Radical Socialism. Tactic #6, “a good tactic is one your people enjoy,” has come into play recently with some pretty wacky rules to which Democrat leaders have subjected their citizens. 

In California, for example, officials “closed a popular skate park and filled it with 37 tons of sand in hopes of keeping residents away.” I know how liberals think, I used to be one. I’m sure they sat in their cushy offices thinking this was a wily, hilarious way to control their citizens. It backfired, thankfully, when kids began using it to ride their dirt bikes. Way to fight back using Alinsky’s Tactic #12, “the price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Kudos to those who refused to be controlled by politically-motivated leaders.

Think about this: AA meetings cannot convene but liquor stores are allowed to remain open.

What logic closes churches but leaves abortion clinics operating? Why can people run along beaches but can’t sunbathe or surf? Or Mom and Pop shops selling everyday needs have to close while Walmart can stay open? How come a family of four must stay isolated in their home but can’t go out boating together? There comes a time that we must stand up and say enough, this is nonsense.

How is it that a decision-making health administrator from Pennsylvania can move her 95-year-old mother from a nursing home while ordering everyone else’s elderly relatives to stay put? Or, the husband of the governor of Michigan can request special treatment to launch his boat while everyone else must stay out of the water? What about the “fake news” media reporter chastising passersby for not wearing masks as a bystander points out the cameraman isn’t wearing one himself?

We have been “masked” into submission, America. And, it’s being politicized. From the facts slowly emerging, it’s becoming questionable whether masks even help. In checking the CDC’s website, they’re instructing this: “If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).” Are you confused yet?

I’ve seen enough. Yes, I’ll continue to carry my mask should a need arise. But, I’ll be using my own judgment going forward. Those who feel wearing one is needed based on their own health concerns should continue to do so without mask-shaming. But for Democrats who think getting Trump out of office is more important than salvaging what’s left of our economy, I have a message for you: you will fail yet again.

Our country will reopen soon because the left has forgotten one of Alinsky’s most important tactics, #7: “a tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Americans do not stay still for long and never admit defeat.

When that happens, we will remember the stark contrast between Trump and Biden in dealing with this disaster. Leadership differences between the two men have been laid bare and will reflect decisive voting in November.

We will wake up to the left’s games and revolt by reopening our states en masse. When we do, red states will be standing strong, and those blue states wanting bailouts will be left in shambles.

Cathi Chamberlain, aka The Deplorable Author and founder of The Deplorable Report, is a four-time start-up business owner, published author of a self-help book featured on CNN worldwide and owner of the nation’s first all-female construction company. She is a sought-after political speaker and has been a regular contributor on the Salem Media Radio Network. In her book, “Rules for Deplorables: A Primer for Fighting Radical Socialism,” Cathi heavily references Saul Alinsky’s 1970’s blockbuster book, “Rules for Radicals.” She is currently on her “Florida Deplorable Book Tour.” Contact her for your next speaking event at [email protected]

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China Coronavirus Courts

Launching An Economic Cold War With China

Rod Thomson

The time for civil behavior regarding Communist China is past. An Economic Cold War is required or someday, a terrible hot war will be. And such an Economic Cold War is both doable and winnable. But not cost-free.

First, before getting to how we fire the first salvo in such a Cold War, we have to briefly document what a dangerous government runs China. It is now well-known around the globe (if not to the Chinese people) that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is directly and completely responsible for loosing COVID-19 on the world. 

The CCP in Wuhan and Beijing covered up and lied, with the support of the World Health Organization, for a month after determining that this new coronavirus spread between humans, allowing about five million people from Wuhan and Hubei Province to travel around the world, including direct flights from Wuhan to the United States and Europe. The Chinese Communists also ordered the destruction of evidence, including early samples and research, “disappeared” doctors who were trying to alert the world to the new danger, expelled journalists, blocked the CDC from visiting and helping, lied to the World Health Organization and imprisoned “rumor-mongers” trying to blow the whistle on the epidemic. To this day, the CCP continues to lie about the number of infections and deaths; by some estimates, as many as a million Chinese have died from COVID-19.

