Pete Riehm
Is COVID for control, or chaos?
By Pete Riehm
October 10, 2021

The pernicious, persistent Chinese virus pandemic is coming up on two years of plaguing the world, and it appears there is no end in sight. The truly amazing thing about COVID is that after almost two years, reliable factual information is virtually impossible to find. Americans have been deluged with misinformation and disinformation. The Chinese virus is certainly nasty, but how can it be so elusive with the entirety of the worlds’ resources and scientists completely committed to eradicating it? And why is open dialogue about causes and treatments non-existent? Why is honest, hard-hitting debate censored, if not prohibited?

Since COVID burst into the public square in early 2020, the story has been in constant flux. At first, Dr. Anthony Fauci said it would not be that bad and Democrats insisted we carry on normally with caution, but President Trump was excoriated for banning travel from China as extreme, unnecessary, and racist. As the contagion spread, Fauci and Democrats reversed course and advocated for a two-week shutdown to “slow down” the spread that has now morphed into almost two years of shutdowns in many blue states to “stop” the spread. While there are disagreements about the wisdom of all this, the fact is none of it worked.

Who can blame Americans for not trusting the government or anything about this pesky Chinese virus? We now know the social distancing decree of six feet by the CDC was completely arbitrary with no basis in science. Fauci first claimed masks would not help, but has since shifted to insisting the more masks the better. The obvious experience has been that the masks are basically useless; they have had no discernible effect other than aggravating Americans. However, the most galling efforts by the federal government have been the absolute lies about the origin of the Chinese virus.

We were scolded as crazy and xenophobic if we connected the virus to the Wuhan lab. Democrats and the corrupt World Health Organization (WHO) defended China and swore to tall tales of far-removed bats and pangolins conspiring to create a virus transmissible to humans. It was all a massive cover-up to protect China and hide Fauci’s own nefarious involvement in funding and supporting the controversial dangerous “gain of function” research in China! So why should Americans trust anything the government tells us about COVID?

Inexplicably, even discussion of various treatments is taboo. Despite early clinical successes with hydroxychloroquine, those doctors in the field who supported it were censored and doctors that dared prescribe it were threatened with professional investigations and sanctions. Ivermectin is being used in India with fantastic success such that some provinces claim it has gotten the pandemic under control, but here the media smears it with false stories of side- effects. These may not be panacea remedies, but why can’t we debate anything that works? Is it because Big Pharma doesn’t want Americans to use cheap medications? Isn’t the ultimate goal healing?!

Government officials and the media lectured us that if we will just attain 70% vaccination rates, the pandemic will be over. Iceland, Israel, and Singapore have achieved vaccination rates over 85% and even 90%, but those nations then experienced the worst infection rates of the pandemic! How can that be? Now Fauci and his mad scientists surmise we simply need boosters, and probably annually from now on. But why if it doesn’t work? The United Kingdom just reported that infection rates among people over 30 are now HIGHER for the vaccinated than the unvaccinated?! What’s going on here?!

OK, science is not clean and simple; it requires constant analysis and revision as we learn more about the virus and possible treatments, so why aren’t we doing this?! And further, as evidence mounts that the vaccines are not particularly effective and their sometimes awful side-effects are being ignored and hidden, why are governments and big business doubling down on vaccine mandates?! Democrats and leftists throughout government are adamant we MUST have vaccine mandates! They are preparing to force Americans to take the jab or be ostracized.

Obviously, leftists covet control and they have gone mad trying to control every aspect of our lives, with entirely too much success. But Americans are naturally resistant to liberty-killing governmental control. So we are now seeing another step in the process to implement one-party totalitarian rule over Americans. Chaos!

Americans cherish freedom and cling to their rights, so how can leftists get them to willingly forfeit liberty? Control only goes so far, but chaos will motivate Americans to accept tyranny. The borders are open and crime is out of control, but it’s not enough. The vaccine mandates are forcing much-needed healthcare workers, police, and firefighters out of their jobs; and now big business is going after the travel industry.

The vaccine mandates are not about public health; they are intended to create substantial shortages in healthcare and policing, and now crises in the airline industry as airlines suffer debilitating strikes. It won’t stop there. Leftists want to cripple the country until the people simply give up and acquiesce to tyrannical control and intrusions just to regain some semblance of order and restore availability of goods in the floundering supply chain. Control is still the goal, but leftists are seeking the suffering caused by chaos to get you to surrender! RESIST!

“Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind. They continually set traps to catch people” (Jeremiah 5:26).

Pete Riehm is the host of Common Sense Radio heard 8 pm every Thursday on FMTalk106.5 or streaming at Email him at or on MEWE @PeteRiehm or read all his columns at

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Pete Riehm

Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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