Chapter 48“so what did we learn from all these plagues? :Diverse Politico Reactions”
After 10 years of virus attacks what can be learnt from our dear politicians? Well that rather depends what jurisdiction you were living in. From a Canadian perspective the pandemic was managed very well. COVID-19 was a totally new political challenge and it was managed as well as any pandemic could be. And strangely enough when Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that they had our backs I believed them and they delivered on that promise until Virus # 26 arrived and by that time Ford and Trudeau were long gone!.
Federal and provincial governments rose to the challenge. ironically it could be said their pre-pandemic management led to a pandemic crisis because of their slashing of health care budgets but if we go beyond that fundamental flaw their management of the situation brought out the best in provincial leaders such as Premier Doug Ford in Ontario and Quebec’s Francois Légault.
The United States was a confusing and deadly disaster with the COVIDs being mismanaged by the feds and the individual states. The Trumpian administration seemed more focused on re-election than containment of the COVID-19 attacks and promoted congregate spreading at its 2020 rally events and shockingly at a 2020 Tulsa Trump rally the rally organizers ordered campaign workers to remove social distancing stickers from the Tulsa auditorium’s seats .That stupid and simplistic action was the event that was the beginning of the end of Donald J. Trump. Of course, the super spreader campaign events after the Tulsa fiasco helped beat Trump in the 2020 elections.
Now there were other “regimes” that took advantage of the pandemics to solidify their political power hence Putin emerged as the new Tsar and countless corrupt third world countries ended up in their traditional military dictatorships and military juntaships.
Generally speaking what was corrupt before the viruses became more corrupt.
And when Virus # 26 hit the rotten became even more rotten. The public hangings in Russia ordered by Tsar Putin against the “spreaders of the virus” (or was it opposition party member?) were really over the top. The African genocides against the “tribes” that introduced the killer Virus # 26 were an exercise in transparent despotism.
All said and done what was bad prior to the pandemics became a stinking rotten mess.
The United States seemed stuck in a perpetual race riot. Africa lost all democracy and happily sent its delegates to the United Nations General Assembly meetings lodging them at high end super luxury hotels while millions died of starvation and disease in their countries.
So there were well meaning and honorable politicians that did the best that they could to inspire and rally their troops but there were many that took advantage to seize power and blame opposition members for introducing the viruses. Blame, cause fear and solidify power.