Coronavirus – Political? Really? OR…Conspiracy Theorists Out in Force?

Coronavirus – Political? Really? OR…Conspiracy Theorists Out in Force?

Christopher Ferrara, Fatima Center, writes…

It should have been no surprise to learn that, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, “Democrats are about twice as likely as Republicans to say the coronavirus poses an imminent threat to the United States… And more Democrats than Republicans say they are taking steps to be prepared, including washing their hands more often or limiting their travel plans.”

The political divide over the media-fanned hysteria surrounding COVID-19, shorthand for “coronavirus disease – 2019” (the year in which this particular strain of coronavirus first appeared), reflects prudent skepticism on the part of Republicans. They understand, if only intuitively, that the outbreak of this particular coronavirus — which is only part of the family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold — is being weaponized by the mass media and their partners in the Democrat Party in yet another attempt to bring down the Trump presidency. By provoking mass panic, economic slowdown, and a collapse in the stock market during an election year, the Democrat-Media alliance aims to assist the presidential campaign of Joe Biden, a clearly befuddled, 77-year-old washed-up political hack, who can barely utter two coherent sentences in a row.

Playing on the ignorance and gullibility of the masses, the media trumpet the “rising death toll” from “the coronavirus” — as if there were only one such virus in the world — which now stands at 26 people in the United States, 19 of whom resided in the same elderly living center in the State of Washington. Never mentioned are the 17,000 people who have already died from the common flu during the current flu season, or the annual death toll from the flu, ranging from 12,000 to 60,000 since 2010.

The following information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) should suffice to show that the effort to depict this virus as a world-threatening plague is but the latest hoax perpetrated by an utterly reckless mainstream media establishment whose one and only story line these days seems to be “Surely, this will be the end of Trump!” Quoth the CDC: “influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.” Moreover, for the 2019-2020 flu season the CDC has predicted “34,000,000 – 49,000,000 flu illnesses, 16,000,000 – 23,000,000 flu medical visits, 350,000 – 620,000 flu hospitalizations and 20,000 – 52,000 flu deaths.”

That’s in the United States alone. Worldwide, the death toll from influenza averages 646,000 deaths per year.

We have heard quite enough about the 26 U.S. deaths from COVID-19. Let Dr. Drew Pinsky lay this nonsense to rest in the video seen here. The press, he says, “must be held accountable” for the panic it has caused over what is essentially a small addition to an already bad flu season.
Seizing on the panic, Democrat Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) has declared that Trump must cancel his rallies on account of COVID-19. She made no such demand, however, as to rallies for Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. And there we have it: the first political virus in world history. It affects only Republican activity!

Now, given the patently leftist orientation of the current pontificate, it likewise should come as no surprise that the Italian bishops and the Vatican have decreed — believe it or not — a total suspension of Masses throughout all of Italy until at least April 3. This aligns with the diktat of Italy’s President Conte that the entire Italian nation is under quarantine and travel restrictions, including the absurd requirement that all cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants close at dusk to avoid “night life” that would supposedly spread a virus no worse than the flu that is being treated as if it were the bubonic plague.

Yet, while the Vatican and the Italian bishops suspend all Masses — which could be offered for an end to the outbreak — even under Conte’s draconian restrictions “‘the markets, shopping centers, and sports centers remain open,’ under certain conditions,” observes the website of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). So, in Italy the wheels of commerce grind on while the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is prohibited. “This fact,” says the SSPX, “sadly underlines the quasi-religious place of the body in our modern society, which supplants spirit and religion. Whereas it would be necessary ‘to implore the Divine Mercy to shorten the tribulation and to bring the Christian people and their authorities back to the true goal for which each man was created, Heavenly Bliss.’ Triumphant secularism has plunged our societies into a forgetfulness of God and Italy is no exception.”

But it is not “triumphant secularism” that has placed a ban on Masses in Italy; it is the triumphant modernism of liberalized Catholic churchmen, the Pope included. Tellingly, however, the bishops of Poland have not only rejected the panic fomented by the media and civil authorities but have called for more Sunday Masses during the outbreak. Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznań, President of the Polish bishops’ conference, has declared as follows: “In connection with the recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspector that there should be no large gatherings of people, I ask to increase – as far as possible – the number of Sunday Masses in churches so that a number of believers can attend the liturgy … according to the guidelines of the sanitary services… [I]t is unthinkable that we do not pray in our churches.”

Here we can see that the political divide over COVID-19 is reflected also in a spiritual divide within the Church: On the one hand, worldly, left-leaning hierarchs more concerned with CO2 emissions than with the salvation of souls and, on the other, bishops who reject leftist politics and still give primacy to the spiritual, including (to quote the SSPX again) “the Divine Mercy to shorten the tribulation and to bring the Christian people and their authorities back to the true goal for which each man was created, Heavenly Bliss.”

Consider the divide over the first political virus in world history yet another sign of the current unparalleled crisis in the Church. And in the world.

Comment: 

Does Christopher Ferrara have a point?  IS this virus nicely timed to bring down Donald Trump – after all, the gaffe-ridden Joe Biden has about as much chance of beating him in the next election as the rest of us have of, well, making it to the  White House ourselves 😀

Or is this just one more conspiracy theory? Fun while it lasts, but no real basis in fact?   If so, we need to redouble our prayers for an end to what is now officially a “pandemic” – a worldwide disease.  (The First Political Virus in World History, by Chris Ferrara source)

Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick,
pray for us!


Comments (227)

  • waterside4

    In common with most commentators on here I am not naïve enough to believe anything the MSM says. Now that ‘they’ have shut our golf courses down, I have returned to my other inexpert pastime – writing doggerel verse.

    This piece covers many of the points raised above by our esteemed contributors.

