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Message to Bernie – Coronavirus is not World War II

BernieDesperate politicians, like bad magicians losing the audience, dig into their bag of tricks for something bigger. In the process, they lose credibility. Bernie Sanders, trying to outmaneuver a rising Joe Biden, just dug into his bag – and produced a whopper.

Blowing hard on public fears about coronavirus, Sanders seems intent on creating wholesale panic. From this, one imagines he seeks to benefit. This week, he announced deaths from coronavirus may be on “scale of a major war.”

He did not stop there. As former Vice President Biden blithely blames President Trump for China’s coronavirus, minimizing that communist nation’s failure to tell the truth, contain or control the virus, Sanders quadrupled down on Trump.

Said Sanders: “Nobody knows what the number of fatalities may end up being or the number of people who may get ill …,” adding America must “face the truth … the number of casualties may actually be even higher than what the armed forces experienced in World War II.” Really?

In this curious corona-centric, anti-Trump season, surprises are a daily occurrence and credibility in short supply, but this statement was a whopper. To compare the coronavirus in America to casualties sustained in World War II is nothing less than “theater of the absurd,” Monty Python entering the real world.

Let’s get facts on paper. First, as of this writing, 71 Americans have died, that is it. Less than 3,000 have tested “positive” for coronavirus – in a population of 327 million. Of those who have died, 23 or more were over 80, likely with underlying vulnerabilities. At 78 – and Mr. Biden at 77 – one understands Mr. Sander’s fears. Still, projecting those fears on a nation is neither rational nor responsible.

Comparing current coronavirus infections, deaths, and projected infections and mortality rates – whether in the US, China, or anywhere else – to casualties in World War II is utterly irresponsible, knowingly pushing false data.

Yes, Biden is wrong to make the virus Trump’s fault; Trump was as prepared – with longstanding CDC protocols in place – as any president. But Sanders’ bashing Trump with nonsensical statements of this kind is indefensible.

As often happens these days, leaders forget that history is rock-solid, recorded, and can be consulted for reference. That is true for the history of socialism, history of viral epidemics, and history of war. History serves to inform, guide, and correct misstatements – and misplacements of our time in context of others.

To be arrestingly direct, let us get the World War II numbers down on paper. These numbers are incontrovertible, except at the margins – based on assumptions concerning those missing in action, most of whom died under the circumstances making identification impossible.

Objectively, World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history. Up to 85 million people perished in that six-year conflict, according to scholars. Pulitzer-prize winning author of “The Liberation Trilogy,” Rick Atkinson – a brilliant researcher, writer, and truth-teller – reported an average of 27,000 people per day died over those six years.

The number of American military deaths in World War II exceeded 407,000 – not counting civilians serving in the military. More than 670,000 American service members were wounded. The total number of US military casualties in World War II – or those “experienced by the Armed Forces” – exceeded one million.

For a presidential candidate to imagine – then spread fear and blame – for a million dead Americans, or even half a million or a quarter of a million, as a result of a new-but-mild virus that killed fewer than 100 so far is utterly irresponsible.

Sanders’ statement is also morally reprehensible – on several levels. First, to count this health scare as a war – by reference to number afflicted, duration, or some other health measure – is to misunderstand war. No Commander-in-Chief should be so ignorant. War and health are fundamentally different.

Second, to recklessly misstate current and projected dead – by a factor of 20,000, imaging that 50 dead from coronavirus means 1,000,000 shortly – is more than nonsensical. It is pure scare-tactic. It reveals either a disconnection from reality or the disingenuous desire to spread panic among the American people.

Just as a reading of Biden’s repeated cognitive failures leads one to conclude he is intellectually sloppy or mentally slipping, an honest read of the Sanders claptrap is that he is intellectually off or purposefully pushing panic. That he is doing so to hurt President Trump does not excuse the offense but compounds it.

In any event, Sanders’ assessment bears no relationship to current case numbers, infection, or mortality rates. It bears no relationship to CDC, NIH, or other expert guidance, projections for infection and mortality, or state-by-state infection rates.

In fact, by comparison to the latest case reports from China, the infection rate appears to be cresting and headed down. With better medicine, detection, testing, and treatment in the US, rates of transmission and mortality should peak in weeks – at worse months – ahead, then head down, not uncontrollably upward.

The further we advance into this political season, the more Democrat politics and politicians seem to long for bad news and practice “theater of the absurd.” To be clear: The world is not ending, panic is not advisable, and overstatements by desperate politicians are no better than fumbling, failed tricks by bad magicians. Coronavirus is not World War II.

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1 year ago

5 months later and the US has 80K reported deaths

2 years ago

It is truely amazing how the bad dirty Dem Politicians can continue to bash ANYTHING that is good within our Government It is they who are a BLIGHT. A BAD VIRUS within our nation WHEN did they address the true issues Ie Opiod Crisis, illegal immigration and repeated crime, Homeless crisis. Medicare fraud. Unemployment. Budget problems Unfair Chinese foreign trade.the dismantling of illegal harmful NAFTA agreement and Health care. Issues and too many more causes to mention. it is ABSOLUTELY CLEAR that they are inept clueless and self serving of their OWN.NEED TO USURP POWER AND CAUSE CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO THE NATION. THIS MUST STOP!!!!!!!!

