(UnitedVoice.com) – It’s a sad reality in America: too many Democratic leaders showed their true selves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Power-hungry, they shut down their states unilaterally, instituted harsh lockdowns that didn’t prevent the spread of the virus, and caused the cure to be worse than the disease. Some Democratic governors are in serious political trouble that ranges from a recall in California to complete loss of trust in Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, too many of our leaders, both elected and bureaucrats, are way out of touch. They sit in their ivory towers, safe from the economic and social harms they inflicted on most Americans under the guise of protecting them during the pandemic. To make matters worse, a top coronavirus adviser to the Biden administration condescendingly said that Americans should have done more self-sacrificing during the pandemic.
You Should Have Done More
On Monday, June 14, former Biden Coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt said, “being able to sacrifice a little bit for one another to get through this and to save more lives is going to be essential (the next time there’s a pandemic).” Exactly how much more sacrifice would Democrats like America to endure?
At the beginning of the pandemic, our leaders didn’t know what we were up against with COVID-19. Temporary short-term mitigations were understandable if it was only going to be for a few weeks. However, the government proved that once it takes control temporarily, it can’t help itself. Power rushes to the heads of unscrupulous politicians. Two weeks turned into months, and suddenly it’s a year.
Consider the consequences of locking down states for more than a year, and ask yourself if Americans needed to sacrifice more:
- On April 12, 2021, the Mortgage Bankers Association said 2.3 million homeowners were still in forbearance programs. At the end of the program, all of the payments in arrears are due at one time. Too many risk losing their homes if they can’t qualify for loan modifications, deferral plans, or other repayment arrangements.
- According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22.1 million jobs were lost between March and April 2020. Unemployment is still chronically high as 9.3 million Americans look for work. Additionally, another 6.1 million people are not in the labor force and are not counted as unemployed because they weren’t actively looking for work.
- Corporate America worked from home and flourished while working men and women suffered chronic job loss and economic calamity.
- Shockingly, the AARP reported that 95% of those who died due to COVID-19 were 50 years of age or older. The virus ran rampant in nursing homes, where 61,000 seniors died.
- Families were cut off from one another, and seniors were impacted most as they lost out on vital mental health interactions with their families and friends.
- Americans started seeing each other as threats to personal health, and governments destroyed the next generation’s mental health.
- Schools were shut down, and parents (particularly Moms) faced difficult decisions about working or taking care of their kids at home.
- Constitutional rights were violated, including but not limited to freedom of worship, speech, and assembly.
Politicians Traded One Set of Suffering for Another So They Could Gain Politically and Monetarily
When will Democrats learn that their rhetoric isn’t helping their cause? Could it be because their cause isn’t noble or in alignment with the majority of Americans? Only 37% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction. We live in a country where liberty is supposed to mean something, the Constitution matters, and the government exists to preserve rights and protect people when appropriate.
Government cannot protect people from everything, or even themselves. Living comes with risk. Every year, 38,000 people in the US and 1.35 million people globally die in car accidents. As of June 14, the CDC reported that 597,343 people died from COVID-19 since January 21, 2020. Is the government banning cars or warning people shouldn’t drive them?
The condescension is over the top. Americans sacrificed too much during the pandemic, and much of it wasn’t a choice. It was thrust on them whether they liked it, agreed with it, or not. The suffering isn’t over just because case counts are down, deaths are down, and life returns to normal.
All the politicians did was trade one set of suffering for another, one set that wasn’t acceptable to them for another set that was. In fact, none of it should be acceptable, but then how would they benefit politically and monetarily?
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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