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After Coronavirus, What If? — Opinion

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“The times they are a-changing,” Bob Dylan. Admittedly I’m not a fan of Dylan or similar songs of the era. I prefer, “I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour. But heaven knows I’m miserable now.” The Smiths. The musings of Dylan and songs from the ’60s do, however, carry extra weight during these difficult times. From a lyrical standpoint, political and protest songs serve as a reminder of that this, too, this COVID-19, this pandemic, will pass.

Unfortunately, until we are allowed to begin crafting a “new normal,” we all will need to dig deep and stay positive for our family, friends, and our own health. Once our elected leadership begins to remove the stay at home orders, which many states have started, we can then start the process of adapting to a coronavirus world ahead of a vaccine. We all know how to adapt. Changes in our health, finances, relationships, and life itself has prepared us to make the needed adjustments to fit our own lives and priorities. These are all things that will eventually happen. The question that none of us know the answer to is just how long will it be until life feels in any way normal?

At the moment, I believe most of us are hesitant or resistant to adjusting to a lockdown life and for good reason. What we are all experiencing isn’t sustainable on any level. I also believe most of us are waiting patiently and doing the best we can to stay sane while we wait it out. None of what we are living through should ever feel normal. Because of all of this, I have started to wonder what exactly life will look like post-lock downs and stay at home orders? Specifically, will any of us come out of this with a different view of the people around us and life in general?

I say this with absolutely no disrespect to anyone who has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Whether its health, financial or mental stress, etc., this pandemic has been horrible on multiple fronts, and I absolutely acknowledge that. To be honest, even though I’m very blessed to be working, I’d be lying if I said that coronavirus hasn’t been mentally taxing on me, it has. Looking ahead, to that day when the headlines have little to mention of this current pandemic, I wonder what good will come out of this?

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From observations being out in public, with sunny skies and warmer weather, I have already seen a considerable shift in public behavior. I do get tired of the “we are all in this together” labeling slapped on every radio and TV ad. However, there is some truth in those marketed words. I saw a story about bike sales soaring right now. We recently bought a new bike for our thirteen-year son. We know that Vitamin D (Sunlight) UV rays protect you from being further harmed if you get the virus and may even work against the virus.

Many people, including me, have turned off the news altogether, I read all my news now. People are clamoring to be with friends, family, and co-workers. People are desperate to watch, attend sports and group gatherings. While we’re not experiencing much if any love-in’s or kind smiles behind the masked faces and grocery stores and newly created one-way aisles. Outside, in parks, on bike and walking trails, in neighborhoods with families playing in the yard and sitting in driveways, people seem to wave, say hello and be generally happier to see their fellow men and women walk by their homes. My point is this. When all is said and done, what if? What if, in the end, we end up appreciating life a little more? We end up spending more time talking face to face with people (when we can again) What if we go out more? What if we appreciate God’s creation more? What if we spend less time online and more time outside with friends and family. What if we take care of our bodies better than before? What if we are all a little kinder to strangers we pass? What if people stopped tailgating on the freeway? 🙂 Can you tell me one other thing that could have impacted the world the way that coronavirus has? One other thing that could have potentially made the entire planet appreciate the smaller things in life and life in general more?

Romans 8:28 KJV
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Jon Justice is a conservative science fiction author and Iheart Radio talk show host. The EMBARK Trilogy, including the just-released third book in the series The Vanishing War, are available now on AMAZON and www.MyNerdWorld.Net

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Despite Federal Freakout, ‘J6’ Rally Remains Peaceful

The federal response to the event has turned out to be a joke.

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All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement.

But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative.

Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police.

On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media.

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This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media.

In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment.

Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event.

This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement. But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative. Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police. On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media. This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media. In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment. Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event. This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

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New Book Details How Biden Team Keeps POTUS from Unscripted Events

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The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation.

Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions.

Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps.

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book.

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“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

The policy seemed to be fairly codified.

In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on Biden’s image as a leader, and his waning approval numbers are evidence of this.

The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation. Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions. Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps. Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book. “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized. “That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says. The policy seemed to be fairly codified. In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.” “They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote. This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on…

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