ARE WE ALL APRIL FOOLS?

Is this going to be the month in which The West locks itself into an economically and therefore socially suicidal path of lock-downs?

Or will the savage restrictions now being placed on people’s lives across the world produce health results better than the negative consequences?

I dont pretend to have the answers but I want things to be described accurately.

The coronavirus health crisis is not a war.

It is a pandemic which appears to threaten mostly elderly lives.

Of course we want to save the lives of our oldest and often wisest people if we can.

But earlier eras had a much better sense than many modern people of the extent to which Western ideals of democracy and freedom are worthy of sacrifice.

Too few people are now showing the courage of Dan Patrick.

Boris Johnson’s attempt to speak of the value of herd immunity has not survived.

In my eyes, Donald Trump deserves huge credit for admitting that the character of his people is suited to freedom not lock-down.

Any rational human action has to include knowing who we are.

Our future is no joke. Our culture could be at stake.

Can we at least have a full and open discussion of these ideas?

For my own part, as a sixty-two year old man, I state unequivocally that I would rather take a greater risk of dying from corona-virus in a free society than finish life in a country where fear shuts down freedom or in an economy destroyed if too many people stay locked too long in their homes.

Just saying what I think. Do I still have that right?

Who else feels the same?

Geoff Fox, 1 p.m., 1st April, 2020, Down Under

 

 

 

I LIKE IKE PART 2

Dwight D Eisenhower died on March 28, 41 years ago.

Now, when some people are describing a health crisis involving the deadly coronavirus as a war, perhaps we should ponder some of the great general and two-term president’s thoughts on war and on how people should live:

“War settles nothing.”

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

“We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.”

“The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both.”

“The problem in defence is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.”

“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.”

“Only Americans can hurt America.”

As a 62 year old man in Australia, I am more scared of living in a country plunged into a great depression by worldwide desperate spending now, than I am of the approximately 3% chance that coronavirus would kill me, if I catch it.

I salute the honesty of Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick and for his stand on this question.

Geoff Fox, 28th March, 2020, Down Under

Tulsi Makes A Mistake

Someone I respect, Tulsi Gabbard, has just described Coronavirus as the “enemy” ……. I am worried about this common attempt to use a military approach to a health care problem …….. I think that the Coronavirus is a germ not a miltary foe ……. it is a part of both nature and God’s creation …..
in tackling the problem we need to care not to fight ….. and to be able to care, we need to stay alive.

So important jobs like POTUS need to be done by people not at risk of death because of their age.

Of the last three Democrat candidates in the 2020 race Gabbard was the only one under 77 years old.

Sanders, 78, recent heart attack. Biden, 77, memory and cognitive abilities in clear decline. Trump, 74. Pence, 60. Both Republicans are in good health.

Who’s fit to govern?

Geoff Fox, 21st March, 2020, Down Under

Can The West Avoid Societal Collapse?

I fear that western human society, as we know it, is collapsing or about to collapse around the world.

I think that is the inevitable consequence economically, socially and emotionally of the rush to isolation from each other which is now considered wise.

Everyone seems to forget that in the vicinity of 97% of people who get the Covid 19 virus look like surviving.

Modern inability to face the fact of death stops too many people seeing that, overall, those are good odds.

The foundation for the current madness is the widespread death of love.

This has happened in The West because too many people have grown comfortable with hating themselves, hating their own societies and hating their innate personal capacity for truth.

In 1993 the great Australian poet, Les Murray, wrote of “self-abasement studies”.

Isn’t this an astonishing metaphor for how some idiots in The West destroy themselves and those around them?

Is it too late?

Or can the truth still set us free?

Geoff Fox, 19th November, 2020, Terra Nullius

Socialist Daniel Andrews Channels Donald Trump

Let me be upfront and disclose my personal history with Daniel Andrews, premier of the Australian state of Victoria.

I met the man once.

I talked to him from the heart about breast feeding.

This is what the prefeminist era used to call a motherhood issue.

It was on the steps of the state parliament in Melbourne. He listened as I told him that I had been a midwife for a quarter of a century and that I felt really strongly about the need to improve breast feeding rates. For public health. For mums. For families. For babies.

Without any reaction at all, Daniel Andrews turned his back on me and walked away.

A few years later, his government’s state police force arrested me as a result of my memorial tree planting lobbying of an elected local government politician from Daniel Andrews’ political party.

Daniel Andrews has history with me. It is not good. I dont like him.

But it does give me great pleasure to point out that, in his response to the coronavirus pandemic, Socialist Left factionalist Andrews has quickly followed in the footsteps of master politician Donald Trump by declaring a state of emergency.

As we face this crisis, without the public health benefits of good breast feeding rates, nobody knows yet what new strategies will work best.

Perhaps the apparent British approach, lead by Boris Johnson, of welcoming the acheivement of herd immunity, would give better longterm protection, if a much more virulent, more deadly strain of this virus emerges later.

Who really knows?

Only God is omniscient.

The Daniel Andrews I have met knows nothing of public health.

And didnt even care.

Geoff Fox, 17th March, 2020, Down Under