MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Today is April 2nd, 2020. Digitally, the date is 4/2/2020 – 4+2+2+0+2+0 that equals 10.
This morning the first headline I read on my phone was from Bloomberg News and it was like it shouted at me that now 1 in 1000 people are now infected with COVID-19. I saw the number and that adds up to 0.10% the decimate number that I was talking about the day after the Ides of March.
I remember when I first talked about the threat of ignorance, there were a few people that did not take to well with what I was saying. Of course, there are those that do not believe that numbers matter but when we are in the midst of something that can only be described as evil the numbers mysteriously arrange themselves in such a way that you start to pay attention to the patterns again.
A rough estimate of 10 maybe 20 percent of the American people have coronavirus and are not showing any symptoms.
President Trump suggests that gatherings should be limited to 10 people although there are others that say 5 is too many.
Yesterday Market Watch reported that Bill Gates said in an interview that we should at least continue with social distancing another 10 weeks.
Despite urging from public health experts, some states and counties haven’t shut down completely,” he said. “In some states, beaches are still open; in others, restaurants still serve sit-down meals. This is a recipe for disaster. Because people can travel freely across state lines, so can the virus.”
He explained that until the numbers start to go down across the country, which he says could take at least 10 weeks, the shutdown should be in play everywhere. He also stepped up his call for more testing and was hopeful a vaccine will be developed in less than 18 months.
As it stands now, at least 30 states have stay-at-home orders in place with some 250 million Americans told to remain sheltered and maintain social-distancing measures.
The Pentagon confirmed that it’s seeking to provide as many as 100,000 military-style body bags for potential civilian use as the U.S. warns that deaths could soar in the coming weeks from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested 100,000 body bags, known as Human Remains Pouches, through an interagency group that directed it to the Defense Department.
Not to mention those alleged FEMA coffins that were said to exist at one time, as many of them have now disappeared from the lot they sat in for some time.
I know that the picture the media is portraying is bleak but if there was anything I would say to you now is that just because things look dire now, there is no need to give up your freedom of choice.
We still have choices and when I hear on TV commercial that we have to reset to what they are calling a new normal – they are speaking as if this is going to go on with this social distancing for life.
This is part of a huge brainwashing process.
The United States government has rolled out incredibly totalitarian measures that amount to human rights violations in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, long after this pandemic is a distant memory, the authoritarian controls will still be in place.
That is because now you are seeing it on TV and you are hearing it on the radio, you are seeing it in print ads – The New Normal is the Orwellian speak for consent with regard to what is being planned for all of us.
Local governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received the anonymized data about people in areas of “geographic interest,” with the aim being to create a portal of geolocation information for 500 cities across the country.
Many Americans are unaware that a social credit system, much like the one in China is now being used for medical surveillance. You cell phone is no longer your friend.
The new normal includes a system similar to other counties that use cellphone data to monitor citizens and see if they are complying with curbs on movement, and elimination of income in order to defeat the viral outbreak.
European mobile carriers have reportedly been sharing data with health authorities in Italy, Germany, and Austria, while at the same time respecting Europe’s privacy laws. Earlier this month, Israel passed emergency measures that allow security agencies to track the smartphone data of people with suspected COVID-19 and find others they may have come into contact with.
Even if you end up making it through this pandemic without getting sick, the economic ramifications are going to be immense and it’s expected that the government will use the implemented mass surveillance and tracked to squash riots.
This type of power can also be used to cause internet black outs and cell phone shutdowns in order to curb rioting or organizing.
Pandemic-related unemployment and shutdowns are a recipe for social unrest, that’s a huge concern as forecasters expect the U.S. unemployment rate in the months to come to surpass that seen during the depths of the Great Depression. If that happens, the fallout from the shutdown will be worse than the deaths during this pandemic. Expect these totalitarian measures being put in place now to be used to control the public when they can’t make a living anymore.
If you haven’t heard already, many Americans not only are losing their jobs but essential workers are also in the cross-hairs for either receiving hazard pay or having decreased incomes as a matter of policy.
This is being done in order to slow down or at least diminish any incentive to leave your home to work.
Do not let your normalcy bias get in the way of what is truly happening – many Americans are acting as if there is not a problem and are not thinking about what awaits us in the near future.
