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Wuhan virus — there are silver linings to this cloud

There are silver linings to Wuhan virus madness. The past seven months have brought a great deal of useful clarity that we should celebrate.

The other day, I wrote about the fact that Trump’s candidacy promises a return to normalcy. Under the slogan Make America Normal Again, we could have

  • a country in which all races and creeds come together under one flag instead of breaking into tribal units;
  • a place in which borders have meaning and immigration is done in a safe, orderly fashion that his beneficial to all concerned;
  • a land in which we dump the entire concept of microaggressions, recognizing that they’re a Marxist effort to create a racist mountain out of the fact that we are the least racist country in the world;
  • a United States that doesn’t feel obligated to shed its blood for nations that hate us, but that will speak out against tyrants (China! Russia! Iran! North Korea! I’m talking to you) and will provide constant and reasonable support for its friends;
  • an America in which we support our law enforcement agencies, which means helping the 99% who keep America safe and helping the agencies root out the 1% of LEOs who are bad apples;
  • a nation in which, except for the few people born with tangled DNA, boys are boys and girls are girls and, moreover, while we are kind to those whose mental illness leaves them confused, they are not allowed to assert that their mental illness should be our reality; and, most importantly,
  • an America in which the Bill of Rights is accorded the highest place of honor in the laws of our land, with complete respect for all the rights inherent in the American people.

That’s a normal America. That’s a nice America. That’s a civil America. That’s a functional, effective, wealth-generating, clean-air-creating America. That’s Making America Normal Again.

Keep that in mind as election day nears.

Meanwhile, let’s think about the good that’s come out of the last seven difficult months:

The Democrats’ insane impeachment failed.

Americans got a preview of what life in America will look like if the Democrats gain control and, thankfully, many of them, including Democrats, don’t seem to like it. They’ve decided that living in a police state, trapped in their homes or forced to cover their faces in public. And normal Americans, not rabid leftists, are appalled that they’re watching everything they’ve worked for over the years go down the drain — and this isn’t because of events beyond America’s control; it’s because their own government is doing this to them. They don’t like seeing riots destroying their cities and they don’t like seeing police attacked and destroyed along with the cities. They don’t like seeing rabid mobs destroy their cultural heritage, which it’s good culture or bad. And speaking of culture, they really hate “cancel culture.” They understand that cancel culture is not just a variation on the marketplace of ideas; it’s the gulag of ideas and too many of them are being marched off to labor in the mines.

In other words, the Democrats overplayed their hands and that’s all to the good.

For years now, I’ve been complaining about American public schools and what a disaster they are. They fail to educate kids but they do a great job of indoctrinating them about racism and climate change. The problem is the unions, which are simply another branch of the Democrat party. Watching the activists among the teachers refuse to be as brave as a store clerk or truck driver has been illuminating for many Americans. Likewise, many parents have discovered that their children do a lot better being homeschooled than teachers’ union schooled.

I’m truly pleased to see that Scott Adams has finally grocked to this problem. He has a bigger platform than I do and he’s making the most of it:

This is all to the good. Remember, teachers’ unions do not care about educating students. They’re not even that interested in good working conditions and living wages for teachers. They’re all about advancing the hard-left progressive agenda. And that’s now coming through loud and clear.

The climate change agenda has relied for decades on so-called “experts.” The age of those “experts” may finally have ended. While the media is still running interference for Fauci, people are beginning to notice that he was wrong about everything. They also notice that, despite more and more evidence that Hydroxychloroquine is beneficial if administered early and correctly, Fauci refuses to acknowledge that.

When push came to shove, Democrats failed miserably at governance. The two-week lockdown turned into a seven-month lockdown that’s been disastrous wherever tried. It hasn’t slowed the Wuhan virus (which is proving to be a really bad flu rather than the Black Death), but it has destroyed economies and ruined lives. Democrats were also shown to be revolting hypocrites, cheering on mass riots while arresting people for opening hair salons. And let’s not even talk about the older people who died unnecessarily. And I really mean let’s not. It’ll just make me impotently angry and sad.

*** WARNING — GROSS ANALOGY AHEAD ***

For a graphic analogy, Democrats were the slowly growing boil on America’s butt. With every passing day of Trump’s administration, that boil got hotter, redder, and angrier. With the Wuhan virus, it came to a head and ruptured — and we all know that, when a boil ruptures, you finally get to see the hideously ugly, smelly, destructive putrefaction that was rotting within in.

