By Barney Blakeney
This coronavirus thing has me confused. At first I didn’t think it was as serious as the medical and media communities purported – not that the virus isn’t legitimate, but not as deadly as they said. Then this whole thing about social distancing became a priority. I didn’t – and still don’t – see that as all it’s hyped to be. At the same time, I’m thinking this thing is real – don’t be no hero.
I’m neither a physician nor sociologist. All I got is my gut. And something in my gut is telling me there’s a lot more to this pandemic than its biological aspects. I thought of an analogy in the past few hours – just as a pimp will take a sexually promiscuous woman and exploit her to achieve other goals, this biological pandemic is being exploited to achieve other goals.
Op-ed articles are basically about people’s opinions, but the better op-ed writers use facts to support their opinions. I don’t know a lot of facts to support my opinions about the corona virus pandemic. I’m just going with some of what I know and what my gut tells me about how America eats its young – as Parliament/Funkadelic said back in the 1970s.
As the responses to the virus in America wears on, I’m taking more seriously its medical impact. A lot of people are suffering because of the virus and I don’t want to, in any way, diminish the affect that suffering has on anyone. A friend who is a New Yorker told me the other day two of her siblings at home are suffering in different degrees from the virus. For that family this is a very serious situation. And for all those people who have lost love ones to the virus – this is no joke!
When I hear that as of March 30 there are some 160,000 cases of corona virus in America and over 2,100 deaths due to the virus – in South Carolina some 925 cases and 18 deaths due to the virus – I don’t want t minimize what that means to those suffering. But I just can’t get past the thought that America will distort and exploit stuff to achieve its goals. In just a few weeks life in America has radically changed. I’m one of those people who need to understand what I’m doing. I’m not good at doing stuff just because somebody says I should. I need to know why!
At first I didn’t understand what a lot of the social distancing was about. I understand better what the medical people are talking about now, but America’s over the top response still baffles me. What’s it mean when I’m told to stay 10 feet away from the person I’m next to when the virus is transferred by contact? That’s part of what I don’t understand and part of what leads me to distrust those telling me to do it.
I don’ trust America to be straight with us when it comes to manipulating its people. The Tuskegee Experiment immediately comes to mind. The Tuskegee Experiment was a notorious medical experiment carried out between 1932 and 1972, in which almost 400 African Americans with syphilis were offered no medical treatment, allowing researchers to see the course of the disease. The violation of basic ethical and humane conduct tells me even our medical community can be suspect. I’m convinced the world medical community likely was aware of the experiment that took place over 40 years!
Moreover the pandemic has impacts beyond those medical. It’s reached into our economic and social fabric. One guy recently said America is implementing stuff it’s wanted to do for a long time. The pandemic gives it the opportunity to do that now. I fear even more radical changes will occur in the future. I’m thinking America is testing the limits of our social will. Sure there is some legitimacy to what we’re being asked to do. But does that mean all we’re asked to do is necessary? Human overpopulation is a world problem. Killing off the sick and the old is one solution.
For those who think America won’t engage in such an atrocity, think back to Americans giving smallpox infected blankets to Native Americans as a tool of genocide in the 1800s. And more recently the Germans exterminated millions of people. I don’ put nothing past those people!
America is just as diabolical on the economic front. What’s the long term answer to closing most businesses when a viable solution to the pandemic likely is a year away? Does America have the resources, or is willing, to provide for its unemployed long term? I think we’re moving to a new economic model where automation and technology will be foremost. Businesses won’t need a lot of manpower. Folks won’t vote for Bernie Sanders’ communism, but they’re going to get it anyway, at least until the capitalists figure out what to do with all of America’s unemployed.
Folks are saying these are unprecedented times. I say it’s the same game by a different name. These are new times and America is using new tools to achieve its same old goals of dominance and supremacy for its most wealthy. So what if people suffer? When it comes to America’s willingness to make people suffer, I’m not so confused.