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Charlie Daniels: Coronavirus's Lesson for America...Quit Leaning on China!

By Charlie Daniels | March 13, 2020 | 4:01pm EDT
Charlie Daniels' decorated career as a singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler has spanned several decades. (Photo credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)
Charlie Daniels' decorated career as a singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler has spanned several decades. (Photo credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Our nation - and for that matter, every other nation on the face of the planet - is in a state of anxiety, confusion and bewilderment about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has caught even the most technologically advanced nations on earth totally unprepared to deal with it.

It is my belief that China refused to admit that it had a catastrophic problem until infected Chinese citizens had traveled and dispersed around the world spreading the virus, thereby owning the lion’s share of the blame for our present-day situation.

But let’s stay on the pragmatic side and deal with the ramifications, review the mistakes the world health apparatus and politicians have made in dealing with it, in hopes never to make them again.

First of all, you can’t deal with something you don’t know about and China’s failure to acknowledge and inform about the coronavirus cost a lot of valuable time, when a few days in the laboratories for the best and brightest around the world could have shortened the time to develop a cure and therapeutic drugs to treat those already infected.



 

We have known for many years that the potential for a deadly flu with pandemic capabilities could come along and we should have been much better prepared to deal with it, with a backlog of drugs, medical supplies and sanitary products, etc….

China’s silence delayed the manufacturing and implementation of lifesaving containment protocols, delivery dates for vital testing kits, and diagnostic tools our health experts so desperately need.

Politicians on either side of the aisle who try to score points on this national tragedy only prove they care more about the health of their party than they do about the health of the people and should be remembered as such when the polls open.

I knew that we were dependent on China for way too many products, but when I found out we were dependent on them for so many of the vital drugs we need, I was totally shocked.

What politicians, what companies, or what unholy alliance of the two would place the health and welfare of this whole nation into the hands of a communist regime whose main goal is replacing the U.S. as the leading economy in the world?

There was gain of some kind involved. Follow the money, follow the power and it will eventually lead to the board rooms and back rooms where politicians and business tycoons with dirty hands and dirtier hearts practice their own particular brand of treason, yes treason, in this case tantamount to turning the manufacturing of our military’s munitions over to the Russians and depending on them delivering it intact and on time. 

Putting the manufacturing and shipment of drugs that Americans need to live at stake is a form of treason in my book and the parties responsible should be identified and disgraced for selling the welfare of America.

The United States of America depending on any other nation for anything as critical as medicine is downright dumb and an ever-present threat to national security.

There is a lesson to be learned here. Over the years, high tax rates caused American businesses to outsource so much manufacturing to China, our economies have become so entwined, and we’ve made so much money off the cheap Chinese labor that we have basically turned a blind eye to what our enabling of an oppressive communist government has accomplished for China.

The Chinese military grows in strength and threat every day, using the enormous profits from 

Sino-American trade deals to maintain the largest standing army in the world.

It’s time for America to adopt an “If we use it here, we should produce it here” attitude.

For the first time in modern times, thanks to the common sense and foresight of Donald Trump, America is energy-independent and our economy no longer has to depend on the largesse of Saudi Arabia or any other nation who hates our guts.

Now it’s time for America to bring it all back home.

If we use it here, it should be made here.

Oh, and by the way, the Chinese government is now saying that America caused the pandemic.

No way, Jose - or Xi - or whoever is responsible for this farce. It originated in China, you let it fester, you didn’t inform a vulnerable world about it. You own it.

Period.

What do you think? 

Pray for our troops, our police, and the peace of Jerusalem. 

God Bless America 

-- Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.



 

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