The protests continue to rage in America, with freedom-loving individuals fighting the evil overlords in order to ruin the quarantine and help insure the virus spreads as widely as possible. People on the other side of the debate can’t protest in the street themselves because that would mean spreading the virus. What we can do is poke fun at the other side with photo-manipulated signs.
Since my first perplexing signs post, I’ve done some more research, and heard from others on both sides of the debate. Let me get one thing out of the way first with a handy line chart that helps counter several very common arguments.
Dr. Phil, and others, claim that car crashes, heart disease, cancer, and even drowning cause more deaths per year, or even weekly, than does SARS-2 (note that the virus is SARS-2 and Covid-19 is the associated disease), and we aren’t shutting down the country because of them! The problem with the car crashes or seasonal flu argument is they are comparing a year to a few months, and SARS-2 at its current pace with easily eclipse their numbers. And while people still die of heart disease more per week than with Covid-19, that’s only because Covid-19 just got out of the starting gate. It will easily overtake heart disease and become the number one cause of death, per week, within a week. Dr. Phil’s argument is like saying, “Your Tabby is BIGGER than my tiger cub, so I don’t see why I won’t be able to let it roam free in another year!”
A lot of people are framing the argument as if it’s really about civil liberties, or the right to freely assemble. They have a point that they can’t freely assemble under quarantine, and that the constitution guarantees this right. However, they thoroughly miss the point that the quarantine is NOT intended in the least to curtail their freedom, but simply to protect the public safety and save lives. If a beach closes because a group of great white sharks is feeding in the area, it does restrict people’s movement and stop them from swimming, but not because it’s trying to control them and make them into a class of mindless, automaton, subservient proletarians: it’s so their children don’t get eaten alive.
You couldn’t contain any virus without curtailing someone’s freedom to mill about. China could have nipped the virus in the bud in Wuhan if they’d acted quickly, instead of throwing a 10,000 family banquet after the infections had already started. But they couldn’t have stopped it, even if there were no lies and coverup, without forcing infected people into isolation. Masks, social-distancing, and quarantine are the reason we don’t have a SARS 1 or Ebola epidemic in America. The freedom to not cooperate with medical science is the reason measles are back.
I don’t have much tolerance for the people who are out there because they believe David Icke that there is no Covid-19, and the goal is to give us jabs filled with nanotechnology microchips that will control our minds and make us meekly obey our new, globalist masters.
I’m also tired of the people still regurgitating the “it’s just a cold” mantra, even after 42,000 deaths in America. The people I do sympathize with are those who are themselves at great risk because they’ve run out of money and can’t survive without work. Sooner or later most of us will be in that same situation, and it’s as little as a matter of months or weeks. I’m sure I”m not alone in having already calculated how long I can last without an influx of money, and saw the end is clearly in sight. The shut down has to end at some point, or we’ll all end up jobless and homeless.
It’s all about listening to the epidemiologists, virologists, and other scientific experts, as well as economists and even historians (the controversy over quarantine versus civil liberties goes all the way back to the black plague)… We can’t just git out our guns because Alex Jones went on a rant about “authoritarian lock-down” and ruin the quarantine for everyone, so that we need to extend or repeat it. Let me just substantiate my suspicion and see what Alex Jones is up to.
Here’s what he’s yelling:
“TEXAS KNOWS THE TRUTH! THIS IS A CHI-COMM, GLOBALIST, BIO-WEAPON! IT’S TO SHUT DOWN OUR E-CO-NO-MY! AMERICA WILL RE-OPEN!” ~ Alex Jones.
And that’s one of the enervating things about these protests. While the protestors want to be freed from lock-down, because they are breaking it they may cause the RO (infectious rate) of the virus to go up, which will produce the opposite effect of what they want, and for all of us.
In order to get back out of quarantine and get to work, we have to do it intelligently, not run out prematurely, gather in screaming groups, shoulder to shoulder, and without wearing masks. We can look to what the countries that are the most successful at combating the virus are doing. and learn from them. South Korea got it’s first case, mid-January, on the same day as the U.S.. They did civil-liberty busting robust measures to stop the virus in its tracks, and they now have less than 11,000 cases and less than 300 deaths. We have nearly 793,000 cases, and over 42,500 deaths.
Hong Kong, which shares a border with China, and sealed that border, now has just 1,024 cases, and 4 deaths. Taiwan has 422 cases and 6 deaths.
Those countries didn’t trust the Chinese Communist Party, and they took very strong and immediate measures to stop the virus. Their citizens weren’t out in the streets waving flags demanding their freedom from authoritarian rule. I haven’t heard anything to suggest those countries are now under greater authoritarian control because of the early, stringent measures that were taken to stop the virus.
If Americans can’t cooperate with a quarantine, than having one is useless. Consider that months ago only a handful of people in one city in Wuhan, China had this virus. Now it’s spread to the whole world. So, if hundreds or thousands of American-style vigilante wingnuts refuse to cooperate, well, they sabotage the rest of us.
Some argue for building “herd immunity” and letting the virus rip though the country, taking the weak and those “with one foot in the grave to begin with”. We haven’t seen that approach work anywhere, but we have seen the opposite approach employed by countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea work extremely well.
My opinion is that people should stay put until we figure out the best way forward, and when it is time to go out to do it wisely and cooperate with the scientific community. True, the financial devastation of the lock-down can be worse for most people than getting the disease. However, by going out early, or gambling on “herd immunity” we risk repeat lock-down, or unforeseen even greater financial harm.
Of course, I’m no expert and am not 100% what the best thing is to do. I’m only skating in around 85%. If I’m wrong, feel free to tell me in the coming months. I’ll admit it. I’d rather everyone getting out and going back to a normal life was the best tactic, but it strikes me as a very dangerous fantasy issuing from the likes of Alex Jones, David Icke, Rush Limbaugh, and people who can’t be arsed to wear masks or observe social distancing.
See the updated article with 9 more images here: I May Have Altered These 18 Anti-Quarantine Signs
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