Epidemiologists now believe that if Wuhan had been isolated just three to four weeks earlier and the world knew to enact travel restrictions and quarantines, the virus likely would have been contained to a sharp but local outbreak in Hubei Province. And none of the rest of the world would be threatened as it is today. Hundreds of thousands would not have died from it. Perhaps millions would not have died from the ill-conceived total shutdowns of western economies, largely the U.S., that feed subsistence level people in Third-World countries. In fact, the shutdown was predicated on bad models with corrupted information from China.

None of it would have happened if it were not for a venal, brutal dictatorship in Beijing.

All of these deaths are not on President Trump or Gov. Andrew Cuomo or Italy (which had direct flights from Wuhan to Northern Italy). They are on Communist China. 

But this is just the final nail in the coffin of the failed policy — which I was warm to early on — that China could be wooed into the fraternity of civilized nations through increased economic integration and more open trade. Many conservative thought leaders who once subscribed to this concept, such as William McGurn, Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt and many others — now recognize it largely failed and that a sea change is needed. It’s not clear where liberal/progressive thought leaders are on this because their entire intellectual processes are consumed with removing Trump from the White House.

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Communist China may be the biggest threat to its own people, as one of the worst human rights violators on the planet. They have shipped more than a million Uyghurs to concentration camps for the crime of being Muslims. The Uyghur men are separated from the women, including husbands and wives, with the goal of essentially eliminating the ethnic minority in a generation by being unable to procreate, except those Uyghur women who are given to Chinese Communist Party members.

The Chinese Communists also imprison Christians, other Muslims, Hindus, journalists, and literally — by law — anyone who says something critical of the Communist regime. This is a terrible, repressive government.

And a terrible neighbor. China has illegally built islands in the South China Sea and fortified them militarily with air bases and army units. They have turned loans to impoverished or foolish countries into blackmail projects through their Belt and Road project, economically subjugating some Third World nations to gain access to their resources and ports.

And right now, China is using the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic to crackdown on Hong Kong and eliminate the citizens’ rights it agreed to retain when England returned the prosperous island city to China. Hong Kong freedoms are going to be erased, as will many Chinese in Hong Kong.

Communist China has stolen U.S. military technology, interfered with elections, infiltrated high-ranking American officials such as U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, a California Democrat. They have hacked the U.S. government and major American corporations. They have cheated on trade agreements and blackmailed U.S. companies. And they enable the unthinkably brutal and dangerous North Korean regime.

They are building a strong navy and air force to go with their giant army, often using pilfered technology from the U.S. and occasionally Europe.

China’s ambitions are for world domination, and there is no other way to read it. They are playing the long game and have played the United States from Nixon to Obama. We need a President with the backing of Congress who will stand up to China before it is too late. And that means now.

That sure isn’t Joe Biden, whose son Hunter was given more than a billion dollars by the Chinese Communists for his “investment” fund after flying in with his then Vice President father on Air Force Two. 

According to the New York Post: “In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Less than two weeks later, Hunter Biden’s firm inked a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China. The deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion. In short, the Chinese government funded a business that it co-owned along with the son of a sitting vice president.”

That was the first of a couple of rounds of investments in Hunter Biden’s firm that greatly enriched him and could well be part of the reason that Joe Biden is so soft on the Chinese Communists. That, and being perennially wrong on foreign affairs.

If China is the true existential threat to the United States as we know it, then Joe Biden is the exact wrong person in the White House to be dealing with them.

This has to end and it seems to me there is only one person willing to stand up to the Communist thugs in Beijing — the only President in two generations that has.

Firing the first salvo in the Economic Cold War

The Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party are one and the same. And that means that nations such as the United States can sue the CCP without running into sovereign immunity protections that apply to governments but not organizations or companies. Missouri already has already done so. Nations suing other nations, national governments suing other national governments, is a go-nowhere prospect because of sovereign immunity. But suing individuals, companies and organizations is an accepted practice.

The lawsuits would be for economic damages due to the CCP’s mischief in covering up the dangers of the new virus. A German newspaper has estimated that the Chinese government owes Germany about $155 billion for damages due to their malfeasance.

