There seems to be a common belief among the pundit class that Trump’s biggest issue going into the election is the public’s unhappiness with his pandemic response. If so, that is one of the most successful propaganda campaigns the Democrats have mounted in this cycle.
What makes that interesting is that it is based on a hypothetical. This particular hypothetical is based on a fallacy called speculative evidence. The argument draws a conclusion from an assertion about what the evidence WOULD show, if one were actually to look at it; however, the argument appeals to evidence that has not actually been collected or does not actually exist.
This type of fallacy is a standard feature of the entire premise of the left. America is said to be evil – but as compared to what? Some mythical country that has never existed? It is the same with our systems of government and our capitalist economy – they are both the most awful, terrible, horrible and craptastic in the history of history – except, of course, for all other forms of government and economic systems. Again, the left doesn’t compare those things to actual historical performance of the things they support, but to some theoretical, wishful standard from the fevered dreams of Marx and the Frankfurt School.
The response to any given pandemic, whether natural or created by the CCP virus, always seems to incorporate the same questions as found in the famous thought exercise called the Trolley Problem. It goes as follows:
There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track. You have only two options – and both are time limited:
A. Do nothing and allow the trolley to kill the five people on the main track.
B. Pull the lever, diverting the trolley onto the side track where it will kill one person.
Which is the more ethical option? Or, more simply: What is the right thing to do? And remember, time is quickly running out, so no decision to act is going to be equivalent to either A or B. It is a classical “no-win” exercise that incorporates the concept of acceptable losses or collateral damage.
Upon first glance, the answer seem obvious. Of course, the lives of five people are worth more than that of one – but what if the five are murders or pedophiles and the one is Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein or a research scientist who is distracted because she just discovered the cure for cancer – or even your child or your closest friend?
But tick-tock, my friend, you must make a decision. The Trolley is rolling down the tracks and picking up speed.
It is always easy to circle back AFTER a decision is made and hypothesize that there was a better decision or someone could do better (the same way the Democrats are asserting that Biden would have done better). Hindsight is always 20/20. Since the hypothetical of “Trump Failed” is based on unknowable and untestable speculative evidence, there is no way to prove or disprove the proposition.
The proposition is simply based on emotion and belief.
The long and short of it is this: if you believe OrangeManBad, you believe the President failed in countering the pandemic, if you don’t, you don’t. If that is the basis for your decision to vote against the President, you are deciding based on feelings and belief rather than reason and facts – and are living in a fallacy, an alternate world where your perception is the only reality. My friends, that is a symptom of mental illness.
In a slight modification, the 2020 election is a form of the Trolley Problem. You are standing at the switch and the trolley (the election) is coming – nothing can stop it. On one track are Biden, Harris, and the socialism and anti-constitutionalism of the Democrats. On the other track are Trump, Pence, capitalism and the Constitution.
You must throw the switch to the right or left. You are about to decide, in more ways than one, who lives and who dies.
I’m shoving the lever to the right.
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I am with you Pres., I’m pulling the lever and losing one but saving 5. With my luck, the one would be the equivalent of George Floyd and I would be tortured the rest of my life.