Drawing comparisons for illumination sake on any given issue is a solid communication strategy.
For a little while now, I have been seeing significant parallels between our experiences with the so-called “War on COVID-19” and the actual War in Vietnam.
Then the other day, I heard somebody on the news compare Dr. Fauci’s most recent comment “changing of the goalposts” on the vaccine to “mission creep”—a term which perfectly describes what happened in Vietnam and was is happening with COVID. Mission Creep is a term which first was used to solely describe a military operation which has a gradual and incremental intervening expansion beyond its original intent until failure hits and stops the intervention completely. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Fauci and the rest of his cohorts in our collective nightmare have been mission creeping since the onset of this catastrophe. Remember?
The vast majority of people unwisely and unflinchingly supported our rulers. Historically, our government and bureaucratic leaders do not deserve that kind of trust. We certainly would not have gotten to the point of this economic and societal ruin if most people hadn’t responded like sheep and just rolled over to be sheared by the powers that be.
- 15 days to stop the spread.
- Don’t wear masks. Masks don’t help and could hurt you.
- Wear a mask not to prevent you from getting it but to protect others from getting it from you.
- Always wear a mask, even when outside, in your own home, or while having sex.
- We need to “stay home, stay safe” to flatten the curve.
- We need to adhere to the lockdowns to not overrun the hospitals.
- Wet need to get the vaccine out.
- To achieve herd immunity, Fauci initially said 70-75% of people would need to take it.
- Now he’s up to 85%.
- Talk about mission creepy. Where does it stop?
Things have started to slowly shift now. More people and some in the media are questioning the efficacy of this effort. Many of our officials’ obvious hypocrisy in not following their own rules has helped to start swaying opinions.
This is how it went with the War in Vietnam, too. Slow but sure growing distrust of the government and its decisions.
Initially, the vast majority of Americans supported the war in Vietnam. When mission creep was kicking in the mid to late 1960s, we went from the Democratic administration of Lyndon B. Johnson (who did not run for reelection in 1968 because of the growing opposition to the war and his administration) to the Republican administration of Richard M. Nixon. The country was growing impatient with the obvious miscalculations of what it would take to win a war against the Communist North Vietnamese regime. The protests came against BOTH the Democrats AND the GOP. We need to return to that kind of nonpartisan approach.
Lie after lie piled up. Our leaders kept doubling-down. Because if they did not, they would have had to admit, the whole enterprise in Southeast Asia was a colossal mistake. Men like LBJ, Nixon, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, General William Westmoreland, etc., and major multi-national corporations like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Monsanto, Dow Chemical would have had to admit they were wrong. In fact, the history of the Vietnam conflict goes all the way back to Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. Eventually, we learned of a study by the government early-on which determined that they all knew the war in Vietnam was unwinnable from the fucking beginning. But they were too entrenched to change course. They had to save face. Their intransigence and lack of vision and creativity cost hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides. The names of more than 58,000 on our side can be seen for the time being on a memorial in DC. The ripple effect of the cancer caused by agent orange, PTSD, suicide, homelessness plus so much more impacts Vietnam veterans to this day.
Continuing the comparison between COVID and Vietnam, both conflicts were originated with Communist regimes. Additionally, we are about to change administrations and parties during another incredibly fractious time in our history just like we did in 1969.
All you have to do is replace Johnson and Nixon with the names Trump and Biden and the a fore mentioned bureaucrats and conglomerates for Fauci, Birx, Cuomo, Newsom, Facebook, Twitter, CNN, Pfizer, Moderna, etc., and you get the idea. These power-hungry, greedy megalomaniacs will never admit they were wrong, either.
We are about to trade one lying, corrupt, and misguided President for another. Biden was right about one thing, though. We are about to enter a long, dark winter.
How many Americans have to die, succumb to suicide and other resulting illnesses and poverty stricken maladies due to these stupid, illogical, irrational decisions by the ruling class and the public’s willingness to go along?
Eventually the citizenry did wake-up during the Vietnam War era. It took almost 20 years, though. How long will it take for us in the era of the “War on COVID”? Only time will tell.
However, it doesn’t have to be darkness and fear and anxiety and illness for you and your family. Take responsibility for your own well-being, both physically and mentally. Get my book “Early Wake-Up Call”. It available in audio form now, too. You can hear a five minute recap here. There are a lot of answers for you contained therein.
Make love not war, Beautiful Humans. And wash your hands after.