Whose Fault Is It?

The grand story of the day comes from Arizona, where a man has just died after taking chloroquine for the coronavirus. What makes this story so spectacular is the fact this is a drug that the Occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue had named as a potential cure for Covid-19 or the Cornona Virus. The story can be found here.

What can one say about this situation? The obvious is that this is a very sad situation that a man had to die. The other obvious point is that the Trump administration with its obvious disregard for experts and expertise has clearly screwed up the management of the crisis. The Trump leads with his mouth and twitter fingers rather than his brains. Either he is blissfully unaware of how his words are being received or he simply doesn’t care. Neither are virtues that you’d want in the most powerful person on the planet and it would be nice if the Trump actually pretended to be contrite.

However, this is one of those unfortunate circumstances where we have to look at the role of the victim’s actions in his own demise. While the President had named the drug in question as a potential cure, the nations top expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci played down the President’s hype and stated very clearly that the therapy needed to be tested to ensure it was safe for consumption.

I have to hand it to Donald Trump for being able to inspire an almost cult like devotion from his supporters. The so called Trumpers have shown an amazing ability to stick with their guy no matter what you say and prove about their hero. Most things are described as a “hoax” by one of the groups that the Occupant has chosen to demonise. As his spokesperson so aptly said – there are “Alternative Facts.”

However, there are certain situations when one needs to be able to discern reality. Being sick should be one of them. Does it really matter if the crowd at Trumps rallies are bigger and better than anyone else’s? Well, no, even if the debate does make for good comedy.

However, it’s a different story when you’ve been struck down by an unknown virus of sorts and you’re looking for a cure. In this situation, who would you listen to? You have a qualified professional with a proven track record saying one thing and you have someone who has never looked at any book (other than the one he paid someone else to write) let alone a medical book.

Surely, this is one of those moments where you should listen to someone whose been trained in the field related to your particular problem.

I don’t blame people for being desperate and I do believe that miracles can happen. However, I’m incline to remember a Malay taxi driver who complained that his community did approve of planning for the future. He said,” Ya, they complain that I don’t believe in God and it’s a sin. However, I always reply – didn’t God give you a brain?” The Saudis shut down Umrah pilgrimages, even if it’s a source of revenue for them. The Catholic Church in Singapore banned Sunday mass. This was using the God given brains instead of expecting the Almighty to provide a rescue when the obvious is ignored.

Trump, like most cult leaders, should hold responsibility for his actions. However, you also need to expect the recipients of the messages these guys give out to use their brains and to process facts. When a doctor says something is medically unsound and unproven, its not because he has a political bias but because he knowns what he’s talking about. You are free to ignore the doctor’s advice but if you get screwed for not following advice, whose fault is it?

 

Tang Li

*The author blogs at http://beautifullyincoherent.blogspot.com/
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17 Responses to “Whose Fault Is It?”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    An IDIOT running with Fake news

    …what is NOT told is the medication has the same name as those for malaria but this particular one is for killing Mosquito Lava in Aquariums and he did self Medication, not through the ADVICE of an MD…I have said that I should ignore your IDIOTIC post but running with Fake NEWS??? that is altogether a different matter

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  • TruBlu:

    TRUMPogic$$$ indeed!
    this guy only ‘THINK’ in term$ of $$$ n CENT$,what else?

    oy yes,SEX!

    CAN YOU POSSIBLY TRUST HIM BLINDLY?

    He TRUEMpeted his KNOW-ALL when STOCK MARKET RISES AND CLAIMS GLORY EACH TIME BUT when MARKETS DIVES ,he blame it on JAY POWELL?

    AND,NOW tht JAY listens to HIM,THE ALMIGHTY,and cut rates,HE blames it on ‘CHINA VIRUS’???

    THIS GUY MUST THINK HE IS GOD OR A ‘TRUiMP-hant ‘ market saviour of sorts!

    i dread him,he is DANGEROUS like michael jackson said.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    An IDIOT running with Fake news

    …what is NOT told is the medication has the same name as those for malaria but this particular one is for killing Mosquito Lava in Aquariums and he did self Medication, not through the ADVICE of an MD…I have said that I should ignore your IDIOTIC post but running with Fake NEWS??? that is altogether a different matter

    The Fake Idiot provides a Link from Today but the News was Reported in CNN…what is NOT mentioned about the self-medication…the man took an aquarium cleaning pill that contains “Chloroquine” NOT one that is specifically used for the Treatment of Malaria…The danger of self-treatment and More than Dangerous is a DEADLY “FAKE” running around to spread what he dislikes be it personality or the colour of your skin like calling others “Darkie”…
    Colgate Palmolive ban the use of this name in their Toothpaste and THIS Deadly FAKE use it like the clothes that he wears and change daily

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  • Harder Truths:

    Anyone who trusts a politician deserves what he/she gets. End of story.

