The Wuhan Coronavirus Gives Rise to Hypocrisy

By Allen West | March 23, 2020 | 6:37am EDT
A sign of the times at the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy. (Photo by JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images)
A sign of the times at the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy. (Photo by JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images)

Yes, I know, I will now be labeled a racist for using the term, “Wuhan Coronavirus.” Regardless, I have been reading, studying charts, graphs, and other analytical data until I am blue in the face.

I think it is time for all of us to take a common sense, rational look at what is happening with this COVID-19 episode. And yes, we should ponder some very glaring hypocrisies that present themselves.

First, I am still rather perplexed that we are implementing draconian practices such as mandating citizens to “stay at home.” We are facing increased levels of unemployment. We are bankrupting small businesses. We are potentially damaging our economy by way of increased debt. We are once again pondering bailouts to private sector corporations. And we are creating such a hysteria that toilet paper is being hoarded.

All of this over a virus that pales in comparison to other pandemics we have seen, most recently the H1N1 (swine flu). We need to realize that right now we have more Americans getting sick and dying from the common flu/influenza than what is happening with COVID-19.

Also, realize that we have a vaccine for the flu which we are told to take each year, but tens of thousands of people still get, and die from, the flu. Yes, the common flu, influenza, is still around, even with a vaccine. So, why is it that we do not take these drastic measures each flu season? Why is it that we did not take these drastic measures during the H1N1, or even other, pandemic scares? Remember the H1N1 virus scare went from April 2009 into early 2010 -- 61 million Americans were infected, and 12,469 died. As of the posting of this piece, we are still below 300 Americans dead, sadly, from the COVID-19.


There is a very perplexing hypocrisy operating here. This is not a matter of being a conspiracy theorist, it is a simple assessment that anyone with common sense would ask.

We hear the word “infected” being used incessantly. Why can’t we just say people are getting sick? After all, people get sick with the flu every year, and it kills far more than what we have seen to date with COVID-19. Do we say that people are being “infected” with the flu? We get reports, numbers, on new COVID-19 cases, but how many cases have been dropped? In other words, how many of those who contracted the Wuhan coronavirus are cleared? What happened with Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson?

It would also be better to assess this virus in America, and not in comparison with unlike countries. America is not Italy. In Italy, where I was once stationed in the Army, they do not have senior living communities, as we do. Their seniors reside at home in an extended familial society, so their seniors are more exposed, and therefore, susceptible to this virus. Then again, our seniors are more susceptible to the common flu/influenza anyways.

Yes, I know, I am running the risk of being condemned as a heretic. Well, I will gladly challenge the premise that the world is flat. I think we all need to stop and take measure about what is happening in our America, and the hypocrisy it presents.

For some unexplained reason, we have launched into a manic hysteria when an objective analysis would ask, why? Yes, we are paralyzed by a fear, which I must ask -- is it real, or is it manufactured? When one carefully assesses previous pandemics, it would appear the latter. Of course, we must be vigilant, and take precautions, but this has become far more than that. Yes, I want to know more about the origin of this virus…Chinese wet markets?

If someone wanted to bring down the American economy, you could not have written a better script. It appears that a nation like America, which has seen some very dark days, can be driven into a panic and paranoia.

There is another interesting hypocrisy with the Wuhan Coronavirus. In Puerto Rico and Massachusetts, the governors have determined that abortion clinics are essential, and may stay open. In Puerto Rico, the Governor there mandated that a crisis pregnancy center, you know they seek to save the lives of unborn babies, must close.

So, let me get this straight in my head, at a time when we are supposed to be so concerned with saving lives, there are those willing to take lives? So, the life of an unborn baby is non-essential according to these two Governors?

There is a real virus in America that has taken the lives of nearly 60 million in the last 47 years, just in America. It is a crisis, of the most serious nature, that the World Health Organization has never declared a pandemic, or even a genocide.

It is a crisis that here in America, has sadly taken the lives of 20 million unborn black babies. Yet, if you speak out about this crisis you are viciously attacked, assailed, denigrated, and disparaged. You could even be threatened, such as Senator Chuck Schumer levied against two sitting US Supreme Court Justices, with no consequences whatsoever.

The Wuhan Coronavirus has taken fewer than 300 lives in America, yet every week, far more unborn American babies are butchered in their mother’s womb. Yet, we insidiously refer to that as a right, when our Declaration of Independence declares our first unalienable right, endowed by our Creator God, is Life.

We have created a hysteria over saving certain lives, when we dismiss concern over saving little innocent lives. Who has made this decision?

There are many hypocrisies surrounding the Wuhan Chinese coronavirus, immediately our panicked response comes to mind. But, more important is the question of who is determining which lives are more important…and worth decimating our economy over.

I wish there were such a national response to the virus of murdering our unborn American babies.

(Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. During his 22-year career, he served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, receiving many honors including a Bronze Star. In 2010, West was elected as a member of the 112th Congress representing Florida’s 22nd District. He is a Fox News contributor and author of “Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom” and his latest book from Brown Books Publishing Group, “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death.”  Mr. West writes daily commentary on his personal website and is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias.)

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