2 years ago

Must vote for President Trump this November. This evil has to stop! The Democrats have pounded the last nail in their coffin with the implosion of our country making this virus their political screw driver. None of them should be getting paid if we Americans are told not to show up for work. I pray God will hear our pleas to eradicate this evil like the ISIS Caliphate!!

2 years ago

When I hear news of Politicians bashing each other and news of Red China projecting blame and criticizing USA, I see A. VERY UNFORTUNATE similarity in behavior of these folks. They continue to project unrealistic blame, continue to bend the truth and otherwise lie and Cheat,!!!!!!!!!!!

2 years ago

I pray that the DEMS would go away and stay awa????

2 years ago

The NASTY Dems are still making false claims Alas, it is to be expected from their despicable mouths and sick mentality

2 years ago

Wonderful article, I am so thankful I found AMAC and left AARP!

Nancy Lipkins
2 years ago

According to GreenMed Info I read today that the virus is fake and the WHO and CdC AND the MEDIA doing are a good job of
causing panic of the American people because I really don’t see the reason for all the buying up of toilet paper????????

2 years ago

Lots of crazies out there. Especially uncle Joe and beany Bernie…neither one has has a brain that works. I think since China. Is blaming the US for this Virus we ought to start a rumor that the Dems planted it to get rid of Trump

2 years ago
Reply to  Phil

Except I don’t think it would be a rumor. I have a sneaky suspicion that whoever is supporting the Antichrist thought this all up while they were sitting at the bar trying to think up a way to defeat Trump. They had probably all just finished watching the movie ‘Gladiator’ remembering the scene where Maximus’s comrad told him, “They must kill your name in order to destroy you.” So I can just see one of them at the bar excitedly claim, ‘We have to kill his name….so in order to do that we need to bring down everything he’s accomplished in our economy.’……
Coronavirus is born. Yes, I have an imagination, but what if this is how it went down. Satan is very clever, the bible even says so. The Progressives are scheming right from Satan’s handbook. In short Phil, I agree with you….and no I’m not a nut.

Donna Hildebrandt
2 years ago

Anyone who takes seriously ANYTHING the Left says is not playing with a full deck! Nothing they say can be trusted! SMH!

Old Silk
2 years ago

He seems to be trying to one up President Trump who said we are waging war on the Wuhan virus. He has a record of voting with China too. And let us not forget that forced recessions are part of the liberal playbook going all the way back in time to when Republicans were up for re-election. No wonder they call China their partner.

2 years ago

Bernie would know about World War II, because he was alive then. I got nothing against old people, but there’s a reason they retire. Their beyond their usefulness. Sanders has long exceeded his useful date.

2 years ago

It is March 16th & the General did not know how many people in USA have been tested. These people are incompotent.

2 years ago

If you have Jesus in your heart, pray for what happens in the next 4-months. I think Corona-virus is a warning sign along with the other natural diasters that are happening all over the world. We are one ……………and not just a Republican/Democrat……….but we are a dust spot in the whole world

2 years ago

Trump needs to leave his CDC task force alone. He is micromanaging & everytime he talks, it is not good for his integrity and support of citizens. Fauci is the only one that has been coming across trustworthy. The rest are bobbin=heads to POTUS. Get mad at me , but we are in perilous times, as I am down to one roll TP

2 years ago

Forget about all the partisan in this country. Today, I think that Trump finally realizes that Coronavirus is a problem. Cannot believe he said t;his will go to July/August or longer as that really is what we needed to hear. Pray that USA did not start actions to late & to all of us, quit pointing fingers & make the best of the hand that we are dealt. And have a question, what is WHO & in what country and who finances this group.

Joanna Johnson-Smith
2 years ago

If we could arrest Fear Mongers like Politicians and Media, we wouldn’t have this unnecessary panic. Store shelves are EMPTY for Heaven’s Sake, and there is NO reason for it. There is no shortage, just FEAR of a shortage that is CREATING a shortage!!! It’s total stupidity. Buy two packs of toilet paper, the store WILL restock, IF you let it! Buy 10 cans of peas instead of 50, there are more peas coming on the next truck. CALM DOWN !

Sharon R
2 years ago

Thank you for the fresh breeze of sanity, reality and calm reassurance. The politicizing of this virus for political or personal agendas is deeply disturbing

Enuf Said
2 years ago

I watched 10 minutes of the debate and came to the conclusion that Biden and Col. Sanders were both on their A-game– But actually accused the other of lying or denying the truth– So NOW–BOTH have comeback to their senses.

2 years ago

Simply put, Bernie needs to shut his mouth!

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