It is easy to become depressed about our country, especially now when we are in day 23 or so of our self imposed captivity.
With civil liberties restricted, the stock market crashing, our favorite places to go off limits and even the sanctuary of our churches unavailable, pessimism creeps in. Touching anything foreign requires hand chapping washing episodes. The rare trip to the grocery store means a long time sanitizing whatever it is you could find. We can only wave to friends from our porches and hugging is off limits.
We worry about our businesses and whether jobs will return.
Strange times indeed.
Before diving off the deep end of grief, consider that there will be benefits as well.
Historically, periods like the black plague or 1918 Spanish flu have been followed by cultural renaissance, prosperity and innovation.
At Townhall, Kurt Schlichter sees other benefits:
Remember the heady days of six weeks ago when the earnest wailing of liberal sissies about some imagined thoughtcrime drew respectful attention? Well, it never did from us, because we always knew these people we idiots deserving only of mockery, but some people – nice, friendly people who could not imagine the malignancy in the hearts of these fascists dipwads – took them seriously and actually cared.
And then a disease came along that is impoverishing the people it isn’t killing. It’s time to put away childish things, folks, and America seems to be doing that. Well, at least the people who aren’t liberal blue checks. The rest of us have no time for such frivolous nonsense. And when we beat this pandemic, which we will, maybe we as a culture will put away childish things for good.
Things like promiscuous racism whining. Ah, those were the days, back when blocking off travel into the US from that festering petri dish of disease that is China was RACIST! and probably SEXIST! and certainly a violation of the Logan Act to boot. Yeah, it turns out that keeping out inhabitants of the Land of the Commie Bat Gobblers wasn’t racist – it was prudent.
If we had listened to Joe Badfinger Biden and the rest of the Democrats, we’d have kept importing Chinese coronavirus cases. The whole silly fit about how telling the truth about the virus is a hate crime just went *poof* the moment Trump said “Chi-nah.”
Sure, AOC is still nitwiting about it on the interwebs, but is anyone listening to her? She’s gone from center stage, revealed as what she always was – a trivial indulgence who was vaguely amusing in a time of safety and prosperity and who is a bad joke in a time where normal people are literally putting themselves at risk to help fellow Americans.
We have no time for her ilk and their sophomore seminar obsessions. We have lives to save and an economy to rebuild.
Other stuff has fallen by the wayside as well, like the phony weather cult. What happened to that? Wait, are you telling me that right now no one has time to be hectored by some creepy Swedish teen? But I thought we were all going to die?
Except now, a bunch of people really are at risk of dying and soon. During this pandemic, we’ve seen our scientists both do some amazing things and also screw up incredibly. You had scientists in China who gave us false information – whoa, you mean sometimes people lie about science in pursuit of a political agenda? Does noticing that make us hate science? And look at how our own scientists’ track record. Does hydroxychloroquine work or not? The science isn’t settled. Why do their infection models change every few hours? Again, unsettled science. We’re not asking for perfection, but we also should not be asked to believe in perfection. These guys can’t accurately predict what is going to happen tomorrow yet a couple months ago we were being told that we hate science because we doubted they could foresee exactly what was going to happen in a century.
Hey, we just wrecked our booming economy for a real threat. Do you think that after this we’re going to be eager to do that again for the fake threat that is the global warming hoax? The best part of this whole thing was when the swells of Scat Francisco backed off on the ultimate limo lib virtue signal, the disposable plastic bag ban, in the face of an actual crisis.
Oh, and maybe after living through an epidemic, people will be less tolerant of living in cities where junkies plop their dung on the sidewalk as our progressive betters instruct us that this is our proper penance for the sin of being Americans. Typhoid and other diseases from the Dark Ages were starting to run rampant on our Skid Rows, and it was only a matter of time until these pathogens spread out to the normals. Perhaps a lesson of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic will be that tolerating this kind of social pathology is not how civilized people live, at least not for long.
We’ve heard a little about illegal aliens lately from some of the most tone-deaf libs, how we’re supposed to let these criminals out of stir because of the Wuhan Flu and how we should be giving them free money just like we are giving to citizens. But in the face of this pestilence, there are some hard realities that our spoiled culture has had to confront. One of them is that it is a very bad thing to have people coming here without us having a look at them first since that they can carry diseases in with them. Walls work. Nations matter. And science is a thing, even when it means excluding illegals.
Yet our garbage establishment, even as millions of Americans have been plunged into unemployment, is still trying to import serfs into the country to do the work that Americans won’t do – at least not for slave wages. When unemployment hits 10% or worse, what do you think the reaction will be when some senator tries to slip into a bill a sweetheart deal to let Silicon Valley import 10,000 Chinese grinds to code for a buck a week? Probably a negative one.
We had a good run for a few years, but our elite got even softer and stupider. They imagined that the world was a safe, secure place where nothing bad ever happened, and that the paradise they inherited – our trash elite has built nothing itself except teetering towers of pronoun protocols – could handle anything, including our elite’s stupidest, most destructive SJW indulgences. And our society, built and maintained by better men and women, could handle it. It was strong enough to carry the burden of childish social justice stupidity, right up until some guy in Wuhan licked a pangolin and, well, you know the rest.
Political correctness and its associated disorders are a luxury we can’t afford in this new, serious, adult world. Good riddance.
Let’s not leave God out of this either. Maybe He is calling our nation back to Him. If more people are praying, that’s a good thing.
And if you haven’t become sick and you haven’t lost a loved one, be happy. That’s the most important blessing.
President Trump likes to end his rallies by saying “the best is yet to come.”
If anything, he’s a realist. I’m betting he is right.