Even though it’s been months since COVID-19 reached America, we are still far from fully reopening. Most states still have major restrictions in place, with nearly every leader demanding we wear face masks outdoors. Positives tests reached record highs in the U.S., with deaths topping all other countries—despite these insane restrictions. Now, Sen. Rand Paul is saying what we all are thinking about state-mandated lockdowns.
If we’re going to be angry at anyone for the existence of COVID, let’s be angry at China. They were, after all, the ones that sat back and let this disease spread around the world. It came at the most convenient time for them, seeing as how they were suffering due to new trade agreements and Hong Kong’s uprising.
But our local leaders share some of the blame. Defying years of studies and insight, they embraced medieval practices to “slow the spread” of the disease. But did the lockdowns work? Oh, yes they did, if they were meant to ruin our economy and put millions out of work, not to mention upend every last American’s life.
Now, Sen. Paul is admitting it was all a big mistake:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has frequently criticized the extended lockdown strategy and Dr. Anthony Fauci, denounced the current spate of lockdowns as a “big mistake” for what they have done to the U.S. economy and society at large…
“We’ve seen surges in coronaviruses in the midst of lockdown,” Paul said… “but didn’t do anything to stem the tide of the virus. So I see nothing to be admired in New York’s lockdown.”
“I see a mountain of people who died, particularly in the nursing homes,” Paul continued. “I don’t think the lockdown did them any good. I think it killed the economy, but didn’t do any good for trying to contain the virus.” [Source: Daily Wire]
Even after months of un-Constitutional and abusive restrictions, the disease is moving through the country the same as it has everywhere else. America has seen two distinct waves of the disease, first up North, then in the South’s Sunbelt. Medical experts have different opinions on why this has happened (mainly due to unique differences to geography and the sheer size of the country), but one thing is clear: lockdowns did nothing to prevent infections or deaths.
Yet despite that obvious fact, some Democratic (and Republican) leaders keep pushing abuse restrictions. Many businesses continue to limp along with bogus limits or outright shut down orders. Millions of Americans are still out of work. Worst still, it’s unclear if all students will be able to return to school this Fall—even though they face a nearly 0% risk from the disease.
This is not leadership. This is cowardice. Our governors and mayors bowed to the pressure of panicking journalists who were less concerned about our health—and more about how this would affect the November Election. Instead of taking a measured approach, focusing on protecting the elderly, our leaders dropped a bomb on our society’s future. They locked us down, while ignoring the threat posed to nursing homes.
Even President Trump urged lockdowns early on, only to push back when it became clear the “cure” was worse than the disease. Many questioned the methods and modeling that led to the lockdowns. Government agencies responsible for providing guidance failed again and again.
And the bottom line is our government decided it was better equipped to make decisions for us than we are. They violated our personal liberty to impose radical, abusive measures. In the end, they did nothing to fix the problem. We are only worse off than we were before.
Unless our leaders push to end all lockdowns immediately, none of them deserve to be in office come November.