3/17/2020 – The End of the Beginning
It is, after all, all over but the shouting. Remember, the “shouting” always happens long, long after the major damage has been done. This is true of all disasters. Man-made or otherwise.
So, there’s still a whole bunch of shouting to do, and still a whole bunch of panic for you and me to experience, but that doesn’t change the fact that the disaster itself is largely over, and the other fact that you and I are going to have to sift through all the wreckage that it has left behind.
Here are some things to do:
- Individually: Buy stocks. They’re cheap, cheap, cheap now, and you can make a fortune if you’re able to invest in them. Invest certainly in medical research stocks.
- As an employee, raise your contribution to your 401k, your Roth IRA or other company savings plan. If they’re mutual funds, and they’re stocks-based, then you’re paying for your retirement a lot more cheaply than before. A lot more cheaply.
- Give some serious thought to doing the basics that the “Doomsday Preppers” do. If everyone had done this already, a good deal of the panic portion of this recent crisis would not have happened.
- Nationwide: We need to do a “postmortem.” In responding to this whole thing, what did we do wrong and what did we do right… as a nation, and state-by-state?
- Nationwide: As a nation we could do what the preppers do: put together a vast store of non-perishable foodstuffs that could, in a serious pinch, be distributed to those in need.
- There are bad actors out there who wish us harm. Many of them are domestic bad actors — Bernie Sanders and much of the leadership of the Democrat Party, for example. They’re already trying to exploit our current national weakness. We know who they are; we need to identify what they’re doing. We need to identify what they’ve done. We need to call the foreign baddies on it, and we need to let them know that we view such things as real acts of war. As far as the domestic baddies are concerned, they should see a vast, nationwide spine-stiffening that should send fear up and down their spines.
- Let’s drop the navel-gazing obsession with identity politics, and realize that this thing, whatever it was, brought the United States of America — all of us — to its knees way, way too easily. The only nation that has any right whatsoever to obsess over “microaggressions,” and “transgender rights,” (for heaven’s sake!) and frickin’ “pronouns” is a nation that has vanquished all the big problems. As a nation, plainly we haven’t vanquished all our big problems. This latest disaster has focused the harsh glare of reality on some very serious vulnerabilities in our country.
- For heaven’s sake, if the Stock Market is 1) that fragile, 2) that unstable, and 3) that important to the financial health of the country, then, obviously: there are too many American eggs in that basket. Either make more baskets, or find some other way to fix that, and fix it fast. Some way that does not require dispossessing anyone of anything. Here’s an idea: decentralize the stock market. Put a mini-Dow (for lack of a better term) in each state. Allow for the formation of competing stock markets. This should be mostly a private effort, with the government’s role to be nothing more than the removal of any obstacles in the path of such an effort.
- After 9/11, we took all the above-enumerated steps, except the stock market decentralization. Somewhere in the government, there is now a real plan of action to react to the possibility that terrorists might somehow fly planes into buildings again. We need such a plan to react to anything that might occur that could bring this country to its knees again. We need especially to make it so that the stock market can’t single-handedly impoverish tens of millions of Americans practically at a single stroke.
Early World War II, after British forces had had a minor victory over German troops, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Churchill was stating that he was seeing the turning of the tide, and that while the threat of destruction had passed, the task of achieving the final victory was still in the future. That’s where we are now. The end of the beginning is behind us, and we need now to recover, to rebuild, to restore… to strengthen America well beyond where we were before all this began last November.
Just some preliminary thoughts now that the end of the beginning has come and gone.