The great coronavirus divide

These truly are a spectacular set of differences of attitude. This is a difference between hysterics (Democrats) and stoics (Republicans), and it goes well beyond the coronavirus. I also don’t think the numbers will converge. There is a difference of such profound consequence between the mentality of the left and the right and that difference may never have been better laid out than here.

Suggested by Bruce of Newcastle and taken from Powerline. And this was the “Best” comment there:

In my lifetime the Democrats have assured me that I would be dead from AIDS if I had unprotected relations only once; that I would be dead from Acid Rain; that I would be dead without mandatory seatbelt laws; that I would be dead unless the drinking age was raised to 21; that I would be dead from a nuclear war started by Ronald Reagan; that I would be dead from coastal floods caused by melting polar ice caps; that I would be dead from George W. Bush’s aggressive Middle East policy; that I would be dead from a worldwide famine caused by global warming; that I would be dead without aggressive regulation of the Internet; that I would be dead unless price controls were imposed upon Big Pharma; that I would be dead unless we made up and played nice with Iran; and now that I would be dead unless I stay home most of the time and continually wear a mask.

With this as well:

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Fear is the great motivator on the left. If you vote for a party of the left you really are daft.

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39 Responses to The great coronavirus divide

  1. stackja

    Fear is the great motivator on the left.

    Yet FDR:

    “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself–nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”

  2. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    economic girlie men

  3. Rob

    That table demystifies a mystery –
    Mass hysteria is the province of the left.

  4. stackja

    FDR again:

    As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

    No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

    I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

    Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

    With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.

    Now fear by FDR party.

  5. Wallace

    The press conference today really got to me. Here was Sutton (prof) answering a question where he stated that the situation in good Ol’ Victoriastan was entirely different to NSW because we have only households of 2.5 people where NSW has 6.0!
    His argument was we have to lock down because of increased household transmission, possibly unique in the world, whereas NSW don’t.
    He turned a plausible argument around in his head and kept saying this is the reason we must, must, must be in lockdown.
    I am afraid he has gone around the twist and can no longer think straight.
    Therefore he needs help, or put out to pasture immediately before he can do any more damage.

  6. calli

    we have only households of 2.5 people where NSW has 6.0!

    Seriously? He said that?

    It just doesn’t make sense, apart from being a lie.

  7. feelthebern

    stated that the situation in good Ol’ Victoriastan was entirely different to NSW because we have only households of 2.5 people where NSW has 6.0!

    If this was true, why are we only hearing of this new reason now?

  8. It is amazing but I suspect these numbers will converge after the election.

    I don’t. Republicans are on the side of stupid people. That isn’t going to change much.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Republicans are on the side of stupid people.

    So if Republicans are on the side of stupid people, M0nty, and stupid people need the most help in society – welfare and support – does that mean the Democrats are the party of the rich and privileged?

  10. Mother Lode

    I also don’t think the numbers will converge.

    Perhaps not converge – but after the election the Democrats will start scaling back the fear. Right now they need it to demand mail-in-voting and to depict Trump as a diabolical slayer of innocents. It is weird how much they insist upon atheism, yet they truly view their opponents as supernaturally evil and demonic.

    Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,
    That host of American people were seen:
    Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown,
    That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.

    For the Angel of Death spread his wings with no mask,
    And breathed in the face of the weak as he passed;
    And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill*,
    And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!

    They will abandon the strategy when it no longer serves. All the talking heads and political leaders have shown they don’t take it too seriously already.

    *Always liked that line: That their eyes waxed (widened) as they died, and that they acquired a waxen lustre in death, and wax was used for death masks. All three layered upon each other at once.

  11. Mother Lode

    and wax was used for death masks.

    As in there being an association with death, not that the strewn hosts wore death masks.

    That would be silly.

  12. Arky

    Republicans are on the side of stupid people.

    ..
    This is the old conceit of the left.
    That they are motivated by science, that their average IQ is higher. That they are the party of intellectuals and academics. Creative. Aware of and immune to bias. They are the Oppenheimers and we the Leslie Groves.
    One look at what they have done to the academy and the reputation of science dispels that fiction.

  13. Terry

    ‘It is amazing but I suspect these numbers will converge after the election.’

    Of course, they will.

    From 4 November 2020, COVID-1984 will have outlived its usefulness as a full-spectrum bio-weapon and the hysterics will be back wielding their reusable shopping bags and paper straws to save the planet.

