Editor’s Note: While the media and other leftist elites ignore the millions of folks living in “flyover” states, they do so at their own peril; it was this silent majority that put President Trump in the White House. Each week, Liberty Nation gives voice to the hard-working heartlanders who are silent no more.
The War of the Worlds, Orson Welles’ radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth, was broadcast over the radio on October 30, 1938. It was the dramatic hoax of its time and, according to Radiolab, “about 12 million people were listening when Welles’ broadcast came on the air and about 1 in every 12 … thought it was true and … some percentage of that 1 million people ran out of their homes.”
Covid-19: The latest version of coronavirus, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest “global pandemic” has, at the time of this writing, caused 38 deaths out of 1,374 cases in the U.S. As health scares go, the flu wipes out an estimated 12,000 Americans each year. In the case of the 2017 flu season, 61,000 people died and 45 million were infected. The nation and health experts responded with increased precautions: more hand washing and staying home when symptomatic. As one New Mexican, Matt Huebert, put it:
“I am an H1N1 survivor from 2009. It was far more aggressive and deadly. It was downplayed. Plenty of toilet paper. No panic. We did not cancel events. Common flu can kill 60,000 a year. Guess who was president? The media sucks.”
This country did not cancel the NBA season, hold debates without an audience, cancel school classes from kindergarten to university, or scare the bejesus out of an entire populace.
But, oh, the times they are a changing in 2020, and from toilet paper shortages to hand sanitizer price gouging, folks in flyover states are amazed at the lunacy going on around them.
Cancel Culture is Alive – But Not Well
Middle America has a passion for college basketball that is unrivaled by the surrounding states. As the news was reported that the NCAA March Madness would be played without fans in the stands, folks expressed their feelings with no holds barred. The financial impact was a factor, as Deb Weigle from Pine Village, IN, made clear: “Can you imagine all the people who had tickets already purchased for these games? And the money that will have to be refunded. Just freaking insane!”
St. Patrick’s Day parades have been called off. The entire NBA season is suspended. Ironically, the Council of Foreign Relations had scheduled to hold a roundtable titled “Doing Business Under Coronavirus” on Friday and they have canceled. The WHO issued a statement to those panicking for the best way to stay uninfected by Covid-19: “Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.” Not one medical professional has said squat about hoarding toilet paper.
Arizonan Dave Metcalf was primed to watch the two Democratic frontrunners debate in Phoenix, but the host of the event, alarmist CNN, will hold it without an audience. “This hysteria is beyond insane. I was curious if the DNC is going to pump in laugh tracks and applause tracks at the debate in a few days. That would be a riot,” he said.
Some folks, however, were capitalizing on the scare, and Mitch Wade in Oklahoma tipped his hand: “Did anyone else buy oil and cruise line stocks today?” The reply from a buddy, Brian Hague in Kansas, told the tale, “Just bought more Delta after the Europe announcement.”
War of the Worlds or What?
Orson Welles used the media of his time to broadcast to millions of Americans – and scared the dickens out of many. Heartlanders this go around aren’t as easily spooked. Even those Boomer Rubes that CNN believes inhabit the flyover states refuse to fall for the hysteria. In fact, many believe it’s overblown and out of control thanks solely to those responsible for reporting the news. As Pam Volz from Butler County, OH, said, it’s “absolutely, the media and the Dems causing all of this.” And that was the end of that.
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