It is sadly ironic that this COVID-19 story came out today. My daughter forwarded me The Atlantic article “The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the South” which was rather prescient.

After reading the article. I sent her the following message.

Great article. You once talked to me about natural selection. I thought you were being too cynical. But as I watch the willful ignorance of many still supporting a president whose policies kill, natural selection may necessarily thin the population of the gullible which in fact makes the whole weaker. The only issue is how many of the strong are inadvertently taking down by the errant sneeze, Anyway, we stay at home, wear masks on the outside irrespective of a lacking president’s words, we create those tight circles of the trusted who follow protocol, and we do not go to work in unsafe environments. This means we must assist those who in these difficult times need assistance. Great find mi hija.

Texas Woman Who Claimed COVID-19 Was ‘Media Driven’ Hoax Dies From Virus | Michael Stone

“MAGA”: Karen Kolb Sehlke, a Trump-loving woman from Texas is dead from COVID-19 after claiming the virus was a “media driven” hoax.

In a sad, cautionary tale of willful ignorance and hubris, Karen Kolb Sehlke is dead from COVID-19 after claiming the virus was a “media driven” hoax “controlled by the radical people in powerful places.”

In a long-winded Facebook rant Sehlke claimed that “our government is under attack from within” while comparing the coronavirus to “the impeachment hoax” and arguing that those who take the current pandemic seriously “panic like sheep.”

Sehlke wrote in part:

Wake up!!! This is what the beginning of socialism looks like!

They are leading with fear causing you to panic like sheep.

… You don’t need hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and Lysol. You need common sense, a sense of direction, faith, a will to fight, and of course guns!

Now wash your hands and live the life they don’t want you to have!

Source: Texas Woman Who Claimed COVID-19 Was ‘Media Driven’ Hoax Dies From Virus | Michael Stone

Sadly, this is not the only time someone has lost their life or had their lives disrupted by listening to the president and his sycophants. Who could forget the man who died ingesting the antimalarial drug or the couple who continued with their cruise?

The article above gave me pause. Because that is in fact the instantiation of the statement to my daughter. It does not have to be so. There are so many policies that while they do not kill us as quickly as COVID-19, kills us slowly, rob us of our wealth slowly, and rob us of our real freedoms slowly. Let’s change that.

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