(I am posting this to get some feedback from you in these difficult times. I have edited the original post to reduce it vitriol but it touches on a issue we all are addressing. Please, no tirades but do let me know your opinion for it matters and you matter. I will share a summary of your opinions in the next few days.)
Across America there are spontaneous protests demanding freedom and demanding to open the economy again.
The economy is in tailspin, destroying lives, jobs, and businesses.
The constitutional protections for America have been ignored by the local and state politicians’ overreaching with restrictions and attacks on people of faith.
The loss of freedom in the name of security is destroying lives and creating new social problems.
Let me explain…
There are reasons we must turn this around and open-up America again… now.
You won’t see or hear or watch this in the national media. Some politicians are saying maybe open back up in the summer… or fall… or next year.
And some states, counties, and cities are doing exactly that next week … and 12 states this coming week … maybe more.
We must. We have no choice.
The new “normal” demanded by some in the medical establishment, the socialist-oriented politicians, and the power-hungry bureaucrats is wrong and isn’t needed.
The quarantine and the home/shelter in place orders are unnecessary most everywhere in the U.S. And in states that have had a bad outbreak, most of the areas in those states are okay.
For example, 40 out of the 58 counties in California have been impacted … and fewer counties have a problem.
If the quarantine was needed at one time, it’s not now.
If it was needed, it’s not worth the loss of freedom and criminalizing business owners, church goers, hikers, surfers and more.
If it was needed, it’s not worth the medical, social, and emotional destruction of 26 million unemployed, thousands of businesses closed down – and, in some industries such as restaurants, 80%will be in bankruptcy for good.
It’s not worth the pain, suffering, and stress.
It is increasing emotional illness, suicide, depression, divorce, child abuse, and more.
That’s not worth it.
It’s leading to the destruction of dreams, opportunities, proper medical care, and economic growth.
Not worth it.
The facts say open now… and quickly.
As a small business owner, I can tell you the longer the economic restrictions go on, the more businesses will close forever, the more jobs will be lost, and the more economic damage will be done.
Yes, people have gotten terribly sick. My prayers go out to them – it’s heartbreaking. Pastors, friends, businessmen and women, and supporters have gotten it.
My first copywriter I hired for my ad agency died from the virus. My prayers go out to all those who have suffered from the effects of the COVID virus.
But the “experts” drove fear.
On March 13th, the CDC projections were:
160 – 214 million Americans infected out of the population of 328 million today.
21 million hospitalized when we only had 925,000 staffed hospital beds in the entire U.S.
In other words, we were doomed according to the experts and media.
The experts drove fear – they laid out the death projections that were not even close.
First, it was 2 million Americans would die. Panic.
Then, it was 1 million would die. Panic.
Then, it was ½ million would die. Panic.
Then, it was 240,000 would die. Panic.
Then, it was 100,000 would die. Panic.
Now, it is 60,000.
But remember, in 2017-2018 (the latest figures) there were 45,000,000 U.S. citizens. Out of that, there were 800,000 flu hospitalizations…
And 55,672 deaths.
In fact, of the approximately 48,000 current coronavirus deaths in the U.S., many of those people had some other disease that would possibly kill them in 12 months or less.
It’s terrible, but not enough to destroy the economy and our freedom.
Look at the CDC causes of death in 2017:
Stroke (Cerebrovascular Diseases) 146,383
Alzheimer’s Disease 121,404
Influenza and Pneumonia 55,672
Intentional Self-Harm (Suicide) 47,173
Heart Disease 647,457
Accidents (Unintentional Injuries) 599,108
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 160,201
We need to be cautious.
We need to avoid another surge.
We need to be wise.
But we don’t need to overreact.
The media, politicians, and more are attacking any voice questioning the authority.
The attacks on Christians have been outrageous:
Across America, pastors have been arrested or threatened with arrest for wanting to have church services – even when agreeing for church goers to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
Drive-in church services have been banned. In hundreds of cities across the country, drive-in church services have been banned. In Louisville, Kentucky, drive-in church goers were told they’d receive citations if they attended a drive-in service, and would have to quarantine themselves for 14 days afterwards. In Kansas, you can drive through a Sonic, but not a parking lot church service.
Church members have been threatened with fines and jail if they go to church.
A recent New York Times op-ed accused evangelical Christians of being responsible for the spread of the Coronavirus. See our article about this editorial here.
The Governor of New York and other politicians called Franklin Graham a bigot and his bashed his humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse for setting up an emergency field hospital in Central Park to treat COVID-19 patients. Why? Because Samaritan’s Purse asks its paid staff to sign a Statement of Faith which – among other biblical affirmations – includes a statement affirming heterosexual marriage. We wrote about this rage against Christians here.
The attacks on America has been what you’d see in a draconian government:
Federal judges who are judicial activists have been throwing out our constitutional rights.
In Brighton, Colorado, a father playing softball with his daughter in an empty park was arrested and handcuffed.
In New York City and Dallas, Texas, citizens were asked to report on neighbors who were violating the state’s stay-at-home orders.
Some cities are using drones to look for stay-at-home violators.
Philadelphia policemen dragged a passenger off a city bus for not wearing a face mask … just like you would expect in a communist country.
Three Massachusetts men were arrested and faced 90 days in jail for crossing state lines to go golfing in Rhode Island.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer unilaterally banned the sale of many convenience store items in her state that are being sold under quarantine in other states. But she allowed liquor stores and abortion clinics to remain open.
The attacks on the anyone questioning the false statistics and media establishments have been vicious, unfair and wrong.
Facebook has censored all mention of the protests.
The media and politicians strike out against them.
But these are not Republicans. These aren’t Democrats. These are not Independents.
These are Americans saying, let’s restart our economy and freedoms again.
Those who want to stay quarantined…let them.
Those who want to get back to work…let them.