Nothing seems to cause the normally child-like short-term attention spans of American workers to temporarily lengthen a little bit like a major global crisis. After years and decades of not-giving-a-shit about politics, of ignoring all the warnings we socialists have given the working class since the 1840s, of lesser-evil voting for first one, then the other of the twin parties of the US capitalist class, the Great Coronavirus Scare of 2020 has temporarily lengthened the attention spans of the “I-don’t-give-a-shit-about-politics” worker-sheep of the Nation.
In a nation founded on genocide, slavery and the wholesale robbery of the working class by the ruling class, where the highest moral principles are “screw them before they screw you” and “look out for #1”, only when major crises affect us personally do we finally pry ourselves away from our favorite porn sites and sitcoms and sporting events and start to pay attention to what new disaster our social betters, the “rightful rulers” of the capitalist class (who we just voted into office a couple of years ago) have gone and screwed up this time.
We’re always astounded anew at what can be learned about the world around us once the football season is over and we have nothing better to do than pick up a damn newspaper and give it more than a cursory glance. “Holy crap! We’re at peace with the Taliban!” we exclaim. “Can you believe it? Life expectancy of US workers has been declining for the past two years!” “Jeezus and Jehosephat! 78% of American workers live paycheck-to-paycheck! I thought it was just us and everyone we know personally!” Yes, it’s amazing what you can learn once a crisis comes “out of nowhere” – while you’ve been spending hours every day on things like designing a big, new kitchen (even though you can’t cook anything that can’t be made in a microwave oven) and poring over your fantasy league strategies for this season – and causes baseball and basketball seasons AND even “March Madness” AND the Olympics to be postponed! Or maybe even canceled altogether! And shuts down production of new TV shows – and movies, too! “The world is on fire! Grab the dog and the cat and… (…am I forgetting something? oh, yeah…) and the kids – and head to the storm cellar, maw!”
And thus did the great American working class become aware, suddenly, that its health care system was utterly inadequate to protect the lives of the workers of the nation! “All it took” was the sudden cancellation of every major sporting event on the planet to impress upon the not very robust consciousness of the American working class that, yes, indeed there was something amiss. “How did that one sneak up on us all of a sudden? You’d have thought something so big would have made some kind of noise before it crept up behind me and almost took the top of my head off with that meat cleaver!”
And now it’s as if it has become a national contest for American workers to be the one who pretends most convincingly that “he really cares”. With the Great Coronavirus Scare of 2020 suddenly upon us, the accusations are flying against anyone who dares to point out that this COVID-19 virus is nothing more than a nasty flu… “WHAT? My great-grandmother’s in the hospital fighting for her life yet once again and you have the nerve to say ‘it’s only a nasty flu?’ You’re a heartless, murderous COMMIE!”
And it seems as if there is not a single human being alive today besides myself and a handful of others perhaps who have the ability to discern that the “cure” being proposed to “stop the virus” – the immediate shutdown of the world’s economy – will cause far more death and destruction of human lives than this “slightly-worse-than-typical-flu-virus” ever could – and the guts to announce that fact publicly. Just go out and say that, and you’ll be instantly confronted with the same kind of hysterical reaction that the innocent victims of the Salem Witch Trials lived (briefly) through. Awakened from their natural dormant state, and suddenly made aware of a sudden viral pandemic that threatens their grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ lives (they were still mostly sound asleep during the brief “epidemic” era) the “minds” of American workers can only passively absorb terrifying CNN and Fox News broadcasts on the “deadly coronavirus” and believe every word that the “experts” and the politicians are saying. When you are awakened suddenly in the middle of the night to a smoke alarm going off you don’t stop to check to see where the fire is or how big it is – you just put on your slippers and grab a jacket and get the hell out of there.
So now the American working class and their families are all out on their front lawns (if they “have” a mortgaged-to-the-gills front lawn to stand on) standing, stupidly as ever, in front of their ball-and-chain houses, in their underwear in the middle of the night convinced that their houses are on fire and if they don’t do SOMETHING – ANYTHING – then they will lose… EVERYTHING! This, boys and girls (which is what so-called American working class “adults” really are) is what happens to you when you don’t pay attention. And now, you are at the mercy of those criminal capitalist-owned politicians you so stupidly voted into office in the last election. The coronavirus epidemic is so far outside the realm of anything these money-grubbing capitalist shitheads have ever contemplated for even a minute it’s astounding. They only got interested in “public service” in the first place because someone told them it would put them and their criminal bankster friends in charge of how the massive pile of tax money squeezed out of the working class every year will be distributed! Thanks to your own “who-cares-about-politics-let-the-rich-people-run-the-country” stupidity, your lives and the lives of those you love most dearly are in the hands of a real-estate swindler and his cabinet of Wall St. criminals! These are the people – people who have spent their entire lives doing nothing else but stealing as much money as they possibly could from every working-class person they encountered – who YOU have placed in the highest offices of the land! And yes, girls and boys THEY ARE GONNA FUCK YOU OVER ONCE AGAIN!
COVID-19 is nothing more than a very nasty flu virus, and the idiots YOU voted into office are now – thanks to that innate, boundless ignorance that you found so irresistable you just had to vote for them – going to destroy the world economy to stop a virus that kills less than 1% of the people who get it.
When will you ever learn? You’d better start giving a shit 24/7/365. Your lives all depend on it. If you don’t rise up and demand socialized medicine for all right now you’re nothing but an enormous troop of the world’s most stupid worker-monkeys.
Dump the Republicrats. Build A Workers Party. Fight For A Workers Government.
Fight For A Socialist Future – because there is literally NO FUTURE FOR THE WORKING CLASS UNDER CAPITALISM!