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by Tom McCaffrey, ©2022

(Mar. 7, 2022) — The pandemic rages on. The science tells us it is a disease of the mind. It mainly affects persons who have managed to go through life without ever learning to think rationally. Its primary symptom is an overwhelming desire to help the oppressed. Those infected believe that this desire is the essence, the sine qua non, of moral worth. They view anyone who does not share this belief as the embodiment of evil.

Beyond the question of caring for others, the infected show an admirable degree of tolerance for the failings of their fellow man. They are laudably forgiving of vagrancy, drug abuse, sexual license of every variety, petty crime, not-so-petty crime (shoplifting up to the house limit of $950 in California), and arson and vandalism (when done for a good cause). Anyone who does not share their tolerance for such indiscretions they view as the embodiment of evil.

Those infected typically experience an irresistible desire to tell others what to do. A British doctor has diagnosed the mindset of the infected thus: because what’s good for society as a whole is the standard of right and wrong, rather than what’s good for each individual, government experts acting on behalf of society are best qualified to determine how each person ought to live his life.

Along these same lines, a team of scientists in California discovered during the recent coronavirus epidemic that persons infected by what has been dubbed the “submissive” strain of the mental disorder actively welcomed being ordered to stay indoors, wear a mask, get vaccinated, and refrain from earning a living. Those who did not actively welcome such impositions they viewed as the embodiment of evil.

Another distinctive symptom of the disease is an aversion to certain sounds. One of the sounds the afflicted are especially sensitive to is the sound of someone’s disagreeing with them. One epidemiologist attributes this to the belief, also a symptom of the disease, that genuine truth is unknowable, that the sort of approximate, provisional truths that most of us supposedly live by are all relative, and that in order for society to function, someone in charge must simply pick a line of thought, declare it true, and annihilate anyone who disputes it.  

One of the more bizarre symptoms of the disease is an inability to tell male from female. In one extreme case involving the coaches and administrators of Ivy League swimming, the infected were unable to tell up from down, right from left, or a cabbage from a Cadillac El Dorado.

White persons afflicted by the disease show a marked tendency to want to kneel down, apologize, and beg forgiveness–because blacks are disproportionately poor, under-educated, and inclined to criminality. Anyone who disputes the logic here, such as it is, is liable to be fired from his job, ostracized from society, and reduced to living in a shack by the tracks.

Another symptom of the disease is a belief that, because some people have used guns to shoot other people, no one should have no right to own a gun.  In the 1960s an earlier generation of the infected succeeded in enacting a raft of soft-on-crime policies, such as letting criminals off on technicalities. The predictable consequence was a rise in crime, much of it involving guns. Rather than defend their soft-on-crime policies–it seems the disease causes a deep aversion to being on the defensive–they went on the attack, blaming guns for the rise in violent crime that their own policies had brought about. And they have been on the attack ever since. And their political opponents have been on the defensive. Because their opponents also suffer from a disease, the primary symptom of which is a craving to be on the defensive, and to give up ground, and more ground. 

Still another symptom is a desire to “save democracy.” Debate rages among the infected as to whether America’s Got Talent or Dancing with the Stars provides the better model of how elections ought to be conducted. When asked about the danger that online voting might enable individuals to cast multiple ballots, a White House spokesman replied, “There’s no such thing as too much democracy.” 

Scientists have discovered a definitive means of detecting the presence of active infection: whether a person takes the once-mainstream media seriously. Long after it became clear to anyone with a brain that the mask phenomenon was a charade, the infected, ever in thrall to media-induced panic, continued to don their masks and vilify anyone who did not. Those same persons recently applauded President Biden’s decision to extend the coronavirus state of emergency, which the President prudently made in case an actual emergency should occur at some time in the future.

Researchers have discovered places where natural immunity predominates. Flyover country is one such place.  Scientists theorize that employment in a field that keeps one in touch with reality, such as farming or truck driving, seems to afford a degree of immunity. An especially potent form of immunity has been discovered among refugees from Communist tyrannies, such as the Cuban community in Miami. Been there, done that.

