A “useless eater”
Those of you of a certain age will have seen the BBC epic “I Claudius” with John Hurt and Derek Jacobi. If not, it is a good time to so, locked up at home as we all are.
Within this drama of Roman Emperors from Augustus to Nero we find the Emperor Caligula, great grandson of Marc Antony, recently recovered from illness entering the Senate for the first time since recovering. Now all of the Senators knew by this time that Emperor Caligula was a mad man and, in order to survive, you had kiss up to the madman.
Caligula is walking among the Senators and spies one. “I understand that you offered your life for mine so that I be spared. Is that true?” I’m paraphrasing here.
“Why yes Divine Emperor! I did!”
“Well thank you for your kind offer of sacrifice! Now….what are you doing here?”
Sometimes in a rash attempt to be noticed, one says something that comes back to bite them in the ass. One should not tempt the Fates; karma can be such a bitch.
We have all seen our illustrious leader giving his daily update on the “war” against the virus flanked by noted doctors as well as his flunkies. We passed the 100,000 cases mark this week, giving us the highest level of known infections in the world. And the number keeps climbing. While “millions and millions” of pieces of protective equipment have been distributed, there are apparently shortages everywhere in the wealthiest country on earth. In the face of a potentially massive shortage of ventilators, our Great Leader stated that he thought the need was overblown but then commanded General Motors begin to make ventilators. He complained that some of the nation’s Governors were not treating him “appreciatively.”
In the face of dire warnings of a potential catastrophe he stated this week that he would like to see America “open by Easter.” How glorious it would be to see the churches filled to capacity on Easter Sunday. Note the sop to evangelicals. Like he’s a believer.
Among his medical experts there was a bit of eye rolling caught on camera and fingers to the forehead. The warnings have been clear; end social distancing too soon will bring a crush of new patients to overwhelmed hospitals, lacking enough protective gear and ventilators to save everyone.
What is really being said here is that the President and the right are perfectly willing to let the “useless eaters” (yes, that phrase has been used in the swamp fever media) die in order to quickly resurrect the economy in time for and in support of Trump’s re-election. “Useless eaters” being the old, non-working, end of their life anyway elderly. After all, the young, healthy working folks nay get sick but for the most part they will survive.
And as was said in one of the Rocky movies – “If they die, they die!”
Are we to wreck capitalism just so the old geezers, who are probably going to die soon anyway can live a few more non-productive months or years collecting social security checks? To Trump and his minions, worsening the pandemic is of little consequence, even at the risk to many lives, when compared with keeping him in office to continue the looting and corruption.
Himmler is laughing his ass off somewhere.
As part and parcel of the obvious attempt to “re-open” the economy, the attacks on the medical experts who disagree with our Great Leader who knows all have begun in earnest. The fire from the anti-science right is currently focused on Dr. Anthony Fauci who has shared the stage with the President and, as a trust source of information, has occasionally upstaged him.
From the right wing “American Thinker” (that’s a laugh in itself) : Dr. Fauci is a “deep state stooge and a hack ” working to undermine the President at every turn. Evidence? Well he once congratulated Hillary Clinton on her testimony before a Congressional Committee. And there is a picture of him with Nancy Pelosi.
“I believe he wants of extend his moment in the sun, which he regards a career defining crown on his resume. He dismisses out of hand any suggested treatments claiming they must be tested for safety. He smirks and sneers. My guess is he wants his big pharma buddies and funders of his offshore accounts to have time to develop new drugs. Nobody gonna make any money off chloroquine, Need more time to bring down the country and institute government healthcare and cement democrat control”
It was recommended that Trump fire Dr, Fauci and appoint Ben Carson to lead the Coronavirus task force instead.
Far-right talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, like President Donald Trump, has been a frequent source of nonsense during the coronavirus crisis: on his February 24 show, he equated COVID-19 with “the common cold.” And on Friday, the 69-year-old Limbaugh argued that health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cannot be trusted because they are part of “the Deep State” and have an anti-Trump agenda.
In audio that Media Matters has posted on its website, Limbaugh can be heard on Friday telling listeners, “We’ve talked about the Deep State all these years since Trump was elected — the Trump-Russia collusion, the FBI — well, the Deep State extends very deeply. And the American people did not elect a bunch of health experts that we don’t know. We didn’t elect a president to defer to a bunch of health experts that we don’t know.”
On February 24, Limbaugh insisted that the mainstream media were exaggerating the threat posed by coronavirus as a way of attacking Trump, telling his audience, “It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump. I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”
That day, Limbaugh also told listeners, “The drive-by media hype of this thing as a pandemic, as the Andromeda strain, as, ‘Oh, my God, if you get it, you’re dead’.… I think the survival rate is 98%. Ninety-eight per cent of people (who) get the coronavirus survive. It’s a respiratory system virus.”
Meanwhile the Lt. Governor of Texas said we should all calm down and go back to work. We don’t want to destroy America and the economy for our children. “Let us older folks take care or ourselves.”
He was echoed by many others on the right. All this shut down hoopla is just a left wing ploy to destroy capitalism. The only way for the Dems to beat Trump in November was to bring down the economy. So all you folks out there who want to save our country and capitalism for our children should rise up and with one voice, demand we go back to work.
Patriots all. Ready to give their lives for the capitalist way.
All those inviting karma and tempting the Fates, those who don’t give a rat’s ass if older folks die, should remember Caligula and your mother.
Why are you still here?
P.S. -My father was 56 in 1973. He had emphysema from years of exposure to concrete and lime dust. He caught the ordinary flu. You know. The nothing serious kind.
HE was snuffed out like a candle in one day.
I’m beginning to think the Democrats should draft Andrew Cuomo for President.