MANN: China’s Failings and How Federalism Prevents Secrecy

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Monday, April 13, 2020


The Coronavirus has shut Earth down. The American economy has reversed years of economic progress pushing some of America’s oldest companies on life support. Governments across the globe have instituted and enforced orders leaving their residents homebound. What started as a mild outbreak in Wuhan, China with cases in the hundreds rapidly matured into millions of cases worldwide due to questionable preliminary information from the Chinese Communist Party. 

The devastation left by the virus has people questioning the proper role of government—during emergencies and otherwise. Some look to China’s response as a favorable path forward, noting the efficiency of a centralized power to enforce quarantine. A more accurate reflection, though, would focus on CCP’s constant cover-ups of early information and whistleblower warnings. In contrast, America has a unique inability to prop up mass disinformation campaigns during this crisis because of its widespread reporting from individual localities. 

The latest charts detailing the growth of COVID-19 worldwide have shown America as the global positive test leader. These same charts show China successfully staving off the virus. Of course, these charts are dependent on the individual reporting from each country and Bloomberg has reported that U.S. intelligence agencies are finding significant evidence of China’s under-reporting. With a population four times that of the United States, it is highly improbable that China has fewer cases of COVID-19 than America. The CCP continues to lie because no one can fact-check their monopoly on Chinese information. 

The amount of secrecy from the government of China would not be possible in America. Our national Coronavirus statistics are largely dependent on individual state data. If for the sake of an economic recovery, the federal government decided to skew the reporting more favorably, instant fact-checks down to individual hospitals would refute any discrepancy. Any nefarious agendas that prompt faulty reporting can be snuffed out in large part due to the fluidity of information inherent in American federalism. 

It is also vital in these times to remember the value of a free press. President Trump often refers to mainstream American outlets as the “enemy of the people” but many members of the media are sticking to the facts. The reporting on the American crisis has been brutally honest as is needed. In this way, the feud between Trump’s cohorts and the mainstream media ensure that neither party can skew numbers for fear of handing the other a victory. 

It would be foolish to assume everything regarding America’s COVID-19 situation is one hundred percent accurate. However, the structures in place in American socio-political life make it difficult to willingly mislead the public in a time of national crisis such as this. Every hospital reports their numbers which are then aggregated in each state reporting their numbers and these aggregations ultimately create our national reports. The CCP has a stranglehold on all information emanating from China and it continues to abuse those powers to save face on the world stage. Hopefully, America never sees such a luxury. 

Tanner is a born-and-raised West Virginian. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from West Virginia University and currently works as an Actuary. His interests include politics, physical fitness, professional soccer, and corgis.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Tanner is a born-and-raised West Virginian. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from West Virginia University and currently works as an Actuary. His interests include politics, physical fitness, professional soccer, and corgis.

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