    FLU MANCHU

    Insidious Dr Flu Manchu
    He’s the Yellow Peril incarnate,
    More deadly than ‘evil’ Co2
    The worlds end to effectuate;
    They tried cooling then warming fake science
    Both which failed to return the stone age,
    The religious cult lacked compliance
    So they went to the lab in a rage.

    This new virus not any old flu
    It was Crowned as the King of the bunch,
    So deadly it made lab techs eschew
    ‘Till the day it was taken to lunch;
    Its live carrier sold as a food
    Trying to augment the wages of sin,
    Many Demoncrats glad to collude
    To dine out on a live pangolin.

    This could be their last throw of the dice
    To oust the last bastion of freedom,
    Mephistopheles pays a good price
    To abolish jus DE vinum;
    He stands tall – a crusader of old
    With his finger stuck fast in the dam,
    Against ferocious wolves at the fold
    In the New world – an old Notre Dame,

    Who are the ones to gain from this strife
    This war for the New World Order,
    Is it John Doe who worked all his life
    Or the ones who came over the border;
    No – it is the same scum of the earth
    Soros, Bloomberg and Rocker fella,
    Who don’t give a thought to megadeath
    They’ll find their reward in the cellar.

    March 26, 2020 at 8:13 pm
    • RCAVictor

      Waterside4,

      I think you should stay off the golf course and stick with your brilliant writing! That is, unless golfing gives you inspiration….

      March 26, 2020 at 10:13 pm
      • Margaret USA

        Did you update your avatar? It’s very nice.

        March 26, 2020 at 10:18 pm
  • Spiritus

    Ireland is now in lockdown. No one can go more than 2 miles from home except to go to “essential services” work, and to shop for food. I think that you have something similar in UK.

    March 27, 2020 at 11:52 pm
  • Spiritus March 27, 2020 at 11:58 pm
  • Spiritus

    I hope that the above link can be opened.

    March 27, 2020 at 11:58 pm
    • editor

      Yes, thank you Spiritus – your link opened to display the same restrictions in Ireland as we are observing here. Obviously a case of “great minds think alike”!

      March 28, 2020 at 12:04 am
  • Catherine

    I have taken an interest in this 5G technology. Can anyone enlighten me on how dangerous it is and What are peoples views on the idea that it may be sinister and link to this corona virus and lockdown?

    March 29, 2020 at 10:42 am
    • Michaela

      Catherine,

      I’m interested in the 5G technology as well and am very wary of it. But I think the UK government has put safeguards in place to make sure we are not being spied on when using our phones etc. Some MPs have opposed it and I think the alarm will soon be raised if the Chinese overstep the mark, so I think we’ll be OK. That’s not to say I don’t think it is a very dangerous and stupid thing to do, to let a dictatorship, a Communist dictatorship, have such influence in the UK. I do think it’s dangerous and very stupid. I’m just hopeful that the opposition MPs will keep a very close eye on it.

      March 29, 2020 at 8:05 pm
  • editor

    I watched Donald Trump’s live press conference on the virus late last night (our time) and noted this exchange… I am paraphrasing but without in any way changing or exaggerating what was said.

    Journalist: question about wearing face masks. Should people do this?

    President: hands over to medical expert.

    Medical expert: there is no evidence that wearing a face mask makes any difference. Top medical experts say that the opposite can be the case if they are not properly fitted, and also it tends to make people touch their face more often, which is contrary to the advice to avoid touching our face. So, there is no recommendation to wear one, it’s purely voluntary.

    President returns to the podium, thanks the medical expert, repeats what the expert said about it being voluntary, and says he, the President, doesn’t think he’ll wear one (or wont’ wear one – not sure of his exact words.)
    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/30/world/coronavirus-who-masks-recommendation-trnd/index.html

    BBC News this morning includes in its lead announcements the [fake] news that President Trump is refusing to follow the advice of his medical experts, by refusing to wear a face mask. That’s when I switched off. After all, if they are lying about one thing, how can I be sure that they’re not lying about everything else?

    They definitely lie about Trump. As I’ve said before, folks, if you want to know what President Trump says about anything, get it straight from his own lips – watch his live broadcasts. But if you can’t, simply do not believe anything you see reported on the mainstream news outlets in the UK. They lie… blatantly.

    April 4, 2020 at 10:43 am
    • Laura

      Editor,

      The World Health Organisation said weeks ago that face masks were of no use, unless worn properly, fitted properly, by people around infected people, such as doctors and nurses.

      I think today they are beginning to bend to pressure to say maybe they should be worn but I take this as more evidence of the panic among the people which makes the experts feel they have to keep going along with the latest demand. Face masks make people think they’re doing something effective. It’s ridiculous.

      April 4, 2020 at 4:52 pm
  • editor

    The American Thinker (NOT RCA Victor!) has just come into my inbox. This article is particularly thought-provoking…
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/04/in_what_sense_do_you_think_we_are_free.html

    April 4, 2020 at 1:58 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    This is from The Guardian newspaper, reported on msn

    “The problem with Hancock’s plan is that testing alone won’t break the chain of community transmission. To stop the spread of a virus, tests must be linked to community surveillance and contact tracing. This ensures that people who have the virus, and people they have come into contact with, can be identified quickly and quarantined at home to prevent the virus spreading. The government’s tests will measure how many people have had the virus, and will show whether health workers are immune – but without community surveillance, tests alone won’t prevent its spread.”

    After watching the China surveillance at work, I find this very frightening. I think we are being prepared to become a permanent police state. Sorry if I sound like a conspiracy theorist, I’m not, but unless someone is brainless, they have to see the danger in what is going on here.

    April 4, 2020 at 4:41 pm

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