They keep telling us that this is the new normal – the new normal will be far from any normal that we have experienced in our lifetimes.
America needs to be prepared for a complete ideological overhaul.
They will be bombarded with this propaganda of how American lives have changed – how this virus will return with a vengeance and that we will need to again prepare for shutdowns if this is the case.
They are already speaking of projections as facts when they are merely fear porn and propaganda. There is also a mixture of political punditry that exploits the economy and uses the virus as a cudgel against the current administration. This goes beyond red state or blue state—this is about providing for a country beaten down with a globalist solution.
Propaganda is not about getting the objective truth of a situation; it’s about spreading a message. Most people will believe a message that they already agree with but propaganda is used to coerce you into believing that your choices are not sound ones and that your government is looking out for your best interests.
To live in a society where you’re only being fed one angle of something is not only undemocratic it’s also a form of dehumanization. Many people are already seeing that the dehumanization process has already begun.
As much as we are looking at China and pointing the finger at not being forthcoming with information about COVID-19 – we need to look no further than our own media and how they have been giving conflicting reports about death tolls, infection rates, and who is surviving that virus.
The point here is none of the numbers are accurate and there is a good chance that we will never have accurate numbers, yet the establishment media continues to cite those “official” numbers even as other headlines from the same sources, provides information that contradicts their own reports.
They expect people to not notice or to wave it away because they themselves are refusing to acknowledge just how bizarre the MSM’s reporting on this has been since the beginning.
If anyone even entertains the idea that the viral impact is subsiding in other states, they are shouted down and told that the death tolls are far more important than speaking about recovery and how we can get back to the real normal and what they want you to think is the new normal.
If unkempt celebrities singing the song Imagine isn’t enough to play on your “we are a;; in this together” moment – then showing people lying helplessly in hospital beds with tubes running through them barely able to breathe—will force you into compliance.
A media that claims that they put Facts before Fear does not practice what they preach and the American people should stop a moment and figure this through.
COVID-19 should not be a life sentence—Trump called it the invisible enemy, however the true invisible enemy are those unknown faces that are asking questions.
With a labor market in free-fall, ten million Americans have lost their jobs in two weeks. CNN reported Thursday afternoon that stimulus checks for households could take up to 20 weeks, which is creating a perfect storm of possible social unrest.
The Columbia University School of Public Health studied the effects of poverty on death rates. The investigators found that 4.5% of US deaths were attributable to poverty. That’s about 130,000 deaths annually.
How will this be affected by COVID-19? One way to begin estimating is to consider how the number of people living in poverty will increase.
Before the COVID-19 response, approximately 12% of Americans lived below the officially defined poverty line. That percentage will undoubtedly rise significantly due to the expected increase in unemployment.
Although deaths due to poverty are not entirely about food access, it is a significant factor in that category. In times of economic hardship many people can’t afford good food, causing malnutrition and, in some cases, starvation. People also can’t access food causing the same outcomes. Limited access to nutritious food is a root cause of diet-related diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and infant mortality issues. A recent estimate suggests 20% of all deaths worldwide are linked to poor diets.
Food access issues will be further exacerbated with the COVID-19 problem due to the anticipated issues with food production and prices. If the COVID-19 response lasts for years as expected, our estimate will need to be a multiple of the 130,000 annual figure. Using the 6-year estimate, we get 780,000 deaths.
The Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies recently warned that a “social bomb could explode at any moment” over Western cities. That is because the evolution of the pandemic, which has crashed the American economy into a depression, could result in social unraveling in major metros, specifically in low-income areas.
We have reported that Americans are panic hoarding guns, food and other things as the fear of social unrest could be imminent. President Trump signed an executive order last Friday that allows for up to one million National Guard and reservists to be called up to fight the virus or be used to maintain social order.
With lockdowns across the country, the National Guard has been deployed across many states. Their mission is to go door to door taking temperatures and delivering food – for now.
Many Americans recognize the writing on the wall of what could happen next, that is, the possibility of social unrest and it makes sense why gun stores saw record sales across the country last month with weapons and ammo in short supply.
You can call it the new normal all you like – but the reality is never this sanitized.
The real problem we face today is not a virus. The greater problem is that people have failed to engage in critical thinking due to the fear promoted by some media and government officials.
