Sam Houston and Herd Immunity Heroes

Sam at San Jacinto

 

The world does not know what to do about the Coronavirus.

“Shelly” a Millennial thinker from San Diego, California, writes this about the Opening America dilemma facing President Trump and many other leaders:

“Opening America up again is certainly a risky political move. Open too late and the economic consequences will be dire. Open too early and ICU’s get overwhelmed, with dire economic consequences anyway. It is a very delicate balancing act that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. All I can do is pray that President Trump will be guided by God and science to do what is best.”

It doesn’t hurt to look to the past for inspiration about what to do in the present.

On April 21st, 1836 ,the Texas army lead by Sam Houston engaged and defeated the Mexican army to win independence for Texas in a battle that lasted 18 minutess. Quick decisive victories can reduce all the terrible costs of war.  They are the hallmark of a leader who cares about people. Houston’s own definition of leadership is consistent with what he achieved that day: “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”

In order for leaders now to achieve that goal, I believe we have to change the way that we think about the disease which has turned today’s human world upside down.

I do not like calling what is happening a war. It is a health crisis. It is a crisis for us because large numbers of people are dying and the possibility of these numbers increasing terrifies people. In seeking safety because of this fear, people are willingly destroying the economic social order by making social interaction illegal.

But since frightened people are using the language of war, I want to ask some questions.

First, who are the real heroes?

For me heroes are those who contribute to the cause of seeking victory unselfishly. What will victory look like and what actions will get us there?

The economic impact of lock-downs already seems worse than anything since the Great Depression. As a 62 year old I would rather take my chances with the Coronavirus and my God-given immune system than the risk of an economic catastrophe worse than the Great Depression during my final years on earth.

Is it any sort of victory if we further destroy the economy in order to avoid a disease which primarily kills many sick elderly people? Would that be good for people in any age group, including the elderly themselves? Current Texas Lieutenant-Governor Dan Patrick does not think so. On March 23rd he told interviewer Tucker Carlson, that he was willing to risk his own life to avoid an economic shutdown. On April 7, he announced a task force to look at reopening the Texas economy.

I would like to call Dan Patrick a Herd Immunity Hero.

To me his example looks like heroic leadership. What Sam Houston honoured when he said, “Do right and risk the consequences.”

I don’t trust the modern nanny state to give me a good life but real freedom can.

Pharmacology might give the world a vaccine next year. Any earlier would be a miracle.

As “Shelly” so wisely suggests, we must respect both God and science but perhaps all we can do is pray.

Geoff Fox, 10 a.m., 21st April (San Diego time), from Down Under

People Must Accept Death. Is This Good Friday’s Great Lesson For The World Today?

All around the western world, the established way of living is threatened with collapse.

Such a collapse would not be directly caused by this virus which kills many mostly elderly people. (As we know the virus now.)

Social collapse is threatening us because of the human reaction of fear to that virus.

Human fear of death, especially agonizing death.

Unable to breathe. Like Jesus on the cross.

This understandable human fear has lead people en masse to act as if, by stopping working, they can stop the virus.

They cant. Not based on what we know now.

Viruses are part of life. We live with them. And sometimes die from them.

If people cannot accept a level of death which creates herd immunity, then the only method available to current human health care to stop a virus like this is an effective vaccine widely available. That usually takes years.

What would Jesus do?

I dont know.

What did Jesus do when faced with the prospect of death?

He accepted it.

At The Last Supper, no attempt was made by twelve people to detain Judas and prevent the betrayal which Jesus knew was coming. Jesus accepted his fate. He told Judas to do what Judas was meant to do.

Jesus carried his own Cross in agony with failing strength for as long as he could. He accepted his fate.

He accepted death.

How many people now show the courage and integrity of Republican Dan Patrick in Texas?

As a 62 year old man for whom contracting Corona-virus would mean a 3% risk of death, based on what we know now, I say this:

I want to work.

I want more people to return to work.

I fear that the western way of life cannot afford or survive months and months of so many people not working.

Governments cant afford the economic support people want under a harsh regime of so-called “social distancing”. (It is not social. It is anti-social.)

Economic collapse of The West means collapse of societies based, historically, on the values Jesus died for.

That is too big a risk to take.

Too high a price to pay.

Death is a part of our God-given life.

True passion for life demands that people learn from the passion of death.

It wasn’t easy for Jesus and it wont be easy for us.

Sometimes choosing life means choosing death.

Geoff Fox, Good Friday, 2020

 

 

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

Potus 45 and Dan Patrick – Saving The Economy Matters Too

Helping someone in genuine need makes the heart feel good.

But governments cannot fill the place for love with money.

A bankrupt government wont be able to do anything for anyone.

As the 45th president of The United Sates has told America, “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down.”

A big, surviving, private economy will give more jobs, more real livelihoods, than governments can.

In this time when human beings across the world are face to face with our own mortality, a truly courageous and profoundly wise man has spoken up for the nation he loves.

I salute 69-year-old Texas Republican, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick,

for the patriotic example of rugged self reliance he displays when he says:

“Let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living, let’s be smart about it, and those of us who are 70-plus, we’ll take care of ourselves.”

Is this is a resurrection of the spirit of the The Greatest Generation?

With herd immunity, nations survive.

Sacrifice can get us there.

I love Dan Patrick.

Geoff Fox, 24th March, 2020, in a terrified world.