The Global Warming Zone, Part 22: Look, I don’t know anymore

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.

Joseph Moore says this:

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.

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12 Responses to The Global Warming Zone, Part 22: Look, I don’t know anymore

  1. Aethelfrith says:

    If my job or ability to shop is contingent on getting a vaccine, then I’ll accept losing both*. Period.

    *That is, AFTER all legal appeals have been exhausted. There’s some cards floating around invoking HIPAA and ADA to resist masking “laws” but there isn’t enough data to show their effectiveness.

  2. Joseph Moore says:

    Something can be overwhelmingly obvious, and still be resisted. Yes, I get it that polls suggest most people still are terrified little rabbits.That’s kind of the point of the Gods of the Copybook Headings: We are perfectly willing and able to ignore the obvious when it suits us.

    • Sure, but I actually DON’T think it’s obvious as presented to the average person. It is obvious IF you look into it in any depth, but if you don’t the media would have you believe that the lockdowns worked, are working, and will be necessary. You only stop believing them when you research things for yourself…and aren’t afraid to accept the conclusion.

      • Joseph Moore says:

        Oh, sure – people rely on the ‘news’ for their info, there’s no way they’re getting anything but panic porn; add to that the general overrating of anecdotal evidence and inability to understand context or numbers, and, frankly, nothing contrary to the panic is going to be obvious to such people at all.

  3. Rudolph Harrier says:

    More and more I’m seeing the strongest divide in opinion coming from whether people remember that lockdowns were meant to “flatten the curve” and those who treat them as having a goal of improving things in some sort of vague, unquantifiable way. It doesn’t really matter at this point what your initial reaction was: if you remember that we were supposed to “flatten the curve” you probably think the current directives are ridiculous, and if you think lockdowns are just supposed to generally improve things then you probably support each and every order.

  4. JD says:

    This pandemic will arguably make a very boring grandpa story. I say that as someone whose family has been affected by COVID-19, with people who caught, recovered and died from the virus.

    • I’m sorry to hear that.

      • GRA says:

        Thank you. Two of my mother’s friends passed away due to COVID, one I knew, as they were in the frontlines as a physician assistant and a nurse. These two were in the most vulnerable age range. One family friend whom I grew up with, a young nurse, also caught the virus but her case was mild and she fully recovered after self-quarantining herself from her family.

  5. Aethelfrith says:

    We finally crossed the 100k mark.

    I don’t think you’re wrong nor will I call you out. But the VirusWorshippers must somehow feel vindicated about passing this milestone. Misery is their new joy, and a high* death rate ratifies their misanthropy–or at least, their hatred of Trump and conservatives.

    *Assuming .03% is the cutoff for “high.”

  6. Rudolph Harrier says:

    You may be interested in the CDC’s guidelines for opening schools

    Of note:
    -All children and staff must wear masks at all times.
    -All desks must be at least 6 feet apart from each other, or have physical barriers in between them.
    -Dining halls and playgrounds must be closed.
    -All food must be individually prepared (such as with prepakaged food) with students highly encouraged to bring their own food.
    -The times that students arrive and leave school should be staggered.
    -Daily temperature screenings for students and staff.
    -If someone is sick, the area that person is in should be closed until it is cleaned and disinfected. Cleaning and disinfecting should not occur until 24 hours after the area is vacated.
    -And throughout it all the CDC repeatedly suggests that as much as possible should just be done online anyway.

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