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The ‘Experts’ Plot Another Shutdown

shutdownThe spring economic shutdown “to slow the spread” of COVID-19 almost destroyed us. But the United States is resilient, and the country is slowly—if sometimes shakily—getting back on its feet. Millions have returned to work and the unemployment rate is ticking back down. The stock market has regained much of its lost value. It isn’t a straight road back, to be sure, but there seems good cause for optimism.

But not everyone is cheering.

Because COVID-19 cases have also increased as the country opened, as we knew they would, some of the nation’s health care and other “experts” want to shut us back down again. And this time, they want to impose a harder, and perhaps longer, societal lockdown.

Obamacare architect, bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel is the most influential voice urging a return to the bad old days of April. We shouldn’t be surprised. Back when the country was closed for business, Emanuel—who, it’s worth noting, is now Joe Biden’s lead COVID-19 health care adviser—urged that the country be kept in that artificially induced coma for 18 months, the time it was expected then for a COVID-19 vaccine to be found. Thankfully, President Donald Trump paid no heed.

Now, Emanuel is back, again calling for a shutdown as the lead signatory of an open letter to “Decision Makers” signed by some 150 other “experts” in health care. From the letter:

“Non-essential businesses should be closed. Restaurant service should be limited to take-out. People should stay home, going out only to get food and medicine or to exercise and get fresh air. Masks should be mandatory in all situations, indoors and outdoors, where we interact with others.

“You should bar non-essential interstate travel. … If you don’t take these actions, the consequences will be measured in widespread suffering and death.”

Bar most interstate travel? That’s never been done in our history; not during the Civil War, the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic—which was much worse than COVID-19 because it primarily killed the young—or during periodic polio epidemics.

Media Campaign

Emanuel and his fellow letter signers aren’t alone. Infectious disease expert Dr. Michael T. Osterholm of the University of Minnesota, along with the head of the Minnesota Federal Bank and former Obama administration member Neel Kashkari, have launched a joint media campaign to convince America to return into societal hibernation.

Their most recent call for panicked self-destruction came in the form of a New York Times op-ed, in which they write:

“To successfully drive down our case rate to less than one per 100,000 people per day, we should mandate sheltering in place for everyone but the truly essential workers. By that, we mean people must stay at home and leave only for essential reasons: food shopping and visits to doctors and pharmacies while wearing masks and washing hands frequently.”

Didn’t we already do that at great economic cost to tens of millions of Americans—but not, it is worth noting, the technocratic and chattering classes? According to Oserhgolm and Kashkari, the former lockdown failed because it wasn’t nearly harsh enough:

“According to the Economic Policy Institute, 39 percent of workers in the United States are in essential categories. The problem with the March-to-May lockdown was that it was not uniformly stringent across the country. For example, Minnesota deemed 78 percent of its workers essential. To be effective, the lockdown has to be as comprehensive and strict as possible.”

Funny, Sweden didn’t impose a hard lock down. Its economy certainly took a hit, but not as bad as many EU countries. And while its mortality rate has been worse than some of its European neighbors that did shut down, it’s also better than others.

Besides, we’ve been told that universal masking holds the key! One study found that 80 percent mask compliance would do more to stop the spread than another lockdown.

Oh, pshaw, write Osterholm and Kashkari:

“Some have claimed that the widespread use of masks is enough to control the pandemic, but let us face reality: Gov. Gavin Newsom of California issued a public masking mandate on June 18, a day when 3,700 cases were reported in the state. On July 25, the seven-day daily case average was 10,231. We support the wearing of masks by all Americans, but masking mandates and soft limitations on indoor crowds in places such as bars and restaurants are not enough to control this pandemic.”

Good grief, our nation’s “experts” need to get their stories straight.

Second Great Depression

Snark aside, consider the consequences of reimposing another Draconian lockdown: The country would plummet into a second Great Depression (just in time for the election) that could take a decade or more to overcome. Millions of restaurants and shops would be shuttered, never to reopen. Life savings would be lost. The real estate market would plummet. We would add many trillions more to the national debt than we are already are incurring now, as half the country would become totally dependent on government checks. Millions of children would be kept out of school, forever stunting their education.

