Friday, April 03, 2020

The Charade Continues

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who distracted the nation with their impeachment charade while the CV19 pandemic was ramping up, now want to distract the nation with another investigation of President Donald Trump while we are idled and the body count surges.

Be informed.

Mark Alexander, writing in the Patriot Post says, according to Pelosi, “I don’t know what the scientists said to him. When did this president know about this, and what did he know? What did he know and when did he know it? … But as the president fiddles, people are dying.”

Who is fiddling? He? Or she?

In a picture, the Post identifies a quick solution to many evils---Nancy Pelosi with a piece of duct tape over her mouth, with Dr. Fauci standing by.

Alexander strikes a stark contrast between who is fiddling, and who is taking action:

Let’s be clear: While Pelosi and Schiff were busy fiddling their impeachment tune in January, they had access to all the CDC information the president relied on that month and every day since.
For context, consider this response timeline:
On 29 January, Donald Trump impaneled and empowered the White House Coronavirus Task Force, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, to “coordinate and oversee the administration’s efforts to monitor, prevent, contain, and mitigate the spread” of COVID-19 disease. He appointed Dr. Deborah Birx as the response coordinator, and the working group includes Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert R. Redfield, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Stephen Hahn, and White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Chris Liddell, among others.
On that same day, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were haggling about what the Senate was doing with their impeachment distraction, sucking up all the Beltway political and media airtime, spending every waking moment directing all attention to their political agenda to take Trump down.
On 31 January, President Trump announced travel restrictions on U.S. entry from China and suspended entry by other foreign nationals who posed a risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2. An average of 8,200 Chinese were flying to the United States each day.
On that same day, condemning the administration’s travel restrictions, Pelosi re-issued a call for passage of the Demos’ No Ban Act to prevent Trump from imposing what she said was “such biased and bigoted restrictions.” Pelosi declared, “The Trump administration’s expansion of its un-American travel ban is a threat to our security, our values and the rule of law.” There were 219 House Democrat cosponsors. On 13 March, Pelosi quietly withdrew her legislation to prevent travel bans.
On 4 February, in his State of the Union Address, President Trump noted: “Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.” That was before the administration confirmed that Xi Jinping had ordered his government to cover up the CV19 outbreak for two months before reporting it to the WHO at the end of December.

What was Pelosi doing during all this?

During that speech, Pelosi was busy preparing the official transcript of Trump’s SOTU so she could ceremonially tear it up after he concluded his remarks.
The next day, as anticipated, the Senate acquitted President Trump of the Pelosi/Schiff articles of impeachment — ending the saga that had consumed the attention of the administration and Congress for the previous four months.

Pelosi's reference to "fiddling" obviously is a reference to Nero "fiddling" as Rome burned.

Since she brought up the subject; Some thoughts on "fiddling" while Rome burned.

PBS has published an overview of what we know about the "Day Rome Burned."

  • Nero was the great-grandson of Caesar Augustus. His mother Agrippina married Claudius in order to make her son Nero his heir.
  • Claudius was murdered--a victim of poisonous mushrooms supposedly given to him by Agrippina.
  • Nero became the Emperor of Rome at age 16. He later banished his mother.
  • Nero had a dream to "remake Rome" which included tearing down two-thirds of the city and building what would be known as "Necropolis."
  • The Senate rejected his plan, saving Rome from being "remade" rather than restored.
  • On the night of July 19, 64 AD, a fire broke out among the shops in the city. Nero was conveniently out of town at a resort. The fire raged for 6 days, then died down, then rekindled. When the smoke cleared, two-thirds of the city had been destroyed.

PBS says, "History has blamed Nero for the disaster, implying he started the fire so that he could by-pass the senate and remake Rome to his liking."

They say as the fire raged, "Gangs of thugs prevented citizens from fighting the fire with threats of torture."

PBS continues, "Nero, himself, blamed the fire on an obscure new Jewish religious sect called Christians, whom he indiscriminately and mercilessly murdered."

They say Nero often "lit his garden parties with the burning carcasses of Christian human torches," and "during gladiator matches, he would feed Christians to the lions."

So. Who is trying to "remake" America into a secular progressive nation rather than restore it to the Judeo-Christian principles of our founding? He? Or she?

Who sees every crisis as an opportunity to advance the so-called secular 'progressive" agenda? He? Or she?

Who is lurking in the shadows waiting for the next crisis, rather than actually contributing to the health and welfare of our country, and the citizens who elected them? He? Or she?

Mark Alexander wisely notes that "Last September, Gov. Cuomo (D-NY) described the House inquisition [the impeachment of Trump] as a 'government shutdown'."

Gov. Cuomo continued, saying,
"It's a long and unproductive road. Where does it go ultimately? Nowhere...The problem with that is it means nothing else is really going to get done of substance between now and then, and we have some real issues to deal with."

How prophetic. As Nancy fiddles, New York has now become the epicenter of the Chinese virus, and her ally, the New York Times, suggested this week in their published op-ed, that the Coronavirus pandemic was caused by evangelical Christians.

And incidentally, NBC News is blasting Franklin Graham, whose ministry, "Samaritan's Purse", set up a hospital in New York's Central Park this week with this headline: "Group behind Central Park's COVID-19 field hospital run by anti-gay evangelist."

Seek Truth.

Have a great weekend. Avoid Nero's garden parties.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.