Are you asking me or telling me?

President Joe Biden delivers an update on the COVID-19 response and vaccination program, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Paul GleiserAre you asking me or telling me?

The COVID pandemic is arguably the most consequential challenge to face America since World War II. Not since World War II has something come along that has impacted literally every citizen in the country.

That simple fact – that COVID is impactful on daily life in a way not seen since World War II – invites some comparison.

So, let’s examine the actions of the Democrats that were running the country in the 1940s, when every citizen was confronted with the reality of World War II, and compare them to the Democrats that are in charge today as every citizen in the country deals with COVID.

The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 united the country in common cause. With that emotion providing the initial momentum, the U.S. government engaged in one of the most massive PR, marketing and advertising campaigns in history.

The results were amazing. The country rallied to the cause of victory. Americans who had fresh memories of the decade of economic privation during the Great Depression dug deeply and bought war bonds by the millions. Nearly every American voluntarily and sacrificially did his or her part to win the war. Americans were sold on the war effort because the Roosevelt administration took the time and trouble and spent the money to sell them.

But imagine if today’s Democrats had been in charge then. Today’s Democrats don’t think they have to sell you. They believe that their elite university degrees and insider status confer upon them the right to tell you. Rather than selling Americans on buying bonds, this crop of Democrats would demand that Americans buy them. Mandate it.

And if those free, liberty-loving Americans resisted, today’s Democrats would turn dictatorial. I can imagine things like an executive order (of dubious constitutionality) requiring that payment terms for companies receiving government contracts be tied to the percentage of employees “volunteering” to buy bonds via direct payroll withholding. I can so imagine and I’m not very creative in the totalitarian department. Today’s Democrats are very creative in that area.

But if a statist, top-down mandate regarding the war effort had happened in the 1940s, the amount of money raised selling war bonds would have been dramatically less and support for the war would have been badly fractured. Lord knows what that would have meant for the outcome.

That’s exactly what we’re seeing with respect to COVID and President Biden’s mandates regarding vaccination. COVID is this generation’s World War II. It’s common cause. The administration should be treating it as such – rallying us rather than dictating to us. Dictating isn’t going down well. The more the Biden administration insists, the more that millions of Americans resist. That whole liberty thing keeps getting in the way.

It is bred into Americans to resist being told what to do by their own government. Government doesn’t tell us. We tell government.

If a president wants something from the American people, he can’t demand it. He has to ask for it.

And he has to ask nicely.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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4 Responses

  1. Chuck says:

    Like! And it might not hurt if, “Following the science”, became a real and transparent exercise. What if natural immunity and unfettered and aggressive early treatment were given their due in lieu of the one-size-fits-all hectoring and jabbing? What if the central policy spokespeople actually became credible and responded well to critical review? I know I’m asking too much.
    It seems like we are close to a saturation point now in terms of who is going to respond which way to the directives, and America has decided what we are going to do or not do for this go round. Hopefully, Covid will recede with or without our fully unified resistance.

  2. Rick Boone says:

    I am a “Government is a necessary evil” contrarian of the highest order. That said, I also have a close family member that lived in a hospital for five long months over covid. After one year, he is still on oxygen and unable to walk without assistance. I read your commentary and was somehow reminded of a poem by E.E. Cummings that I think is entitled “Told Him.” When enough people die or watch someone that they love die from covid, Mr. Biden won’t have to mandate anything. It’s just too bad that he had to make this about power.

  3. Barbara Luce says:

    I would encourage everyone to research Covid 19. Start with Dr. Peter McCullough who has credentials of about a mile long.
    Here is a link to Dr. McCullough’s slides that make the case.

    Dr. McCullough at AAPS (Amer Assoc of Phy and Surgeons) Oct 3
    And the video is here:
    It just might save a life. Thank you.

  4. Michael Reagan says:

    What I am amazing interested in is why most Americans are not screaming to the heavens to destroy China? Who concocted this virus, China. Who spread this virus, China. Who is pulling the strings of President Biden, the NBA, and who knows who else, China. I think we can see the common enemy here as we did at Pearl Harbor?!?!!! China. HOW can the rest of the world not rally to squash China? China single handedly did this. At Pearl Harbor we only lost over 2,335 sailors, army, airmen, military nurses, and civilians. China has killed how many millions with this virus and God only knows how many millions since Moa’s revolution. Then Presidential candidate Trump had it right; the enemy is China.

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