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Clyde Lewis | August 14, 2020
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Yesterday, Joe Biden held a press conference with his new running mate, Kamala Harris. These conferences are, of course, going to be part of the campaign and the pomp and circumstance that accompanies every election. I was actually looking forward to hearing what Biden had to say because this was the first time in a long time that he made an appearance and also he was there with his VP nominee.

However, my interest waned because I realized that Biden was not speaking like a candidate – -he was speaking as if he was President and as it was indicated by Harris “this is what leadership looks like.”

That was the ploy – because Biden did not talk about what future plans he had for rebuilding what he felt was a disastrous run by Trump – he demanded that there should be a nationwide protective mask mandate, citing health experts’ predictions that it could save 40,000 lives from coronavirus over the next three months.

He wasn’t speaking as a candidate for President he was speaking as if he was the President. “Wearing the mask is less about you contracting the virus,” Biden said. “It’s about preventing other people from getting sick.” He also responded to those who push back against such mandates.” This is America. Be a patriot. Protect your fellow citizens. Step up, do the right thing.”

We have been told that wearing a mask is a health issue –and again Biden and Harris made it a political issue.

He encouraged people to wear their masks for another three months which conveniently is when the presidential election takes place.

We all know about the death tolls, and the cases, and the controversy. We all hear about the vaccines and the expert opinions – we act without question, we listen, we obey but what is not being talked about is how unhappy people are becoming.

How people are silently harboring feelings of resentment, how they are fatigued, hey are anxious, they are lonely – they are confused and frightened.

When Kamala Harris stated “this is what real leadership looks like” – I thought a real leader would find a way to console a population needing answers – The Democratic leaders have often criticized Trump for not being the consoler in chief but doesn’t a real leader know how to give some positive answers instead of making more demands?

Making more demands in my opinion does not a leader make.

It shows weakness… and making people soft brings on harder times in the future.

At the end of 2019 when people were making predictions of what the New Year would bring, few envisioned a pandemic that would alter the world. Few people would have predicted or imagined the changes COVID-19 has brought, to say it has been a game-changer is an understatement. This pandemic continues to evolve, whether you think it is over-hyped or not, it is impossible to deny its effects have altered society. It has twisted so many lives, businesses, the global economy, and more into a bizarre image of what existed before. It is difficult to believe but the freedom to move from one area to another is gone and may never be restored.

 It must be pointed out that when COVID-19 first raised its ugly head in early February of this year the world had no idea of its impact. Most people had never heard of Wuhan, China before the spring of 2020. Now we find that without a shot being fired or a bomb being dropped, in just a few months, our culture has been dramatically changed and transformed. The biggest problem is that this is not over. The number of people expecting things to revert to the way they were is rapidly declining. This makes predicting or imagining the future even more difficult to fathom.

 Everyone, look around, the whole world is inexorably locking down. Not only has this never happened before, it is being carried out under the pretext of an extinction level event –rather than a health crisis. Even in the throes of the media’s warnings of death and COVID cases we are living in times where the very thought to dying can create enough mass hysteria where people will surely die enmasse.

 Again, it’s worth repeating that what humanity is now facing was simply inconceivable last year and the unfolding future is even more unimaginable. To lock down the whole planet in the aftermath of a virus that is similar to the flu is just as crazy as it is incomprehensible. Societies and nations everywhere are now on the road to slow-motion destruction and oblivion. A Second Great Depression is now inevitable – and on a scale far worse than the First Great Depression.

 Social distancing has resulted in events being canceled across the world. It is difficult to say when people will again feel comfortable or allowed to gather in mass. To say the effects on certain sectors of the economy have been staggering is an understatement. As these industries struggle to adjust and reinvent themselves there is no guarantee consumers will move with them allowing them to remain viable.

 Who would have thought that entire cities would go into lock-down? This does not impact only the residents of these cities but the supply chains of companies that depend on products manufactured in them to operate. To make matters worse draconian rules and the harsh treatment of those not obeying government mandates have taken on an Orwellian flavor of totalitarianism which should make all of us fear the powers of those holding sway over our lives. The pandemic has highlighted the fact that over the years with the aid of new technologies governments across the world have greatly expanded their ability to watch our movements and everything we do.
Until now much of the economic and social damage has been masked by a massive government giveaway. Unfortunately, the damage all this has wrought will become apparent over the coming months from the strong headwinds facing our economy. The loss of jobs we face is not a short term problem but will be with us for a long time and is exacerbated by growing automation and a flood of robots about to enter the workforce. How long the stock market can ignore the carnage taking place on Main Street is indeed very questionable.

