An Industry of Untruth

The brand of all cultural revolutions is untruth about the past and present in order to control the future. Why we have this happening to our country is the only mystery left.

By Victor Davis Hanson, AM GREATNESS • July 5, 2020

The current revolution is based on a series of lies, misrepresentations, and distortions, whose weight will soon sink it.

Viral confusion

Unfortunately few in authority have been more wrong, and yet more self-righteously wrong, than the esteemed Dr. Anthony Fauci. Given his long service as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and his stature during the AIDS crisis, he has rightly been held up by the media as the gold standard of coronavirus information. The media has constructed Fauci as a constant corrective of Trump’s supposed “lies” about the utility of travel bans, analogies with a bad flu year, and logical endorsement of hydroxychloroquine as a “what do you have to lose” possible therapy.

But the omnipresent Fauci himself unfortunately has now lost credibility. The reason is that he has offered authoritative advice about facts, which either were not known or could not have been known at the time of his declarations.

Since January, Fauci has variously advised the nation both that the coronavirus probably was unlikely to cause a major health crisis in the United States and later that it might yet kill 240,000 Americans. In January, he praised China for its transparent handling of the coronavirus epidemic, not much later he conceded that perhaps they’d done a poor job of that. He has cautioned that the virus both poses low risks and, later, high risks, for Americans. Wearing masks, Fauci warned, was both of little utility and yet, later, essential. Hydroxychloroquine, he huffed, had little utility; when studies showed that it did, he still has kept mostly silent.

At various times, he emphasized that social distancing and avoiding optional activities were mandatory, but earlier that blind dating and going on cruise ships were permissible. Fauci weighed in on the inadvisability of restarting businesses prematurely, but he has displayed less certainty hedged about the millions of demonstrators and rioters in the streets for a month violating quarantines. The point is not that he is human like all of us, but that in each of these cases he asserted such contradictions with near-divine certainty—and further confused the public in extremis.

In terms of how the United States “fared,” it is simply untrue that Europe embraced superior social policies in containing the virus. The only somewhat reliable assessments of viral lethality are population numbers and deaths by COVID-19, although the latter is often in dispute.

By such rubrics, the United States, so far, has fared better than most of the major European countries—France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, and Belgium—in terms of deaths per million. Germany is the one major exception. But if blame is to be allotted to public officials for the United States having a higher fatality rate than Germany, then the cause is most likely governors of high-death, Eastern Seaboard states—New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut in particular. They either sent the infected into rest homes, or did not early on ensure that their mass transit systems were sanitized daily as well as practicing social distancing.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, more than any other regional or national leader, is culpable for decisions that doomed thousands of elderly patients. He did not just suggest long-term-care facilities receive active COVID-19 patients, but ordered them to take them—knowing at the time that the disease in its lethal manifestations targeted the elderly, infirm, and bedridden.

Then in shameful fashion, after thousands died, Cuomo claimed that either the facilities themselves or Donald Trump were responsible for the deaths. In truth, in the United States, the coronavirus is largely a fatal disease in two senses: the vulnerable in just four states on the Eastern Seaboard that account for about 12 percent of the nation’s population but close to half of its total COVID-19 fatalities, and/or patients in rest homes or those over 65 years old with comorbidities.

Why are there currently spikes in cases among young people in warmer states and those of less population density in late June? No one is certain. But one likely reason is that millions of protestors for nearly a month crammed the nation’s cities, suburbs, and towns, shouting and screaming without masks, violating social distancing, and often without observant hand washing and sanitizing—most often with official exemption or media and political approval.

The period of exposure and incubation is over, and the resulting new cases—for the most part asymptomatic and clustered among the young—are thus no surprise. Still,  what is inconvenient is the rise in these cases—given that the Left either had claimed its mass demonstrations would not spread the disease, or, if they would, the resulting contagion was an affordable price to pay for the cry of the heart protests.

Perhaps, but the real cost of four weeks of protesting, rioting, and looting was to undermine the authority of state officials to enforce blatant violations of the quarantine. Obviously, if some can march with impunity in phalanxes of screaming, shoulder-to-shoulder protestors, while others are jailed as individuals trying to restart a business, then the state has lost its credibility with people and they will simply ignore further edicts as they see fit. Now what adjudicates quarantines are the people’s own calibrations of their own safety.

