No-win sce­nario for the in­cum­bent

The Saline Courier Weekend - - OPINION - JIM HAR­RIS Con­ser­va­tive Cor­ner

It is an elec­tion year and, as it al­ways hap­pens, those in­volved are play­ing the blame game be­cause the world isn’t per­fect -- there­fore it’s the fault of the peo­ple elected to power last elec­tion.

Democrats are vi­ciously at­tack­ing Pres­i­dent Trump and blam­ing him for the deaths from the COVID-19 virus.

On Jan. 30, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion de­clared a pub­lic health emer­gency of in­ter­na­tional con­cern over the coro­n­avirus out­break in China where it started.

On Jan. 31, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced the United States would tem­po­rar­ily ban the ad­mis­sion of peo­ple who were in China 14 days prior to their at­tempted travel to the United States be­cause of this virus.

Democrats op­posed Trump’s stop­ping flights from China. At the time, the left-wing party — in­clud­ing Joe Bi­den — called Trump a racist and xeno­pho­bic for re­strict­ing en­try from China.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump says he went against Democrats’ wishes when he de­cided to re­strict travel from China to curb the spread of the coro­n­avirus in the United States. Be­cause he did that, thou­sands of lives were saved.

Now, as the 2020 elec­tion nears, Democrats have changed their minds and are say­ing Trump should have acted faster.

No mat­ter what Trump does, the Democrats and their le­gion of al­lies in the na­tional news me­dia say he is al­ways wrong.

The United States is not the only coun­try where the blame game is be­ing played in pol­i­tics. In Is­rael, the blame game is be­ing played by many sides.

The Mus­lim news out­let, Al Jazeera, is a ma­jor global news or­ga­ni­za­tion. It re­cently ran an opin­ion piece that claimed the COVID-19 deaths of the Pales­tini­ans pop­u­la­tion is the fault of Is­rael’s govern­ment.

When Is­rael be­came a na­tion in 1948, its Arab neigh­bors quickly in­vaded the new na­tion. When Is­rael came into be­ing, it did not kick the Mus­lims liv­ing within its bor­ders out.

Those Mus­lims were qui­etly warned about the at­tack on Is­rael and they slipped out of the coun­try with the ex­pec­ta­tion that they would re­turn to their homes after the in­va­sion.

Is­rael was in­vaded, but in­stead of be­ing pushed into the Mediter­ranean Sea, the new na­tion beat its neigh­bors in bat­tle.

The Mus­lims who had planned to re­turn after that brief bat­tle were not al­lowed back in.

None of Is­rael’s Mus­lim neigh­bor­ing coun­tries would take them in to live in their coun­tries. These still-home­less refugees are to­day known as Pales­tini­ans.

The Al Jazeera opin­ion piece blamed COVID-19 deaths of these state­less peo­ple on Is­rael and Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu by claim­ing Is­rael would be happy if the Pales­tini­ans all died from the virus.

Mean­while, a con­ser­va­tive mem­ber of Is­rael’s Knes­set (the name for Is­rael’s par­lia­ment) launched a ver­bal at­tack on Ne­tanyahu.

He said the Prime Min­is­ter had pre­vented tourists from en­ter­ing the coun­try and closed down busi­nesses to pre­vent the spread of the virus. This ac­tion is killing peo­ple be­cause it pre­vents them from earn­ing a liv­ing.

“You are killing them! You are killing them!” Mem­ber of the Knes­set Naf­tali Ben­nett said dur­ing a re­cent speech.

“I just came from a tour of stores in Jerusalem. A guy named A., owner of a Ju­daica store -- he is done. A 75-year-old man that was liv­ing off this in­come, pay­ing his rent from this, buy­ing bread from it. He’s done!” he added.

The man’s busi­ness and abil­ity to earn a liv­ing had been de­stroyed by the shut­down of the Is­raeli econ­omy. Ben­nett blames Ne­tanyahu for not mov­ing faster to get Is­rael’s econ­omy mov­ing.

Ne­tanyahu is tak­ing a grad­ual re­open­ing of the econ­omy po­si­tion while be­seech­ing the pub­lic to wash hands, wear masks and en­gage in so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

The po­lit­i­cal left of Is­rael thinks Ne­tanyahu is mov­ing too fast and ac­cuses him of not car­ing about peo­ple dy­ing. It sounds like the left in the United States and Is­rael must hire the same per­son to write their talk­ing points.

Both Trump and Ne­tanyahu are fac­ing the down­side of be­ing in of­fice when there is a pan­demic. What­ever ac­tion you take is not enough or is too much.

The side out of of­fice al­ways says the per­son in of­fice, no mat­ter what the course of ac­tion is taken, is al­ways wrong.

No elected of­fi­cial should try to make pol­icy to make his or her po­lit­i­cal en­e­mies happy. They should de­cide what to do that is in the best in­ter­est of the peo­ple who elected them.

Any­thing else is a no-win sce­nario for the in­cum­bent.

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