Republican Charlie Dent is a former US congressman from Pennsylvania who served as chairman of the House Ethics Committee from 2015 until 2016 and chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies from 2015 until 2018. He is a CNN political commentator. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)There is nothing like a supreme national emergency to realize the fragility of our lives and focus the mind. We have witnessed grave and traumatic events before: the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918; the 1929 stock market crash and ensuing depression; Britain after Dunkirk, facing a Nazi invasion; Pearl Harbor; the terrorist attacks of 9/11; and the 2008 financial crisis. Now the coronavirus, or Covid-19, batters us all. Covid-19 attacks indiscriminately. It knows no ethnicity, no race, no gender, no faith, no sexual orientation, no socio-economic group; it respects no national border or geographic boundary. The Covid-19 pandemic may be the most serious and daunting crisis the world has confronted since World War II. At least it sure feels that way — like a combination of an actual war, pandemic and financial crisis, all rolled into one catastrophic

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