Mismanagement of the virus? There have been four disastrous official policy decisions: sending patients into rest homes; allowing millions en masse for political reasons to violate state mandates on masks and social distancing; retroactively attempting to reissue quarantine standards that their advocates and authors had themselves earlier de facto destroyed; and consistently issuing pandemic alerts solely on the flawed basis of new positive cases, without distinguishing those who were asymptomatic, or who were infected and recovered without ever being tested, or who were asymptomatic and tested positive for antibodies, or who were only briefly ill, recovered, and by no means still a case-patient.

Endemic Racial Violence?

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other revolutionary groups hijacked the tragic death of George Floyd. Within hours they created a mythology of rampant white police lethal attacks on innocent black victims. But that trope, too, was without a factual basis.

The wrongful deaths of unarmed African-Americans in custody have been on the decline, is far less than the number of police murdered per year, less than the number of white suspects killed, and proportionally fewer, in terms of percentages of those arrested by police, than other racial groups.

In rare interracial violence, blacks are five times more likely to attack whites than vice versa. There is a tragic war against young, black males—over 7,000 murdered per year—but it is an urban genocide of sort perpetrated in liberal cities, governed by liberal mayors and governors, and overseen by liberal police chiefs. The shooters are overwhelmingly other black males.

Somehow those facts were distorted by the Left into a trope that George Floyd was typical of an epidemic of white-generated lethal racial hatred. One can certainly argue about systematic racism as being a factor in all these asymmetries, but that is not what the rioting and their apologists have done in trafficking in accusations that have no data to support them.

Iconoclasm Redux

There is no logic to statue toppling, name changing, or culture canceling other than the quest to assert power, humiliate authorities, and create crises where they do not exist in order to manufacture a faux state of emergency—in service of a political agenda. In some sense, whether any statues fall is contingent entirely on the lack of resistance.

We know this because the ignorant rioters and protestors cannot explain why monuments to Ulysses S. Grant, Cervantes, black Civil War veterans, or Abraham Lincoln need to be toppled and destroyed as much as a statue of Robert E. Lee. We are not told why the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton is canceled out, but not the Wilson Center in Washington, or why a memorial to President Washington is targeted for defacement but not the hit play, “Hamilton,” another founder who at one time owned slaves. And what or who, if any, exactly is to replace our fallen luminaries? Name the most iconic—Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, or Che Guevarra and the current rules of perfection would disqualify them all.

The abettors of the madness—corporations, the Democratic National Committee, universities, and the media—are not so mad. Yale, named for a slave owner, is now mostly a brand name, not a certification of a first-class, disinterested, and classically liberal education.

Take the elite stamp away, and what replaces it might as well be an online degree mill—given that it is no longer so demonstrable that a Yale graduate learned more than in his four years than did a graduate of Cal State Stanislaus.

So university presidents at Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia, know that by the standards of BLM their brand names must be changed. But to do so is synonymous with multi-billion-dollar losses and the destruction of centuries-old brands. Perhaps that is why they pander to the mob the way a Roman would-be emperor outbid rivals seeking to win over the Praetorian Guard.

Trial Balloon Lies

The truth is that the COVID-19 epidemic, the lockdown, and the rioting were seen by the Left, the media, and now the Democratic Party as a renewed effort in this election year to do what Robert Mueller, Ukraine, and impeachment had not—abort the presidency of Donald Trump, or make it impossible for him to be reelected.

So Trump was to be reconfigured as a racist responsible for the death of George Floyd. Then he was smeared as a Herbert Hoover who supposedly crashed the economy all on his own. And then he became a Typhoid Mary purveyor of death who sickened and killed tens of thousands of Americans at his rallies in a way millions at left-wing protests did not.

To that end, almost daily, entire fantasies were birthed, floated, crashed, and then were replaced by new hoaxes. The strategy was that while one lie might be refuted, the bigger and more numerous the lies, the more a continuous narrative could be fabricated.