So lawsuits could be brought against the CCP by the United States or by individual states in federal court. If the courts rule in favor of Missouri or other states, or the federal government if it launched a lawsuit, collection is not as hopeless as it sounds because China has huge investments in the U.S. That’s a legal point of leverage. A court or even the federal government could put a freeze on certain investments, as we have done with Iran and others, which of course would invite China to retaliate against American investments there. That would be painful in the short term, but in the long term it would expedite the necessary shift out from China.

Italy, England, France, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and dozens of others could also sue China in their national courts  — or the European Union courts for the European countries. Who knows how successful these might be, but they would keep the Chinese Communists on their heels and some would probably have success. We saw how the European Union ruled against Apple and Google in cases and that required payment from both U.S. companies as well as a change in how they operated in Europe. The CCP’s actions have been much more deleterious than anything Apple and Google did.

Again, it’s not suing the country of China, but the Communist Party, a non-sovereign organization. The lawsuits can also name individuals in China, which would include multiple leaders in the CCP.

This is just one path for holding China accountable, but one that would hit the CCP hard. 

Congress can and should hold investigatory hearings that would form the basis for a radical shift in our relationship, policies and trade with China. This has to happen, and could mean a significant paradigm shift from how we have done business since Nixon. 

The very worst result would be that there ends up being no accountability for the Chinese Communists, and the world just goes back to business as normal. That would embolden the tyrants in Beijing. They would take from this that they can get away with anything. And the entire world would pay the price.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Like Rod on Facebook.

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Coronavirus Whistleblower

Disgruntled “Whistleblower” In Charge Of BARDA Failed America. Twice

By Cathi Chamberlain

The pattern is getting old. Yet, people continue to believe whistleblowers who have derogatory information about President Trump with little or no evidence. In the past three years, too many have popped up coincidentally just when it looks like he’s gaining in popularity. It’s time we learned how to distinguish real whistleblowers from those designed purely to destroy a duly-elected President. This shouldn’t happen in America, no matter which party a President represents.

As I explained on April 21, the media reported the reassignment of Dr. Rick Bright and in protest, Bright hit back by hiring the same law firm that defended Christine Blasey Ford.

That’s no accident. As the media riled up yet another angry mob of misinformed Americans, the facts trickled out. And, they don’t favor Dr. Bright. Still, the newest shiny object was created by the left.” 

It’s the same pattern the left has used repeatedly since Trump’s Day One in the Oval Office. 

First, a crisis affecting our country is targeted. It could be natural-born such as the pandemic, or manufactured as was the Trump-Russia collusion scam. 

Second, a left-leaning sympathizer like the Ukraine whistleblower is activated, preferably someone with a credible, high-level job who is in a position to cast aspersions on the Trump Administration. 

Third, their “complaint” is leaked to the press, specifically the anti-Trump “fake news” media who peppers the public with spurious headlines, giving the story “legs.”. 

Fourth, the Democrats feign outrage and set up an “investigation,” like impeachment, to focus the American people on Trump’s supposed failures.

Devastatingly for our country, most Americans are too busy, lazy, or naive to try to make sense of the original complaint. That’s because the charges are made intentionally convoluted by the left precisely to confuse us. It’s by design. But, it’s a pattern that we must recognize and break if our country is to survive its present politically-toxic condition. 

The left’s end goal in these hard-to-fathom plots is to transform America to socialism. That is their stepping stone to globalism. We know that because the left has told those of us paying attention, and via their actions in concert with the UN. It would lead to an elite class of wealthy rulers determined to diminish the American exceptionalism that has led to enriching the lives of people worldwide. The effects would be disastrous for humanity. We cannot let that happen.

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Dr. Bright had worked for BARDA, a key government agency influential in developing drugs and vaccines for COVID-19 and with massive funding power. His reassignment seemingly came out of nowhere. Or, did it? My research uncovered some interesting connect-the-dot scenarios. 

Days before Dr. Bright’s transfer, for example, a press release was posted on Moderna’s website announcing a super-sized grant from BARDA. Moderna was the first company to announce COVID-19 vaccine production back in January. It also happens to be heavily funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a self-described globalist organization with a questionable vaccine safety record. A trusted source tells me that President Trump is no fan of Bill Gates, and vice versa. 

