Does anyone remember these words: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"?
Those words are from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address delivered on March 4, 1933. These words were spoken at the height of the Great Depression.
My parents lived through the Great Depression (and two World Wars). I grew up listening to their experiences of living in the Depression. For poor people (which my parents were), the Depression was horrific. Today's Americans know nothing of suffering in the magnitude of that terrible period of U.S. history.
And I can tell you emphatically that at no point did my parents (or grandparents or aunts and uncles) ever show fear. Never! Neither did they demonstrate selfishness nor panic. They spoke repeatedly of deprivation, sickness and want, but never of fear. And selfishness was not in their vocabulary. In the worst of times, they prayed, worked and worshiped together.
Today, there is a contagion sweeping the country alright: It's a contagion of FEAR.
Dr. Ron Paul suggests the coronavirus is a hoax. In a column entitled The Coronavirus Hoax, Dr. Paul said:
People are "willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them."
"State and local authoritarians love panic as well," he continued before singling out U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci as the "chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration."
"Fauci is all over the media, serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic. He testified to Congress that the death rate for the coronavirus is ten times that of the seasonal flu, a claim without any scientific basis," Paul wrote. "Over what? A virus that has thus far killed just over 5,000 worldwide and less than 100 in the United States?"
"People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus 'pandemic' could be a big hoax, with the actual danger of the disease massively exaggerated by those who seek to profit – financially or politically – from the ensuing panic."
Dr. Paul's remarks are well taken. If it's not a hoax, the virus IS being used as a completely exaggerated, super-hyped, super-inflated psychological ops campaign against the American people—a coordinated full-court press of intimidation and fearmongering by the government, the mass media and the CDC. And disgustingly, many so-called patriot bloggers and broadcasters have also given themselves to grotesque fearmongering.
Plus, did you know that the U.S. Marine Corps has psychological operations units and is paying individual Marines $40,000 to transfer to these units? How do we know that these military psyops units are NOT being used against the American people right now?
What we do know is that all of this fearmongering has worked brilliantly. As Edmund Burke opined, "No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear."
A large segment of our population—probably a majority—is in deep panic. And not only does that mean empty shelves, empty classrooms and empty restaurants; it means empty minds. People everywhere are begging the government to protect and save them.
Mark this down: When people are consumed with fear, they have already surrendered their hearts and minds to tyranny.
What we are witnessing today is Medical Martial Law.
In addition, Dr. Paul is right in asking who is profiting from this government/media-induced panic. Who exactly is profiting from the coronavirus? I'll tell you: international bankers, socialist politicians, the Welfare State, Big Pharma, the Police State, government bureaucracy, etc. I'll say it straight out: The CDC is nothing but a professional, government-backed lobby group for Big Pharma.
Both parties in Congress and President Trump are pouring over one trillion taxpayer dollars for more and more government control over our lives. And the government/media mafia is willing to totally tank the U.S. economy in the process.
Trump says that no more than 10 people should congregate. Okay, that means the U.S. House and Senate should shut down immediately. It means U.S. military troops must shut down operations involving any unit more than squad size. It means Trump's cabinet must immediately go home and stay home.
It means police departments must immediately disband their shift meetings and dissolve their SWAT teams. It means the FBI, ATF, BLM, etc., must disband all units numbering more than 10. It means the U.N. must close immediately. It means State capitals and county governments must send home all of their clerical staff numbering over 10. And the CDC must close any laboratory or office involving 10 or more people.
Does anyone really think any of that is going to happen? As usual, members of government believe themselves to be above the rules and restrictions they place on everyone else.
Tens of thousands of people die from the flu every year, and no one panics. Over 60,000 Americans died of the flu in the 2019 flu season and over 80,000 Americans died of the flu during the 2018 flu season. That computes to more people dying from the flu—just in America in one month alone—than have died from corona in the entire world to date.
Think of it another way: Every year, as many or more Americans die of the flu than were killed in all of the Vietnam War. And no panic! No closed restaurants. No empty shelves in stores. No presidential plea to stay home. No closed churches. No businesses shutting down. No panic!
Why don't the media tell us that the coronavirus has been around since the 1960's? Why don't they tell us that 30% of common colds stem from this virus? Why don't they tell us that there is absolutely no way that these countries with far less medical sophistication than the U.S. could identify the cause of all of the so-called corona deaths as being attributed to COVID-19?
Most countries don't have a smidgen of test kits for COVID-19. For that matter, most of the states in the United States don't even have sufficient test kits for COVID-19. And many of the testing kits that have been dispensed here in America have already been returned, because they didn't work. So, you're trying to tell me that all of these foreign countries have accurately diagnosed these deaths as being from the coronavirus or COVID-19? Give me a break!
People with weakened immune systems from other diseases are susceptible to any virus—including corona. And for some, contracting corona could be the last straw or could lead to the last straw. But that does not mean that corona is a death sentence. Far from it.
The next time you hear of another reported case of "coronavirus," remind yourself that this is most likely not COVID-19. The CDC and fearmongers in the government and mass media want to scare us with the word "coronavirus" and make us believe that everyone who has corona has COVID-19 and is going to die. IT JUST ISN'T SO.
This is pure fearmongering designed to produce panic.
One absolutely cannot trust much of the data provided by the World Health Organization and the CDC. These organizations have a vested interest in exaggerating data to the worst case scenario, as frightening reports guarantee increased financial assistance for these organizations from the government.
Why don't they tell us that 80% of people who contract corona show only "mild" symptoms? Tom Hanks and his wife were diagnosed with corona, and they left the hospital smiling and happy just 5 days later.