The predictable results: increased suicides, increased opioid deaths, increased domestic violence, increased political divisions, and increased loss of trust in our political institutions. In short, another lockdown would cause a cultural catastrophe.

No, no, the authors write. Totally shutting down will be better for the economy. If we don’t shut down, they write, “the path of the virus will determine the path of the economy. There won’t be a robust economic recovery until we get control of the virus.”

I find this abject terror among our technocratic class very odd. The Wuhan virus isn’t smallpox, after all. Most people who contract the infection experience relatively mild symptoms and fully recover.

Yes, of course, it can also be a wicked, and sometimes unpredictable disease. But we know who are most acutely in danger of serious illness and death (people like me), and we can take strong steps to protect them. Surely, we can accomplish that important public health goal without destroying the country to save it.

Which leads us to the one intractable problem that Emanuel, Osterholm, Kashkari, and their ilk fail to consider. If the government did again order a total lockdown, I believe that millions of Americans would simply refuse to obey. Indeed, it would take tyrannical measures of the kind imposed by China on its imprisoned people—perhaps even soldiers in the streets—to effectively impose house arrest on us all.

I cannot imagine that happening. Trump and most governors would surely never go along. But if they did, it would tear the country apart.

Award-winning author Wesley J. Smith is the chairman of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism and author of “Culture of Death: The Age of ‘Do Harm’ Medicine.”

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Wesley J. Smith

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Bonnie Helmsorig
1 year ago

I think the Corvid-19 is total BS started by China and probably the rest of Comminist countries;
and the communist/Socialist/progressive politicians,K1 – K12 teachers, college professors.
We not forget WHO,FDA,CDC,Doctors,Hospitals,who lie on death certificates, etc etc etc

Craig Allen McConnaughey
1 year ago

Firstly the flu still out kills coved19 in the same time span. Second by the mask mandate many people are getting upper respiratory infections that are then called coved19, a self proclaimed proficiency. Third we can’t sustain the rights of a free nation under the governing for the governing, it has to be we the people! Terinie is at hand and America won’t stand for it!

Jinger Jenkins
1 year ago

First of all, the flu that the states have that goes around every fall, people die from that.. but that is not televised and the flu shot does not always work either. Sometimes you get sick from the shot! Now thanks to the Chinese that smuggled in the new virus, USA now has it, we are just going to have to deal with it.. I think people fair better at home with the virus than at the hospital. I was in the hospital recently, not virus related wasn’t there no more than 6 hours and my bill was over $8,000! So if these people ever recover from this virus they are truly going to be ill, when they get the bill from the hospitals! Now the question was about the shut down.. no we don’t need to do another.. its dumb.. masks are dumb.. but all need to wear masks that say “Trump 2020” and masks will no longer be mandatory! The shut down hurt too many people that are just trying to make it.. I say NO to another. I am sure others do as well. Our children need to be in school and need American history.. no sugar coating!

1 year ago

People who do not live in the real world no absolutely nothing ABOUT the real world. That pretty much describes the vast majority of Liberal Democrats, and their RINO cohorts.

Greg Saunders
1 year ago

Please stop this nonsense. Not wearing a forced compliance muzzle, not ever. They have been proven to be largely ineffective. Masks are not about safety, they’re about control.

1 year ago

New York Governor Cuomo stated over and over again that the lockdown was only going to be to flatten the curve well the curve was flattened and we’re in August and we still have a partial lockdown in New York. Our politicians continually lie to us just to push their radical agendas.

