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Some of my commentary about politics is presented in the form of “advice” to the ruling classes. Please understand: I don’t really expect those in the ruling class to take my advice. My advice is not really directed toward them. It is a theoretical exercise.

I am really speaking to you, the people. My goal is to set a standard of behavior and policy to which we are entitled and ought to expect the ruling class to conform. I set a minimal bar. I know that the ruling class will not meet the minimum standard. I want our rulers’ failures to be placed in the sharpest possible relief so we can judge them accordingly and take the next logical step, getting rid of them.

If I were a speechwriter, I would advise President Donald Trump to deliver something like the following from the Oval Office on national television. He will not. He cannot. The system won’t allow it.

But he has to. And he won’t. Which is why the regime is on the way out.

“My fellow Americans: I know you are scared. I’m scared, too. Anyone who is paying attention is frightened.

“We will lose some of our sons, our daughters, our spouses, our parents and our friends. Even after the coronavirus has been eradicated, it will take years to recover from the economic shock. Pain, suffering and death are inevitable. We will lose many of our best people.

“But I want you to know that we will get through this. America survived the Civil War, which killed 2% of the population at the time, the Spanish flu epidemic and the Great Depression. The COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered as a challenge on par with those horrors but not greater.

“Today I want to assure you that no American will come out of this economically ruined. It will be tough. But no one will lose their home to eviction or foreclosure. No one will go hungry. The United States government has ample resources to meet the basic needs of every American. This assurance goes beyond the end date of the present crisis. No one will be asked in six or 12 or 18 months, when we come out on the other side of this, to pay back rent or pay mortgage or pay giant medical bills.

“This assurance extends to noncitizens. The COVID-19 virus does not care if you are a native-born citizen, naturalized, a permanent resident or an undocumented worker, so neither do I. We are all in this together. COVID-19 is a lowest-common-denominator problem; neglect of the physical and medical needs of the most disadvantaged among us will increase the rate of transmission throughout the entire population. For the time being, there are no Americans; there are only people who happen to live in the United States.

“This and many other decisions I will be making in the coming days, weeks and months may be unpopular. I take full responsibility. If you disapprove of my policies, please vote against me in the coming election, which I personally guarantee will take place even if most votes are cast online.

“There are no Democrats or Republicans, only people of the United States. This is not a time to promote conservative, moderate or liberal values — only intelligent, fact-based decision-making. I am open to any and all suggestions and ideas for how to address the health care and economic challenges that lie ahead of us. For that reason, I am setting up a special White House telephone hotline and website to encourage academics, experts and ordinary citizens among our extraordinarily talented people to contact us.

“Because this is a global pandemic, I am asking leaders and top medical and economic experts from every country to join me via teleconference at the United Nations next week for an open-ended international discussion on what the world can do to slow and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19. To those countries with whom the United States does not have diplomatic relations such as Iran, North Korea and Cuba, we wish to restore full diplomatic relations now.

“It never hurts to talk. Nations with whom we have fallen out should know that our attitude has changed, that we want to engage with them on every level and help them as much as we can. I am personally reaching out to the leaders of countries that have been hit hardest by COVID-19 such as China, Iran and Italy. High-level liaisons will keep lines of communication open at all times.

“As you know, I have been personally criticized for failing to take the coronavirus threat seriously enough early enough, and for failing to order the manufacturing of testing kits. Former President Harry Truman, who sat at this desk 75 years ago, said that ‘the buck stops here,’ and he was right. I screwed up. I am sorry.

“As president I am powerful. But I can’t make the clock run backward. All I can do now is learn from my mistakes, roll up my sleeves and give you my very best, as well as the very best leadership at all levels of government. Toward that end, I will provide you with daily press briefings during which I will accept many questions from journalists around the world and let you know what your government is doing on your behalf.

“My goal is to get every American tested for the novel coronavirus and for the antibodies that show whether you have ever had COVID-19. I will keep you informed about the development of the tests, their distribution, and where and how you will be able to get them.

