We get it … cases are rising. Deaths and hospitalizations have remained steady at a time when we were led to believe they would be nonexistent. People are scared. And there is obviously still a lot we do not understand about the coronavirus pandemic.
It feels like mid-March again, when the initial panic over the virus was first gripping our nation … and when the initial rounds of inefficacious societal lockdowns were first imposed.
Pressure is mounting to take us back to the “shutdown strategy,” which eviscerated our national economy, left tens of millions of Americans out of work and has ushered in a new era of unaccountable, unsustainable and unwieldy government (at all levels).
And for what? We were all going to get this virus anyway … in fact, before our governments even started tracking its spread there’s evidence hundreds of thousands of us already had it.
What about “public safety” though?
Hell, there were a few voices crying in the wilderness back in the spring who argued it was more dangerous from a health care standpoint to lock the country down … voices which have proven to be prescient.
In our home state of South Carolina – a Covid-19 hotspot – cases have exploded in recent weeks, rising at a rate nearly three times higher than the rest of the nation.
What would we have McMaster do, though?
Good question. Because once again, there are only a few voices crying in the wilderness right now … telling us things may not be as bad as they seem.
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The Covid-19 case fatality rate, for example – a key indicator of the severity of the virus – has steadily fallen over the last few weeks in South Carolina (currently sitting at 1.63 percent). That is less than half the national rate of 4.01 percent.
And while it is no consolation to those who are losing loved ones, generally speaking if you are young and in good underlying health – this virus is simply not a threat to you.
Nonetheless, most of the information out there is pure fear porn … something this news outlet has been accused of engaging in itself.
Well, we would ask those critics … would “fear-mongers” openly advocate against the imposition of another round of lockdowns?
No … probably not.
There are those who could argue a news outlet that endorsed U.S. president Donald Trump in the 2016 primary and general elections – an outlet which is clearly no friend to former vice president Joe Biden – is just looking to achieve some sort of political gain via the adoption of this stance.
Not so …
We cannot speak for other “conservative” media (a term we loathe almost as much as the liberal press), but FITSNews bailed on Trump when he bailed on taxpayers … years ago. And we haven’t looked back since.
We will not be endorsing his 2020 candidacy … and so those looking to assign a political motivation to our anti-lockdown stance are S.O.L.
The issue before us is so much bigger than the 2020 election – or any election. Maybe some Democrats are pushing shutdowns because they want to hurt Trump (and maybe some oppose them because they want to help him), but any impacts on a partisan battle pale in comparison to the broader questions before us: Should we tank our economy again? Especially now that we know doing so the first time only delayed the inevitable?
No … we should not.
Looking at this question politically is to completely miss the point … which is that our nation simply cannot survive another round of economic inactivity. Or for that matter, another round of cowering as our liberties are eroded all around us.
Whatever you believe about the origins of this virus, whatever you believe about its potential lethality, whatever you believe about how it is transmitted, whatever you believe about the policies that have been implemented in response to it … and yes, whatever you believe about the politicians who would benefit/ suffer as a result of the course it takes in the future … another round of lockdowns is not the answer.
At this point, we have no choice but to lean into this thing and hold fast … which is what America has done every time it has faced existential threats in the past.
Take precautions? Yes … especially if you are over sixty-five or have an underlying health issue. Wear masks? Yes … especially at private businesses which choose to impose such conditions on entry (which is entirely their businesses).
But we simply cannot afford to shut down the country again … no matter how bad things get.
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