Consequently, the last two weeks, in succession we were told by the media that a noose was left in a NASCAR garage as a racist threat to NASCAR’s only major African-American driver, typical of Trump’s racist America; that Donald Trump, in dejection and self-incrimination, was soon to quit rather than face the humiliation of a landslide defeat in November; that the president knowingly rejected intelligence that the Russians were paying bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan, as part of his obeisance to Vladimir Putin; and that Trump went to Mount Rushmore to honor racist presidents and dishonor sacred Native American land.

All were not just lies, but respectively unimaginative and banal successors to similarly long ago discredited lies—the Jussie Smollett hoax, the “Trump never wished to be president in the first place” hoax, the Russian “collusion” hoax, and the hoax that Trump’s presence turns once esteemed monuments that prior presidents, most recently Barack Obama, visited into racist dog whistles.

Then there was the monstrous lie that Joe Biden has no cognitive disabilities. That he does was the consensus of one in five polled Democratic voters, of many of his own primary rivals in numerous Democratic debates, of handlers who bragged that his basement quarantine need not end because it resulted in him outpolling Trump, of a scramble to turn the vice-presidential nomination into a veritable presidential bid, and in a litany of gaffes, blank outs, and tragic memory lapses of familiar names, places, and common referents.

Biden finally came out of his bunker to do some tele-fundraising and talk to a few preselected reporters. He almost immediately blasted a reporter as a “lying dog face pony soldier.” In one of his next appearances, his opening statement started with “I am Joe Biden’s husband, even as the liberal media insisted “Joe” was “Jill.” There is now a Biden-inspired cottage industry of arguing that what Biden is recorded as saying is not what he was saying—on the theory that he so poorly pronounces words that they can become almost anything you wish.

What is cruel is cynically using a cognitively challenged candidate for the purpose of winning an election and then replacing him with a far-left vice president who otherwise likely would never have been elected.

FDR and the Democratic Party did something similar in his successful fourth-term bid in 1944 because of FDR’s anticipated early death in office—but in matters of hiding physical rather than cognitive impairment. Moreover, at least that dishonest gambit was undertaken in order to prevent a socialist takeover of the United States by jettisoning the hard leftist, Vice President Henry Wallace.

In 2020, the effort is not to ensure that a socialist not be appointed president who otherwise would not have been elected, but rather to ensure that she will be.

The brand of all cultural revolutions is untruth about the past and present in order to control the future. Why we have let this happen to our country is the only mystery left.

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  1. Outstanding article. As always evil leftists are virulently Anti Israel. President Trump is the most Pro Israel President in my lifetime. Biden of old was reliably pro Israel but the mentally defective Biden of today will be subject to the direction of Tlaib, Omar, and their ilk.

  2. Brilliant article.

    VIRAL ORIGINS Coronavirus was dormant across the world for YEARS and didn’t come from China, Oxford uni Prof claims
    Gemma Mullin, Digital Health Reporter
    6 Jul 2020, 10:08Updated: 6 Jul 2020, 11:15
    CORONAVIRUS may have been dormant across the world for years rather than originating in China, a top expert has claimed.

    Dr Tom Jefferson, of Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), says Covid-19 was waiting for favourable environmental conditions to finally emerge.

    Coronavirus may have been lying dormant around the world for years before waiting for favourable conditions to emerge, a top scientist claims

    Coronavirus may have been lying dormant around the world for years before waiting for favourable conditions to emerge, a top scientist claims
    The visiting professor at Newcastle University argues that there is growing evidence the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia.”

    Traces of Covid-19 have been found in sewage samples from Spain, Italy and Brazil which pre-date its discovery in China.”

    This is from an article in the Sun UK, quoting from an article in the Telegraph. Obviously, we don’t know much about the SARS CoVid-2 virus and its origins, just how potent it really is, and how it is transmitted. Jefferson and others at the CEBM believe that it may be transmitted through fecal matter as well as through the air. This would explain why it has hit hardest in countries such as Brazil, with poor sanitation.

