This is part of a comment from another post.
It’s still three months away, but for right now most of America wants to know why, if baseball, with all their resources and financial motivation to do so, can’t figure out a way open safely like sports are elsewhere in the world, how are the rest of us ever going to get back to some form of normalcy. The “pretending this isn’t happening” strategy doesn’t even seem to be working any more in the Trump states. I know, I live in one. (from => https://citizentom.com/2020/07/28/mostly-peaceful-protests-for-what/comment-page-1/#comment-94955)
Read Tricia’s post. Consider Tricia’s anger. Consider all the people we have seen who don’t even bother to wear a face mask properly. When people are so angry and indifferent, are “social” distancing and wear a mask really all that helpful? How many problems are we creating as we supposedly stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Jobs lost. Loneliness. A sour economy with jobs made more difficult by myriad and often senseless COVID-19 regulations.
Is persuasion a lost art? Isn’t America about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Then why are we shutting down the country and twisting people’s arms? If preventing the spread of the virus is in everyone’s self interest, what is wrong with voluntary cooperation?
Are our objectives too unrealistic? Note that we are trying to prevent EVERYONE from getting COVID-19, but it is too contagious, and that was not part of the original objective. The shutdown was just about keeping our hospitals from being overloaded. We moved the goalposts, and a large percentage of the population knows this has more to do with politics than the danger posed by COVID-19.
The best is the enemy of the good. — Commonly attributed to Voltaire (from => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_is_the_enemy_of_good)
The virus is highly contagious, but it is not particularly dangerous unless you are nearing 78 years old. If we let everyone decide for themselves what they want to do about it, COVID-19 would not be a big problem for our government. Those who are unafraid could take their chances, and those who are afraid could self-isolate, wear a mask and a face shield, put on surgical gloves and a hospital gown, tote around their own air supply, move to the moon or the bottom of the sea, ….. Well, the fearful can do whatever they want, but do they have the right to make their fears everyone else’s problem. Why? So they can run Trump out of office?
We obviously need to protect nursing homes, and we can help those who don’t feel safe self-isolate. The damn virus would then spread among those who don’t fear it. Since we cannot stop COVID-19 from spreading anyway, that is the best alternative.
Would some people get sick? Yes, and some would even die. Nevertheless, COVID-19 will eventually do what viruses do, fizzle out because there are not enough people left to infect. Then we could reopen the nursing homes a bit, and even paranoid grand parents would feel safe enough to hug their grand children.
If we let Democrats deliberately turn a virus into an election issue and use it to discredit Trump, we are just dumb.
The final straw came rather suddenly.
I’d just spent an hour navigating one way grocery aisles, doing my best not to get close to others, the wild eyed ones especially, as they can be unpredictable. “No ma’am, I’m not trying to give you Covid, I merely want some tomatoes and your cart is in the way.” Of course I can’t communicate this effectively with my stupid,
muzzle mask garbling the words and hiding my kind expression.
As I move up the now routine mile long checkout line I notice the cashier power washing the conveyer belt as if covered in raw sewage. Wouldn’t it be ironic if conveyer belts soaked with sanitizer chemicals turned out to be more dangerous for us to put grocery items on than the Covid germs they are deployed to destroy?
So there I stood, rather appropriately on my red social distancing marker…
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