Was there a connection between BARDA’s grant to Moderna under Dr. Bright’s direction, Trump’s distrust of the Gates Foundation, and the subsequent reassignment of Bright? Only time will tell. But it’s interesting to note that Bright was appointed by Obama on Nov. 15, 2016 — less than a week after Trump’s election. Coincidence?

Either way, just as Trump was getting the pandemic response seemingly under control, up pops whistleblower Dr. Bright, the newest manufactured crisis.

Not surprisingly, Bright’s claim found “legs” in left-leaning Politico, giving the claim credibility. The headline reads, “Ousted vaccine expert battles with Trump team over his abrupt dismissal.” It was meant to question Trump’s wisdom at losing such an “expert” at so critical a time. And, it worked.

With many Americans outraged, Democrats began yet another endless, mind-controlling investigation at taxpayer expense. Trump is not dividing America, as anti-Trumpers like to claim, these constant fabricated attacks against him are doing the dividing.

Before you think this is conspiracy talk, you may want to keep reading.

There have been three similar major “crises” precisely following this exact pattern since Trump’s election: the phony Trump-Russia collusion witch-hunt, the unfounded complaint lodged against Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Ford, and the original whistleblower’s biased interpretation of the President’s Ukraine phone call. Each “crisis” turned out to be fake. How do we know? Because once the uproars subsided, no charges remained against Trump. But, to the left, that doesn’t matter. Damage caused by the chaos was already done.

Saul Alinsky’s Tactic #1, “power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have,” is used by Democrats to confuse us and instill fear in their opponents’ minds. They want us to believe that Dr. Bright, for example, has a legitimate warning. By accomplishing that, their opponents suddenly have something real to fear. Thus, the American people, whether we realize it or not, become accomplices in the Democrats’ schemes merely by buying into their scams. That feeds new, costly, time-consuming investigations.

Democrats know if they can focus enough attention on Trump’s so-called failures, they’ve won merely by making him appear guilty. Plus, they divert attention from their own transgressions. It’s an illusion, but effective. Is it fair? To the left, this is war and they must win by any means necessary. It’s Alinsky-logic. They’ve been at it for decades.

Bright’s protestations that he is simply an altruistically-concerned, dedicated scientist just wanting to help humanity fall flat. We’ve learned now that instead of showing up at his new position to work on the emerging coronavirus fast-response team called “Operation Warp Speed,” he called in sick. Presumably he had a spike in blood pressure while dealing with the stress of it all. Yet, he continues to collect his $285,000 per year salary while “on vacation as he tries to straighten out his work situation.”

Listening to Bright’s testimony, one could easily be convinced that the world is coming to an end, and it’s all Trump’s fault. Terms like “dark winter,” “lost lives,” “no master plan,” and “ignored warnings” are meant to scare the American public and turn us against the President.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar has publicly and repeatedly denounced Bright’s complaints saying that everyone involved at HHS voiced similar well-known concerns, they just didn’t waste taxpayer money on what they could not change now. Rather, they’ve been busy working on solutions.

So, who is right?

In researching BARDA’s website to find out what their mission actually is, I found a “Message from the Director” page. It hasn’t, by the way, been updated since 2011 when it projected its goals for the coming five years. The then-Director claimed great success in the previous five years having developed “a robust product development pipeline for nearly all threats.”

Until Americans of both parties understand the game being played by the left and are willing to be honest, whistleblowers like Dr. Bright will continue to thrive, Trump will continue to be targeted, and the American people will be the biggest losers of all.

According to the message, great strides had been made. BARDA’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2016, at least, projected that their “mission over the next five years and beyond [is] to develop and provide medical countermeasures for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear threats, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases. The implementation measures to achieve these strategic goals include support of product advanced development, stockpile acquisition, manufacturing surge capacity infrastructure building, and product innovation. These medical countermeasures include vaccines, biological and small molecule therapeutics, antiviral drugs and antibiotics, diagnostics, respiratory devices, and other medical supplies.” If they could achieve all that, I’d say $285,000 is money well-spent for a Director.

