Throughout this crisis one thing continues to remain almost universally true ; we’ve all seen better days. Aside from the media induced “collective-coronavirus-hysteria” (the emotional effects of which many have unfortunately succumb to), it’s critical that we do not neglect to recall the invaluable freedoms we once possessed prior to there unexpected confiscation by our excessively large, threatening, and somewhat pitiless State. Though our political contraries claim that the temporary confiscation of these freedoms is supported by a judicious and appropriate rationale, i.e. the increase in coronavirus cases, we know that this basis is greatly distorted and remarkably ill-founded.
Dr. Tony Fauci, whose consistently hoarse voice we are all so familiar with, continues to play his monotonous PR role in this seemingly never-ending crisis. On Thursday, while on the Politico podcast Pulse Check, Fauci remarked soberly, “You don’t have to lock down again, but everybody has got to be on board for doing these five or six fundamental public health measures.” These measures are of course the same ones we have been incessantly hearing about for the past six months : universal wearing of masks, physical distancing of 6ft or more, avoidance of crowds, outdoors better than indoors, staying away from bars, maintaining hand hygiene, etc, etc. Epidemiologically speaking, these are extremely helpful precautionary guidelines that assist greatly in the prevention of Coronavirus outbreaks, but if we are being honest about the natural tendencies of the imperfect human being, expecting all Americans to flawlessly adhere to them is a naïve fantasy. So if Americans can’t stop coronavirus by exercising perfect adherence to the guidelines, what then?
Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari has proposed an alternative to the precautionary guidelines and gradual reopening’s, that the government should instead mandate another four to six weeks of “uniform lockdown.” Kashkari wrote in a New York Times Op-ed on Friday that “If we aren’t willing to take this action, millions more cases with many more deaths are likely before a vaccine might be available.” This proposed second-national-lockdown of his would of course have to be accompanied by another round of mind-blowing deficit spending to finance the needs of the victims of a momentarily fruitless economy. While his proposal seems like it would prove helpful in reducing the forthcoming adverse effects of coronavirus, it leaves unmentioned the inevitable catastrophe’s likely to manifest in other aspects of society in consequence of its implementation.
From a more sane perspective is White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. During a Thursday interview on “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover” Kudlow was questioned after the pundit suspected him of implying that deficits were unimportant, replying ; It’s not a question of deficits don’t matter. It’s a question that people matter. Health and safety matters. And an economic reopening and getting people back to work, helping them while they’re on unemployment and furloughed, and helping businesses. I think those priorities come first.” From this statement alone its definite that our nations leaders are striving unsuccessfully to do two very different and complicated things simultaneously. One is controlling and preventing the rise in coronavirus cases, while the other is the revivification of our fractured economy.
The rather undesirable truth that has somehow been buried amongst all of these ostensibly “promising” ideas concerning the handling of our near future, is that we cannot have our cake and eat it. In other words, the coronavirus will continue to infect and harm Americans, just as the economy will steadily proceed in wiping out small businesses and burdening the unprepared or impoverished with intolerable financial calamity. We ought to be looking down the road, to what will likely happen in the coming years if our leaders and so-called “experts” continue to consult the make-believe for answers to genuine problems. Those of us with hearts want coronavirus to disappear, and many of us desire to have all our freedoms returned, but our leaders aren’t giving us either.
Dylan Shetler is a freelancing self-taught writer and Christian apologist. He owns and operates his personal blog The Onlookers Publication: onlookers.news. You can follow him on Twitter @shetler_dylan