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Left-wing author Naomi Wolf sounds alarm to Tucker Carlson: America becoming ‘totalitarian state before everyone’s eyes’

As Fox News host Tucker Carlson told left-wing author Naomi Wolf on his program Monday night, there isn’t a whole lot they likely agree on — but Wolf’s alarming observation that America is turning into a “totalitarian state before everyone’s eyes” amid our government’s coronavirus lockdowns is certainly an exception.

What’s the background?

Just days after last November’s presidential election, Wolf famously tweeted that had she known that now-President Joe Biden was open to “terrifying” lockdowns that “won’t ever end because elites love it,” she never would’ve voted for the Democrat:

But Wolf told Carlson that she’s been writing about governmental overreach for a long time, and in fact penned a 2007 book on the subject — “The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot” — that can apply to the “terrible crisis that we’re in” right now.

What else did she say?

Wolf, an adviser for former President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, said America is quickly “moving into a coup situation, a police state situation” as elected officials continue to assume “unprecedented” emergency powers under the “guise of a real medical pandemic.”

“That’s not a partisan thing; that transcends everything that you and I might disagree or agree on,” she told Carlson. “That should bring together left and right to protect our Constitution.”

Wolf observed that the “state has now crushed businesses, kept us from gathering in free assembly to worship as the First Amendment provides, is invading our bodies … which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, restricting movement.” She noted that she can be fined $15,000 a day in New York state for gathering more people in one space than COVID-19 restrictions allow.

Noting that her historical studies have shown her that “would-be tyrants always take” the same 10 steps “when they want to close down a democracy,” Wolf told Carlson she believes the United States is “absolutely moving into what I call step 10,” which is the “suspension of the rule of law — that’s when you start to be a police state, and we’re here. There’s no way around it.”

Wolf added that she’s interviewed “many patriots from all backgrounds and all walks of life who are horrified” by this dangerous shift, but the deep divisions in our country make it difficult to stand united against the march toward greater governmental control.

She added that she’s seeing “autocratic tyrants at the state and now the national level … creating a kind of merger of corporate power and government power, which is really characteristic of Italian fascism in the ’20s” — and that they’re “using that to engage in emergency orders that simply strip us of our rights: rights to property, rights to assembly, rights to worship, and all of the rights that our Constitution guarantees.”

‘No one gives up emergency powers willingly’

Wolf also offered some sobering predictions, noting that her studies have shown that “no one gives up emergency powers willingly” and that they “always drag it on and drag it on.” She also said that “nowhere in the Constitution does it say” that our rights “can be suspended if there’s a bad disease. We have lived through typhus, cholera, small pox, HIV, tuberculosis, polio, the Spanish Flu … we’ve lived through an attack on our soil. Never have there been months and months and months of emergency powers when we weren’t actually fighting a war.”

She sounded the alarm concerning the “completely unprecedented” response to COVID-19, saying that “lockdowns have never been done before in free societies, and really, we’re turning into a version of a totalitarian state before everyone’s eyes.”

“I really hope we wake up quickly,” Wolf concluded, “because history also shows that it’s a small window in which people can fight back before it is too dangerous to fight back.”

Carlson wondered, too, if the powers that be want to keep Americans “divided so we won’t have conversations like this.”

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Horowitz: With no mask mandate and schools open, Florida ranks 11th lowest in excess deaths among seniors

There’s a reason why the Biden regime is trying to attack Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and create an illusion of a disproportionate viral crisis in the state. With no declared emergency restrictions in place at the state level since last September, the fact that Florida is doing better than the national average completely exposes the lie of lockdown and masks having any effect whatsoever on the fixed natural progression of the virus.

Dr. Fauci is suggesting a novel scientific principle – that schools can’t reopen until Congress passes yet another “stimulus” bill. Yet in Florida, schools have been open all year, and the state’s excess deaths for 2020 rank the 16th lowest in the nation, according to a new analysis. What’s more, the Sunshine State, which is regarded as God’s waiting room for seniors, experienced the 11th lowest per capita rate of excess death increase for seniors in 2020.

