What the Corona Virus is Teaching Us


As I write this we’re going through the Wuhan Corona Virus emergency. It’s bad. We’ve  all been forced to alter our lives, and we don’t know when it will end. And, as so often happens in emergencies like this, extreme points of view are being pushed. One of them is the “Doomsday View.” It claims that the virus is the “end of all things.” Its opposite is “The Scam View,” the idea that the virus has been exaggerated and that we don’t need to worry. The answer lies somewhere in between. We need to go to that place and stay there. That’s not easy. Why? Because there are a lot of other factors at work here.

Invisible Corona Victims

 Those factors can’t be ignored. Besides those unfortunate souls who have actually contracted the virus, there are invisible victims as well. I’m talking about things we cannot live without like truth, justice, impartiality and the rule of law. In the rush to capitalize on the virus, a lot of groups have been working against the public good. The worst of these is the mainstream media. They, and the leftist liberal progressives supporting them, reach new lows every day. It’s tragically clear that they’ve been lying to us and twisting the truth. Those lies need to be corrected. The first and greatest victim of this pandemic then is truth. Our duty is to find it and defend it.

Yes. China is responsible

 For example, a flood of propaganda has been coming out of China telling us that they are not responsible for the virus. Sorry, they are. The Chinese authorities knew about the virus, jailed those who warned about it, suppressed information about its spread, and went ahead with public events in Wuhan. Those are the facts. It is irresponsible for the liberal media to advance any other narrative. The virus started in China. People object to terms like the “Wuhan Virus” or the “Chinese Virus” calling them “racist.” But in the past we’ve referred to previous pandemics as the “Spanish Flu” or the “Asian Flu.” We knew where they started and we needed a point of reference. The theory that the U.S. Army purposely brought the flu to China is so ridiculous it doesn’t deserve to be replied to. First lesson? Tell the truth and don’t support lies.

“Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste ”

 The second lesson is that we need to oppose political gamesmanship. Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. democrat politician, said that you should “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” The Democrats are following his advice and using the crisis to advance their goals. It’s despicable. The public good is the only thing they should care about, but they’re using the pandemic to further their political aims. Socialist, left leaning legislation was slipped into the Corona Virus Relief deal. In Canada we are no better. The Liberal government tried to push unlimited powers over finance and taxation into a bill that would give finance minister Bill Morneau virtually dictatorial powers. If there had not been an immediate backlash they would have pressed their advantage and altered Canada forever. We need to be a lot more vigilant and active in opposing those who would exploit this virus for their political gain.

There are Borders

 Happily, some good things have come out of all this as well. We are learning some important lessons. The first is that we are distinct nations and that our borders are important. The “Open Border” crowd, most of whom have a tenuous grip on reality, were discredited by the crisis. Even liberal politicians had to acknowledge national borders and close them for the protection of their citizens. That was a nod to national identity. Now it’s our responsibility to advance it and push for sovereignty and proper patriotic nationalism. The virus gave us that opportunity and we shouldn’t waste it. What’s the third lesson? That we are distinct nations, and that we have a right to our identity.

Social Justice Rocked Back On its Heels.

In the face of a real emergency the Social Justice Warriors (S.J.W.s) have been set back. The constant flood of “Unicorn Fairy Land” propaganda about gender identity, LGBTQ supremacy, white privilege, open borders, mandated diversity and identity politics has abated while people deal with a real problem. Reality reared its head in cloud cuckoo land. We have another opportunity here, if we have the courage, to fight for what is real. The SJW fanatics will be back, but we’ve gained a breathing space. The fourth lesson? Social Justice isn’t about justice, it’s about extremism. The virus has pointed that out, and we’ve been given a chance to challenge it and restore some balance.

Painful Lessons

 It’s too bad it took a pandemic like this to shake things up, but we can’t be fussy. We need to take every opportunity to advance our cause and point out the false narratives and evil intentions of our opponents. This is just such an opportunity. It’s a painful lesson, but one we’ll have to learn.


  • March 29, 2020

    This editorial may be called ‘hate’ by some but remember that “Truth is HATE to those who HATE the truth”.

    Evangelicals are to blame for the virus:

    Muslims are the ones LEAST effected by the virus:
    both eye opening ‘must watch’ short videos.

    IMO Perry Foster is a blogger version of David Wood. Keep up the great editorializing. I wonder when the left wing fascists will try to de-platform you.

    • Rick Higgins
      April 7, 2020

      Thank you for the vids. What a crazy time in history. As Christians we do need to pick up our weapons and push back against deception and deceit. If we believe something to be true we should not be so timid to defend it.

  • Reed Elley
    March 29, 2020

    Excellent article Perry. A very good social conservative appraisal of what we are going through and the lessons we should learn from it. Thank you.

    • Perry D Foster
      March 31, 2020

      You’re welcome. This website should be a refuge, a place where the socially conservative can express themselves without fear of being crushed by the liberal progressive machine or hounded into silence. Let us hope it serves that purpose.

  • Michael Groenewold
    March 31, 2020

    Wow, Perry! This is an excellent appraisal of our current situation. Well said! It has been written that ‘crises bring out the best and the worst in people’ and this crisis is no exception! May we who are, by God’s grace, standing on the right side of history, see this moment as an opportunity to do what is right, to seek justice for all, to love our neighbours as ourselves and to hold up the shining beacon of truth even when that means standing against big governments abusing their responsibilities and power groups like the mainstream media feeding us lies and misinformation! “By their fruits you will know them”! May it be said of us that we did what was right when it mattered most!

    • Perry D Foster
      March 31, 2020

      Indeed. May it be said of us. We know that we are right and that we fight for what is right and good. May we be strengthened and encouraged to carry on in the fight ahead of us. And mark my words there will be a fight. Such is the price of attempting a difficult task in the name of righteousness.

  • Abram Cox
    April 4, 2020

    Great article put into words things I did not know how to say. It’s amazing to see how all of a sudden there is no social justice warriors closing public events or throwing temper tantrums and spreading propaganda. It’s sad it took a pandemic to cause this though.

  • Rick Higgins
    April 5, 2020

    Perry thank you for this piece. I agree whole heartedly with what you have captured in these few paragraphs. During the period of the Soviet regime Pravda served as the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, while the broadsheet Izvestia expressed the official views of the Soviet government. Pravda is the Russian word for Truth and Izvestia the Russian word for News. These newspapers were in somewhat competitive positions during the Soviet era. You can distil the contradictory viewpoints into this well known phrase “There is no news in the truth and no truth in the news”.
    This is the place in which we find ourselves now with the MSM. Which news channel, newspaper, news reporter or website can you trust? When the leftist progressives (I detest this term for its smugness and conceit) tipped the scales of truth to their advantage and wrong became right, much of society has been indoctrinated to believe that there is no central, unequivocal truth that is timeless.
    At a time when we need to be assured that what we are being told is rock solid and therefore the recommendations for action to fight this invisible foe can be substantiated we are given information that has a half-life of about two days. Theresa Tam uses air time to state that saying the disease comes out of China is racist and divisive. Ridiculous! We need to amend the truth because it might offend. Nonsense! You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. In your own words Perry ” The first and greatest victim of this pandemic then is truth. Our duty is to find it and defend it”. Amen.

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