There is still no known readily available cure for COVID-19.
Over the past year, many drugs and supplements old and new – ivermectin, azithromycin, remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, aspirin, pepcid, and others – have shown at least some anecdotal value in improving early effects -step COVID- 19th Clinicians who treat patients in hospitals often disagree with the researchers who conduct studies on the effectiveness of all of these treatments.
But only hydroxychloroquine has sparked a heated partisan discussion about its potential usefulness. Why?
Probably because Donald Trump endorsed its use months ago. Almost immediately, the media, the university and government medical communities, and progressive political opposition declared hydroxychloroquine useless and dangerous.
A recent media study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that positive news about research and development on COVID-19 vaccines was little more than negative news about Trump and hydroxychloroquine.
Trump’s approval of the president was obvious evidence of the poor rank. However, some recent second-look studies, especially overseas, suggest that hydroxychloroquine, a dirt-cheap, tried-and-tested anti-malarial drug, may actually help treat some cases of COVID-19.
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This hydroxy effect – the hysterical rejection of everything Trump has advocated – is dangerous for the entire country.
Trump was berated for early condemnation of China’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic. He railed against the “China virus” – a traditional branding of a virus of the same name after its place of origin, and in this case one that was used by other media before Trump took over the sobriquet.
Trump claimed Chinese officials knew about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, for months before looking into the dangers the disease posed to the world at large.
No matter. Everything Trump said had to be resisted. The Trump travel ban, Trump allegations of World Health Organization corruption in China and other Trump criticisms of China have been ridiculed as evidence of its racism or intellectual childlessness.
Now, after the 2020 elections and Joe Biden’s obvious victory, we are learning from the media that the virus actually spread much earlier than China admitted. The usefulness of travel bans is now part of the scientific consensus. And the WHO leadership continues to be criticized.
Before 2016, China agreed that it should take over the world. This was the establishment’s de facto defense against profit by outsourcing to China.
Conventional wisdom ignored Chinese trade law violations and theft of technology and intellectual property. It largely rejected complaints from human rights activists who were appalled by China’s re-education camps, its suppression of political and religious freedom, and its eradication of Islamic and Tibetan cultures.
The push back against Chinese imperialism, authoritarianism and global bullying is a non-partisan consensus – as long as Trump is not cited as a stimulus for such a backlash in the wilderness.
This Pavlovian hydroxy effect presents Biden with a challenge.
Logic dictates that Biden would not break the framework of an effective containment policy of expansionist China. Pacific states such as Australia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan paid tribute to Trump’s efforts to corrupt China. America’s empty “Asian fulcrum” of the past has turned into real resistance to Chinese bullying.
Logic suggests that Biden would welcome inheriting a more stable Middle East, with the Arab states and Israel increasingly uniting against the theocracy in Iran. The emerging alliances appear to be tailor-made so that Biden can recognize even more Arab nations that recognize Israel. Both parties are investing in the West Bank in order to offer the Palestinians economic parity with the surrounding states.
Logic dictates that Biden would recapture the lost democratic working class by setting Trump’s economic agendas without mentioning Trump’s creation. Fair (and not just free) trade, border security, deregulation, tax incentives and unprecedented gas and oil production led to near-record wage growth for the middle class – a formerly basic democratic problem.
So Biden has two options.
First, he can appropriate many of Trump’s successes. He can rename them as his own and argue over details.
If you do, Biden will likely see a tremendous post-COVID-19 economic recovery, a stable Middle East, a world unified against China’s trade and human rights violations, a strengthened U.S. defense, and a refreshed NATO.
Or two, Biden may suffer the hydroxy effect. Everything Trump was for, Biden and the left will automatically oppose it. That would mean a decision to allow uncontrolled immigration. Freeze or even tear down construction of the border wall. Abolition of tariffs for China. Let NATO members pay as little as they want. Prohibit or reduce fracking. Re-join the Iranian nuclear deal. Re-join the Paris Climate Agreement. Polarize Israel and its new Arab allies. Speed up the Green New Deal. Raise taxes sky high. Let the rust belt rust. Let Big Tech do what it pleases.
Adopting the hydroxy effect and scrapping items with a Trump fingerprint will please the Biden base on the left. The rejection benefits the country.
Of the two options, I’d bet Biden will give in to the hydroxy effect.
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