Now that the virus is everywhere in the world, it has no specific association with China or the Chinese people. There are other viruses that have originated in China. None of them is “THE Chinese virus”. If tomorrow, China were annexed by Bhutan, it would not affect the outbreak in the US. Calling it “the Chinese virus” is not helpful, although it has encouraged hate crime against Asian Americans. Calling it Covid-19 or the Coronavirus is more helpful, because those terms have scientific meanings. I do agree, though, that the CCP should have combated the virus from the beginning, and at least inspect the products sold at wet markets. Although there is a risk of Western media calling it “further Communist oppression.” Anyway, thank goodness that we in the US aren’t led by science-denying wannabe authoritarians!
Climate change is the other great crisis. That’s what fuel economy is for. The Coronavirus is a valid excuse to shift the main focus of lawmaking away from Climate change/global warming. But ideally, we should fight both at the same time. The entire planet is a “special interest” in this cartoon. And it appears that all the fighting here is behind the events. Congressional leaders say they are hours away from a compromise that would pay workers their full salary for four months. I don’t get why so much anger is being directed at Democrats for trying to make things better for people.
Actually, a compromise seems to be nearing.https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/24/coronavirus-stimulus-government-response/2905878001/Solar tax credits aren’t mentioned here, but I don’t see why not. Climate change is the other big, but less imminent crisis. Why haven’t we been constantly lambasting the Senate GOP for its failure to work with Democrats on Climate Change? Seriously. It’s like the GOP is somehow morally against helping solve two crises at the same time.
Now, on the crises of AGW, election security, voter rights etc…
Ummm…. no. TDS is the personality cult that SOME Trump supporters have with respect to Mr. Trump. And many illnesses have originated in China, including many viruses. None of them, when they have spread to the rest of the world, have any association with China. If tomorrow, China was annexed by Bhutan, it would have no direct effect on the epidemic in the US. This virus is in no way more “Chinese” than any other virus, in and of itself. Just because Karl Marx was German does not mean that Marxism is a “German ideology”. Meanwhile, some people of Chinese origin have been victims of hate crime because of Covid-19. https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/20/us/coronavirus-racist-attacks-against-asian-americans/index.html
Depending on how you define “socialism”. Scandinavian countries are strictly speaking social democracies, but when American politicians advocate the same policies, they are called socialists. Actual American socialists, such as the DSA, define socialism (correctly, by the way) as an economic system where the workers control the means of production, with community regulation. Capitalism is a political system where the means of production are private property, that can be bought and sold for capital, and where profit is the be all end all goal. Hence the slogan “People, not profits.” Before any debate on socialism occurs, we must ascertain exactly what is to be meant by “socialism”.
Exactly. Obama was president. He was competent. Now that Obama is no longer President, the next epidemic that came in is out of control.
And the US (at least one congressman) is saying that the Chinese military is behind the coronavirus. China has decided “to hell with it, reality apparently doesn’t matter to these guys anymore.”
Saying that it is a “foreign virus” is racist/xenophobic. Viruses have no borders.