All actions, including policies decided with COVID19, have consequences; if not intended, they were never considered or were unforeseeable. Early on there were conflicting reports, some saying that there was no real issue and others portending the end of the world.
From the medical perspective, the intent was and is containment of the contagion with careful hygiene and avoiding physical proximity, treatment of the afflicted and hopefully a cure and vaccine. These are medical protocols and should not be conflated as policy. The medical industry does not have political power, they are advisory only.
From the civil perspective, people reacted reasonably well without mandate and practiced the various measures advised, but most did not go into a bunker until forced by edict.
From the political perspective, there were two reactions, chaotic and draconian, with open conflicts among various levels of government as to who had authority, federal, state or local. There were demands from each on the others while at the same time declaring their own powers. There were strident edicts demanding the closure of just about everything. There was panic, hubris, snarky denunciations and mindless directives, but there was little composure. Absent rational debate, there was virtually no consideration of anything but the desire to create a perception of doing something.
From an economic perspective, establishing hygienic protocols was essential, but to place a country in house arrest is not just inhuman and likely illegal, but effectively puts it in a depression. To make matters worse, the government expands an already bloated financial system with even more debt in the name of relief and stimulus, proving that they learned nothing from past failures.
Science is a broad and multi-discipline field. It is the role of management to seek as much information across all disciplines in order to derive a plan addressing what is known and that serves not just the present, but the future. What we got instead was a fractured environment of power grabbing bureaucrats, some elected, some not, laying out their turf.
This is hardly new in the US history of pandemics. Similar behavior can be found with the Spanish Flu. It was not a coincidence with the end of the Great War, but likely because of it. As the Doughboys came home from the sodden infested trenches of Europe, they brought this with them. It did not originate in Spain despite the name of the Flu. Spain was a neutral country during the war with the least censored press, and reported early news of the virulent influenza; it killed around 20-50M worldwide, more than the 17M in the war. The wide range of reported deaths was due to a lack of reliable data, typical then as it is now. The origins are guessed as the UK, France or China, all unproven as is the reason for its devastating potency. What is agreed is that pestilence historically follows war, and the Great War was the worst in history up to that time. While reactions ranged wildly in the US from lockdowns in St. Louis to virtually nothing at all in Philadelphia, the short term results varied accordingly, but the long term effects of the flu were the same everywhere.
Political intentions can be benign or self-serving. With COVID19, most states decided that medical preparedness, an informed public, and avoidance of devastating impacts to citizens’ livelihoods, would in the long run best serve everyone; most US states took this course.
Then there are governors that took the draconian approach with lockdowns. Some of these governors were well intended without self-serving motivations. Then there are those like Governor Whitmer of Michigan stridently shuttering everything in sight; even with the few businesses she allowed to operate she actually dictated what could not be sold from gardening goods to American flags.
So what motivated this later group to act so dictatorially? It was Rahm Emmanuel, COS for Barack Obama, who told him during the MERS pandemic, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Even a better indicator with COVID19 comes from Joe Biden’s savior, House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn, telling Democratic Party leaders that COVID19 presented “…a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” On the back of these miseries they see opportunity?
Now as we hear about the plans to end the lockdowns, more and more Americans are beginning to question if not protest these policies, and not just because of money; it’s about something more basic called livelihood, a long term consideration.
I don’t subscribe to the “Plandemic” conspiracy theory, at least not based on what we know at this time. True that the virus appears more and more chimeric with its accelerating mutations, but that does not necessarily mean it was intentionally released like some biological warfare on the world. China is a pretty bad actor, but are they so sociopathic to commit such an act on themselves?
More likely the trail comes back to the NIH who were conducting chimeric experiments on viruses until Congress voted a moratorium on such research; undeterred they outsourced and funded the research to Wuhan China where lax oversight is to blame. It’s disturbing that the NIH is persistently advocating against the moratorium.
Surely there’s room in the news for more about this just as much as the Trump tweets about injecting or ingesting toxic chemicals. Why instead are we bombarded with such meaningless bromides like “We are all in this together” and “We are one”? We are none of those things; we are human beings who should not be locked up and deprived of our lives and livelihoods.
Such an agenda is more befitting a Fascist dictator than a Republic, toxic to its political, economic and medical health. We can only conclude that those that advocate such policies have not let this crisis go to waste, but have taken the opportunity to satisfy their addiction to power, craving ever more control over the American people.