The Coronavirus Has Shown Us Once Again That the United States Is Still the Frontier

Whether or not that is a good thing is open to debate.

Nearly 4 months after the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, after nearly a billion people were quarantined under authoritarian rule, the leader of the free world stated that he “didn’t know people died from the flu”, even though it had killed his grandfather.

Multiple times a week, reporters face the President and Vice President and question their competency in handling this growing crisis. Meanwhile in China; whistleblowers, doctors, vloggers, and many on social media are being silenced and even arrested for speaking about the outbreak.

China’s draconian measures are working.

China is reporting fewer and fewer new cases and has even shuttered the 16 temporary hospitals it built to face the crisis.

It is very likely our cases will surpass those in China, even though we have a faction of the population. Our nation’s experts warn we are passing the point of containment, yet the administration is more concerned with containing the economic damage than the virus itself.

This government will not save you, and it never has.

How can we expect to be saved by a government which cannot save itself? Even the most protected and powerful member of the U.S. Government is not safe. The Precedency is perhaps the most dangerous job in the world, with a fatality rate of nearly 1 in 5, and half of those who died in office being assassinated.

We have the most advanced (and expensive) healthcare system on the planet, yet are bound to handle this worse than a country that spends 1/20th the amount we do per capita.

It’s the reason we are the sole cultural super-power on the planet. This powder keg of pain and riches produces capital, art, and unique individuals like none other.

A country of tortured artists.

We’re a country in search of riches, and individual freedom, at the expense of our well-being. Does this not sound like The Frontier?

We will not come out of this unscathed, but we will be reborn. On the other side opportunity and growth await, as it is our manifest destiny.

This perennial rebirth, this fluidity of American life, this expansion westward with its new opportunities, its continuous touch with the simplicity of primitive society, furnish the forces dominating American character. – Frederick Jackson Turner

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