Natural immunity has also been detected in an unexpected quarter. Because this is a disease of the mind, it turns out that one must have a mind in order to contract it. Thus, several prominent members of the Democratic Party, who were once thought to suffer from an acute form of the disease, are now known to be disease free.

Scientists have recently identified a strain of the disease whose existence was long suspected but has only now been confirmed. They have dubbed it “moderate R.” The primary symptom of this strain is an uncontrollable desire to “end the gridlock, cross the aisle, and meet the Democrats halfway.” Though not fatal in and of itself, this strain of the disease tends to act in concert with the more virulent strains to hasten the death of free institutions. (Some researchers theorize that the majority of the Republicans in Congress are infected with this strain.)

When asked to comment on the current state of the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to the astonishment of the known universe, was at a loss for words.


Tom McCaffrey is the author of Radical by Nature: The Green Assault on Liberty, Property, and Prosperity.

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  1. Ronald Reagan on Freedom in 1961:
    Our Founding Fathers, here in this country, brought about the only true revolution that has ever taken place in man’s history. Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. But only here did that little band of men so advanced beyond their time that the world has never seen their like since, evolve the idea that you and I have within ourselves the God-given right and the ability to determine our own destiny. But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.

  2. The Republican Party fears fighting back against the idiocy of the left might result in revealing their having allowed and assisted the Democrat party in the biggest coup in America history. That is the election and swearing-in of the Soros funded, Brennan and the CIA created total fraud Barack Hussein Obama as America’s putative president. The dream of America’s enemies to defeat America, “without firing a shot”, came true in 2009 when John Roberts sworn-in Barack Hussein Obama.

    Both parties and 99% of the media’s fear of being called racist prevented them from vetting Obama and revealing what they mostly already knew. America’s government and her military were effectively given to her enemies when Obama was sworn-in and the silence of those who swore an oath to protect the Constitution meant they had violated that oath and put themselves into a position of having to protect Obama to protect themselves…forever. The intended weakening of America from the inside was accomplished during Obama’s 8 years, but the 16 year plan of Obama, followed by Hillary Clinton failed when Obama’s biggest nemesis Donald Trump defeated the promised in 2008 Hillary Clinton. I believe Hillary assumed she would never be allowed to lose because she was vital as the after Obama cover president.

    Panic occurred in both political parties as they feared President Trump would reveal and act on the truth about Barry. To prevent that from happening President Trump was kept under siege during his entire term with fake changes of Russian collusion and several failed impeachment attempts. When that failed to remove President Trump from office the focus changed to preventing Trump from being reelected. This time the left would insure “flexible” election cheating, meaning no matter how bad their candidate was being defeated, the vote count was going to show victory for the left. They were not going to make the same mistake they made in 2016 when they lost their after Obama cover president to Obama’s biggest nemesis, Donald Trump. Trump was defeated by massive and transparent voter fraud and another member of Obama’s putative administration installed in the office of president. On a good day Biden may actually realize where he is. Obama is, at least in part, pulling the strings of Biden and of Obama’s choice for Biden’s V.P., Kamala Harris. The weakening of America, which, was supposed to have been Hillary’s job after Obama, is now being done by Obama, Soros, and others who have always hated America’s Constitutional Republic.

    Anyone care to predict the final outcome? Will the Durham report finally bring justice to high-level criminals of is it just another way to kill time…and America?


    1. Despite my heavy use of a 10-inch Craftsman table saw, circa 1950’s, I still have 10 fingers of which I give you 10 thumbs up for your insight into the wide wide world of US guberment sports.

    2. Unfortunately, Durham is coming into troubled waters w/Obama’s judge, who will dismiss charges against Michael Sussman.

    3. Bob,
      I agree that we have enemies of the United States running our government—and many of our schools, most of our universities, and most of our media (including Hollywood) today. Trump worked mightily to expose this truth to America, and he succeeded to an important extent, but it got him vilified for being “divisive,” as if it were he who had created the yawning gulf that now exists between left and right. Much more needs to be done to expose the left for what they are. And it will take a great deal more to win back America than winning the White House in 2024. Ultimately, it will take a cultural counter-revolution.

      Thanks for the comment.