Why don't they tell us that the global mortality rate of corona is just 1%?
The chance of someone with symptomatic Covid-19 dying varied by age, confirming other studies. For those aged 15 to 44, the fatality rate was 0.5%, though it might have been as low as 0.1% or as high as 1.3%. For people 45 to 64, the fatality rate was also 0.5%, with a possible low of 0.2% and a possible high of 1.1%. For those over 64, it was 2.7%, with a low and high estimate of 1.5% and 4.7%.
The chance of serious illness from coronavirus infection in younger people was so low, the scientists estimate a fatality rate of zero.
A physician who is a Public Health Medical Advisor to two Montana counties gave the following warning as to the lasting deleterious consequences that this overreaction of fear and panic will have on our country:
During the statewide Governor's conference call today, a speaker said that we will never know the results of any over-reaction, but we will certainly know the results of any under-reaction. This is not true. We will eventually have a very good idea of the savage economic and social consequences, including deaths in economically marginal populations, of over-reaction and panic.
Amen, doctor, Amen!
Why don't they tell us that the unusually high mortality rate of the virus in Italy is due to the way that country is rationing medical care—even denying medical care to those over 80? Why don't they tell us that even for people over the age of 80, the COVID-19 survival rate is over 80%?
The mortality rate of the coronavirus is only 2.9% in Hubei province, China, where Wuhan is located. In the rest of China, the mortality rate is 0.4%. Remember the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan that was supposedly thoroughly infected with the coronavirus? The mortality rate of the virus on the ship was 0.85%. Why don't they report those facts?
You know why they don't report those facts. They are deliberately creating fear and panic all over the world. In order to make the American people fall for this hype and hysteria and convince them that this is a legitimate pandemic, they had to create fear and panic in the rest of the world first.
Even more than the financial losses that this manufactured crisis is costing us Americans is the loss of our First Amendment liberties. Believe it or not, there was a time in this country when liberty was more important to the American people than their lives or their fortunes. Can anyone say Patrick Henry and the signers of our Declaration of Independence?
Those days are gone.
The government has no authority to dictate how many people choose to congregate for any peaceful purpose. Our First Amendment states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.
Telling people to not attend church is a violation of the constitutional clause, "prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Telling people they cannot gather in groups of more than 10, 20, 50, etc., is a clear violation of the constitutional clause, "no law . . . prohibiting . . . the right of the people peaceably to assemble."
The coronavirus or any other "emergency"—real or imagined—does NOT cancel or negate the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
That's why I'm saying, what we are witnessing is Medical Martial Law. It is unadulterated, unabashed government tyranny.
Know this: The Big Government, Police State policies that are starting to take root in our country right now will be with us a long time after the coronavirus is gone.
We have far more to fear from Big Government tyranny than we do from any virus.
Every problem the government touches only gets worse. And that's exactly what's happening right now.
You may think all of this is a benevolent effort of a well-intentioned government and news media to help stave off a crisis. I don't buy it.
Corona is merely the latest election-year medical scare to sweep America.
In 2004, it was SARS.
In 2008, it was AVIAN flu.
In 2010, it was Swine flu.
In 2012, it was MERS.
In 2014, it was Ebola.
In 2016, it was Zika.
In 2018, it was Ebola again.
Now in 2020, it's Corona.
It was also Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."
This coronavirus scare will end 1) when the powers behind it accomplish what they want to accomplish, which always means more government and less freedom, or 2) when the American people on the whole get tired of the government's heavy-handed "solutions" and say, "That's enough!"
Personally, I vote for the second option and wish the American people would hurry up. They have waited too long already.
One more note: It is now very obvious that evangelical Christians will not lead any liberty charge. They are the first ones to run and hide at the sign of danger.
We fought a War for Independence, a War of Northern Aggression and two World Wars. We've endured floods, famines, wildfires, tornados, earthquakes and hurricanes. And through it all, our Christian ancestors maintained a courageous and faithful presence in the House of God.
When British troops were marauding through the Colonial countryside, Christians faithfully observed the Lord's Day together in church. I remember my mother saying she rarely missed a church service during the Great Depression. The Sunday after Hurricane Ivan had seriously damaged our church buildings and devastated our entire community in 2004, we held our Lord's Day service in the church parking lot.
In times of disaster, war and pestilence, our Christian forebears led their communities into a stronger faith in God through their loving devotion to united worship. Those days, too, are gone.
Now, Christians are among the first to shut the doors of their sanctuaries, leaving a distraught public to find spiritual solace somewhere else.
In this regard, the only Christians Donald Trump cares about are the multimillionaire televangelists who spend their week on television fleecing the flock instead of feeding it. The true pastors who are in the trenches with the people, providing spiritual leadership, courage and hope, are expected to follow Trump's demands to "stay home" and fend for themselves as best they can—and leave their flock to do the same.
Today, commitment to God is measured by how many Trump rallies we attend or how often we raise an Israeli flag.
I truly wonder what evangelicals would have done had Barack Obama told them that no crowd over ten should congregate—in their churches or anywhere else.
Maybe evangelicals will find their backbone after a Democrat returns to the White House.
As it stands right now, America—including Christian America—is suffering from a contagion of fear, which, as FDR said, is what we should fear most.
P.S. My message from last Sunday shares the same title as this column, A Contagion Of Fear.
In this message, I review the history of the coronavirus. I point out who is profiting from the virus and show the loss of liberties and increase of Police State tyranny that are being created by this medical scare.
And, most of all, I show the teaching of God's Word for Christians to never be consumed with the spirit of fear but to continue to stand for what is right and trust God.
© Chuck Baldwin
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