COVID-19 and Memorial Day

This has been the most striking thing about the COVID-19 pandemic. It hasn’t been anything like what we went through after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Los Angeles Times:

“WASHINGTON —  For months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the nation ached together in televised memorials, joining in a collective catharsis of uniformed salutes, bagpiped dirges and President George W. Bush declaring a national day of mourning and remembrance.

The space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 turned classrooms into grieving sessions, with President Reagan directly addressing the national wounds. The Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor in 1941 was a day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt said would live in “infamy,” uniting the mainland to enter a world war.

Yet as the nation nears 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 — far more than all those tragic events combined or the entire Vietnam War — there is little sense this Memorial Day weekend that Americans are grieving together or uniting in a sense of purpose. …”

2,977 Americans lost their lives that day.

Nearly 100,000 people have already died from this in just two months.

7,863 Union and Confederate soldiers died at the Battle of Gettysburg in the War Between the States. 6,603 American soldiers died on D-Day in World War II. The death toll from COVID-19 will shortly surpass the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War and Afghanistan combined. Death on this scale hasn’t been seen since the Spanish Flu which was the deadliest event in American history. It is not unthinkable that the death toll could surpass even that catastrophe after this fall and winter.

After 9/11, I remember how the American flags were on display everywhere in my area. There was a brief moment of national unity. There was so much patriotism in those days that it was hokey and cliché. George W. Bush took advantage of that sentiment to plunge us into the Iraq War. 9/11 was also something that the rest of the country watched on television. Most of the people who have died from COVID-19 were not New Yorkers. 18 states are now reporting over 1,000 deaths. 11 have over 2,000 deaths.

If something like this cannot bring this country together, can anything? What does this say about the viability of American Nationalism? How far has America declined since 9/11? Can a country which is not staggered by the sudden death of 100,000 of its citizens even be called a nation?

Note: Oh BTW, add the Great Depression 2.0 on top of Spanish Flu 2.0. We’re looking at one of the Top 3 worst things to ever happen in American history.

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5 Comments

  1. “ 7,863 Union and Confederate soldiers died at the Battle of Gettysburg in the War of Northern Aggression”

    There, fixed it for you Brad.

  2. Yea that’s an extremely important point. I remember as well how people reacted to 9/11. I was in high school when 9/11 happened and I remember our teachers letting us out of class so we could watch it on TV in the school library. No matter people’s political views…everybody watched and the days, weeks, months, and even years after American Flags was everywhere, Support our Troops car magnets, and people was involved more in Christianity, Church, and Prayer. Even public prayer at the flag poles. It was really a nice site even though I had my own opinion shortly after and I’ve been 9/11 Truth ever since and strongly oppose foreign wars in general. I think about Covid-19 and I see none of that Patriotism or Faith going on in America. This country is now 1,000% the opposite. All politicians talk about is Jobs and Work now. Everybody has turned into a 9-5 workaholic…Slave. Every second of people’s lives is focused on Jobs and Work now. Extreme self centered personalities. People have less and less care for Christianity, Church, and Patriotism. Everybody’s now a self centered individuals and everybody’s the enemy because everybody fights over Jobs. This country is nothing but an economy zone now. All while all those idiots don’t even realize the Jews control the Federal Reserve, Corporate America, the Government, Media, and everything else. They control us not only with Jews but blood sucking rich Whites who think like Jews. The solution is reject the right wing libertarian view of Life. It’s time our people stop being self centered nothings and become Nationalists. The collective before self. We should all be healthy, have racial purity, economic prosperity, be secure, and embrace the core beliefs of White racial nationalism. We’re all in it together! Deo Vindice !

    • 9-5 workaholics and 6-midnight alcoholics. These people can’t wait to drop their kids off at the “liberal indoctrination centers” they called public schools until they were tasked with teaching their own children at home. Covid has been instructive, and not in a good way.

    • ‘Merica has always been an economic zone. That’s why they ended up letting every Tom, Dick, Ching Chong, and Schlomo in.

  3. The WWII narrative is the fundamental basis of the modern liberal democratic world order. The narrative is being evolved to hang the blame for the war on Russia. Watch foreign policy.

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