“Plandemic” with a Capital T

Oh we got Trouble, Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Plandemic.

I recently watched “The Music Man” with my 7-year-old granddaughter. The plot involves a slick-talking salesman who convinces the people of River City, Iowa, to pay for a “boys band.” The pitch of “Professor Harold Hill” is a thinly veiled scam by which he can take their money and run. When the movie ended, my granddaughter asked me whether a whole town could really be deceived like that, when it was so obviously a fake.

By now you have heard about the “Plandemic” video, even if you have not actually watched it. Most experts call it misinformation, and many call it dangerous. Social media sites keep taking it down, but the people of River City keep finding ways to re-post it.

How is it that people are sucked into this false narrative? First, it is a cleverly contrived video with a seemingly credible source of information, Dr. Judy Mikovits. But even after the source and the information have been discredited, some people seem to want to believe it. They have a desire and even a need for it.

The “Plandemic” video is a perplexing mix of topics strung together in such a slick way that it can leave the viewer lost and thus vulnerable to want to buy what Mikovits is selling.

One irony for me is that many of the people I know who have been pulled into this vortex are the very same ones who cry “fake news” whenever any news outlet publishes something that does not match their preconceived notion of the truth. They have now bought into fake news and don’t know it. “Oh we got trouble…”

Another irony is that the core premise of the “Plandemic” video–in fact the title–is that this pandemic was planned all along, that it is part of a conspiracy. The sad truth is that the federal government actually failed to plan for it, even though pandemics are known, repeating occurrences. The government’s own reports predicted this pandemic could happen. As Professor Harold Hill warns, “Now either you’re closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster…”

Watch the “Plandemic” video if you have 25 minutes to waste, but watch “The Music Man” first and learn the lessons that a 7-year-old picked up on.

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