Anthony Obi OgboColumnsPoliticsUnited StatesGovernor Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 woes: Karma is not a bitch, it’s a fair judge

Avatar PilotnewsAugust 18, 2021

Texas Governor―an inglorious conservative extremist who banned mask and vaccine mandates tests positive for COVID, and we should not be worried

So, the latest victim of karma is Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, who recently led a school of anti-science numbskulls to ban mask and vaccine mandates in the state of Texas. The news is the power-intoxicated Governor tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, just a day after attending a super-spreader indoor campaign event at the Republican Club at Heritage Ranch in Collin County. At this event, Abbott stubbornly appeared unmasked which indeed was a demonstration of his anti-science mentality. As I write, Abbott is grounded in his imbecility and quarantined as a home patient receiving Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment, according to his aides.

Leaders who support compassionate policies are rewarded with kindness and generosity,

The phrase “Karma is a bitch” has always represented retributive justice across times and occasions. Its fundamental philosophy is not new and simply implies that good deeds or good intentions yield good consequences and vice versa. Traditionally, it is a principle of Hinduism and Buddhism which implies that individuals get what they give. In other words, leaders who support compassionate policies are rewarded with kindness and generosity, whereas those who are cruel and intolerant in their actions might receive, in one way or another, cruelty and ruthlessness.

The ideology of karma is also found in Biblical references. Galatians 6:7 states that “God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Similarly, Genesis 9:6 indicates that “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed.” Also, Psalm 1:16 goes on in a similar tone, that “the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Abbott is not new to framing insensitive and stupid policies. Paralyzed from the waist down since 1984 after an accident involving an oak tree falling on him, Abbott has shown little or no compassion in enacting or endorsing policies that favor the wellbeing of others.

In April 2020 for instance, when the world was still under a COVID lockdown, Abbott issued several executive orders detailing an ill-informed plan to open businesses and activities in Texas. In June 2020, when cases in Texas were rising, Abbott insisted that there was no need to modify his failed strategy. At that period, Texas broke COVID records with more than 5,000 people testing positive in a single day―the highest number at the time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In March 2021, Abbott shocked the entire world when he announced the revocation of orders regulating the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. He announced the lifting of the statewide mask mandate and opening of all businesses at 100 percent capacity. To make it worse, he invoked the usual anti-mask conspiracy remark that people and businesses do not need the state telling them how to operate.

In late July 2021, Abbott signed an executive order barring cities and other government entities in the state from enacting vaccine requirements or mask mandates against COVID. This was a period when the virus’s more contagious Delta variant ravaged the state. At the time, statewide, COVID-19 cases and ensuing hospitalizations skyrocketed, with hospitalizations hitting more than 7,300—approximately the same number as the people hospitalized in 2020, the previous year. During the same period, the seven-day average of daily cases in Harris County was 1,761 compared with 59 cases in the first week of July.

Abbott’s order applies to all government entities receiving state funds, including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, and government officials. Several school districts and a handful of counties across the state defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order, prompting a series of court actions which may favor the Governor eventually. The Governor knew that the Texas Supreme Court is a politically grounded judicial red confraternity who would always side with his lunatic policies. Just last week, the Texas Supreme Court sided with Abbott and temporarily halted mask orders in Dallas and Bexar counties.

For fools like Abbott, karma is not a vindictive premonition but a philosophical mystery that conveys justice and fairness regarding individual actions

So it may be fair to say that karma is not a bitch but a fair judge. The “payback” nature of life must not be undermined for the mystery of God remains intact in shaping or chastising individual deeds. Thus, the mysticism of karma remains a fair judge in rewarding good or evil. For fools like Abbott, karma is not a vindictive premonition but a philosophical mystery that conveys justice and fairness regarding individual actions. When karma strikes, the intention is not to retaliate but to teach a lesson about the balance of life. Therefore, Governor Abbot may still survive his latest COVID-19 ordeal, but the good news remains that he has received a matching dose of retribution for his stupidity.

♦ Professor Anthony Obi Ogbo, Ph.D. is on the Editorial Board of the West African Pilot News. Article is also published in the West African Pilot News

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