Editorial: President Trump’s “Middle Path” on Chinese Coronavirus has proven right on the mark, as Woodward’s research, vaccine efforts, economic progress reveal

Editorial: President Trump’s “Middle Path” on Chinese Coronavirus has proven right on the mark, as Woodward’s research, vaccine efforts, economic progress reveal

Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, The Golden Hammer

President Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America, not the dictator of a third-world nation. In America, we value individual liberty and the freedoms which our written Constitution guarantees, such as the right to assemble peaceably, the right to pray to God without government interference, the right of Free Speech, and the right to privacy under the Fourth Amendment from searches and seizures unless there is probable cause for the government to act otherwise.

As a result, when the alarms began – wrongly – to suggest that government needed to interfere with American economic activity and to mandate a public health response to the COVID-19 disease, which has clearly had far less public health impact than pro-Big-Government bureaucrats had predicted, President Trump had to respond to the panic while also protecting American liberty and American freedom. While the President of the United States does not plan, mandate, and control economic activity, his actions create important public perceptions, which directly impact markets and create expectations which drive economic activity.

President Trump’s current challenger, Joe Biden, seems to want an “all” response, meaning he would shut down economic activity, suspend the United States Constitution, and implement “command and control” nationwide in order to respond to bureaucrats’ public health fears.

Deaths, havoc, and destruction during the Chinese Coronavirus crisis, however, came from two directions. The virus did cause some deaths, although recent Centers for Disease Control statistics suggest that the true number of fatalities from the disease is far below the media depiction of those numbers. Some government leaders, such as Collin County (Texas) Judge Chris Hill and State Senator Brandon Creighton (Republican of Conroe), have challenged the validity of those numbers.

The other direction from whence deaths came, however, was from the response. When local politicians panicked in mid-March, deaths by suicide spiked in response to the economic collapse those politicians caused. The suicide rate is the secret set of statistics government has hidden when thinking people began to ask for a comparison between suicide death statistics and COVID-19 death statistics. Similarly, Montgomery County Hospital District Chair Georgette Whatley publicly admitted that deaths of people, who were too scared to use emergency medical services for fear of contracting COVID-19 in hospitals and other health care facilities, from strokes, heart attacks, and other major medical emergencies, have exceeded deaths from the Chinese Coronavirus disease. That doesn’t even include all of the misery from lost jobs, family violence, and the inability to meet financial obligations, which the government over-reaction to the virus caused. (Notice that government paychecks, including for elected officials, never stopped during the alleged crisis.)

Bob Woodward’s latest book, Rage, was a liberal media attempt to slam President Trump’s handling of the reaction to the Chinese Coronavirus right before the November 3 General Election. The media has mercilessly reprinted the following colloquy between President Trump and Woodward during one of the interviews for the book.

President Trump finally asked Woodward: “So you think the virus totally supersedes the economy?”
“Oh sure. But they’re related, as you know,” Woodward responded.
“A little bit, yeah,” Trump replied.
“Oh, a little bit?” Woodward asked.
“I mean, more than a little bit. But the economy is doing — look, we’re close to a new stock market record,” Trump said.
President Trump’s statements during those interview were the responsible path for a national leader whose words create public perceptions. President Trump was right not to seek to cause national panic. If he had panicked, as have many state and local leaders, such as Texas’ Governor Greg Abbott or Montgomery County’s County Judge Mark Keough, he would have destroyed lives through panic, economic hardship, and family violence, just as they did.
Clearly, President Trump carefully threaded the “Middle Path” in avoiding an overreaction to the disease while protecting America’s dependence upon economic life.
Where the liberal media also now has chosen to criticize the President is in his work to rush development of a vaccine. That criticism seems bizarre. Just a few weeks ago, liberals decried the Trump administration for not pushing development of a vaccine quickly enough.
In truth, President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar have removed regulatory barriers, jawboned pharmaceutical companies and research laboratories to spur faster action, and taken every action legally possible to bring a COVID-19 vaccine to market as quickly as possible.
Hopefully, they’ll succeed in bringing the vaccine to market long before the November 3 General Election. The vaccine has nothing to do with the election. Rather, it’s another way that President Trump has worked diligently to protect American values and the American way of life.

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