The Mid-Day Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)
I don’t mind admitting that my normally sunny disposition makes me grow quickly tired of writing about bad news. So, for today’s Mid-Day Update, I thought I would spend an hour listing some of the actual positive things I see accruing to American society as a result of the Wuhan Virus ordeal.
This is by no means intended to be any sort of comprehensive list, nor is it an effort to downplay the negative impacts of the virus and how our state and federal governments are reacting to it. But it was somewhat therapeutic for me to go through the exercise.
Below are my thoughts, and I would invite readers to respond with thoughts of their own that I can use for a second, similar update later this week.
More working from home. – Companies large and small are learning that large swaths of the jobs they need done can be done by people working from their homes without the loss of productivity. I predict we will see the number of new jobs conducted from home to be in the millions;
Less traffic has so many ancillary benefits. – Millions more jobs being done from home will result in millions fewer cars on the road every morning. This will result in fewer traffic jams, lower road maintenance costs, less demand for the construction of new roads or the expansion of existing highways, and less pollution;
The societal value of “big business.” – Speaking of those companies, Americans are getting to see just how valuable so many of them are in our society. As great American brands like Ford and My Pillow and Bayer and many, many more step up to manufacture and provide the equipment and medicines needed to fight this virus, they demonstrate that their value is in more than just the products they put out in the normal course of business;
Because we’re America, dammit. – A new generation of Americans is learning first-hand about the miracle of American enginuity. A few weeks ago, no test for this Wuhan Virus existed that would provide a result in less than a day. This morning, the FDA issued an emergency approval for a new test by Abbott Laboratories that will provide a result in … wait for it … TWO MINUTES. That is not a typo;
Parents reconnecting with kids. – Millions of parents are home-schooling their children right now. This will not only result in more parents doing this on a permanent basis – also resulting in fewer cars on the road – but is also giving parents more insight on what their kids are learning and how they are learning it;
Increased parental involvement in education. – That can only result in more parents becoming active in exercising oversight of their local school systems, and that will in turn inevitably result in more local control over education. That is undeniably a good thing;
We are learning how to pull together as Americans again. – Despite the best efforts of our despicable national news media to tear our country apart, there is a growing, palpable spirit of “we’re in this together” all over our country now. The media and other groups who fail to grasp this reality will suffer because of it in the long term;
We are gaining a new appreciation for service providers. – Millions of us are gaining a new appreciation for those who provide services in all walks of life as we go through this process. As we see so many restaurants, cafes and other service-oriented businesses shutter their doors, we are gaining a higher sense of appreciation for those who have been able to remain open, something that will likely linger with us when life returns to whatever the new, coming “normal” looks like;
Better sanitary practices. – Millions of Americans who seldom washed their hands after using the restroom are now changing their ways. That has to be a good thing, right? These new, better sanitary practices will not just help with the Wuhan Virus, but will also no doubt help to limit the impacts of the seasonal flu, common cold and other viruses;
A new appreciation for borders. – This is taking place not just in the U.S., but all over the world. A poll released late last week showed that a phenomenal 95% of Americans understand that President Trump’s crucial, early decision to ban most incoming travel from China was important. Even the government of Mexico is now policing its border with America more closely to try to prevent the spread of the virus. My goodness, even the members of the Earth’s ultimate globalist organization, the European Union, recently implemented the closing of national borders to non-essential traffic. The more people who understand the importance of borders and national sovereignty, the better off the world will become.
Again, this is not a comprehensive list, and I hope readers will look at it as nothing more than a good start. I welcome your thoughts on items to add to it.
That is all.
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