“No one should suffer or die because they cannot receive medical care, whether for coronavirus or other afflictions, due to an overwhelmed health care system. We will create a state-of-the-art referral system to transport everyone who needs care to a facility where they can get it.

ORDER IT NOW

“The $2 trillion stimulus package that I signed into law after a bipartisan vote in both the House and the Senate is merely a start. We are going to issue regular payments to citizens and businesses to make sure they can meet their expenses as long as the crisis continues. Those payments will also be put into the hands of noncitizens including undocumented workers because, despite my belief that Americans should always come first, leaving out the undocumented means endangering Americans, too. Special outreach efforts will make sure that the homeless not only receive their payments but are also provided with proper long-term shelter.

“We will get through this. We will defeat the coronavirus. Then we can mourn our dead and resume — as we must — the vibrant political debate that makes our country great.

“Good night.”

 
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  1. Alfa158 says:

    That’s pretty good, but better would be announcing a veto of the $2 trillion dollar Monopoly money gift to hedge fund managers, banks and corporation who will cheerfully gobble it up and let the economic avalanche plunge on. He can tell Congress to resubmit the $2 trillion dollar bill as a relief measure that will give the money directly to the people affected and for medical relief measures.
    I mean really, the Feds took interest rates to zero, announced trillions in giveaways, and how has that helped the stock market? The recipients of this largesse are still crashing stock valuations in order to pick up bargains they can someday ride back up.
    And so the top 1% become the top 0.1%.

  2. Sasha says:

    The scribbles of a true fantasist and even worse, a fantasist who unquestioningly assumes that everything the MSM has been hyperventilating over is established fact rather than the worst fearmongering since The Last Big Thing that ended up being a hoax or a deliberate psy-op. By now, there are dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of authorities in medicine and microbiology and epidemiology who are calling out this charade and suggesting the mortality rate is even lower than a seasonal flu. The most important point to bear in mind is that without wide testing of a representative sample of the population that is not assumed to be infected, there is literally no way to determine the case mortality. End of – and you don’t need a PhD from Stanford to figure that out.

    • Agree: BuelahMan, AaronInMVD
    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    , @PNWmossback
  3. g8way says:

    How about “My medical and economic teams have performed an extensive analysis of the cost in American lives of continuing the extraordinary and unprecedented measures taken recently which removed civil liberties in violation of the Constitutional rights of the citizens, and the team has determined that the risk in terms of lives lost and destroyed by continuing with these draconian measures is greater than the potential cost of restoring the rule of law under the Constitution which provides for freedom of assembly, and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I urge all state governors to cease their restrictions on the lives of citizens, including small business owners immediately. If these restrictions are not removed, I urge all citizens to take legal actions against all municipal and state authorities, and you will be receiving full support from the Dept of Justice in your efforts to be remunerated for all damages incurred by government restrictions”

  4. Showing weakness to a virus. Most cucked piece Ive seen in a while

  5. Wilson says:

    “The United States government has ample resources to meet the basic needs of every American.” It has no resource only taxation, so whose resources are being drawn on?

  6. We will lose many of our best people.

    I think you’re using that word wrong Ted.

    man·y
    /ˈmenē/

    determiner · pronoun · adjective

    a large number of.
    “many people agreed with her”

    noun

    the majority of people.
    “music for the many”

    Worldometer tells me that 7491 of our best and healthiest Americans have met their untimely demise because coronachan is an evil like no other. An invisible terrorist.

    7491/327000000 = 0.00002290825

    That number is just shy of twenty three ten thousandths of one percent.

    Or two thousandths of one percent.

    “My fellow Americans: I know you are scared. I’m scared, too. Anyone who is paying attention is frightened.”

    I am not afraid of the virus. I know how to wash my hands and I know how to cure it.

    I am afraid of the madness of crowds who have been whipped into a delusional hysteria.

    We do not need madness, delusion or hysteria to spoil our CoronaFest festivities. We need to keep calm so we can handle this evil virus with clear minds. We need to come together as Americans.