Just because we’re fighting an unseen enemy in the form of a virus doesn’t mean we have to relinquish every shred of our humanity, our common sense, or our freedoms to a nanny state that thinks it can do a better job of keeping us safe.
Whatever we give up willingly now—whether it’s basic human decency, the ability to manage our private affairs, the right to have a say in how the government navigates this crisis, or the few rights still left to us that haven’t been disemboweled in recent years by a power-hungry police state—we won’t get back so easily once this crisis is past.
The government never cedes power willingly.
It’s one thing to attempt an experiment in social distancing in order to flatten the curve of this virus because we can’t afford to risk overwhelming the hospitals and exposing the most vulnerable in the nation to unavoidable loss of life scenarios.
However, there’s a fine line between strongly worded suggestions for citizens to voluntarily stay at home and strong-armed house arrest orders with penalties in place for non-compliance.
Many people have not paid attention in civics class to understand or recognize Martial law. It may appear that we are seeing it now but as they say you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Martial Law is a raw exercise of executive power that can override the other branches of government and assume control over the functioning of a nation, state, or smaller area within a state. The power has been exercised by the president, as President Lincoln did soon after the start of the Civil War, and by governors, as was done in Idaho to quell a miner’s strike that broke out there in 1892.
In areas under Martial Law, all power rests with the military authority in charge.
We did not have to declare Martial Law after the attacks of 9/11 and I would be very suspicious if they decide to declare it before any known uprisings begin—if there are any that happen.
During real Martial Law, Military personnel are not bound by constitutional restrictions requiring a warrant, and may enter and search homes at without judicial authorization or oversight. Indeed, civil courts would no longer be functioning to hear citizen complaints or to enforce their constitutional rights.
Thus far, we have not breached the Constitution’s crisis point: martial law has yet to be overtly imposed—we are being acclimated however.
People have been sending me pictures of trains carrying military vehicles and Humvees have been seen roaring into cities.
This is intimidating of course but eventually people get used to it.
Curiously enough, although Americans have been generally compliant with the government’s suggestions and orders with a few notable exceptions, there’s been a small groundswell of resistance within parts of the religious community over whether churches, synagogues and other religious institutions that hold worship services should be exempt from state-wide bans on mass gatherings. While many churches have resorted to drive-in services and live-streamed services for its congregants, others have refused to close their doors.
One pastor of a 4,000-member church who stood his ground, claiming that the government’s orders violate his right to religious freedom, was arrested after holding multiple church services during which attendees were reportedly given hand sanitizer and made to keep a six-foot distance between family groups.
It’s an interesting test of the First Amendment’s freedom of assembly and religious freedom clauses versus the government’s compelling state interest in prohibiting mass gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Generally, the government has to show a compelling state interest before it can override certain critical rights such as free speech, assembly, press, search and seizure, Most of the time, it lacks that compelling state interest, but it still manages to violate those rights, setting itself up for legal battles further down the road.
These lockdown measures—on the right of the people to peaceably assemble, to travel, to engage in commerce, unquestionably restrict fundamental constitutional rights, which might pass muster for a short period of time but soon this will become a legal matter if it goes beyond the threat of the virus.
People will need to brush up on what their rights are, after the initial threat subsides.
The government should consider a reset of everything I would much rather have debts forgiven then having to find resources from a measly check that the government tells us is in the mail.
They just don’t give things to you – I am sure there is a catch.
At the moment, the government believes it has a compelling interest—albeit a temporary one—in restricting gatherings, assemblies and movement in public in order to minimize the spread of this virus.
While we may tolerate these restrictions on our liberties in the short term, we should never fail to be on guard lest these one-time constraints become a slippery slope to a total lockdown mindset.
What we must guard against, more than ever before, is the tendency to become so accustomed to our prison walls—these lockdowns, authoritarian dictates, and police state tactics justified as necessary for national security—that we allow the government to keep having its way in all things, without any civic resistance or objections being raised.
The effects of COVID-19 will certainly be felt for many years and the media will urge people to do things that they would not normally do as Americans. Most of what I have warned you about in the past is coming true and will eventually be a part of your reality soon
A virus can disappear, the curve can be lowered but that will not change the power grab and the threats that will be made about a possible return to more insanity.
Now is the best time to start questioning the power that is being abused during this crisis and to monitor whether or not that balance of power will return.