Special to the Mirror by Paul Plante.
In the “Caesar, Letter II” political essay 233 years ago on October 17, 1787, the author stated thusly with respect to where it is we again find ourselves in this country, as designing politicians divide us up into “dregs of society,” in the case of Democrat Joseph “Corn Pop” Biden, or a “basket of deplorables,” in the case of Democrat Queen Hillary Rodham Clinton, versus their followers who are not only perfect in every way, but even more so, to wit:
“I am not one of those who gain an influence by cajoling the unthinking mass (tho’ I pity their delusions), and ringing in their ears the gracious sound of their absolute Sovereignty.”
“I despise the trick of such dirty policy.”
“I know there are Citizens, who, to gain their own private ends, enflame the minds of the well-meaning, tho’ less intelligent parts of the community, by sating their vanity with that cordial and unfailing specific, that all power is seated in the people.”
“There are always men in society of some talents, but more ambition, in quest of that which it would be impossible for them to obtain in any other way than by working on the passions and prejudices of the less discerning classes of citizens and yeomanry.”
“It is the plan of men of this stamp to frighten the people with ideal bugbears, in order to mould them to their own purposes.”
And what a segue that gives us, especially the last sentence about “ideal bugbears,” to a recent article in the Des Moines Register by Brianne Pfannenstiel on 18 October 2020 entitled “Iowa Democrats’ 2020 virtual Liberty and Justice dinner is more subdued than spectacle,” where we were treated to the following concerning the demagogue Queen Empress Kamala Harris, the first of her name, to wit:
A year after U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris brought Iowa Democrats to their feet with an impassioned speech at the state party’s Liberty and Justice dinner, the now-vice presidential candidate delivered a far more subdued message Sunday at this year’s event.
Now, let me say here that I heard Queen Empress Kamala speaking on the radio news at that event, and what I heard was hardly subdued, which is what brought to my mind the words of Caesar above here about citizens, who, to gain their own private ends, enflame the minds of the well-meaning, tho’ less intelligent parts of the community, as Queen Empress Kamala was clearly doing at the Iowa State Democrats’ recent Liberty and Justice dinner, along with there always being men, and now women like Hillary Clinton and Queen Empress Kamala Harris, in society of some talents, but more ambition, in quest of that which it would be impossible for them to obtain in any other way than by working on the passions and prejudices of the less discerning classes of citizens and yeomanry, which takes us back to the Des Moines Register article as follows:.
“All at the same time, we’re experiencing the worst public health crisis in a century, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, a reckoning on racial justice, a changing climate that is battering our coastlines setting the west on fire and devastating farmers in Iowa,” she said in virtual remarks streamed at Sunday’s Liberty and Justice dinner.
But are we really facing the worst public health crisis in a century?
As of the time of this writing (20 October 2020), there are 1.12 million COVID deaths across the world, and 220,000 COVID deaths here in the USA.
One hundred years ago, President Woodrow Wilson had to face the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 that killed 20 million to 50 million people around the world while it killed 675,000 Americans, so there is the benchmark COVID must be measured by in terms of public health crises.
And then, in my lifetime, we had during the Eisenhower administration the H2N2 virus which was first reported in Singapore in February 1957 and reached the United States that summer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated the number of deaths from H2N2 at 1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the United States.
And then during the Gerald Ford administration, we had the Swine Flu to deal with.
During the Ronald Reagan administration, of course, we had AIDS, which Reagan called the “gay plague.”
By the end of Reagan’s presidency in 1989, the United States had suffered 89,343 AIDS-related deaths.
George W. Bush had AIDS and SARS to deal with, and Hussein Obama had a trifecta of H1N1, Zika and Ebola and the CDC estimated that from April 2009 to April 2010, there were 60.8 million cases of swine flu and 12,469 deaths from it in the United States.
So what exact point was Queen Empress Kamala trying to make here with her shrill screeching about “we’re experiencing the worst public health crisis in a century?”
Doesn’t she realize from our own history (Democrat Franklyn Roosevelt had polio) that we are facing public health issues all the time, and have been all through my lifetime, which is longer than hers?
So what is she getting all hysterical about, other than the fact that she is scared ******** of the immensity of reality and her obvious inadequacy to deal with it, which raises the question of why on earth we would want her in the White House, where the rubber has to meet the road without spinning off into a ditch somewhere?
More to the point, if this is in fact the worst public health crisis in a century that we are now facing, what is it that she plans on doing about it, other than panicking and getting all shrill and hysterical?
And then we come to her shrieking about “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”
Oh, really, Queen Empress Kamala!
Since the Great Depression, we have had recessions in 1945, 1949, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1970, 1973-1975, 1980-82, 1990-91, 2001, and the Great Recession, which was a severe financial crisis combined with a deep recession and while the recession officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, it took many years for the economy to recover to pre-crisis levels of employment and output.
As the the Great Recession, and you would think someone running for vice president of America would be as familiar with this history as I am, although obviously if you thought that about Queen Empress Kamala, you would be dead wrong, the U.S. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission reported its findings in January 2011 and it concluded that “the crisis was avoidable and was caused by: Widespread failures in financial regulation, including the Federal Reserve’s failure to stem the tide of toxic mortgages; Dramatic breakdowns in corporate governance including too many financial firms acting recklessly and taking on too much risk; An explosive mix of excessive borrowing and risk by households and Wall Street that put the financial system on a collision course with crisis; Key policy makers ill prepared for the crisis, lacking a full understanding of the financial system they oversaw; and systemic breaches in accountability and ethics at all levels.”
According to the Department of Labor, roughly 8.7 million jobs (about 7%) were shed from February 2008 to February 2010, and real GDP contracted by 4.2% between Q4 2007 and Q2 2009, making the Great Recession the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
So again, people, why the hysteria-mongering?
What message is Queen Empress Kamala trying to send here, other than that she is ignorant of our history, which doesn’t surprise me, and she is too emotionally unstable to be trusted with a position of responsibility in the executive branch of OUR national government?