 Well known science fiction author, Michael Crichton, once said that the psychological impact of fearing any predicted cataclysmic event can be far worse than the event itself. What got Crichton into trouble was his assessment of “Global Fear Mongering.” He stated, “Authoritatively telling people they are going to die can in itself be fatal.”

Junk science and doomsayer fear mongering has thrown out the aspects of complexity theory and its effects on the environment and even diseases and catastrophes.

 No one even brings up the idea of resilience of systems and how healing processes and even antidotes show promise and that the human body is surprisingly resilient even when it faces its own mortality.

 To do so triggers repressive fact checkers online – it gets you hated on Facebook and unfriended by ignorant virtue signalers.

 This is leading to a new pandemic of suicides. Suicide is fast becoming its own pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), someone in the world takes their life every 40 seconds, amounting to 800,000 suicides a year. And for each individual who takes their own life, studies indicate there are 20 others who have attempted suicide.

One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 say they’ve considered suicide in the past month because of the pandemic, according to new CDC data that paints a bleak picture of the nation’s mental health during the crisis.

The data also flags a surge of anxiety and substance abuse, with more than 40 percent of those surveyed saying they experienced a mental or behavioral health condition connected to the COVID-19 emergency. The CDC study analyzed 5,412 survey respondents between June 24 and 30.

The toll is falling heaviest on young adults, caregivers, essential workers and minorities. While 10.7 percent of respondents overall reported considering suicide in the previous 30 days, 25.5 percent of those between 18 to 24 reported doing so. Almost 31 percent of self-reported unpaid caregivers and 22 percent of essential workers also said they harbored such thoughts. Hispanic and Black respondents similarly were well above the average.

Roughly 30.9 percent of respondents said they had symptoms of anxiety or depression. Roughly 26.3 respondents reported trauma and stress-related disorder because of the pandemic.

Another 13.3 percent of respondents said they have turned to substance use, including alcohol and prescription or illicit drugs, to cope with stress from the pandemic.

More than half of respondents who identified as essential workers reported some kind of adverse mental health or behavioral health condition related to the COVID-19 emergency.

The anonymous internet survey was based on self-reporting and didn’t cover clinical diagnoses.

Recently, presidential foreign policy adviser Henry Kissinger came out of hiding to make a statement about the Post COVID world order and it is very telling about the agenda that is being implemented.

Kissinger recently wrote an opinion piece where he stated that “Failure to establish the Post COVID New World Order ‘could set the world on fire.”

Kissinger was the national security adviser and secretary of state for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. For the rest of his long career, he has served as an adviser to political and business leaders. He is also considered one of those so called middlemen who dictates policy from outside congress and is considered a war criminal in many parts of the globe.

Kissinger stated that “the world will never be the same after the coronavirus” and that the United States government will have to sustain “the public trust.” “In a divided country, efficient and farsighted government is necessary to overcome obstacles unprecedented in magnitude and global scope,” he wrote. “Sustaining the public trust is crucial to social solidarity, to the relation of societies with each other, and to international peace and stability.”

At the same time, Kissinger called for the government to launch “a parallel enterprise for the transition to the post-coronavirus order.” Coping effectively with the political and societal damage will take international collaboration, he warned.

“Leaders are dealing with the crisis on a largely national basis, but the virus’s society-dissolving effects do not recognize borders,” he wrote.

“While the assault on human health will — hopefully — be temporary, the political and economic upheaval it has unleashed could last for generations,” he continued.

“No country, not even the U.S., can in a purely national effort overcome the virus. Addressing the necessities of the moment must ultimately be coupled with a global collaborative vision and program. If we cannot do both in tandem, we will face the worst of each.”

The Post Covid Reset is a reality and the pharmaceutical technocrats want your soul and people are now growing fatigued, depressed and wondering what has happened to their lives.

If you have been paying attention, the media namely CNN has been sneaking in under the radar reports about the mental health of the nation. They have been directing their attention to a suicide watch on top of the death tolls associated with COVID-19.

The truth is that most of us have never experienced anything like this in our entire lifetimes. Fear of COVID-19, endless civil unrest in major U.S. cities and a whole host of other factors have combined to plunge us into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. On Friday, the Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate in the U.S. fell to just 10.2 percent last month, and if that number was actually accurate that would be pretty good news.