A new analysis conducted by and exclusively obtained by TheBlaze collated CDC excess death data for 49 states (excluding North Carolina, which has incomplete data) and ranked the states from smallest to largest increase in excess deaths from 2019 to 2020. As we have seen in study after study, there is absolutely zero correlation between non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as business and school closures or mask mandates, and a lower rate of excess deaths.

According to the CDC’s excess death table, there was a 16.9% national average increase in all-cause mortality in 2020 over 2019. Given the loose way we count COVID deaths, it will take quite some time to sort out how many of those deaths are due to COVID and how many are due to the panic, anxiety, lockdowns, and missed care, but what is clear is that there is no correlation between the political measures taken by a state and fewer all-cause deaths.

Florida, which is the third largest state, has the 16th lowest increase in all-cause deaths, and all of the states that had fewer excess deaths than Florida are much smaller and are mostly states with lower population density. California, on the other hand, ranked No. 40.

What is most striking is that if you rank the number of COVID-19 deaths among seniors by state per 100,000, Florida ranks the 11th lowest in the nation! Florida suffered 474 COVID deaths per 100,000, while California suffered 573 per 100,000. Florida beat even some smaller lockdown states as well:

Remember, California did everything “right.” The state implemented the most severe and earliest lockdowns and mask mandates. Just 5% of school children have returned to school. In contrast, Florida has had no statewide restrictions for months, and nearly all children were back in school in September. What’s more, Florida has become the top destination both for people permanently moving and also vacationing during the great winter spread of the virus. According to those who believe human input is what determines the trajectory of the virus, Florida, especially with its senior population, should have been toward the bottom, with much higher all-cause mortality.

Yes, some of the lowest all-cause mortality states are blue states, such as Hawaii and Vermont. But so are red states, such as West Virginia and Alaska. Generally, the states with lower population density and those most isolated had fewer deaths. Hawaii is the most isolated state of all. Florida, being the third most populous state, beat numbers 4-12 with a lower percentage increase in excess deaths among seniors. Also, with the highest unemployment rate in the nation, Hawaii will be dealing with excess deaths of misery for years to come.

The Rational Ground analysis used CDC excess death data (predicted/weighted for 2019 and provisional for 2020) to rank the states by all-cause mortality increases and used the CDC’s provisional COVID-19 deaths by sex, age, and state to rank the per-capita COVID-19 deaths by state for the senior population. If anything, as California’s numbers continue to be updated, they will get worse because most of their deaths were at the end of the year.

When the lockdowns and school closures began last March, the totalitarians predicted the nightmare scenario of children killing their grandparents, despite the existing evidence that children did not contribute much to community spread. Well, this chart created by Rational Ground contributor Kyle Lamb, comparing Florida to other states in terms of school reopenings, is worth 1,000 words.

This chart uses Burbio’s school opening tracker, which tabulates the percentage of public school students in all the school districts in each state that have in-person instruction available to them. As you can see, nearly 100% of Florida students have access to in-person instruction, per the governor’s order early last year. Yet the state has fewer pediatric cases per 100,000 total since the beginning of the pandemic than other states with very few children in school, including California, where just 5.4% of public-school students have access to in-person classes.

Let’s not forget that states like California and Illinois will be suffering from excess deaths for years to come as a result of these illogical and inhumane decisions. The University of California published a study in JAMA estimating a cumulative loss of 5.53 million life years from this generation of children due to lost educational attainment.

Thus, there is literally zero benefit to shutting schools, shutting businesses, or wearing masks. It is all pain and zero gain. California has nothing to show for its year-long lockdown but more deaths per capita and 30% higher unemployment than Florida, as well as all the long-term excess deaths induced by hopelessness that we will tragically be counting for years to come. As for Florida, it doesn’t need a stimulus to reopen schools; opening schools and society is the stimulus.

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Horowitz: Study: In 2 weeks in Denver, more people died of heart attacks in lockdown than of coronavirus

Something uncanny happens when the government exaggerates the threat level of one particular virus and tells people they must stay home. People get scared and stay home … even when they are having a heart attack. A new study indicates that more people might have died at home from untreated heart attacks for fear of coming to hospitals than from coronavirus in Denver, Colorado. This would be yet another example of the man-made plague of lockdown and fear causing more deaths than the virus itself.

