Ending The Lockdown Is Not Selfish Nor Cruel
Ending The Lockdown Is Not Selfish Nor Cruel
Americans, especially Republicans, who want the lockdown ended yesterday have been labeled as selfish and cruel. That’s direct from the blue check scolding media, celebrities, and political elites.
A sampling of what I’ve observed across social media follows:
To be very blunt.
The lockdown has decimated our economy.
As of this morning, from March to April, 20 million people lost their jobs. Never mind all that, keep the lockdown in place because REASONS! Lord & Taylor, BNSF Railway, Milgard Windows, restaurants, boutiques, oil fields, and more are all shut down. Permanently in some cases.
The lockdown has cratered our supply chain.
That’s ok. There’s a simple fix according to some “expert” on Facebook who said dairy farmers should just switch to making cheese and milk dumping will come to a halt.
Texas, Florida, Colorado and other states have MOAR cases that magically happened the very day/week that businesses were allowed to open. Instant cause and effect! BULLSHIT.
More testing, which is happening around the country, WILL end up identifying new cases. Does that mean every single person will die? Absolutely not. Does that mean those new cases magically came from the restaurant that is now operating at an unsustainable 20% capacity? No.
The lockdown was NEVER intended to ensure the virus would just give up and go away. Furthermore, as Kim wrote, we are now finding out that this virus has been traveling around since early fall of 2019.
Yet when people talk about ending the lockdown, the crowd goes wild and not in a good way.
“We’re moving toward an utterly horrifying partisan divide, in which Democrats want to contain the virus so that we’re able to get the economy back on its feet, while Republicans decide that the only brave and manly thing to do is to stop worrying about the virus and “get back to normal” immediately, no matter how many Americans it kills. In fact, we may soon reach the point where dismissing all those deaths is precisely how you show your loyalty to Trump.”
Hey Paul? This has nothing to do with loyalty to Trump and everything to do with caring about the health and welfare of every American citizen. While you are telling us ending the lockdown will kill us all, the lockdown itself has caused the following:
Yet, those who are protesting the lockdowns are being painted as evil people who don’t care about human life.
“Despite what the media claims, these protests against draconian stay-at-home orders, lockdowns, and closures aren’t simply based on the desire to get out of the house, get a haircut, and eat at one’s favorite restaurant. At the root, they’re based on perceived governmental overreach that doesn’t seem justified as data rolls in telling us the “enemy” isn’t all it has been cracked up to be.
Surely, even those who have lost their livelihoods and their freedoms in one fell swoop could understand and abide by measures, even draconian ones, that made sense in light of the best data available.”
Yes, about those models. The Imperial College model needs to be ripped to shreds and then burned to a crisp. Not only has it been completely wrong; the author of this shit, Neil Ferguson, got caught with his pants down. He of the ‘shut the entire world down to get rid of this virus’ broke his own rules multiple times.
People who want to end the lockdown are being shamed into for their stance.
New rule: Anyone who’s not a doctor saying we have to just accept SOME deaths to reopen the country needs to take their family to a crowded place and serve food to anyone who needs it. https://t.co/c5PWnmXjft— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) May 5, 2020
You know what S.E.?? I don’t accept ANY deaths of ANY kind. Yet there you sit, with a well-paying job, and lecture those who DON’T have a job. You insist the lockdown must stay in place. Know anyone in the NYC area with cancer? Guess what S.E.? Appointment cancellations and no-shows are registering at 80% in the Northeast and there’s a 17% decline in chemotherapy in the same area. What are the rates across the country? I shudder to think.
S.E., did you ever bother to realize that, should this lockdown continue, people will be gravely ill and dying from something other than this Wuhan lung rot? NOPE. Instead you are more interested in playing the ‘how dare you!!’ card.
Remember when we were told we had to flatten the curve and we’d lockdown for a few weeks to ramp up PPE and free up ventilators or else we’d have to start death panels? When did that turn into indefinite lockdowns and economic destruction because “if it saves one life?”— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 6, 2020
You can call me a Grandma killer. I’m not sacrificing my home, food on the table, all of our docs and dentists, every form of pleasure (museums, zoos, restaurants), all my kids’ teachers in order to make other people comfortable. If you want to stay locked down, do. I’m not.— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 6, 2020
I grew up on a ranch. We saw life and death every damned day. Hard choices had to be made on multiple occasions. If a steer, cow, or calf got sick we doctored and even quarantined it if necessary. Did we quarantine the HEALTHY herd? Absolutely not. Did it hurt us monetarily if we had to put an animal down? Absolutely. Did we sacrifice the healthy livestock in order to save that one life? NO. As a rancher, I grew up with life’s realities.
Advocating for this lockdown to end does not make any of us “Grandma Killers” nor does it make us selfish or cruel.
Bill Maher, for all his snide asides regarding the Trump Administration, gets it.
This lockdown needs to end so we can SAVE lives.
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