These replies, amounting eventually to a general and multi-faceted defense, started when I read a Facebook post from one of my Canadian cousins who is very dear to me (I am half-Canadian; my father was born there) . . . expressing Canadian anger over Trump ordering a company (3M) to stop selling N95 masks to Canada.
The U.S. is facing a dire shortage of N95 face masks, and they are only going to be more difficult to find as COVID-19 cases keep accelerating and manufacturers struggle to keep up with skyrocketing demand.
Major retailers, including Home Depot, [have] stopped selling these masks in store in order to free up more inventory for health care workers and those working in high-risk environments; smaller sellers with limited supply are running prices through the roof; and the federal government has nearly depleted its stockpile of N95s as well as other personal protective equipment (PPE).
Because of this, we have a severe shortage of medical supplies, including these masks. Now, I’m sure that that will change soon, because lots of people are cranking them out, just as the Willow Run plant near us [metro Detroit] cranked out the bombers that helped win World War II. We’ll get it done, and it won’t be long. Then I say, send them all around the world to whomever needs them.
Once we get a handle on our own severe crisis and have adequate supplies, I’m quite sure we will send you whatever you need. No one in the history of the world has helped other countries as much as we have: not even close. We even do that with countries who tried to devour us in a world war (Japan, Germany). Mark my words: when we are under control, Canada will get all she wants from us, no questions asked.
“3M lists all its distributors online, the ones buying and selling these things, and these distributors are making as much money as they possibly can. It’s wrong, it’s criminal,” Cuban said in the interview. “It’s operating like an illegal drug market, not a legitimate market. I get wanting to make millions of dollars, but people are dying.”
Cuzzin Dave, the Southerner with half-Canadian blood running through my veins.
In an Oval Office address on Wednesday night, he imposed a 30-day ban on travel from Europe to the United States, claiming, without evidence, that the European Union’s lax initial response had brought more cases of the virus across the Atlantic, with “a large number of new clusters” seeded by travelers from the Continent. . . .
The same denigration of science and urge to block outsiders has characterized leaders from China to Iran, as well as right-wing populists in Europe, which is sowing cynicism and leaving people uncertain of whom to believe.
On March 16th The New York Times reported that for the past week, the mayor’s “top aides were furiously trying to change the mayor’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak. There had been arguments and shouting matches between the mayor and some of his advisers; some top health officials had even threatened to resign if he refused to accept the need to close schools and businesses, according to several people familiar with the internal discussions.”
On the same day, Governor Andrew Cuomo limited gatherings to 50 people and closed bars and restaurants:
On the 18th, he ordered businesses to keep 50 percent of their workers at home, then increased that to 75 percent the next day. On the 20th, he ordered all nonessential businesses to close.
In the United States, where COVID-19 has sickened more than 800 people and killed at least 30, sports teams are playing without crowds, several concerts have been cancelled and some schools and universities [shortly after, even churches] are shutting down in an effort to keep the virus from spreading.
Canada, meanwhile, has seen very limited domestic transmission of the virus, and event planners say it’s largely business as usual until that changes.
The coronavirus could hit 35 to 70 per cent of the Canadian population, making “a huge number of people ill,” many critically, and makeshift hospitals and quarantine centres could be needed to shore up a health system that has virtually no give, experts predict.
According to a disease-transmission model developed by University of Toronto researchers, the virus’ overall attack rate in Canada, without public health interventions, could exceed 70 per cent. That number drops sharply, by about half, “if we add modest control,” said epidemiologist Dr. David Fisman, one of the model’s creators, but it will take “aggressive social distancing and large scale quarantines” to reduce it further, he said.
So it seems to simply boil down to your personal dislike of Trump, which, of course, is not itself an argument. So many arguments come down to personal disdain of him. But it seems to me a crisis like this has to be about much more than our personal dislikes. There were many Brits who didn’t care for Winston Churchill at all, but in the grave situation of 1940, he became everyone’s leader and the political antipathies went by the wayside, while the very existence of western civilization was being maintained. Then after the war he was booted out and the country went for the Labour Party . . .
Meanwhile, even Democrat governors have been praising Trump’s response to the crisis; for example, ultra-liberal California governor Gavin Newsom:
I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has . . . And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly. The fact is, every time I’ve called the president, he’s quickly gotten on the line.
“We had a private conversation, but he said, ‘We’re gonna do the right thing’ and ‘You have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise,'” Newsom told reporters at a Monday news conference.
“He said everything I could have hoped for,” the governor asserted. “And we had a very long conversation and every single thing he said, they followed through on,” he noted.“Every single thing… has been consistent with expectation we’d repatriate these passengers and do it in a way that does justice to the spirit that defines the best of our country,” the governor said.
Newsom said that he has received “consistent” support from Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“His team is on it. They’ve been responsive . . . I want to say thank you.”
The Democratic governor said that he spoke to Trump on Tuesday and that the president is “100 percent sincere” in his desire to work with the state to control the virus outbreak, which has mushroomed in the U.S. over the past week.
The administration is “ready and willing to help,” Cuomo said, “especially on the hospital capacity issue.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo praised the president’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak during a press conference Wednesday, saying “we’re fighting the same war… we’re in the same trench.”
“He is fully engaged on trying to help… He’s being very creative & very energetic and I thank him for his partnership.”
Cuomo said Trump was doing a “really good job” and specifically praised him for sending a U.S. Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds to New York.
Politics aside, this is incredible and the right response in this critical time, . . . we should never let politics get in the way of good policy. This is a great start and hope others will be part of a united front to push for good policies that will help us work through the economic anxiety the country is feeling right now.
Looks like he’s doing a great job to me.
Lastly, even an expert as widely praised (across the political spectrum) as Dr. Anthony Fauci, was talking very differently back between January 21st and February 21st. Very few (if anyone) could see what was coming in March until it was upon us. It makes it all the more remarkable that President Trump closed travel from China on January 31st. And he also saw early on the potential life-saving capabilities of hydroxychloroquine: now increasingly endorsed by many medical experts and doctors. It’s irrational and unjust to the extreme to place all the blame on the President for the virus.
My cousin opined: “You yourself as well as your president have been…… up until a few days ago insisted it was under control.”
What I am contending is that if Taylor Marshall wants to argue this way about God’s judgment, and apply it to the current pandemic tragedy (complete with absurd, ludicrous charges that the suspension of Masses — even in pandemic-ravaged Italy? — is also part of God’s judgment), then he has to explain this anomaly of the “good guy” being afflicted and the arch-enemy “bad guy” and antichrist, Pope Francis, walking the streets of Rome virus-free thus far.
That’s not to deny the deeply and profoundly serious nature of what we face over the next few months at a minimum. We need to take sensible, rational precautions (most importantly for the elderly and those with any medical condition) — thoroughly wash hands, avoid unnecessary contact and large crowds, stay home if sick, do whatever else is being recommended by the experts in the field.
Addendum (April 7th): I wrote on April 4th (three days earlier, as I write), to one of my Canadian first cousins (included above):
Once we get a handle on our own severe crisis and have adequate supplies, I’m quite sure we will send you whatever you need. . . . Mark my words: when we are under control, Canada will get all she wants from us, no questions asked.
The Trump administration has agreed a deal with the US manufacturer 3M to import more than 166m respirators from China over the next three months and allow 3M to continue exporting its US-made respirators. . . .
Meanwhile, the 3M statement said: “The plan will also enable 3M to continue sending US produced respirators to Canada and Latin America, where 3M is the primary source of supply.”
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