Is this about the election or the virus?

Harold Pease Ph.D.
Harold Pease, Ph.D.

So many things are hitting people fast, hard and from all directions. It is increasingly difficult to sift through the messages to find truth as everything – even a virus – has been weaponized. So honest people have to ask, “Is this about the election or the virus?” Who benefits most?

I was a boy when the Asian flu pandemic, originating in Singapore, attacked America leaving 116,000 dead in 1957. I was in college when more than 100,000 people in the U.S. died of the highly contagious Hong Kong flu in the 1968 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I contracted both. Both exceeded the death rate of COVID-19.

No one spoke of shutting down the economy, businesses, schools and churches. The media did not frighten people with nightly death tallies, and Congress did not rush forward with grants and loans valued at $4 trillion to help ease difficult times. People were not quarantined to their homes for weeks or months. No one wore face masks or social distanced 6 feet from others. No one was arrested for going to work or being on public beaches. No governors openly violated the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution. People did not stop shaking hands or attending public dances. Nobody was paranoid of normal contact.

Nor did people do any of these things just two years ago when 61,000 people died of influenza in the 2017-2018 flu season or in 2019 when 34,000 died of the same. It was life. The media in modern history had never focused on the body count of flu that takes thousands each year – until now. Nobody thought to benefit politically.

Until now no country self-destructed their economy over a pandemic. They came and went, and the economies remained good because they were left alone. Even the Twenties were prosperous times following the Spanish flu of 1918 that took approximately 675,000 in the United States of a much smaller population. As bad as that was, at least six times worse in death, the nation did not shut down the economy by governmental decree, make it unlawful to go to work and church or violate the Bill of Rights.

So why now? Because we have been made to be afraid and stay afraid.

Deaths in America with the coronavirus are, as of May 20, at 90,340.

“Now we know that it’s likely to be closer to maybe a really aggressive flu season,” according to “The Ingram Angle”, April 23, 2020.

These people died with COVID-19; however, the number of people who died from COVID 19 is at least 25% less – probably far less.

What people know now about the coronavirus is that children are only minimally affected and unlikely to pass it on and that it overwhelmingly takes those over 65 with preexisting conditions. The Journal of American Medical Association concluded, April 22, that 94% of coronavirus patients in New York City hospitals suffered from preexisting conditions.

The odds of dying from this virus from those contracting it “can vary from, at most, eight-tenths of a percent in New York City to two-one-hundredths of a percent in Phoenix,” according to the article “An Advantaged Disease, Indeed” by William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn on Real Clear Politics, April 6.

What is now known is that states like South Dakota and Georgia without ordering lockdowns damaged their economies least. States like Florida and Texas that protected older adults had minimal death rates next to states like New York City and New Jersey.

So again, is this about the election or the virus? In the questions below, which political party benefits most from making a “somewhat normal” pandemic into the most fearful event in a century so close to an election?

How do you kill the greatest economy, the greatest unemployment records, and Trump’s gigantic rallies attended by 20% Democrats, just before the election?

Why are blue state governors so slow to open their economies before Nov. 3, if possible?

Which party is most advantaged by an economy unable to get back to normal?

How would fear of human contact and normalcy cause the people to want mail-in voting, which is said to advantage one political party – especially in swing states?

Which is advantaged by keeping the people in fear?

Why is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so adamant about counting deaths with COVID-19 rather than only deaths from COVID-19?

Why did Democrat governors send COVID-19 patients to nursing homes in Washington, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey especially when, in the latter two the hospital ship USNS Comfort was available but mostly unused?

Was it to inflate the death numbers? Why is the proven and vastly effective drug hydroxychloroquine opposed by Democrat media outlets and governors?

How more easily could the Democrat media shift the narrative from the alleged Biden-Burisma-Ukraine and China Scandals and divert investigations on FBI and Department of Justice and alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act corruption to COVID-19?

Finally, how better could the media shelter Biden from past corruption, obvious cognitive problems and coming devastating debate performance?

So, is this about the election or the virus? Given the fact that Trump has been the target of constant coup d’etat attempts to remove him by the same media who hyped the fear on this virus, I think it fair to pose this question.

Dr. Harold Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and to applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, visit