Unfortunately, it simply does not square with all of the other numbers that we have been seeing. According to John Williams of, if honest numbers were being used the unemployment rate would actually be 30 percent right now, and I believe that figure is much closer to the reality that we are facing. In February, 152 million Americans were working, and since that time more than 55 million have filed new claims for unemployment benefits. Unless tens of millions of those people have been filing fraudulent claims, there is no way in the world that the unemployment rate should be about 10 percent right now.

There are people that wish to wield their political cudgel and throw around strawman arguments and the blame game but there are also people that at one time warned that if we cancel our lives we would have to eventually pay for it and they were met with derision, they were called selfish and babies because they were told that they should not be so angry over being inconvenienced.

People no longer feel inconvenienced – they feel hopeless. It is also causing pain and suffering. The media will tell you that there are people dying, or going on respirators but they are not addressing the pain of despair, and loneliness.

Feeling lonely is the social equivalent to feeling physical pain. It even triggers the same pathways in the brain that are involved in processing emotional responses to physical pain.

Just like feeling physical pain, feeling lonely and disconnected from others is also a signal that we need to take care of ourselves by seeking the safety and comfort of companionship.

However, we are being told that we need to separate, avoid being with people, we are even being told to wear masks during sex.

We are being told that the United States is actually worse off now than before –and I am beginning to realize that it is obvious that this whole social distancing, house arrest mask wearing seems to be not working.

My argument is that the evidence and the science suggests that prolonged feelings of loneliness are detrimental to health. And those feelings get converted into disease. Feeling lonely and socially isolated can contribute to unhealthy behaviors such as getting too little exercise, drinking too much alcohol and smoking.

Loneliness is also an important social stressor that can activate the body’s stress responses. When prolonged, that response can lead to increased inflammation and reduced immunity, particularly in older adults. Inflammation is the body’s response to fight off infection or heal an injury, but when it continues unchecked it can have a harmful impact on health. Stress hormones play an important role in making sure that inflammation doesn’t get out of control. But, under chronic stress, the body becomes less sensitive to the effects of the stress hormones, leading to increased inflammation and eventually disease.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many older adults’ social lives on hold, leaving them at greater risk for loneliness. They know they face a higher risk of developing severe symptoms from COVID-19, so many are staying home. Restaurant closures and limits on visitors to assisted living centers have made it harder to see family and friends.
Now, what I am talking about is science too but it is not the science that the greedy vaccine grant seeking experts want you to hear.

But even prior to the pandemic, public health experts were concerned about the prevalence and health impacts of loneliness in the U.S. Loneliness affects between 19% and 43% of adults ages 60 and older, and many adults ages 50 and over are at risk of poor health from prolonged loneliness.

Research has shown that prolonged loneliness is associated with increased risk for premature death, similar to smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity. Other health consequences are also associated with loneliness, including elevated risk for heart disease and stroke, and it is associated with increased physician visits and emergency room visits.

The media needs to stop reporting the COVID casualties unless they are accurate, they need to stop doing their show trials and they need to stop doing reports where they focus on the deaths of random people to prove that the disease exists—people realize it is exists and they also realize that they are experiencing pain and fear.

This is not an inconvenience – this is not selfishness and there are still people that are caring more about masks and their own heroic gain than the lives they are hurting when they bully or otherwise use their masks as a political cudgel.

The media also needs to understand that they have been disingenuous from the very beginning – using the disease to exploit political malfeasance.

People need to start listening an understand that this kind of misinformation and fear over facts is going to lead to an even more deadly reality– people are going to start thinking that there is nothing more to live for… businesses closing, people accosting people in the streets for not wearing masks.

Metro Nashville At-Large Council Member Sharon Hurt said Wednesday during a virtual meeting of the Joint Public Safety and Health Committee that there should be stronger legislation for those not wearing masks and suggested they be charged with murder or attempted murder. Hurt said that she works for an organization that, “If they pass the virus, then they are tried for murder or attempted murder.”

Hurt thinks the same standard should apply to the general public.

Maybe she should think about whether or not she is contributing to the despair that is creating hopelessness. Maybe she should be tried for the murders for all of those people that die because they realize that being human means that you are killing people.

Someone needs to call out the intolerance, someone needs to call out the bullying, and the selective enforcement of the arbitrary rules.

No one want to be micromanaged but herein lies a problem. We can no longer count on people to fell normal in a new normal.

A fish out of water is incapable of acting like a fish. People need to start being aware of this. People can break, their moods can change and they can immediately find themselves at the precipice – some may even think about suicide.

It is time not only to be a patriot, or an American, it is time to be a human being.

Written by Clyde Lewis

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