But here’s the good news: If a boil doesn’t rupture but, instead, turns inwards, the host body goes septic and dies. If it ruptures, and the patient debrides and disinfects the wound, that nasty, deadly infection goes away. If someone got very sick from the infection, recovery may take a while, but it will happen.

*** GROSS ANALOGY ENDED. YOU MAY RESUME YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED READING ***

Watching the disaster that is Democrat governance, and the way it bows to the mob, people have been on an unparalleled gun-buying binge. Every one of those buyers is a convert to the Second Amendment. They suddenly understand that our right to possess arms protects us from both the mob and the government behind the mob. While the gun buyers may not have been anti-gun people before, instead being neutral, you can bet that right now, they’re all pro-gun. (And I wonder how much money the NRA will raise thanks to the New York Attorney General’s suit to “dissolve” the NRA.)

I’ve got to get to work, but I’m betting that all of you can add to my list of clarifying things that have happened because of Wuhan madness. Yes, America has suffered terribly, but the whole thing has also been a bright light showing the rot and the rats on one side and highlighting the virtue of classic American, constitutional values on the other side.

Image: Sun breaking through cloud over ocean (cropped), by bigwavephoto.

I’m finding mystifying the left’s war on re-opening schools

Teachers’ unions do not want to re-open schools. I can think of some benefits for them from this stance, but mostly I think closed schools will hurt them.

I can think of three short-term reasons for leftists, in the form of teachers’ unions, to wage war on public schools:

1. President Trump wants to open the schools, so leftists reflexively oppose opening them.

2. Leftists think they can leverage school re-openings for political extortion. The Los Angeles teachers’ union is demanding, among many other things, that the city de-fund charter schools (their competition), raise taxes on the wealthy, and shrink class sizes by 50%. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, a teachers’ union is insisting that they won’t return to the classroom unless the state implemented universal healthcare for citizens and illegal aliens alike.

3. Having children at home puts enormous pressure on families. Single mothers can’t work at all. Two-parent families may be seeing their income shrink by 50%. This creates two possible responses:

The people who are mad with fear about the virus are also the people who think that Biden can actually make it all better. They’re true believers and they’ll accept without a trace of cynicism that the day after Biden’s election the madness will stop, not because this was all a political game but because the evil Trump will have been defeated.

Then there are the people who know this is all a con, intended to pressure people into voting for Biden. The way the con works is that, once Biden wins, the whole virus madness will end as swiftly as it did during the Black Lives Matter protests. These people want to vote for Trump, but they believe a vote for Biden is the only way to end this Democrat extortion.

The above three reasons, though, seem to me to be outweighed by a whole bunch of other factors:

1. There’s nothing conservatives want more than to see the end of public schools. Students stuck in bad districts don’t get educated at all and students in all districts are subject to non-stop leftist indoctrination. Additionally, the teachers’ unions are consistently the largest Democrat donors in most elections. Conservatives are sick of seeing their tax dollars go to Democrat politicians. If the teachers won’t teach, the schools might end and that would be a good thing. Let parents keep their money, with the law requiring only that they must educate their children to a certain standard. As my conservative mentor long ago said, some parents in the short term will make bad decisions, but the majority of parents want their children to thrive and they’ll make smart decisions. In any event, he said, nothing can be worse than a bad public school. (Those observations, incidentally, were what re-jiggered my thinking and started me on my long journey across the political Rubicon, from squishy Dem to conservative.)

2. Keeping kids out of school is really bad for them. We know that, unless they’re terribly immune-compromised or weak in other ways, the virus is a mere nothing to them. Keeping them out of school won’t save their lives.

However, long-distance education is nothing fish nor fowl. It’s not homeschooling, which has a separate dynamic that’s very focused on the individual. Instead, it’s drone schooling, with millions of students across America staring at a screen while a teacher lectures them, usually badly. The teacher has no reasonable idea what they’re doing.

Long-distance schooling also means that children from impoverished, violent, or neglectful backgrounds get even more of the short-end of the stick than they usually do. Some may not have access to computers, so they’ll get no education. Those children who are abused or ignored will be trapped 24/7 in those terrible environments.

