“If We Knew Then What We Know Now…” (Updated)

“If We Knew Then What We Know Now…” (Updated)

This ought to be the theme set by President Trump in his renewed Covid-19 briefings, and the completion of the sentence is:  “we would not have ordered a shutdown—and that is why we can now lift all remaining lockdowns and covid-related restrictions throughout this country.”

The overwhelming power of this theme, and the overwhelming rationale for using it, comes from the simple fact that it is true.

  • We know now that Covid-19 is an unpleasant disease, a dangerous and potentially fatal disease for the elderly and infirm, and an extremely rare disease in children.
  • We know now there are therapeutic treatments—hydroxychloroquine (UPDATERead THIS)is the foundation of one entire branch of remedies (which Trump himself made use of), and inhaled steroids (budesonide being one) are another—which are showing undeniable efficacy all over the country.
  • We know now the lethality of Covid-19 is comparable to that of a bad flu (and that assumes the reported ‘Covid-19 deaths’ are not substantially overstated, though there is abundant evidence that they are—which would mean the actual lethality may be significantly less than a bad flu).
  • “Spikes” in new ‘cases’ reflect increased testing and the predominance of mild and completely asymptomatic incidents of the disease (and a large amount of false positive and fraudulent reporting); they have only confirmed the low lethality rate (and driven it lower)

Had all of the foregoing been known at the time of the initial outbreak, there would have been no lockdown, and probably no restrictions of any kind.  The disease would have spread as contagious diseases do, the especially sick would have been treated in hospitals and ICUs, and the remaining cases would have run their course with infected people missing a few days of work, recovering, and going back to work.

There is no shame in acknowledging this truth.  A contagious virus seeming to originate from China and possibly from a CCP bioweapons lab deserved special precautions.  The US national public health authorities advised special precautions, and President Trump followed their advice.  To say now that their advice turned out to be overcautious is not to say they acted in bad faith (though the jury is still out on Fauci), nor is it to say that Covid-19 is no big deal.

It is simply to point out truth in a common sense, understandable way that allows Americans to break free of the paralysis of fear—and simultaneously breaks the rationale of the continued stranglehold that some state and local officials are still imposing on the American people.

It is unfathomable that President Trump does not know the truth about what we now know about Covid-19.

And so Trump’s continued public statements that:

(1) label Covid-19 ‘the plague’;

(2) tout his decisions to shut down air travel from China and then authorize the shutdown of the country as ‘saving millions of lives’;

(3) endorse the PC view that mask-wearing is a patriotic, unselfish act; and

(4) enshrine the mantra of urging patient endurance because ‘the vaccine is coming, the vaccine is coming!

…can only reflect

(a) a political calculation that admitting governmental overreaction to Covid-19 will harm his re-election prospects, or

(b) a personal predilection against ever admitting error—even when it was not in fact his error, or

(c) that his own germaphobia has him still fearful—

or some combination of the above.

This is a tragic, unnecessary and massive miscalculation by President Trump, and the American people are paying a huge price for it.  They are ready to power their economy to a strong rebound, but Trump is enabling the lockdowns and fear to continue.  His public posture allows Newsom and Cuomo—to name just two blue state governors—to continue the dictatorial tyranny in the name of ‘science’, when there is no science whatsoever behind continued lockdowns.  But there is a continuing fear created by the initial overreaction, and this is easily leverageable by governors and local officials who want to use it to be little Napoleons in their own domains.

Just in time for the November election, the continued lockdowns in major states are going to make the monthly economic news for August and September (and maybe even July) likely to turn stagnant or negative.  The MSM will go bonkers when that happens, and Trump will be left talking about another ridiculous funny money stimulus, bizarre ideas for how to operate schools with masks and social distancing, and promising delivery of a vaccine that still won’t be ready but will be proceeding on what looks increasingly like a rushed, caution-to-the-winds development plan.

A majority of Trump supporters—probably even a large majority—will walk barefoot over broken glass to vote for his re-election in November no matter what the status of Covid-19 lockdowns or anything else, simply because the alternative of the radical left governing this nation is too frightening to even consider.  But if Trump loses the election because of a re-sagging economy, unhappy parents of school-age children, and general fatigue from pandemic fear—all associated with Trump as President—he will have no one to blame but himself.

President Trump, please trust the truth.  Truth has power; truth enables and empowers freedom—which is the bloodstream of America.  Admitting the truth is calming, clarifying, health-giving.

The truth is:  if we knew then (back in February) what we know now about Covid-19, there would have been no lockdowns.  Which means there do not need to be any lockdowns now.

Let’s trust our doctors and healthcare system to ride this out, and get on with life in America.  NOW.

Eric Georgatos blogs at America Can We Talk?

  • Heretic
    Posted at 08:23h, 23 July Reply

    The virus was never anything but an excuse for the Communists to destroy the economy.