If BARDA’s mission was to prepare the nation for “emerging infectious diseases” and the group was to develop and provide countermeasures such as “diagnostics,” “respiratory devices,” “medical supplies,” “stockpile acquisition,” and “manufacturing surge capacity infrastructures,” where the hell was Dr. Rick Bright, exactly, for the two years prior to the pandemic? More importantly, could this be the real reason Trump’s team got rid of him? He did nothing, and now is merely a disgruntled employee?

Conservatives say the left is always projecting what they’ve actually done wrong onto their opponents, blaming them for ineptness that doesn’t exist. It’s a deflection that works fairly well. 

Was Dr. Bright himself responsible for incompetence leading to our country’s lack of pandemic preparedness? Given the facts now known, it certainly seems logical. Indeed, it appears that Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force has done more to accomplish BARDA’s “mission” in the past two months than Dr. Bright has accomplished in two years.

Trump’s tweet on the same day as Bright’s testimony demonstrates that, once again, our President is way ahead of the game. He wrote, “I don’t know the so-called Whistleblower Rick Bright, never met him or even heard of him, but to me he is a disgruntled employee, not liked or respected by people I spoke to and who, with his attitude, should no longer be working for our government!” 

Judging from BARDA’s obvious failures under Dr. Bright’s watch, the President is probably right.

We should be grateful that Trump fights back without sugar-coated, politically-correct nuances. Our country is on the brink of collapse and the only way for certain people on both sides of the aisle to accept that is by cold, hard truth.

It is we, the people, who must break the pattern repeated over and over again by the left to shift blame onto President Trump for transgressions they themselves have committed. Their phony plots are exactly the reason our country is divided one against the other. And, it’s the left’s mission to keep it that way until Election Day 2020.

Until Americans of both parties understand the game being played by the left and are willing to be honest, whistleblowers like Dr. Bright will continue to thrive, Trump will continue to be targeted, and the American people will be the biggest losers of all.

Cathi Chamberlain, aka The Deplorable Author and founder of The Deplorable Report, is a four-time start-up business owner, published author of a self-help book featured on CNN worldwide and owner of the nation’s first all-female construction company. She is a sought-after political speaker and has been a regular contributor on the Salem Media Radio Network. In her book, “Rules for Deplorables: A Primer for Fighting Radical Socialism,” Cathi heavily references Saul Alinsky’s 1970’s blockbuster book, “Rules for Radicals.” She is currently on her “Florida Deplorable Book Tour.” Contact her for your next speaking event at [email protected].

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Coronavirus Truth

Data Acknowledges The Brutal Truth: There Is Only One Way Forward

Rod Thomson

Let’s be as apolitical as possible and reason this out. Based on what we have learned thus far of COVID-19 and a still somewhat foggy but clearing future, there is only one rational route to take through the lifting fog.

First, there are four important premises on which to form the base for making the decision.

PREMISE ONE: Perhaps the most important “given” to accept is that whatever we do, more people will die. This is the brutal truth that no politician or media preener is willing to say, but is the one truth we know more than any other. We need a full and honest understanding that there are no magic unicorn solutions available. Every option we have means people dying. This is the harshest of all givens. COVID-19, or our most extreme measures to shut it down, will continue to kill Americans. Accept this truth, and the choice becomes clearer.

PREMISE TWO: We have no idea when — or even if — a vaccine will be available. Those people who think we should stay shutdown “until it is safe,” are on a fool’s errand. That’s the unicorn search. It’s not possible, not with COVID-19, not with the flu, not with cars, not with swimming, not with virtually anything in life. The very most optimistic estimates do not have a vaccine ready until January, and it is unknown when it can be deployed to 340 million Americans. Waiting even that long, the shortest possible time, would create a catastrophe from which we may never recover, and possibly cost as many lives due to the shutdown as would be saved due to the shutdown. Death from heart attacks, strokes, suicides, drug overdoses are just as real as deaths from COVID.

PREMISE THREE: We have treatments we are developing, but as with other coronaviruses and the flu virus, they will help but they will not cure or stop. They are merely aids that are probably saving lives now. We will refine those as we move forward, but no one says they are silver bullets, simply tools for the medical professionals to use to help some patients. And the ones available anytime soon are available now.