  14. Rex Anger

    I don’t. Republicans are on the side of stupid people. That isn’t going to change much.

    Thank you for your insight into the mind of the Collective today, bugman.

    We are the Blurgh.

    Your will be Assimilated.

    We will add your facemasks to our own.

    Your Grannies will die to service our Agenda.

    Resistance is Futile.

  15. This is something that I copied from a post back in 2017. Obviously things have fluctuated since, but I suspect that there are many new things to add to the list (Middle East peace initiatives for example):

    WHAT HAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP DONE SINCE HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE ……

    1. Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch
    2. 59 missiles dropped in Syria
    3. He took us out of TPP
    4. Illegal immigration is now down 70%( the lowest in 17 years)
    5. Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index 125.6
    6. Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a seven year high
    7. Arranged from 7% to 24% Tariff on lumber from Canada
    8. Bids for border wall are well underway
    9. Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord
    10. Keystone pipeline approved
    11. NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%
    12. Allowing VA to terminate bad employees
    13. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans
    14. More than 600,000. Jobs created
    15. Median household income at a 7 year high
    16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever in its history
    17. China agreed to American import of beef
    18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks
    19. Rollback of A Regulation to boost coal mining
    20. MOAB for ISIS
    21. Travel ban reinstated
    22. Executive order for religious freedom
    23. Jump started NASA
    24. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget
    25. Targeting of MS13 gangs
    26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants
    27. Signed 41 bills to date
    28. Created a commission on child trafficking
    29. Created a commission on voter fraud
    30. Created a commission for opioids addiction
    31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients
    32. Unemployment lowest since May 2007
    33. Historic Black College University initiative
    34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act
    35. Created an office for illegal immigrant crime victims
    36. Reversed Dodd-Frank
    37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning
    38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement
    39. End of DAPA program
    40. Stopped companies from moving out of America
    41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs
    42. Encouraged country to once again – ‘Buy American and hire American’
    43. Cutting regulations – 2 for every one created
    45. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they areAmerica first
    46. Apprentice program
    47. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years
    48. $78 Billion promised reinvestment from major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, Toyota
    49. Denied FBI a new building
    50. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation
    51. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll
    52. Dept of Treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017 (2nd largest in history)
    53. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in Egypt
    54. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years
    55. Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence and Economic Growth
    56. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people’s lives than any President in the history of America
    57. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman
    58. Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time frame, dated March 15, 2017, to trim the fat, restructure and improve efficiency of their branch. (Observe the push-back the leaks the lies as entrenched POWER refuses to go silently into that good night!)
    59. Last, refused his Presidential pay check. Donated it to Veterans issues

    I hope each and every one of you copy and paste this every where, every time you hear some dimwit say Trump hadn’t done a thing! Bob Sr.

    Ray Schneider, PhD
    Associate Professor Emeritus
    Bridgewater College

    ********

    It took 32 years for the 3 prior administrations to totally destroy this nation and her people, and Trump’s first 6 months to begin a major unwind of all the prior traitorous issues.

  16. cuckoo

    That their eyes waxed (widened) as they died

    With all due respect, I think it’s the older sense of wax/wachsen meaning to ‘grow’ in the sense of ‘become’, as in ‘I grew tired of waiting’ or ‘We grew hungry’. The eyes of the ‘sleepers’ are becoming deadly and chill.

  17. Bad Samaritan

    The only stat in there that matters is the one about being ready to go back to work.About 4% of Dems and about 60% of Reps tells us what everyone already knows; leftist are bludging parasites who suck the blood of the workers.

    Since the Dems have their protective masks, what’s the problem with going to work? If the Republicans at work are not wearing the masks then the Dems know the Republicans will die because they are stupid Republicans.

    this junk makes no sense. 99.9% of leftists are f’wits.

  18. Mother Lode

    With all due respect, I think it’s the older sense of wax/wachsen meaning to ‘grow’ in the sense of ‘become’

    That works too.

  19. jupes

    I suspect that a big change in attitude to the virus will occur after the US election.

    In the US, the virus is basically now just a weapon to get rid of Trump, so it will die a fairly quick death soon after the election no matter who wins. The rest of the world will quickly follow suit.

  20. Shy Ted

    I don’ think the numbers will converge either. Having a bit, not a lot, to do with lefties, they are barking mad and quite unable to abandon their beliefs, just waiting for the next dreaded whatever to come along because that surely will be the end of sillyvisation.