  • D3F1ANT
    Posted at 09:02h, 23 July Reply

    Everyone knew the lockdown was a mistake even when it was originally forced upon us. You can’t hide from this virus.

  • Pete Dornay
    Posted at 10:40h, 23 July Reply

    A breath of fresh air from the lies, fraud and deception of the major sewer media.

  • michael savell
    Posted at 11:40h, 23 July Reply

    This appears to be a watershed for medics.They forced HCQ off the shelves in February proving that some knew this virus was on the way.If they are so adamant that it is no good why not let the people buy it if they want.I know all doctors are not anti and have treated their patients with it and say they have been successful so why deny everybody a chance to take it,provided of course that they do not already suffer from the virus or a bad heart condition.To say 000’s have died because of it’s rejection would be an understatement and many more will die from the virus if they do not give it a chance.As for the vaccines promised-so far they appear to promote cancer and mutant genes and you may well end up with mutant genes and AI to.. make sure all info from your body is recorded.Again,why are not the medical profession keeping us informed?.As to the virus itself,this outbreak was shown on the internet in JANUARY so why were there no plans put ion place especially wth regard to flights from places in China like Wuhan?It almost seems like we have a eugenicist in our midst who jhas infiltrated the minds of those who aare supposed to be looking after us.Furthemore where are these escaped scientists and what are they saying?
    Nobody knows and the media is not bothering to find out,even if they can .What kind of a world will it become when you can no longer find anyone to trust?

  • Sherman+Thompson
    Posted at 12:44h, 23 July Reply

    Trump was right on HCQ but totally rong in trusting Farci or letting the little weasel anywhere near the WH.

  • Suzanne Alexander
    Posted at 15:47h, 23 July Reply

    Thank you Eric for such a cogent argument to face the facts about the nightmare-that-should-not-have-been. I pray that President Trump sees this and agrees with the powerful truths you have written. I am a Trumper and as you said, will walk over broken glass to vote for him in November, God willing, but he is listening to the wrong people now. He needs to fire them because they do not have America’s welfare at heart. In my opinion, there are quislings among his advisors — how else to explain the bad advice they give him. Evil surrounds him.
    God keep America and President Trump safe from harm.

  • Dr. William Laughlin
    Posted at 17:43h, 23 July Reply

    This was a well-considered and cogent commentary. Trump was on the cutting edge when he mentioned HCQ back in March but failed to go to bat for it when it came under fire. Who was he afraid of? FDA bureaucrats? He seems to have completely thrown in with the vaccine crowd. That’s a POOR decision, one that will likely backfire. He needs to read Dr. Bartlett’s paper and promote the hell out of Budesonide. Let Dr. Bartlett face down national critics at a White House presser if Trump won’t. You are correct that a majority of the country is ready to put this bogus “pandemic” behind us. Trump had better carefully consider the options, as the risk is too great to keep on going in the same direction much longer.

    One other possibility would be for one of Bartlett’s people to get a hold of Rush Limbaugh, who frequently has the President’s ear. I’ve heard Rush get frustrated with one caller, a doctor, who was trying to explain how HCQ had been unfairly maligned, and how it works nearly every time it’s used correctly. Rush apparently has failed to resolve the HCQ “controversy” adequately enough himself to be able to clearly stand on one side or the other. Having heard Dr. Bartlett’s experiences with Budesonide convinced me that it is a better way to go, but either method WORKS. We need to break this medical monopoly stranglehold and bust up the tinhorn “little Napoleons” and their chokeholds on state and local conditions. It’s TIME.

  • Danny Jacks
    Posted at 22:35h, 23 July Reply

    I agree with a lot of what is stated in this article. But the part about “if we knew then what we know now, there would nave been no lock downs” I have to disagree with.
    I have payed close attention to most all of this BS from the get go and I feel strongly that the lock downs were and still are strictly political. It is governors and mayors that have implemented most if not all of these lock downs. Therefore in this presidential election cycle the extreme left ( most of the democrat party ) and their minions in the left controlled media have worked overtime to push the false narratives regarding this virus for political benefit. The “experts” that knew these things back then and tried to warn the world could not get any legitimate media coverage or backing and were written off as being a bunch of quacks. So yes, there were a few “experts” even back at the beginning of this fiasco that knew then what most are only now starting to figure out.

  • Michael Dayt
    Posted at 09:40h, 24 July Reply

    The Truth will set us FREE , Potus Trump explained he has taking a very simple intellectual test and passed IT. Trump has articulated the facts of the Virius clearly , and the Truth of it’s maker, and still he give the fifty petty newTYRANTS the power over the lives ,the economy of our way of life liberty and our Pursuit of Happiness to evil petty humans who have removed the Bill Of Rights .
    I will vote for the new dicktater Trump for when it is all said and done all the Poolitical bandits will find out what all who have attempted the sum of all fears against WE THE PEOPLE LEARN the hard way ,With a Firm Reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence we will OVERCOME EVIL.
    And Justice For All will happen.

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