Living with Coronavirus
Sunday May 9, 2021
The “Big Lie” lives on despite it being disproven repeatedly. 60 lawsuits, multiple recounts in multiple states, and even an attempted coup did not stop the confirmation of the votes tallied; yet the majority of the GOP continues to support Trump’s lie that he won the election. Put down, it reanimates like a Zombie, out to infect others with what a lawyer called “Foxmainia” in the defense documents for one of the people charged with assaulting the Congress on January 6th. The Zombie Lie is free to roam and infect others as it desires.
Tell me, whom does this sound like?
“His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”
―OSS psychological profile of Hitler
The majority of the GOP now stands with Trump and the lie which caused the riotous insurrection An attempted
coup d’etat really. The majority of those arrested for this act blame Trump saying “We were doing what Trump commanded us to do.” A lawyer this week claimed that his client, a defendant in the attempted coup, had “Foxitis” or ”Foxmania”. That he had watched so much propaganda on Fox as to be effectively brainwashed by the network he had chosen to watch.
“I am gross and perverted
I’m obsessed ‘n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I’m the tool of the Government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you
I may be vile and pernicious
But you can’t look away
I make you think I’m delicious
With the stuff that I say
I’m the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I’m the slime oozin’ out
From your TV set
You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don’t need you
Don’t go for help . . . no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold”
―Frank Zappa-“I’m the Slime”
I think the House and Senate need to hold a vote asking “Did Joe Biden win the election fair and square?”
Then count those who disagree with the reality of that victory; count those who continue to perpetuate the “Big Lie”, who give it breath and life and cause it to infect our fellow Americans. Those who do so are in support of those who assaulted the Congress, as it is this same lie which was used to rile those folks up in an attempted coup. Continuing to give support to that idea is to continue to support those who attempted the coup. Supporting Trump is a bold face support of his lie, which makes you not a Patriot, not a Nationalist, but an undemocratic citizen set at odds with the basis of America itself. An Anti-American , American.
That is between 20 and 35% of Americans who believe this Zombie Lie. A lie reanimated despite is repeated debunking; raised from its grave by Social Media, Right-wing news outlets, and Fox News. This lie must be exposed to the light of truth, in public, for all to see. This Zombie lie supports and drives the self-same group of people to be reluctant about the vaccine, and that reluctance threatens the efficacy of the entire effort. Trump’s Zombie Lie endangers our democracy and our lives during this pandemic. Trump’s Zombie Lie creates a safe space for the virus to live and breathe and reproduce, which in turn gives it a chance to mutate.
Viral mutation is rare, a viable mutation creating a more virulent strain of a virus is rarer still. In the last year since the virus’s discovery, we have seen multiple viable mutations in the virus. It has become more virulent 3-4 times over in strain after strain. In order for these mutations to take effect, for the virus to evolve in real time like this, it has to be spreading everywhere.
A virus reproduces itself thousands of times in an infection, in a severe infection it might be millions of times. If it makes a mistake in replication; that is a mutation. If the mutation is more virulent; that is a variant. It is like winning the megabucks for a mutation to occur, a one in a million-type chance. For us to have multiple, more virulent strains already loose and overtaking the original strains, we must be infested with covid-19 globally. Winning the megabucks is not such a feat if you were to buy all the tickets every day, over and over. It would become inevitable that you would win, what would be undetermined is did you gain or lose by buying all the tickets? Did you break even?
The virus risks nothing to take its chance at mutation. There is no cost for its ticket to mutation, those are free. We need, as a globe, to corner and execute this virus. We do not act like a globe, or work like a globe with a singular purpose for the good of the globe. Instead, we are still warring tribes with dangerous weapons, each calling the other a liar, and in America, one group refusing to believe evidence. A group who touts “Alternative Facts” when no such thing can exist. This refusal to accept reality, be it political, scientific, or religious; leads this portion of America to endanger itself and the globe while believing they are protecting themselves and their loved ones from some nonexistent and nefarious plot by some undetermined “other”. In this way the GOP is giving aide and succor to the enemy, SARS-CoV-2, at all of our peril.
Massively underreported India is still in bloom, but we in America look in good shape despite still holding the record for most infections and deaths. India, under reported, is still 10 million infections behind us. India is so under reported that they probably have taken over the lead from us, but they have not an infrastructure to count the infected and dead. Only those diagnosed and in hospital are counted as covid-19 deaths, but most people die in their home, or hovel.
In America almost half of adults are at least partially vaccinated. The older the American the greater those chances are, rising to 85% or more. All this effort has the USA on the cusp of herd immunity while the GOP is resisting efforts to get us over that hump, because of the Zombie lie’s environment
The GOP’s “safe spaces for virus” campaign will only lead to new mutations and more eventual deaths. If the GOP touts the vaccine, then it goes against several conspiratorial beliefs the base of that group has been infected with. The GOP fears to anger their base, and so allows them to give aide and succor to our viral enemy, for personal political gain. They do not tell the base the vaccine is safe because so many of that base already believe differently, to go against them is to lose their political support, so they remain silent. The same way they were all through Trump’s presidency.
“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Facts are threatening to those invested in fraud.”
― DaShanne Stokes
Global Infected 152,271,623 157,739,395
7-day average 781,110 infections diagnosed daily –DOWN
Global Dead 3,194,190 3,284,463
7-day average 12,896 deaths daily –DOWN
USA Infected 32,393,310 32,686,791
7-day average 41,925 infections diagnosed daily –DOWN
USA C-19 deaths 576,724 581,517
7-day average 684 deaths daily –DOWN
Maine Infected 61,616 63,750
7-day average 304 infections diagnosed daily –UP
Maine deaths 789 795
7-day average 0.85714 deaths daily –DOWN
“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.”
― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism; 1951
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
As I remained in my hilltop retreat fully vaccinated, 90,273 more of my fellow humans died, of those 4,793, and six were Mainers.
Take Note: We now see this level of death daily as not only normal, but as good news; a reduction in the overall death rate, but in no way are 4,793 American deaths a week acceptable. Rather we have become numbed to the daily mass causality event. The daily death count has become as normal today as the Vietnam body counts were in my childhood.
We have allowed a daily mass causality event to become our new normal and many are unperturbed by that.