Sue M
1 year ago

Am I the only one that believes the rise in the virus after it had started to go down has to be from all of the so called “Peaceful Protesting” that involved major violence, destruction? Where all of these so called peaceful people were gathering in enormous crowds ignoring safe distancing or wearing masks? Or how about the many virus tests that have given false positive results? This pandemic thing is a political thing to make President Trump look bad. The CDC should be under investigation for fraud… there have been medical assistants that sent in untested swabs to be tested under random names … and they came back as positive. People are getting phone calls wanting to know when they will be checking in to get medical attention because they tested positive for the virus when they haven’t been tested at all. Deaths from cancer, heart failure or other illnesses that cause death are being reported as “Death by Coronavirus” because each positive result gets paid thousands of dollars. Do these morons think all of us citizens are stupid?

How dangerous is it really, when we have Nancy Pelosi marching down the street without a mask telling people to come on out and join her because the virus was something the Pres. Trump was making up to scare people… and then it really got out of control… but no one seems to remember her doing that. Or so they act like they don’t. They won’t bring it up because then it makes her and her minions look stupid. Coronavirus has been around for years. A friend of mine pulled a bottle of Lysol she had under her cabinet for close to 10 years… the label was yellowing it was so old… but in very fine print it listed all of the viruses it would kill, and the very 1st one mentioned was Coronavirus.

This whole thing is not just political. It is Biblical. These are the days of Tribulation. I believe that God sent us Pres.Trump to direct us and save us. It’s time to pray and pray hard for Pres.Trump’s safety, for our country’s life. And time to be prepared for anything the evil Dems throw our way.

Bob L.
1 year ago

Those “experts” along with Emanuel need to be “locked down” in a closet in their offices with no means of outside contact, that would be the best lock down with which to deal with the virus.

1 year ago

I cannot for the life of me imagine how Emmanuel and other “experts” could see wisdom in reducing our blood flow by 60% and expect us to be recognizable when it was over. Which… leads one to start entertaining conspiracy theories.

Our national debt will kill us. And, that may be what they want. Combined with the Left’s approval of the violence by “peaceful” protesters, and punishing victims rather than their assailants, and the connected dots paint a really sick picture: This is a plot to force “progressivism” (communism, fascism by any other name) onto the population, since free elections are not getting the job done.

Karen Banner
1 year ago

I don’t believe a bit of it!! And I work in health care. Thank you for the article. I love AMAC.

1 year ago

Good article except for one thing: N-95 and N-99 masks only filter down to 0.3 microns. The Kung Flu is 0.1 microns.

Any effect that supposedly ‘shows’ a decrease in the spread of the Kung Flu is more likely due to more people having antibodies, plus a decrease in the number of cases as the virus follows the typical peak and ebb patter seen with all viral infections. Wearing a mask does absolutely nothing to prevent infection. Additionally, there is overwhelming evidence that mask-wearing will MAKE you sick; in fact, it could exacerbate the symptoms of the Kung Flu and make you more susceptible. Don’t believe me? I don’t care – look it up.

People, do what you should ALWAYS do to avoid ANY infectious illness:
1) Wash your hands frequently, especially before touching any part of your face and eating;
2) Keep your distance from people who are obviously ill;
3) DON’T touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without FIRST washing your hands;
4) Good nutrition is essential, along with regular exercise, sunlight acquisition for Vitamin D, and taking both Vitamin C and Zinc to stimulate your immune response against illness;
5) Cover your mouth when coughing; wash your hands afterwards;
6) Don’t do any stupid s&%t like licking toilets.

I PROMISE you that you will be much healthier overall. And IF you have the misfortune of contracting a viral illness, chances are that you will do much better if you treat your body well to begin with. Even people with autoimmune diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. have survived after getting sick from viral illnesses of any kind. Yes, some people do succumb, but it’s survival of the fittest…no matter what your age is.

1 year ago

I see a massive control to shut the country down. There are not more cases. There are very few people in the hospital only for Covid flu, they are in for other reasons but the staff are being told to mark them all as Covid regardless of the reason for admission. I hear of labs sending positive results to people who were never tested. Two labs in Florida were investigated for sending out 100% positive results when in fact there were only 5% positive results. Someone is manipulating the numbers so they can take away our freedoms. We need to stand up and let our voice of opposition be heard. As a healthcare worker, I read the scientific studies and know that the masks are not doing anything, but keeping people in fear. The vaccines are not going to help anything either. Please people, don’t listen to the main stream media. They are lying to you!
This flu is about done. Very few people are getting sick from it now.
Search for the interview on Fox with Dr. Phil, he says the shut down and the mental and emotional harm is destructive; and loss of jobs is much more harmful than the flu. We are seeing higher child abuse, sexual abuse, suicides and other worse things than the flu. Enough is enough. Let us tell our Governors to open up the country and let us go back to normal. NOT a “new normal”!!