A group of doctors at Denver Health Medical Center led by Brian Stauffer were baffled by what many other hospitals have noticed across the world – that the number of people coming into emergency rooms for heart attacks plummeted during the lockdowns in late March and April. Rather than positing some voodoo explanation of coronavirus curing heart attacks, Stauffer’s teams observed an obvious anomaly in the data on emergency calls that gives away the culprit in this mystery.

On the one hand, the weekly activation of EMS calls by the Denver Health Paramedic Division, the only public ambulance service in the region, plummeted nearly by half during the shelter-in-place order between March 29 and April 11. On the other hand, the number of reported cardiac deaths at home were 2.2 times higher in 2020 compared with averaged historical controls over the same two-week period.

While this hypothesis needs further study, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that the two observations work together. ER doctors were likely seeing fewer cardiac patients because people were scared to call 911 and come to hospitals after experiencing typical warning signs of the onset of a heart attack. In turn, a good number of those people likely died of heart attacks at home. There were 92 cardiac arrests at home during that period of time, 51 more than the recent average for a two-week period.

“It is interesting to note that the excess in OHCA (out of hospital cardiac arrests) was greater than the number of patients who died with COVID-19 diagnoses during the same time frame,” observed Stauffer et al.

A similar dichotomy was observed in Seattle, Washington, during the lockdown. In King County, Washington, commensurate with a 25% drop in 911 calls was a 10% increase in EMTs discovering people dead at home.

What’s the culprit for more people dying of heart attacks at home? The Denver study hypothesizes that the restriction on nonemergent procedures “may lead to delays in diagnosis and definitive treatment,” in addition to the fact that “patient fear of contracting COVID-19 while seeking care may lead to avoidance of lifesaving therapies.”

In other words, lockdown policies, along with the accompanying disproportionate fear that they induce, gave people the impression that coronavirus was a bigger threat than heart attacks. They responded in kind, with tragic outcomes. Stauffer advises that pending further study, “Providers should consider the unintended consequence of the pandemic response in the context of chronic and emergent cardiovascular disease.”

Even if the panic ceased today, we will still see long-term effects from the damage already done. In an interview with the Colorado Sun, Stauffer noted that although the cardiovascular patient volume is back up to normal levels, the patients appear to be sicker than usual. This likely portends more negative outcomes in the long run for heart patients thanks to the delayed care, in addition to those who actually died during the period of the shelter-in-place orders.

What’s so gut-wrenching is that even with all this collateral damage of unprecedentedly draconian policies, we’re not even saving any lives from the virus. The observations from the past few months demonstrate that the virus must achieve 15%-20% saturation in any given area and will do so regardless of human intervention and panic. The only difference we are seeing with human intervention is that countries like Sweden that chose not to panic avoided the excess man-made deaths, while we have chosen a path that created more deaths from lockdown and panic than from the virus.

The psychological factors are starkly revealed in a recent survey from Franklin Templeton. Researchers observe, “Americans still misperceive the risks of death from COVID-19 for different age cohorts—to a shocking extent.” They found from their survey that “Americans believe that people aged 44 and younger account for about 30% of total deaths; the actual figure is 2.7%” and that they overestimate the risk of death from COVID-19 for people aged 24 and younger by a factor of 50.”

Here is their thesis:

This misperception translates directly into a degree of fear for one’s health that for most people vastly exceeds the actual risk: we find that the share of people who are very worried or somewhat worried of suffering serious health consequences should they contract COVID-19 is almost identical across all age brackets between 25 and 64 years old, and it’s not far below the share for people 65 and older.

The discrepancy with the actual mortality data is staggering: for people aged 18–24, the share of those worried about serious health consequences is 400 times higher than the share of total COVID deaths; for those age 25–34 it is 90 times higher. The chart below truly is worth a thousand words:

Well, what happens if people are convinced to overestimate the threat of a virus by a factor of 100 or even 400 – and adjust their lives accordingly? They will prioritize futile efforts to avoid getting the virus at the risk of contracting other physical or mental ailments that are indeed 100 times more deadly for them.

COVID-19 poses a risk to a small portion of the population. But when our government and media treat it as a greater threat than any ailment known to man, that is not erring on the side of caution, but on the side of destruction.