I was going to call this “Winding down” or “Time to wind down”, but honestly I have absolutely no idea how much longer anything is going to last. This is why I changed the title of this series from “No, I’m not worried” to “The Global Warming Zone” – after Trump decided he was going to listen to Fauci and lockdown for another month, leading the governors to follow in a panicky chained reaction, it became clear there was reason to worry. And there was.
Well-meaning people have tried to tell me that years from now we’d be able to tell our kids and grandkids about living through a pandemic. Call me grumpy – I AM grumpy – but I don’t see the appeal. “Yeah, in the Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 we all did nothing at home, and unless you lived in one of like five small areas dotted around the country there wasn’t any outbreak to speak of”. What a story. Not exactly the apocalypse. I suppose if we don’t come out of the lockdowns soon enough then when the recession becomes a depression we’ll have some stories to tell.
It is so clear now that the costs of lockdowns and social distancing exceed by far any benefits that it is sheer evil perversity that any remain in effect.
The problem is that this is simply not true. Oh sure, it’s clear to me, and to Moore, and to Dr. Briggs and some other commenters here. But to the world at large? Not in my experience of talking to co-workers or friends. Not according to what the polls say. It is apparently not clear to people that the lockdowns weren’t needed.
And why would it be? Numbers are being breathlessly reported upon daily. We are probably at the nadir in places like Britain, yet they’ll never go down to zero. We have been breathlessly promised by model after model that we’ll be in the millions dead number without lockdowns. And now thanks to whatever juicing magic has been happening it turns out that as far as the general public is concerned Fauci’s original model wasn’t even wrong and we will hit 100,000 dead at least – doesn’t it stand to reason, then, that if the model was right about this it would be right that without the lockdowns we’d be at millions dead?
I’m going to let you all in on a secret: Coronavirus is a type of cold virus. There is no cure or vaccine for the common cold. A vaccine isn’t coming. Neither is the miracle cure we’ve all been hanging our hats on. Have you noticed yet that every single “game-changer” that’s occurred has had zero effect on public policy? Have you noticed that after seeing a couple headlines float by you basically never hear about it again?
Oh, I’m sure a vaccine will be made, long after all of this is in the rearview mirror. Unless it is required by my job I will NOT be getting it, and I suggest nobody does.
“Unless it is required by my job” is the crux of the issue, of course: I will literally have no choice but to get it if the choice is between that and not working. Unfortunately, I suspect that is going to be what will happen to the vast majority of us. Cross your fingers that whatever gets injected into us doesn’t kill anybody.
Believe it or not, I actually think – and this may shock people, and I may get some pushback – that governments DO have the authority to enforce lockdowns. If a government can’t use its power to try to enforce restrictions for the good of the public health, it’s pretty much useless. Fine. But does the government have the right to shut down church gatherings (actually, I doubt the bishops even have the right to do that)?
And how many lives can government policies directly ruin before we rise up and say that prudence has become a gross abuse of power?
Naturally the principle of subsidiarity would have solved all of these issues all along. In a sane world the five areas that broke out would have had strict regulations imposed, travel to and from would be slowed to a bare minimum, nursing homes would be locked off…and the rest of the world would go on as normal. By 2022 we forget this ever happened and it becomes a footnote like the 57′ and 68′ flus.
That isn’t what happened, and now we’re here. And as I said before, it’s all our fault, because we’ve offloaded our ability to critically think about things onto Experts(TM).
But come on, guys. Stop your whining. Don’t you see this is a chance to strike back at the gloablists? Stop bitching.
Because obviously as prices skyrocket, people lose their jobs, and business after business go belly up – it’s the globalists everyone should be concerned over.
There is hope, though it may seem paradoxical considering what I said earlier: While everyone SAYS they support lockdowns and SAYS they support social distancing, in my experience virtually nobody actually does. What I mean is, if you see people interact in public, they don’t really care about the guidelines, whatever they say. As soon as restaurants open, people go. Motorcycle groups are hanging out.
So politicians WILL roll things back. It’s just going to be a consequence of “allowing” things people are already doing.
Throughout all of this, our hope is in Christ, and good Christian men are admonished to not be anxious. So keep heart, friends. We’ll be fine.