[March 6, 2020] With the U.S. Presidential election scheduled for later this year, many of our politicians are doing their best to prepare themselves to get votes. Everything tends be politicized, and so the spread of the Coronavirus has become a topic of volatile political partisanship. World leaders have jumped into the political fray faster than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking competition.
What most world leaders have in common is that they were caught flatfooted by the speed of Coronavirus infection. Fortunately for us all, the death rate is relatively low (higher than the common cold but still low). Preparedness is a characteristic of good leadership, and the U.S. and most of Europe are the most ready to deal with the consequences. According to the CDC1, South Korea and Thailand were the only Asian countries in the top ten prepared for an outbreak.2
In late January, I wrote about how the authoritarian government of China had purposefully covered up the disease.3 China’s rulers still block information from escaping their country, and they stand as another example of why Communism and socialism continue to be failed political systems. For anyone with experience in their medical system will tell you, it is primitive; unless you are a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party leader.
Regie Hamm is a writer and runs a blog. Last week he posted a chilling account of his experience with the socialized Chinese medical system. Here is a snippet of his article:4
“As we stepped in more urine, took our number from the print-out machine, walked past the line of children whining and crying from the scalp IVs in their heads, then rushed to clean up blood and mucus (left by the last patient) on the plastic table they were now laying our baby on, then waited on the ONE overworked doctor (attending to no less than three hundred people) try to round up a basic anti-biotic to administer to my daughter (right there on-site – no refills) … I was witnessing the kind of maximum, almost brutal efficiency a society must develop when the state is the master and the individual is merely a subject.”
Some in the media and politicians are spreading panic that the Coronavirus is the black swan event that will bring civilization to an end. Indeed, the disease should not be downplayed; health-care professionals should provide good hygiene education and protection methods.
Political world leaders will be measured against the eventual outcome and help accountable. This accountability is as it should be. But accountability only works in Democratic societies. Those that are in the grip of socialized medicine will suffer and suffer badly.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
- The New Coronavirus and Chinese Censorship – https://www.theleadermaker.com/the-new-coronavirus-and-chinese-censorship/