flatten the curve, social distance, and even washing your hands make for news
these days. In months where we normally
would have been talking March Madness, the opening day of baseball season, graduation
ceremonies, and summer vacations; we are swamped with medical terms and approaches
M9 or M95 masks? Images of ventilators and respirators and
antigen testing devices bounce around in my head. Social distancing has put social media on
steroids and now we are all medical experts.
medical jargon that abounds, I wish to voice a concern that the Republic seems
to have been triaged to the expected category.
Yes, I know there are new
terms, but I will stick with the original for not expected to survive.
in establishing and preserving this Grand Experiment called America must not
be left out of the discussion consumed by the fear of a single contagion. Let us not dismiss so quickly the price paid for
the liberties that we know.
throw it all away for fear of one of the many things in life that could kill
us, but probably won’t. I am not ready
to put the Republic on morphine and call the chaplain over just yet.
For any endeavor
of this sort begun at this stage, the words more to follow are
essential. This is a snapshot of our
current situation that hopes to provoke further thought on what has happened and
will likely happen.
It is a provocation
to bring forth thinking and analysis not to assign blame. Some are not equipped for such a process and
are advised to rant elsewhere.
But the time
is upon us to analyze what the past few months have cost us and what benefits
we as a nation received. Well-considered
thoughts are welcomed in the comments in the hopes of advancing this dialogue.
much of the economy
medical procedures and doctor visits canceled (or postponed) in large numbers
of Constitutional liberties
expanded rapidly on a large scale
spending on COVID-19 expenses
spending on expenses not related to COVID-19 but tied to expenditure measures
service workers exposed at higher risk
of national emergency for political advantage
exploration of national liberties to be suspended beyond the authority of the
major events of social importance (graduations, proms, baccalaureates)
structure lost or required modification
We saw the
worst of people (hoarding) and government (overstepping authority)
contagion from exceeding national and regional hospital capacity
lives compared against predictive and stochastic models
awareness and practice of hygiene measures
slowed (perhaps reduced) by social distancing
had more family time
employed to continue education
We saw the
best of people (generosity and helping) and of government (incredible
of 2020 are not sustainable
Fear has too
much of a grip on people in this age
distancing practices must be devised that permit continuation of commerce,
liberty, and the republic that retains the idea that power emanates from the
emergency of this magnitude must not become commonplace
authority usurped by the government at any level is returned to the people in
smaller measures and presented as a new normal.
All must be on the lookout for subtle reductions in liberty
must return to its role as the watchdog of government, taking no sides on
issues or personalities, reporting with integrity across the board
be able to trust the media again.
technology will likely become more commonplace
the role of government in promoting the general welfare and restricting the
role of government to those powers granted it by the people (via the
Constitution of the United States) must be a real dialogue in the year ahead.