By Ron Paul
March 18, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - Governments love crises
because when the people are fearful they are more
willing to give up freedoms for promises that the
government will take care of them. After 9/11, for
example, Americans accepted the near-total
destruction of their civil liberties in the PATRIOT
Act’s hollow promises of security.
It is ironic to see the same Democrats who tried to
impeach President Trump last month for abuse of
power demanding that the Administration grab more
power and authority in the name of fighting a virus
that thus far has killed less than 100 Americans.
Declaring a pandemic emergency on Friday, President
Trump now claims the power to quarantine individuals
suspected of being infected by the virus and, as
Politico writes, “stop and seize any plane, train or
automobile to stymie the spread of contagious
disease.” He can even call out the military to
cordon off a US city or state.
State and local authoritarians love panic as well.
The mayor of Champaign, Illinois, signed an
executive order declaring the power to ban the sale
of guns and alcohol and cut off gas, water, or
electricity to any citizen. The governor of Ohio
just essentially closed his entire state.
The chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration is
without a doubt Anthony Fauci, head of the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the
National Institutes of Health. Fauci is all over the
media, serving up outright falsehoods to stir up
even more panic. He testified to Congress that the
death rate for the coronavirus is ten times that of
the seasonal flu, a claim without any scientific
On Face the Nation, Fauci did his best to further
damage an already tanking economy by stating, “Right
now, personally, myself, I wouldn’t go to a
restaurant.” He has pushed for closing the entire
country down for 14 days.
Over what? A virus that has thus far killed just
over 5,000 worldwide and less than 100 in the United
States? By contrast, tuberculosis, an old disease
not much discussed these days, killed nearly 1.6
million people in 2017. Where’s the panic over this?
If anything, what people like Fauci and
the other fearmongers are demanding will
likely make the disease worse. The martial
law they dream about will leave people
hunkered down inside their homes instead of
going outdoors or to the beach where the
sunshine and fresh air would help boost
immunity. The panic produced by these
fearmongers is likely helping spread the
disease, as massive crowds rush into Walmart
and Costco for that last roll of toilet
The madness over the coronavirus is not
limited to politicians and the medical
community. The head of the neoconservative
Atlantic Council wrote an editorial this
week urging NATO to pass an Article 5
declaration of war against the COVID-19
virus! Are they going to send in tanks and
drones to wipe out these microscopic
People should ask themselves whether this
coronavirus “pandemic” could be a big hoax,
with the actual danger of the disease
massively exaggerated by those who seek to
profit – financially or politically – from
the ensuing panic.
That is not to say the disease is harmless.
Without question people will die from
coronavirus. Those in vulnerable categories
should take precautions to limit their risk
of exposure. But we have seen this movie
before. Government over-hypes a threat as an
excuse to grab more of our freedoms. When
the “threat” is over, however, they never
give us our freedoms back.