“As Ontario reported the most new COVID-19 “cases” in more than 3 months Premier Doug Ford said he fears a “second wave” is about to hit. “Is it coming? Yes, I believe it’s coming as sure as I am standing here, and I hope to God I’m wrong. I’d love to be up here a month later and say I was wrong, but it’s coming … ” Ford said in his daily teleconference at Queens Park on Monday”
Curious that one of our “Great Leaders” happened to mention God in a public press conference … nah, must have been just a silly slip of the tongue, a mere “figure of speech”. Funny how this rolls, for 60 years we called this “The Flu Season”. Now it a raging COVID inferno …
Stanford economist Paul Romer said in November 2004 at a venture-capitalist meeting in California. Referring to the increasing competition that America faces from rapidly rising education levels in other countries, Romer said, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”
And this Plandemic is a mini hurricane of opportunity for all the Rob Fords of our bureaucratic culture. We can see what COVID gives elected officials … but what does the COVID “crisis” give a bureaucratic manager?
The word “crisis” is an interesting one, because it evokes such radically different responses:
- To an elected official, it’s a mixed bag: a chance to look strong, to create a lasting image in the constituents’ minds, but it’s also a huge risk if things go poorly.
- To most civil servants, crises are best avoided; they consume time, derail other priorities, and rarely seem to benefit one’s career or programs.
- To someone in the media, it is a godsend. Crises offer opportunities to describe high drama, portray heroes, victims and scapegoats in vivid colors, knowing that many will follow closely what one is saying or writing.
And what about public-sector managers? They most probably view crises the way other civil servants do: high costs, hugely disruptive, little if any gain. What is the big motivator? Fear of liability and accountability … that’s where appointed, serve at the pleasure, “experts” and “expert recommendations” come in. Experts are expendable … there is always another expert just around the next corner.
Over at Mark Mallett’s site we have:
“Before his Ascension Christ affirmed that the hour had not yet come for the glorious establishment of the messianic kingdom awaited by Israel which, according to the prophets, was to bring all men the definitive order of justice, love and peace.
According to the Lord, the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness, but also a time still marked by “distress” and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 672”