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Coronavirus: Danger + Opportunity

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on February 26, 2020 18:36

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The Chinese character for "Crisis" is made up of "Danger" and "Opportunity." This perfectly describes the Coronavirus pandemic confronting President Trump. Proper handling of this health crisis could clear the way to decisively winning the popular vote on Election Day.

(Cartoon from Garry Apgar's Quotes for Conservatives)

President Trump's handling of the Coronavirus pandemic has come under heavy criticism from Democrats, reminiscent of the attacks on Ronald Reagan during the AIDS epidemic.

Not coincidentally, Dr. Anthony Fauci was one of the Reagan Administration's advisors on AIDS. Now, he advises President Trump on Coronavirus.

Yet, far from deserving criticism, Dr. Fauci's prominent role is evidence that President Trump is handling Coronavirus appropriately. 

From travel bans, to quarantines, to therapy, to vaccines, to public health measures, President Trump is going by the book, implementing tried-and-true practices in epidemiology and disease control.

While he may not succeed in preventing the spread of Coronavirus, President Trump is obviously doing all he can, and taking advice from the world's leading experts. 

His visit today to NIH was not only reassuring, it was also educational — as well as being gripping television ... a cross between "The Apprentice" and "Medical Center."

In addition, dangers of this crisis may provide the opportunity to reject false premises of policies that have put American citizens in danger:

1. Density is not good. It helps the spread of disease. Current city planning is dangerously making epidemics more likely. Social distancing saves lives.

2. Public transportation is more dangerous than automobiles. Nobody coughs or sneezes on you in your own car. Not true for a bus, subway, or commuter train. Get people out of mass transit and into their own vehicles.

3. A borderless world is an invitation to widespread disease. Tight border controls help public health screening, monitoring, quarantine and deportation of unhealthy travelers. A strong border is a requirement for a healthy citizenry.

4. Civil rights do not include the right to infect other people with deadly disease. Quarantines finally provide a strong precedent for ending the epidemic homelessness, by restoring involuntary civil commitment. Homeless, mentally-ill drug addicts and alcoholics are not only a danger to themselves and others — they are proven vectors for infectious diseases, including Coronavirus. Curing a viral pandemic might help end an epidemic of mental illness.

5. Globalism has been proven to be both a national security and public health threat. Manufacturing drugs abroad is just too dangerous. 'On-shoring' must replace 'off-shoring' as a business priority. America must manufacture its own medical supplies, and other strategic necessities.

President Trump has indeed led by example during this crisis. If he continues to reorient the bureaucracy, he could set a pattern for effective government responses to national emergencies.

So far, from what I've seen on YouTube, he's exposed the lies and demagoguery of his opponents as the type of destructive cant and inducement to panic, alternating with empty cheerleading, that has marred national debate since 9/11.

When President Trump told reporters "nothing is inevitable" and "there are always two sides to a story," he showed the best could really be yet to come. 

His reasoned, measured, and thoughtful approach could mark a turning point in efforts to rebuild American institutions.

President Trump gets it.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on February 26, 2020 18:36

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