The Left Exploits a Pandemic

Never letting a crisis go to waste.

Americans are trying to cope as best they can with the devastating coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on their everyday lives. Some have turned to prayer. Last week, President Trump declared Sunday March 15th a "National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts." What was Islamist Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s response? She retweeted anti-gun activist David Hogg’s disgusting rant, which said in part: “F**k a National day of prayer.” Then she tried to walk back what she had done with this lame explanation: “My retweet was not to be an attack on prayer. It was to bring attention to the need for meaningful action to combat this public health crisis.” Evidently, in Tlaib’s warped mind, cursing a National Day of Prayer for Americans of all faiths is an effective way of bringing attention to a crisis that all Americans and their elected leaders are facing with all hands on deck.

For leftists, the coronavirus crisis provides them with the perfect opportunity to infect America with their own viruses of radicalization and hate. Denver city councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, a self-professed democratic socialist, went so far as to tweet her “solidarity” with another leftist Trump-hater’s twisted post, which said, “For the record, if I do get the coronavirus I’m attending every MAGA rally I can.”

Leftists brand President Trump, and any others who point out the simple fact that the coronavirus COVID-19 originated in Wuhan China, as “racists” and “xenophobes.” According to Democrat Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, people not patronizing Asian restaurants (when restaurants were still open for business) stayed away “because of just straight-up racism around the coronavirus.”

Seeking to perpetuate their identity politics to divide Americans even at a time when we should all be uniting against a common enemy, the leftists are mouthing the Chinese government’s talking points. As Rich Lowry wrote in National Review, China “deserves to be connected to the virus it did more than its share to loose on the world, no matter what its foreign ministry or the sensitivity police say.”

Bernie Sanders has used the coronavirus pandemic to push his socialist Medicare for All plan. Dismissing the efforts by the pharmaceutical industry to quickly come up with effective therapeutic treatments and a vaccine, Sanders said the industry is run by “crooks.”

Columbia University’s leftist professor and economist Jeffrey Sachs praised Sanders as “a great man and a great leader and our most honest and direct politician in this country who has been calling it straight and right for decades, and whose policy positions we need to win.” Turning to the coronavirus crisis specifically, Sachs claimed that the response to the pandemic crisis illustrated the failure of the private sector. He parroted Sanders’ attacks on the drug industry and our nation's private health system.

Aside from his hero worship of Bernie Sanders and belief in his socialist prescriptions, Sachs loves China’s economic system more than America’s free market economy. "I fear that the Trump Administration has been trying to make China seem like the US' enemy," Sachs told the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece, The Global Times, during an interview last year. He praised the success of China's so-called “reform” path. In an article Sachs wrote last year, entitled “China is not the source of our economic problems -- corporate greed is,” Sachs claimed, “The real battle is not with China but with America's own giant companies, many of which are raking in fortunes while failing to pay their own workers decent wages.”

The Chinese government and companies have stolen U.S. technologies and intellectual property, a fact that Sachs makes light of. A few days ago Xinhua, China’s state-run media agency, suggested that “China could impose pharmaceutical export controls which would plunge America into “the mighty sea of coronavirus.”

The U.S. has become almost entirely dependent on China for the supply of the active pharmaceutical ingredients used by commercial sources to produce finished products such as antibiotics and generic drugs. If  China were to shut the door on exports of medicines and their key ingredients and raw materials, U.S. hospitals and clinics would cease to function within months, if not days, according to Rosemary Gibson, the author of “China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine.” But why should we worry about China's intentions when Sachs assures us that China is not our enemy and that we should be more concerned about the greed of our own companies?

Sachs called Donald Trump “a psychopath and the most incompetent and dangerous person ever to hold this office in the history of the United States.” He would do well to read up on the spread of the deadly Spanish flu in 1918. The progressives' hero Woodrow Wilson ignored his chief physician's advice and facilitated the virus's spread by sending thousands of infected soldiers on crowded transport ships to the front lines in France during the latter part of World War I. Wilson hid the truth about the Spanish flu from the American people and did virtually nothing to address its spread. President Trump has done the exact opposite with decisiveness, bold actions in reliance on the advice of the nation's best public health professionals, and full transparency. 

Leftists like Sachs hate not only President Trump but also America’s political and economic system. They are cynically exploiting the current coronavirus pandemic crisis to undermine Americans’ faith in this great country.


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