  21. Colonel Crispin Berka

    That chart provides an alternative partial explanation for the total lack of attendees at the Biden/Harris event in Phoenix. https://twitter.com/dailycallout/status/1315269061610074112
    But statistically at least 10% of the Dems should still have shown up if that poll is accurate and actually the turnout was zero. In Phoenix, the 5th highest population city in the USA, in a battleground state.

    Looking more and more like the polls are fake and Harriden is toast.

  22. John A

    Bad Samaritan #3616854, posted on October 13, 2020, at 2:53 pm

    this junk makes no sense. 99.9% of leftists are f’wits.

    Bit of an understatement, isn’t it?
    🙂

  23. John Brumble

    One of the responses to the tweet was along the lines of: “but I don’t understand, all the research shows that Republicans are generally more fearful”.

    No, madam. That’s not what the researched showed at all. What the research showed was that Republicans were more likely to engage in actions that the left have redefined to be the result of fear, rather than actual fear. This survey demonstrates just how contaminated that sort of research has been.

  24. Leo G

    The chart suggests the Republican herd has immunity to the viral Democrat hysteria.

  25. duncanm

    Republicans are on the side of stupid people.

    They certainly are. Republicans are more likely to help those less fortunate than themselves. Great philanthropists, they often are.

    Or is that not what you meant ?

  26. Becky Johnson

    It looks like a case of who do you believe? Republicans believe the President who tells them to not worry. Democrats believe whichever scientist is telling the scariest version of the coronavirus story. Anything to paint the picture that Trump failed to manage the US response to the pandemic. And I’m a registered Democrat too.

  27. Leo G

    Republicans are on the side of stupid people.

    The Republicans appear to be on the side to the right of them.

  28. Nob

    The biggest divide between “concerned about exposure at workplace” responders must be between those who are getting paid regardless and those who need to work.

  29. There is an arsewipe (two actually) at my work who always pull COVID sickies.

    Only one of them creates more work for me.

    Fire up the ducking stool and tumbrils, lads.

  30. Epicurious

    I’ve read some really, really stupid comments on this board but this one takes the cake:

    m0nty
    #3616814, posted on October 13, 2020 at 2:19 pm
    It is amazing but I suspect these numbers will converge after the election.

    I don’t. Republicans are on the side of stupid people. That isn’t going to change much.

    If you believe that then obviously you’d vote Republican

  31. Roger

    If you vote for a party of the left you really are daft.

    Don’t given them an excuse.

  32. Sean

    Black voters for Trump

    Trump is communicating with people outside the mainstream and his expansion of the conservative movement to be completely colour blind is working.

    The legacy media doesn’t matter as much as they think they do. Social media is where it’s at.

  33. Howard Hill

    Socialists are using hysteria over COVID as a weapon of economic destruction.

  34. Bruce of Newcastle

    Black voters for Trump

    Yes. The Blexit rally at the WH on Saturday received approximately zero coverage in the MSM.
    Can’t let the slaves know that freedom is possible.

  35. I saw that chart earlier today on the TimcastIRL podcast (you should check him out on YouTube. Tim Poole or TimcastIRL)

    Two things struck me right away. NO INDEPENDENTS. That variable would have been worthwhile.
    Also, did you notice the dates of the survey? Aug 2 to Sep 27.
    THAT MEANS THE SURVEY WAS BEFORE TRUMP CAUGHT COVID AND KICKED ITS ARSE IN 4 DAYS.

    I would safely assume the numbers are even bigger for the Republicans now and even some Democrat numbers would shift. A convergence of sorts.
    But if independents were surveyed, I’d make a safe bet that Trump beating the virus so easily would have shifted their numbers substantially.

    Now we all understand why Trump has been saying what he has been saying since returning home from the hospital.
    At the rally today he told the crowd he could go among them and kiss them all. He was immune and would not get the virus again. Said he feels better than ever etc.
    He must have access to similar surveys.
    Democrats are stuffed. Covid scare just died.

  36. mem

    Two Irishmen break out of jail, steal a car and head to the nearest bank for a hoist but are quickly arrested for being the only two people in the bank not wearing a mask.

  37. Zatara

    In the US, the virus is basically now just a weapon to get rid of Trump, so it will die a fairly quick death soon after the election no matter who wins. The rest of the world will quickly follow suit.

    Indeed, and it always has been just that. An opportunity the left jumped on to cause more issues to distract Trump and stir up fear among the voters.

    One might even suspect it was created and released for just that reason.

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