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  • Great Asia:

    The Chinese moved away from the practice of divine worship 2500 years ago. In their long history, they have had many encounters with viruses. Instead of praying for divine help, their great ancestors had development Chinese medicine to cure illnesses. And the same medicines that they found millenniums ago have been used on more than 90% of the coronavirus patients in China.

    The result speaks for itself.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • believe it !:

    just saw on cna news trailer..
    sg casinos still open..only implementing safe distancing..
    i wanted to lol.
    churches, mosques and temples closed to services for a period but casinos still remain open?

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  • Steven:

    The writer forgot that Trump loves the sound of his own voice and that he knows he can get away with his nonsensical utterences simply beause he is the President of the USA.

    I have long decided the Trump is a person deficient of any morals. The thing is that Trump thinks he is the cleverest person around.

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  • MarBowling:

    Mai Hum and Trump both have the same and similar DNA, period! Both will “DO WHATEVER I WANT”! Mai Hum has made use of the ParLEEMent to CLEAR himself of being accused of ABUSE OF POWER using State Organs by his OWN SIBLINGS! Trump has made of the US Senate to CLEAR himself of being accused of ABUSE OF POWER and OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS! NO ONE ON PLANET EARTH CAN STOP EITHER ONE OF THEM, EXCEPT HEAVEN! Period.

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  • Yoda:

    He died does not prove that the medication killed him.

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  • It's CCP Virus, CCP's Fault.:

    This is the sinister and sophistication of CCP misinformation.
    Seven parts truth and three parts false.
    CCP pays to spread such articles.
    Many sinkies already fell for such CCP lies.

    The whole idea is push the blame, obfuscate the truth and to discredit Trump, who is determined to unveil the evils of CCP and put a stop to them .
    CCP is desperately trying to hold on to power through propaganda and lies.

    Remember, this virus comes from Wuhan, likely from a P4 lab, spread by CCP.
    CCP is solely responsible for this pandemic and the world will go after CCP for this disaster.

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  • Make America Great Again:

    Steven:
    The writer forgot that Trump loves the sound of his own voice and that he knows he can get away with his nonsensical utterences simply beause he is the President of the USA.

    I have long decided the Trump is a person deficient of any morals. The thing is that Trump thinks he is the cleverest person around.

    What you think does not matter a bit.
    Trump was voted in as the US president.
    He will be there for another term.

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  • Paid Misinformation:

    Another stellar commie lie spreader.
    Upstart goebbels philes can search the Chinese web, few hundred dollars per write up.

    Those not afraid of retribution can put your powerful England to bad use and feeling rich.

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  • SeePehHo:

    I heard Trump called President Xi and asked for help to fight the virus. President Xi told Trump that he has all information and equipment to fight COVID-19 but he cannot help Trump because the virus in USA is different. He did not have any information or equipment to fight that “Chinese virus”
    Ha ha ha PAY BACK TIME,,,

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  • th:

    So smart…..youtube amazing polly….and dr shiva….they left contact no. Newspapers….raincheck.

    Hcl can only be prescribed. Why the doctors don’t when it already used in china, bahrain, belgium, s korea and usa….i think i know the answer but you can pay so why not .to each his/her own.

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  • th:

    So smart….beating someone who made his own money and give away his salary to charity.
    Hcl is prescribed. It interferes with hbp meds. So becareful. But that is proven since sars1, mers and now used in china, s korea, belgium, bahrain and in nyc.

    Why your doctors don’t prescribed is your guess. I know but that is my business and not yours.

    Youtube amazing polly…..stop by dr shivas…it is up to you..and you can call them too…..

    Beautiful feet that bring good news are joy. Otherwise please stop fear mongering with no solution

    We can agree to disagree…but please bring good news…

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  • Common Sense:

    Make America Great Again: What you think does not matter a bit.
    Trump was voted in as the US president.
    He will be there for another term.

    He makes America Great Again but gets ‘floored’ by just some small, puny virus???

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  • LKY's Bilingualism:

    SeePehHo:
    I heard Trump called President Xi and asked for help to fight the virus. President Xi told Trump that he has all information and equipment to fight COVID-19 but he cannot help Trump because the virus in USA is different. He did not have any information or equipment to fight that “Chinese virus”
    Ha ha ha PAY BACK TIME,,,

    You had obviously read the CCP version of the story for the Chinese slaves.
    Read the version from Trump and compare the two.

    Use SG’s bilingual education to your advantage.
    It’s meant to make you smart, not daft.

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