PREMISE FOUR: So without staying shut down for a vaccine or treatments, there is only one reason left for a shutdown: to keep hospitals and the medical system from being overwhelmed. Well, we can now confidently say that has not happened and will not happen. It is one of the few things we can be sure about. Even as horrific as New York was, it never came close to running out of ventilators or ICU beds. States that did not shut down or only partially did fared even better. Florida, supposed to get as bad as New York and Italy, did not reach a fraction of those levels even with the elderly population. Hospitals laid off idle workers due to elective surgeries being banned.

Without vaccines, treatments or flattening the curve to help hospitals, what is the rationale for continuing the shutdown? Well, nothing. There is no longer a viable reason — particularly if you can accept PREMISE ONE. If you cannot, then you are stuck waiting for the unicorns, and destined for disappointment — we’ll have deaths either way.

So if we do not stay shut down, and we accept that more deaths are inevitable with any choice, what’s left? 

We re-open. Everything.

With only a few locally-driven exceptions, end the shutdowns and target resources heavily on protecting nursing homes, creating multiple layers of protection, i.e. extensive testing for staff, no visitors who have not been tested within, say, 48 hours, immediate removal of anyone showing symptoms to a pre-determined location, and perhaps more creative measures. At the same time, keep allowing local decisions. So the New York City metro area may want to remain shut down. Local decisions will still serve residents best over a one-size-fits-all. 

We realistically cordon off the vulnerable elderly, specifically targeting nursing homes, along with those with comorbidities, and everyone else returns to a form of normal life.

We will rapidly see some things happen. First, it will serve as a catalyst to achieve greater amounts of immunity among the healthy, which reduces the risk for everyone, while returning us to pretty full economic activity — depending on how long the devastation from the shutdown lasts.

One fairly rapid development should be the replenishment of grocery store shelves. The food shortage, which could become severe, is not due primarily to COVID, but to the shutdown in response to COVID that has disrupted many portions of the supply chain. If one link is broken, perhaps there is a workaround. But if several are, we find ourselves in a situation where farmers are letting crops rot and dairy farmers are pumping and dumping milk. The chain broke through the shutdown. But that food shortage is resolved quickly by re-opening, while perhaps providing extra protections for some areas such as meat processors. More resources will be available if we are open.

But other things will also happen, and this is the brutal truth and hardest part. Let the virus move its way through the healthy population, as Sweden is doing, as Florida and Texas and some small midwestern states have partially done. COVID becomes another risk in our lives, like the hundreds of others we face every day. 

Other things will happen. The graphs that have become a part of daily life will curve back up and people will react fearfully and ignorantly. 

An important element for this being successful with the American people would be confident, calming leadership, something in short supply. Following his norm, many of President Trump’s decisions have been right and helpful, and arguably better than many other world leaders. But his temperament at the mic and on Twitter can be harmful. It isn’t always. I like to see him punch back as much as the next guy. But that is the wrong tactic in this sort of environment, particularly as we re-open and the numbers start creeping back up.

As long as you don’t only imbibe the spin of the #resist media, with some exceptions, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is actually becoming the gold standard on this. Like Trump, he pushed back against shutting down, and then only did a partial one, and is reopening again. On policy, they have been akin. But in tone, DeSantis has been calm, reassuring, and in charge. In fact, some Florida newspapers have grudgingly admitted as much.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, one of Gannett’s more influential papers in the state and steadfastly opposed to much of what DeSantis does, editorialized:

“…the governor’s calm demeanor during a rough stint of on-the-job training, and his repeated efforts to place pragmatism above politics by weighing available data before making decisions, have been commendable. And, we think, helpful overall.”

The reality is the charts will start curving up for a while. But remember PREMISE ONE, any choice we make from here, continued shutdown or re-opening, is going to mean people die. There will be no “safe” time to re-open. We cannot wait until January or January 2022 or maybe never for a vaccine, or for fully effective treatments. There are no silver bullets or magic pills in near enough time. 

But there is a quick death of our economy and even way of life looming, and a potential spiral downward no one can really see the end of. That is far too much risk when we now know that protecting nursing homes will really diminish deaths — by 40 percent or more — and re-opening will provide more resources for nursing homes.

So we weigh it all and accept the trade-offs, ugly as they may be. Because long-term — which precious few politicians think in terms of — this will be better for quality of life, livelihoods and quite possibly the actual number of lives saved.