    We need to let off a little steam…

    So, I propose that All TV stations across the land put a picture of the virus up on our telescreens everyday at the same time for a few minutes so all Americans can come together in unison to yell and scream at the virus and let out some of that fear and hate.

    Give it try, it’s most cathartic.

    • Thanks: botazefa
    • Replies: @Wielgus
  7. George says:

    “We will lose some of our sons, our daughters, our spouses, our parents and our friends.”

    I didn’t read any further. The stats imply the at peril group are elderly with pre existing conditions. The speech needs to justify why locking down the young to save the old and dying (mostly) is worthy.

    • Agree: mark green
  8. T. Weed says:

    The question vexing me that nobody talks about is where is all this bailout money going to come from? Are we going to let the Fed print it out of thin air, then “lend” it to us, as debt? Or will Trump have the guts to obey the Constitution which says Congress, not a bank, shall issue money and establish its value. If Congress does that, we can survive this crisis without debt.

    • Replies: @Republic
    , @Adam Smith
  9. Republic says:
    @T. Weed

    Coming to the US very soon: hyperinflation!

  10. Svevlad says:

    Nah. Too long, too pathetic. People will conaider it cuckish. Our president does that, it only makes anyone with half a brain want to commit unspeakable atrocities out of cringe.

    Wanna make people know you actually mean business? Do it like this:

    “Outbreak level medium. Outbreak level increase risk: high. Healthcare system overextension risk: maximal. Quarantine. Isolate. Contain. Potential containment-induced economic damage: extreme. Mitigate. Disengage external conflicts.”

    Impossible, the last part eapecially.

  11. SafeNow says:

    “I am asking leaders and top medical and economic experts from every country to join me via teleconference”

    “Every” country?? Globalism, diversity, inclusiveness, political correctness, ineptitude, and corruption got the U.S. into this mess in the first place. Seek advice from S. Korea. In Australia, a large, frustrated group has suggested that the government ask NewZealand to annex Australia, and tell Australia what to do and how to do it. Idiocracy, which is the operative standard, might be workable during normal times, but it’s not working for this. To suggest that what we need is more Idiocracy is getting hold of the wrong end of the stick.

  12. Trump should say, “The people who came into this country illegally should go home now. We have no jobs for you and no more handouts. Goodbye!”

  13. Wielgus says:
    @Adam Smith

    It looks like a pizza. Will I ever see pizzas in the same way again?

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
  14. Babs says:

    I don’t think we’re all in this together. I think every other race stalks and wants to live around and off of White people which is good for them and bad for us. I think the jew is in China and almost certainly has everything to do with China’s policies today and they liquidated our economy in China and they’re the villains of the coronavirus and they’ve opened the borders of every White country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofy21EkXQQA&t=21s I also think an Italian doctor is telling the truth about the virus and you can read his interview at the Occidental Observer dot net which gives evidence that this is some kind of hoax. What is happening is probably engineered by the international cabal of evil on behalf of taking our last freedoms and forcing their one world government. The entire universe is the manifest destiny of the White man if we will defeat the jew. White people should lead the world, not oppress or occupy or rule but lead. We should maintain borders and every race have their own place. No one world order and no one world government. We should clean out the Washington DC cesspool and put in brilliant patriotic White men who will lead us to a better world that we most certainly can create without the jew around.

    • Agree: Robert Dolan
    • Replies: @FLgeezer
  15. melpol says:

    Doing nothing by the government will result in states using their own ventilators. The outcome will be interesting. Hospitals will only reserve ventilators for the privileged few. Most of those neglected will be the sick who are unemployed and poor. The economy will recover without those who will be sadly missed.

  16. @Adam Smith

    That’s what they’re doing alright.

    However, if they actually wanted to, they could give much larger amounts of money to US Citizens than they did, without causing increased interest payments on the gov debt, hyperinflation, or weakening of our currency.

