• Acknowledging the Coronavirus Good, Bad & Ugly

    Surge Summary: From price gouging to unwarranted attacks on the first lady to commendable volunteer efforts, the coronavirus crisis is generating hideous reactions and admirable ones from individuals and institutions.

    It has often been said that a crisis will bring out the best and the worst in people.  That old adage is being proven correct every day.

    I have seen many stories of Americans rising to the occasion.  For example, New York City has asked retired doctors and nurses to come out of retirement.  Within 24 hours, at least 1,000 had stepped up, knowing full well the risks they face should they be infected.

    Churches and faith leaders are stepping up too, helping to disseminate critical information, running food banks and turning parking lots into mobile testing locations.  Disney, which closed its famed theme parks in California and Florida, is donating surplus food to local food banks.

    Sadly, some have tried to financially exploit the situation, for example, by selling hand sanitizer for $70 a bottle.  (They did the right thing after state authorities and private companies cracked down.)

    Attorney General William Barr has ordered U.S. attorneys to aggressively prosecute cases against anyone attempting to exploit the crisis through fraud and illegal price gouging.

    Then there are those people who are just blinded by hate.  A guy named Rick Wilson is one such example.

    Wilson has been a Republican political operative closely associated with John McCain.  He’s now running something called the Lincoln Project, a gang of Never Trumpers who think they are going to take back the Republican Party after Donald Trump leaves office.

    When the White House announced that the first lady would be doing public service announcements regarding the coronavirus, Wilson tweeted, “#BeInfected.”  Beyond disgusting.

    Meanwhile, the mayor of Baltimore, where the murder rate has been sky-high in recent years, is publicly begging gangs to stop shooting one another.  The city needs the hospital beds being used for wounded gang members to be freed up for coronavirus patients.

    I give the mayor an A for effort, but I suspect it is going to take a lot more to turn these thugs into good citizens.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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