Rod Thomson is an author, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator, former journalist and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. 

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Coronavirus First Amendment Liberty

MSM Publishes: The Debate Over Liberties Matters

A Facebook post of mine was referenced in my local newspaper that misrepresented conservative views on the shutdown. In response to that, I wrote a column that the paper published. I’m re-publishing it here.

Rod Thomson

Herald-Tribune political editor Zac Anderson referred to my Facebook post from last week supporting the anti-lockdown movement in a Page 1 Sunday story on the partisan divide over re-opening the economy. Anderson’s story accurately reflects how Democrats and the media writ large define the divide. But alas, that does not make it accurate.

This distorted view is reflected a few pages later on Sunday’s Op/Ed page, where Timothy Egan, a writer for the New York Times, naturally, vilely wrote “a significant slice”  of the Republican Party think “People are disposable.”

None of us who believe in essential liberties passed down through the generations think people are disposable. But it is this defamation of conservatives and Republicans that is part of the narrative: Democrats want to follow the scientists to save lives, but Republicans only care about money. It’s only lives versus money.

It’s a reprehensible calumny slandering millions of freedom-loving Americans. But apparently that is what we do today, rather than engage the merits. Here are the merits.

At core, the protests are about people who want their rights back. It’s driven by people who understand the threat of tyrannical government, and that threat is real and not overstated. Probably the best face of George Orwell’s dystopian 1984 is New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who called on residents to report their neighbors to law enforcement for violations of social distancing protocols. And he made it super easy! To narc out your neighbors who don’t obey government edicts, de Blasio said: “It’s simple: just snap a photo and text it to 311-692….We will make sure that enforcement comes right away.”

That’s the mayor of the nation’s largest, most preeminent city. In 1984, which I imagine is not read much anymore in public schools, this is exactly what Big Brother teaches neighbors and children to do. Everyone is a snitch. People live in terror. In 1984, people  who didn’t follow the government line disappeared. No, we’re certainly not there yet. But this is an astonishing step that few seem to bat an eye at. Shivering.

Here’s some of the overreaches, shall we say, happening around the country. Cops patrolling streets with bullhorns to warn people to stay away from each other. Los Angeles’ mayor threatening to turn off the power to your business if you do not close like you’re told. Michigan’s governor, a close-run second to de Blasio for the Big Brother Award, restricting residents from driving from their own house, in their own car, to another property they own — even if they never leave their car. Drive-in church services being broken up in some jurisdictions — even if, again, people never leave their car.

The last one is a clear violation of two elements of the First Amendment, freedom of religion and the right of assembly. But it’s all OK, just save us from the virus. Have we seen larger constitutional affronts since FDR rounded up Japanese-Americans and interned them in camps during WWII? That was just for our own good, also.

This is to say nothing of the reality that a bad economy equals more deaths. According to one meta-analysis of 42 studies involving 20 million people by the National Institutes of Health, when people lose their job, the risk of death increases 63 percent due to heart attacks, drugs and alcohol, suicides and other stress-related factors. Economists use a rough rule of thumb that for every one percentage point increase in unemployment, 10,000 people die. Dozens of studies bracket that range.

Too many Americans have become complacent about ceding individual rights to government. Save us! they cry out. Take whatever rights you need! Apparently that means drowning out dissent at the direction of the government, which is Facebook’s official stance regarding posts that organize protests — also enshrined in the First Amendment as the right to assemble and right to redress government. 

If we will not fight for our freedoms, for our rights, we won’t have them and we won’t deserve them.

Most Americans don’t need to be told what to do. Voluntary social distancing and private shutdowns from the NBA to Disney parks to chamber meetings were well underway before government action. I’m in the high-risk category as a 60-year-old asthmatic. I stayed home before the orders and probably will long after the re-opening. But I can see a bigger picture, a bigger threat not yet fully realized but looming, when this pandemic is in the history books.  

The debate over individual liberties and freedoms versus a government rights-grab matters. Our forefathers and preceding generations understood that. I’m sorry so many Americans seem to have forgotten that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. 

It only takes one generation to lose it.

Rod Thomson is an author, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator, former journalist and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. 

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