“We live in a country where skin color is hazardous to one’s health and mortality is not determined by one’s genetic code but instead by one’s ZIP code. We appeal to you to channel treatment and resources to those areas in our body politic that have suffered the most from this national infection that has allowed this virus to spread disproportionately.”
– Rev. Frederick Douglass Haynes III, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas.
Haynes signed a letter calling on the Trump Administration to address the racial and economic inequality that is making non-White communities more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They’ve redefined family for the first time in a federal – in a piece of federal legislation, to include committed relationships. The problem with that is it’s really hard to define a committed relationship, and it’s really hard to define anything related to that.”
– Rep. Andy Biggs, on a radio program produced by the conservative Christian group Family Research Council.
Biggs was one of 40 lawmakers who voted against the coronavirus stimulus bill, said he did so in part because the legislation included paid sick leave benefits for domestic partnerships.
“We’ll be thankful that we’re overreacting.”
– Dr. Anthony Fauci, on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
I’ve been listening to Dr. Anthony Fauci for several years now and know that he tells it like it is and doesn’t care about political ideology or shy away from controversy. Nearly four decades ago, he warned the burgeoning AIDS crisis posed a serious threat to the American health care system. But the right-wing idiots in the Reagan Administration still perpetuated the myth that only “Those People” could get sick with HIV. Now, we have another pack of right-wing dumbasses in the White House, and the same bullshit is spewing out. As far as I’m concerned, Fauci should be the most trust person in America right now.
“Is this perhaps a ploy to try to take down President Trump’s roaring economy that we have by sabotaging the markets, by creating fear porn and fear-mongering while they’re also killing Chinese people by the thousands? Is that a strategy that the deep state would actually use?”
– Conspiracy theorist Ann Vandersteel, speculating that the coronavirus outbreak may have been orchestrated by the “deep state” and/or the British government in order to destabilize global markets, weaken the American economy and prevent President Donald Trump from being reelected.
Sometimes, when people become severely ill with an influenza-type agent, they begin to hallucinate and start seeing things that aren’t there. In this case, however, the new coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to be inducing phantasmagoric hysteria in a variety of people. Then again, that often happens when folks don’t read more than religious texts and a TV guide. It’s almost unfortunate fatal viruses don’t target stupidity.