All senses of rational thought have been lost. I blame partisanship. Really. Political partisanship has reached into and infected rational thought regarding topics like rights and medicine in ways that aren’t usually related.
It certainly doesn’t help that we have a president who has literally abandoned the American people, leaving us to flounder and flail away trying to figure out what to do, but the various extremes of each sides are taking nonsensical approaches. Those on the left want to lock down everything tight as a drum. Those on the right are whining about rights and mask orders.
Problem is, while the roots of these divisions are partisan Ds and Rs, both sides are right and both sides are wrong. A few months ago Donald Trump said (paraphrasing), “The solution cannot be worse than the problem.” He caught a lot of crap for that, and justifiably so, because he was only concerned himself, but taken in a more broad context, well… even a dolt can be correct occasionally.
- Don’t be an obtuse brain dead partisan, masks DO help. Be a responsible adult, listen to qualified medical advice, not some schmuck who’s “heard good things”. And stay away from the beach!!!
- In an ideal world where food and money would fall from Heaven, a total lock down would great, but that’s not realistic. If the economy falls too far the consequences will be felt for a decade. Many people will lose their jobs and their homes. It could make the Great Recession look like a cakewalk.
- Fact is covid-19 is going to be something of a new normal and we’re going to have to learn to live with it. That means opening back up… smartly, slowly, with a plan.
- I’m going to be unpopular here, but rights and restraining government overreach are not immaterial. They’re critically important, and I guarantee you’ll miss your rights when things get back to so-called normal. Once rights are curtailed or stripped, our nation has a very poor record of restoring them.
Other countries have done well. We’re not other countries. Right now… never, really… we don’t have a cohesive mindset like, say, Japan does. Nor are we authoritarian… ummm… but it should be noted the countries having the hardest time with the virus are also the most top-heavy and train wreck-like leaderships.