Another problem is that children need to socialize. Not only are they being kept from school, but they’re also not even supposed to see other children under this paranoid regime. Children are like puppies. If they don’t properly socialize at a young age have social problems for the rest of their lives. Parents are already worried about children’s screen time. Imagine how bad it will be when they have no contact with their peers.

Lastly, children need to develop their immune systems. By protecting them from the one virus, we’re preventing them from exposure to all the other things that their body needs if it’s to educate the immune system to protect them throughout their lives. Children kept in bubbles when they’re young are very vulnerable to dangerous infections and diseases as they grow older.

3. While the teacher’s unions see a short-term benefit to keeping the school’s closed, do they really imagine that taxpayers will continue meekly to pay high taxes when their kids are sitting at home staring at someone lecturing on a computer monitor? Although governments across America have done a superb job of impoverishing ordinary citizens, they’ve done an even better job of ensuring that not a single government employee has been laid off or missed a paycheck. Expect that to change if students don’t go back to school.

4. In a funny way, keeping schools closed may work to undermine the public school system entirely because the closures might teach parents that it is possible to have an old-fashioned life, one in which one parent earns money and the other parent raises (including teaches) the children. Nowadays, with educational videos that are usually much better than a boring, marginally informed public school teacher, homeschooling is easier and better than ever before. Again, this will shrink tax rolls, which will harm the same teachers who refuse to go back to class.

5. The parents who are supporting keeping classrooms shut are being incredibly cowardly. We know that kids are minimally affected by the virus. In other words, parents must be concerned for their own welfare.

But we also know that younger adults are not too badly affected. People in their 20s through 40s — that is, the people who have school-aged children — usually get the virus, if they get it at all, at a very low level of sickness. Again, bad things can happen, but that’s the case with anything, whether it’s the flu, H1N1, pneumonia, or getting an infection that turns septic.

I can understand that teachers may be concerned because they’re exposed to so many kids at once, but surely there’s some way to protect them? Other than that, the people most at risk are grandparents, and they’re already sheltering from the grandkids now.

For those parents who aren’t into homeschooling, or who actually support public schools, how cowardly are those people who don’t want their kids to get the benefit of being in the same room as the teachers, socializing with peers, and developing their immune systems?

I can’t stop thinking about that woman in Arizona who threw her toddler out the window to save it. She was already on fire and might have saved herself by jumping after the baby. She didn’t, though. Instead, she stayed in the apartment, burning to death, to make sure that her 8-year-old daughter survived (which the girl did). Would that mother be so afraid of a virus that she would willingly destroy her children’s education and socialization? (And again, that’s assuming there are such benefits from modern public school education.)

Those are my thoughts, FWIW. On balance, I think the teachers are making a mistake to hold their classrooms hostage to their political demands. Time will tell, of course.

One more thing: Whatever else is going on, kids and masks are not a good idea. I’m not a fan of mandatory masks and I’m certainly not a fan of mandatory masks for kids:

The Bookworm Beat 9/6/16 — the “cough, cough, cough” edition and open thread

Hillary’s cough has sounded awfully familiar to me — and today I finally figured out what Hillary’s endless coughing jags bring to mind. To back up a minute, though. . . .

As anyone following the news knows, Hillary’s been coughing a lot . . . an awful lot. Just today, while campaigning in Cleveland, Hillary practically coughed a lung out. Moreover, she was rude enough to cough into her hand, which has been de trop ever since the swine floor, rather than her elbow, the more socially acceptable way to cough:

Watching Hillary hack away, I finally figured out where I’ve heard that cough before. Think back, way back, to the Ernie Kovacs Show. I’m too young to have watched it in its first iteration, but I did see it when it was replayed on PBS back in the 1970s. One of the images that stayed with me was Kovacs’ character “Eugene,” who brings sound effects to everything he does. Near the end of a sketch, he checks out the books on a shelf, with one of those books being Camille (the English translation of Alexander Dumas fils’ La Dame aux Camélias). I’ve queued the following clip to the correct moment, but if it doesn’t start correctly, go to 9:51.

Yup. Hillary sounds exactly like the consumptive prostitute coughing in Ernie Kovacs’ comedic moment. I won’t draw any analogies, although I can’t help but add that the prostitute in Camille was surprisingly virtuous, ending any actual comparison with Hillary. What I will say is that I’m glad to have chased down the fugitive memory that was haunting me every time I heard Hillary hack.

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