    What upsets the CEBM scientists most, however, is that governments have made decisions, such as the lockdowns, based on their ignorance, not knowledge, about the virus. And self-styled “experts” like Fauci have repeatedly made all sorts of factual claims about it when they are really ignorant about its origins, deadliness, transmission, possible treatments for it, and all other aspects of the virus. Professor Hanson shares these concerns.

  3. “There is now a Biden-inspired cottage industry of arguing that what Biden is recorded as saying is not what he was saying—on the theory that he so poorly pronounces words that they can become almost anything you wish.

    “What is cruel is cynically using a cognitively challenged candidate for the purpose of winning an election and then replacing him with a far-left vice president who otherwise likely would never have been elected.”

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    I would go further than Hanson, and say that Biden doesn’t even have to die in order to de facto be replaced (actually controlled, like a dummy) by his NWO godfathers. Electing Joe Biden (or her husband, Joe) would be a recipe for national collapse.

  4. @ Adam Dalgliesh:
    Adam,

    Despite my zeroing in on Hanson’s comments about Biden, I do realize that he also mentioned Dr. Fauci. In the doctor’s defense, I will note that it is hard to distinguish between his lying and merely being incompetent, having ulterior motives (through his association with Bill Gates), or simply the fact that doctors and every other professional in the world earns their degree based on their ability to appear smarter (by using esoteric language) than they actually are.

  5. Liberalism, the jungle where blacks are still the victims of their own!
    The role of MDs is to diagnose and to treat!
    “Predictology” ain’t a medical specialty yet

  6. @ Michael S:
    I find it curious that in 2016 Trump was running against weirdly behaving (suspected seizures? brain disorder?) Hilary Clinton, and in 2020 he is going to be running against “cognitively challenged” Biden.
    IF it’s a repetition of the same trick, Trump fans can take a deep breath and stop worrying – he’ll be “reelected” no matter what.

  7. @ Reader:

    I find that my response to your above post has disappeared, almost the first time this ever happened to my post. I said that I had seen a panel of learned medical people who asserted positively that Clinton showed several unmistakable signs of Parkinson’s Disease.

    (Also) That the Democrats, if they were sure they would win an election would vote for a long eared donkey, and that it was no accident that Tammany Hall was/is being run always by Democrats/gangsters. When Frank Costello ran it (Costello the Mafia Boss) He was called the “Prime Minister”.. He personally picked the Democratic state congressmen and senators,, governors mayors, etc. and other less major political cronies.

  8. @ Edgar G.:
    Wouldn’t it be easier for the Democrats to win if they had a candidate who was better than a long eared donkey?
    This might help sway those who are undecided.
    What’s the point of having a candidate who is visibly sick/disabled or incoherent, twice in a row, yet, unless you actually don’t mind if your opponent wins?
    In my opinion, it is far easier and more advantageous for the two parties to work together than to fight each other.
    I think all this fighting is meant to entertain the masses and to help convince them that their votes count, and it is much cheaper than staging free gladiator games for your voters financed from your own pocket like they did when running for the senate in Ancient Rome.

  9. @ Edgar G.:
    In addition,

    WikiLeaks released emails that suggested the DNC and the Clinton campaign tilted the primary in Clinton’s favor.

    [from Wkipedia Hilary Clinton article, I have no idea how they did this]
    Couldn’t they do the same for the “cognitively challenged” Biden who was running against such candidates as Warren and Sanders (as a minimum)?

  10. @ Reader:

    Politics, by it’s very nature, from it’s very beginning in very ancient times, is adversarial. There is only “work together” when it’s advantageous to both. Yes, a better candidate should mean more votes, and a clearer conscience, but such a commodity is absent in politics, always in the Democrat side since the Humphrey/ Jackson period, and struggling to be seen and heard on the Republican.

    I never saw a more popular Democratic politician than Hubert Humphrey, but he had the attributes of a Chasid, agreeing with everybody, and doing good for all, even bitter enemies. His popularity and sincere amiability sustained him easily at the Senatorial level, but failed miserably at Presidency runs.

  11. @ Reader:

    I think since Wikileaks has become defunct, this has largely been forgotten, in favour of keeping Biden isolated , far away from intelligent questions. In politics, a week is eternity.

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