There are some old adages that say things like;
When someone says it’s not about the money – it’s about the money.
When someone says it’s not personal – it’s personal.
When some Liberal Governor says it’s not about exercising draconian-like power in an attempt to hurt President Trump’s reelection chances in November – well you get the picture.
Take Maine for example, when it comes to coronavirus infections and deaths attributed to the virus Maine ranks 45th in the Nation. The latest numbers on the virus show 1,095 cases and 53 deaths. In fact a number of counties in Maine report single digit cases of infections and zero deaths (nine counties in Maine reported zero fatalities to date). As is typical across the nation, the most infections in the State occur in those areas containing the largest population centers. “Fox News” host Tucker Carlson recently addressed Maine’s situation:
To be clear, no one is saying that 53 deaths is insignificant, it is. The only time anyone thinks that deaths of any kind are insignificant is when liberal are discussing the four deaths that occurred at an obscure embassy in Libya or the death of a border patrol agent during some failed gun running operation, but otherwise everyone is pretty much in agreement that death is bad.
Comparatively speaking Michigan has incurred 3,798 deaths that have been attributed to COVID19, most of those occurring in the State’s most densely populated cities which are located in Wayne Country. Michigan also has many counties in the State that have fortunately recorded zero fatalities related to the virus.
In comparison Michigan and Maine present a wildly different situation in terms of deaths from the virus (53 versus 3,798), a difference that is significant even when you figure in the population differences between each state (Almost 10 million residents in Michigan as opposed to 1.34 million in Maine) and yet the two states seem to be responding to the virus in exactly the same way – that seems odd.
In terms of Governors’, each State is ruled over by extreme liberals, Governor Mills in Maine and Governor Whitmer in Michigan, both of whom have informed their respective States that things are not yet safe, invoking the liberal politician Coronavirus mantra “we are not out of the woods yet’ .
“Maine has flattened the curve but we’re not out of the woods yet,” Mills said. “These numbers give us confidence we are heading in the right direction.”
“While some members of the legislature might believe this crisis is over, common sense and all of the scientific data tells us we’re not out of the woods yet,” she added.
These sentiments have also been offered up by other Liberal Governor’s such as David Ige of Hawaii.
“We are not out of the woods yet,” said Gov. David Ige, in a news conference Saturday, pointing to alarming COVID-19 clusters on the Big Island and Maui. “We still need to remain vigilant.”
Gavin Newsom of California
“We’re not out of the woods yet. I know there is deep desire, people making calls on an hourly basis saying it’s time to open back up…”
Phil Murphy of New Jersey
“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Murphy said. “We’re not there yet.”
Whatshisname the Governor of New York
“We’re making progress,” the governor said, adding, “we are not out of the woods yet. And we’re proceeding with caution
The above list shows a selection of Democratic Governors, mostly uttering the dreaded “woods” phrase while doling out another heaping helping of quarantine to their quarantine weary constituents, but to be fair there are also some Republicans who have uttered the same words regarding the status of their respective states lock down. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma and Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi (although Reeves was poised to reopen his state prior to a spike in coronavirus related deaths).
Are the dark and scary woods that States find themselves stuck in actually the same woods? When can someone assume that their locality has reached the blissed state of “being out of the woods”? Will it mean zero new cases of the virus (a situation that given the nature of viruses in general seems rather unlikely)? What testing measures are going to be required to reach an acceptable “out of the woods” status? Will certification as “out of the woods” require that everyone in a city/county/state/country be tested? Will complete physicals be required?
Scary questions for sure, but if Governors believe that the answer to population wide testing is “yes” then lets just assume that the economy will never reopen and America as we know will quite simply cease to exist. No economy regardless of it’s pre-infection state can survive a shutdown that requires a majority of its citizen’s (whether or not they display symptoms) to be tested, and those demanding testing are less than forthcoming in regards to how many tests must be administered before a state can be opened for business.
Even principalities that have shown a marked decrease in coronavirus cases now have to worry about dreaded BOOMERANGS!! As the
King Mayor of New York City has admonished his serfs err citizens
Boomerang. That’s the word I want you to think about when you think about what could go wrong,” de Blasio said. “That’s the thing you do not want. We cannot afford a boomerang of this disease in this city.”
That doesn’t seem unreasonable on the face of it but is this just a part of a constantly moving goalpost (something that we all should remember from the liberals recent impeachment efforts)? Is this really keeping anyone safe? Is it taking people out of the scary woods into the blessed sunlight?
You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to believe that a significant part of the stance that any respective state takes in regards to reopening is purely political, and this statement is meant to include Governors of both parties. In some cases it’s a definite attempt to “own” Donald Trump, regardless of who and what suffers in that attempt. In Gretchen Whitmer’s case her heavy handed attempts to control Michigan can be attributed to her on-going audition for the Vice Presidential slot on the Democratic ticket. In other cases the quest for power (either gaining or retaining) is all about reelection, which seems incredibly stupid but remember, we are talking about politics, which is certainly no stranger to stupid.
There is an old song by Seals and Croft that some of the more – lets say mature of us might remember. The title “King of Nothing” aptly describes the prize that awaits the politician who seeks to use this virus as a means of gaining some type of advantage in terms of gaining or retaining power.
Both Maine and Michigan have been restrictive (make that VERY restrictive) in terms of locking down their respective states, and in keeping them locked down. It is also worth noting that both states have experienced some pretty significant lock down protests, and as the weather improves and the lockdown continues these protests will no doubt intensify. Enacting more severe (and in some cases ridiculous) restrictions on a states population will no doubt act as an accelerant to this protests.
Does anyone know if there is a song called “Queen of Nothing”?