Thoughts by Richard Bleil
This is a post that has been rattling in my mind for quite some time. I’ve been holding back because, frankly, I don’t think I can write it without upsetting some readers, but frankly, maybe those that are going to be upset should be by this. Again, it is not my intention to write a post to make anybody angry, but I still have the goal of getting people to think. Right now, I’m sure some readers are thinking that I’m going to upset Trump supporters, and others Trump critics, and all I can say at this point is, yes, I probably will.
There is a lot of anger to go around today. I’ve discovered that I’ve come across two types of people. There are those people who focus on the problem and want to help those affected (not just infected) who are largely Trump critics, and those who want to find somebody to blame who are largely Trump supporters. Of course, there are always exceptions on both sides. This is the biggest problem with generalizations, but you’ll see what I mean as I continue.
Let’s start with Trump critics because, frankly, I can wrap up my thoughts on this group fastest. Don’t worry, Trump supporters, I’ll be getting to you soon enough, but let me begin by saying that this viral outbreak is not Trump’s fault. As Americans, we are used to speaking our minds, but the problem is that many Trump critics tend to blame him for everything. In my opinion, there is a lot to be critical of. His response to this crisis has left a lot to be desired, but he is not to blame for the virus and he does do some things right. I myself am critical of so many of his responses that I can’t even begin to list them here (well, maybe I can begin; his delayed response, mixed messages, prioritization of business over people, politicizing of the crisis by insulting and excluding critical governors and senators), but on occasion he does do some things right. So credit where credit is due, it’s not entirely his fault, and I call on critics of the president to focus on specific issues, as opposed to the entire administration as a whole.
On the other hand, we have Trump supporters who seem to see the president as unable to do wrong at all. I’ll be honest, these are the people that seem far more interested in finding somebody to blame as opposed to helping those affected (which is not just infected, but also people who have lost their jobs, parents finding themselves homeschooling while feeling unprepared, and so forth). As an example, I got into a social media argument who insists that this is all China’s fault, and proudly announced that Trump will extract retribution because he doesn’t pull punches.
Okay, seriously, it does nobody any good to blame anybody. Blaming China for this virus just because the mutation occurred in their populace is no different from saying somebody is inferior and deserves to be owned as a slave because, through no fault of their own, they were born into a racist society. Fortunately, most of us have evolved beyond these barbaric beliefs (but sadly not all of us) but returning to such blame games is no different and resulting in violence against citizens based on looks just as slavery did. Much of this is because of Trump and his administration insisting on Covid-19 being called the “Chinese Virus” or the “Wuhan Virus” (another reason to be critical of his response to this emergency) which he does to deflect blame from his poor leadership that has led to having far more cases of infected citizens than we should today.
While we are on the topic, let me address one of the more ridiculous conspiracy theories, again the root of which lies with the Trump supporters. Early on it’s been suggested (although I admit I haven’t heard it recently) that Corvid-19 was an experimental bio weapon tested by China on the population of Wuhan. Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that this truly is a genetically designed bio weapon. As such, we have to ask the source of such a weapon. First, we can assume that only a handful of developed nations really do have the technology to do this, including America, China, Russia and a few others. We can further assume that no nation would test such a weapon on their own population, so this rules China out as the source, as well as Russia since China is one of their allies. On the other hand, America is currently in a “tariff war” with China and it’s looking like the war will fail, so China would be one of the likely targets were the virus developed in the US. If, indeed, the US developed the virus, it would only make sense to release it in a city with a large population and a nearby viral research lab, such as Wuhan, so people will assume it just got out of control.
It would be reasonable to assume at this juncture if I am trying to start this rumor. No, of course not; this is as ridiculous as the original rumor. But, if anybody happens to try to argue with you that this was a Chinese bio weapon, feel free to use this argument to turn it around on them.
Here’s the reality; there are a lot of people struggling with this infection. They are scared as they see their investments tank because of the stock market, their income being hit, their jobs threatened and that’s above and beyond friends and families exposed to the virus. Here’s the truth; finding somebody to blame does not help. All it does is make the seeker angrier, and possibly paranoid, and impatient for action not to help the victims but to extract what they perceive to be revenge. Let’s decide right here and now to stop blaming and start focusing on helping. We’re Americans; it’s time we stick together and find solutions to these problems.