The presidential race and the coronavirus. For whom will you vote?

Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune.
Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune

ON A PERSONAL NOTE/By Maramis

It won’t be all that long before we vote for the one we prefer out of the two main candidates for president. I imagine that most people have already made up their mind. If you’re still open to learning more, keep your eyes and ears open and tuned into the latest on each candidate. Don’t let yourself be fooled by fake facts or exaggerated statistics, making you believe the one you might prefer is ahead — or behind — when he really isn’t. And remember that in this particular election there might be a big delay in naming the winner, what with the mail-in ballot situation.
While others may tell you to vote for this one or that one, I won’t. Just as I believe in free will for all — since that’s the greatest gift we have straight from our Creator — I believe we should take advantage of that free will and not just swallow what anyone tells us and let that person, in essence, cast our vote for us.
We’ve probably all heard of women who either never took an interest in politics to begin with, or just, for whatever reason, felt incompetent in making their own choices or decisions when it came to elections and let the man in their life make that choice for them. So in that case, those two votes will only reflect the choice of the man. There may well be men who choose to also phase out of politics and let the woman of the house make the decisions for them. Either way, the ones who don’t think for themselves are not doing this country any favor by matching their votes to the one choosing for them.
Choosing the color of the paint for the living room is one thing, and it may well be a happy compromise for the one who doesn’t care too much about that color to let the one who does care a great deal to have it his or her way. But giving up your opinion on who should be the president of this country for the next four years? Isn’t that just a little too big a decision to let someone else make up your mind for you?
You don’t have to make a career out of learning about every politician and bore yourself to death by reading about every issue they voted on, for or against; but it won’t take all that much time (and it’s worth it anyhow) to draw up a short list of issues that matter very much to you, as a man or a woman, and just check on how the politicians in question stand on those issues.
Wouldn’t you feel better voting for the candidate you prefer based on doing just a little bit of homework rather than simply checking the box that someone (even if it is a spouse) told you to check? And think of all the interesting conversations you could have when comparing “virtues” or negative aspects of each other’s candidate of preference!
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What is the truth about this pandemic?
No one has to tell us that this year, so far, stands out among all others we’ve lived through and it’s not even three-quarters of the way over yet. No one knows for sure when the strangeness of this year actually began, because it could’ve started months before we were even aware something was going on; maybe it even started last year sometime.
But when it started is not really the important thing right now. We might prefer to know why it started, and maybe how it started, unless when it started would give us a big clue as to the why and the how.
There have been different stories concerning that whole picture from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, all the way up to the recent report by Dr. Li Meng Yan, the Chinese virologist who recently fled China claiming she has evidence that COVID-19 was manmade. As Dr. Yan stated, “I was a medical doctor and Ph.D. I work[ed] with a bunch of the top experts in the world and because I had my two degrees from mainland China, I was the one assigned to do the secret investigation about new pneumonia in Wuhan.
I never thought this would happen when I did the secret investigation, I [thought] I would speak to my supervisor and they would do the right thing on behalf of the government.
But what I saw was nobody responding to that. People are scared of the government but this was something urgent, and Chinese New Year time,
[I knew] this was a dangerous virus and all these things meant I could not keep silent, there are human beings and global health [at risk].”
As stated on the Collective Evolution website, by Joe Martino, [f]ollowing her experience with the virus, and her desire to blow the whistle about what she claimed to be a coverup, she began to share what was going on. She claims that this was when her information was wiped from government databases and that her peers were ‘told to spread rumours about her.’
The Chinese national health commission still denies the COVID-19 outbreak started in the lab in Wuhan, saying there is no evidence the new coronavirus was created in a laboratory. She also claims the co-director of a WHO-affiliated lab, Professor Malik Peiris, knew but didn’t do anything about it. However, if Dr. Yan indeed publishes her findings and it tells a different story, this could be a breakthrough in the COVID narrative many have suspected was eventually going to surface.
Is this anything new? Aren’t hush-ups something we’ve gotten accustomed to? Nobody ever wants to take the blame for anything. How often do we ever hear those behind some kind of problem or trouble saying, “I’m (or “We’re) so sorry. Something went wrong and it’s totally my (or our) fault. We’re doing all we can to fix it the best we can, but I (or we) ask for your forgiveness and your patience as we work through this.”
I can’t ever remember hearing that kind of speech ever, from politicians, doctors, or Big Pharma, et. al. But maybe it’s because no one ever wants to step up to the plate to take blame that so many things end up getting far worse before they ever get better. Maybe if we were a more forgiving nation (after all, how many of us are perfect), our problems wouldn’t have to grow into monsters before they get resolved.
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Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Maramis, email
her at maramistribune@gmail.com.

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