Joanna Johnson-Smith
1 year ago

We the People can NEVER again bow down to lying, manipulative officials with evil intentions. This is AMERICA, and as Americans, we are FREE to choose how we will respond to difficulties,whether it be invasion by illegals, or whether or not to wear a mask or close our businesses. It is OUR voices that decide the course of actions “suggested” or “recommended” by government. THEY have no right or power to decide FOR us, or to FORCE their will upon us! Every American has the RIGHT to decide whether to wear a mask or not, with NO punishment from government or other citizens who disagree. The numbers being given to the People by mainstream, Liberal Media, are LIES! This is simply a matter of Democrat Tyrant Governors and Mayors who have enjoyed months of unchecked powers, and will do whatever it takes to KEEP it! Enough is ENOUGH! END Emergency Powers for ALL officials and unchain the people. We will NEVER go back to the Communist Leadership we have witnessed in 2020 thus far!

1 year ago

Today, I saw that WH is thinking of barring foreign travelers for coming back to US. Assume they will be tested & quarantine for 14-days ?? Good, now just have to worry about community spread already here.

1 year ago

Trump appointed new guy in USPS in June & now service has slowed down & big cutbacks. Looks a little bit like it might be tied to Trump comments on mail-in ballots , but probably just coincidence. Some call USPS snail mail, but I am one of the old dinos that still like mail & use it. It has been around a lot longer than all of us, so must have done something right since Pony Express.

Brenda Blunt
1 year ago

Dictators abound! Time to live and move on. Americans will do the right thing!!

Ginger Lymbery
1 year ago

I live in Texas and my husband is the county judge….I told him the other day that I WILL NOT be locked in my house again.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ginger Lymbery

Wow, you husband is kinda mean type

1 year ago

Let’s get real (for a change). The “number of cases” is statistically irrelevent. We have known for some months that there were far more cases (on the order of 50X) than were confirmed by testing. So we started to test more and, oh shock of shockers, we found more cases. The “second wave” is nonsense. Great stat for the purvayers of fear porn, but statistically irrelevant. The only way to have statistically relevent numbers would be if the whole population were tested every week. Then we would have real numbers to work with. Never gonna happen. Although the Corona virus is real and it has killed a lot of people and will kill more (although we also know that these numbers are likely inflated as well) the virus is going to spread regardless of what we do. We can lock down everyone forever and the virus will still find a way. So what’s the point? We know what it is, get Trump out of office regardless of how much damage it causes; and for leftists, more damage and chaos works in their favor anyway. It is past time to get things back to somewhat normal with a few common sense proceedures in place. And by the way, there is no such thing as a “nonessential” business. We know this because nonessential businesses go out of business (regardless of how “essential” or “nonessential” they appear to be).

If you hate The United States of America, vote for Democrats.

Kenny Williams
1 year ago

What effect has the SHUT DOWN had on the rate of SUICIDES?

Lori Coleman
1 year ago

I work in an assisted living building. What this “lock down” has done to our residents is horrible! We are slowly killing them even though we have not had the virus in our building. Our residents are so depressed. The confusion has increased, their body strength has decreased, cognitively they have declined. They cry and they have given up on life. They had told me that they do not care anymore. They want to be with their families and want to come out of their small apts. They have to stay in their rooms so there is no socialization which hurts their well being. They have said that they feel that they are in prison. This has to stop! Remember, Hitler’s Army “just” followed their orders. This is exactly what we are doing, “following orders”. Sad but true! It is time to fight back and stop this madness!

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