    Here are five changes that congress and trumpstein could enact just as fast as they enacted bailout for the big companies and banks:

    Save $120-130 billion per year:
    Close 3/4 of our 700-plus foreign military bases (which apparently cost $156 billion in 2017, thus likely at least about $170 billion in 2020) and bring those troops home

    Save $200-300 billion per year:
    Cut the military / war budget, terminating weapons systems if need be, but not hitting troop numbers, salaries, benefits, pensions, or healthcare

    Raise $200-300 billion per year
    Repeal Fed prohibition of marijuana for age 21 and over and institute a new Fed excise tax on marijuana products. This amount will increase every year, because more States legalize each year.

    Raise $200 billion per year
    Impose a federal excise tax of 25% on remittances of cash to recipients in foreign countries. Phase it in gradually to minimize the number of people who might thereby be entirely deterred from sending cash abroad. This will increase if the number of foreign-born US Citizens, permanent residents, and illegal aliens continues to rise.

    Raise the federal income tax on household income above $1,000,0000 per year (roughly the top one half of one percent of income-“earners”) to FORTY percent;

    Raise Fed income tax to FIFTY percent on household income above $10 million per year with no exceptions, credits, or deductions (the top 0ne-tenth of 1%, I.e. Zuckerberg, Bloomberg, Trump, the Pritzkers, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and the exploiters who are the executives and huge shareholders of the banks, military contractors, and pharmaceutical corporations)

    Next, cut out the federal reserve and the profiteering banks entity from the relief effort and from their exploitation of Americans after the crisis ends: establish a national public bank and lend to all US Citizens age 21 at ZERO or one percent to payoff their higher-interest loans.

    This includes mortgages, small-business loans, student loans, vehicle, and credit cards.

    Payments would not start until three months after the former loan is paid off. Watch the fear and desperation of most US Citizens evaporate. They could save for college, undergo major medical procedures they’ve been putting off, invest for retirement, save for a house. Talk about a multi-year boost to the real economy and the well-being of Americans.

    NO BAILOUT OF BANKS OR BIG CORPORATIONS AND NO MORE OBSCENE PROFIT FOR PRIVATE BANKS.

    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  17. @RadicalCenter

    A waste of breath. The FED owns our government which means the FED owns us.

    I marched in protests after the 08 bailout……accomplished nothing.

    I marched in protests against the Iraq War with thousands of other people. Accomplished nothing.

    I’ve been an immigration activist for 12 years…..stood outside in the blazing sun holding protest signs….accomplished nothing. Millions of TB infected mexicans continued to cross the border.

    I’ve given to NumbersUSA for many years, a sincere group that really tries….not sure they have had much effect.

    Obvious problem is that ALL of our shitty leaders are owned by the small hats, and they do the bidding of the small hats, which always turns out to be something awful for white people.

    I have no idea how to fix this.

  18. “The United States government has ample resources to meet the basic needs of every American.”

    Nonsense. The only resources that the govt has are those that it takes and redistributes from the citizens. The govt is not a magic gusher of scarce goods and services. It is not a golden goose.

    The goal of communists like Ted Rall is to convince the weak-minded of this myth that there exists unlimited wealth in abeyance, which is withheld from the masses by greedy gangsters, and which can be unlocked only through submission to totalitarianism.

  19. This guy has been smoking dickweed and playing Imagine backwards on the turntable.

    • Replies: @Three of Swords
  20. @Jim Bob Lassiter

    I thought you were supposed to play “Revolution 9” backwards.

  21. Only when smoking something better than dickweed.

  22. Akouo says:

    ” there are no americans, only people who happen to live in the united states.” isn’t that an AOC line?

  23. Anonymous[422] • Disclaimer says:

    Nice speech.

    But most of the billionaire class is probably enjoying the fact that covid kills the brown underclass with more gusto and thinks that it will help curb the oversupply of proles. If the labor supply falls too abruptly for automation to take up the slack, border enforcement can be relaxed a bit. I presume the remaining proles will have to do with half measures, as per usual.

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