Hunger Pandemic: Are Democrat Leaders at fault for encouraging more COVID restrictions?
As Biden prematurely lays out his COVID-19 plan and national mask mandate (without legitimately winning the presidency yet), the rest of the world is facing an old but deadly foe called hunger.
Democrat leaders have not considered how the world is impacted by encouraging the United States’ harshest COVID-19 restrictions. Closing “nonessential” businesses, limiting public and private gatherings, and imposing mask mandates upon citizens in failed attempts to decrease the spread of the virus is instead increasing the global hunger-pandemic.
Americans are in a constant state of fear due to a virus (with a 99% recovery rate), losing their livelihoods and their democratic freedom to make their own choices about their health. However, the rest of the world lacks the American constitution’s protection that preserves our freedoms with checks and balances. If the United States can barely recover from the economic devastation COVID-19 restrictions have caused, what do you think is happening to third-world countries?
For instance, did you know that The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates about 821 million people suffering from chronic starvation before the pandemic?i
According to David Beasley, the Executive Director of UN World Food Programme (WFP), “The socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean could potentially leave around 14 million vulnerable people in severe food insecurity this year“.ii
According to the charitable organization Oxfam, “between 6,000 and 12,000 people per day could die from hunger linked to the social and economic impacts of the pandemic before the end of the year, perhaps more than will die each day from the disease by that point.”iii
It is shocking to see Americans “self-quarantine” and go about their day as if they are doing everything in their power to keep others safe by only wearing masks and social distancing while utterly oblivious to what’s happening in the rest of the world.
I reflect on my time trapped in Colombia during the beginning of the pandemic where I witnessed firsthand how the people in Colombia were forced into mandatory quarantines with no guarantee of food, money, or way to survive. They don’t have the freedom or support we have here. Colombians even protested against hunger because they had little or no money to buy food or supplies. “We are dying not from the virus but from hunger,” said Sandra Patricia Hurtado, a protester.iv
It’s not just Colombia, but also Burkina Faso, West Africa where Kadidia Diallo, a female milk producer, says, “COVID-19 is causing us a lot of harm. Giving my children something to eat in the morning has become difficult. We are totally dependent on the sale of milk, and with the closure of market[s] we can’t sell the milk anymore. If we don’t sell milk, we don’t eat.”
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, India, “Instead of coronavirus, the hunger will kill us,” said Nihal Singh, to the New York Times. COVID-19 restrictions are fueling a hunger pandemic. The harm caused by this virus isn’t the virus itself but the so-called socio-economic decisions. In other words, it’s proponents who advocate for more restrictions are the ones causing more lethal harm than the virus.
It is radical Democrat leaders, like Joe Biden, Governor Cuomo, Governor Newsom, and their supporters who are directly responsible for this coronavirus-driven hunger crisis and the thousands dying from hunger daily. How? Because they support keeping America closed by persecuting small businesses, increasing travel restrictions, and imposing mandates that diminish humanitarian aid and causing mass unemployment, pushing food producers and trades to the brink. American closure is causing more devastation around the world than good.
Proponents of more restrictions love virtue signaling how righteous they are for wearing masks and social distancing while damning others. I wager that these privileged proponents have never considered that their stance is causing deaths worldwide because while they have options, the rest are left “sin opción” – meaning without options.
As a super-power, the United States should be the beacon of hope and the leader of a free world, not full of fear-mongering tyrants. Giving more aid isn’t the most viable solution, but reopening America is. We must not only get back to normal but be free to live and thrive.
We’ve all have heard the phrase, “Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” But in today’s world, in the guise of health-security, not only are you not allowed to share a fish but restricted from fishing in the first place.
It’s time to let people be free to fish! Stop the restrictions and let people live, work, and feed their families. Let them work their own course in life or does 6,000 to 12,000 people dying per day not matter to you?
The United States can set the example and lead the rest of the world to economic restoration by stopping restrictions and letting people make their own health-related decisions.
Support reopening America and truly save lives.