No Time For Politics As Usual - And Response

Sunday, April 5, 2020

I just saw that the number of Americans that have died from this virus reach the 9,600 level today  Obviously anyone can suffer the tragedy that this disease can bring.  Rich or poor, black, brown, or white, male or female, and yes Democrat, Independent, or Republican. 

But as usual, at today's White House news briefing on the virus, we had our typical liberal journalist playing "gotcha" with what were attacks, not real sincere questions.  A typical CNN agitator and Trump hating journalist said, "Mr. President, why don't you leave it to the scientists, labs, and doctors to suggest if people should take the hydroxychloroquine drug?"

President Trump quickly said "people are dying, dying even as you speak. I have only said that there are many reports of folks being helped by this drug, even in small test groups in Europe. We don't have a year or so to wait while controlled studies are conducted.  This drug has been approved for human use for decades, with no suggestion that it kills people.  Those with a heart condition, perhaps should not take it, but why not let people try it if their doctor approves." 

I would have gone further, however, and put that CNN "reporter" in his place like this.  "Tell me young man, do you have living parents, brothers or sisters?"  He probably would say yes.  With that I would have President Trump ask the one question, not being asked of every one of these so called progressive reporters.  "If you were sitting by your mother's bed in the hospital with a fever, possibly dying of this virus, would you really say to the doctors, No! Don't give my dying mother that hydroxychloroquine, it hasn't been fully tested against my Mom's illness."  

Want to bet what any of these "gotcha" Trump haters would say? I think we all know.

Bill Reesor

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Bill, 

I don’t get medical knowledge from our leader. I get it from a doctor and from medical journals and texts. If you want to take health advice from a guy who looks directly at a solar eclipse, go ahead.

You are absolutely correct, he is practicing his politics as usual. He mentions CDC new guidelines on mask wearing, says wear a mask, then says he won’t. It looks silly or something.  What about the millions of tests he mentioned weeks ago? Chattanooga’s test numbers do not reflect any nationwide surge of testing. The reporter could have read him the whole of what this drug is known in combination by medical professionals to be good for, it would have done no good. Some old dogs you can’t teach new tricks. 

As for this malaria drug that caught his fancy, do your due diligence and look up how it was used in China and to what end.  And to the outcome it with two or three other substances produced.  Or did not produce. You can find the information in several medical journals that have done research on its use and outcomes. Ask a Vietnam vet how they enjoyed it. 

As for me, I follow the mayor’s and governor’s rules and I say my prayers after I brush my teeth before I go to sleep. This situation is for medical and health professionals to take charge in, not some guy who has a love affair with a microphone and a camera.

Last but not least, no, I’m not some liberal leftist, I’m a pragmatic centrist.

Prentice Hicks


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