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Prolonging the Shutdown Defies Science and the US Constitution

shtudownAcross the nation, protesters are taking to the streets and business owners are filing lawsuits objecting to the coronavirus shutdown rules. As the rules drag on, they’re causing job losses, bankruptcies and a feeling that people have no rights. The liberal media are labeling the protesters “virus deniers.” Don’t fall for that. The protesters have science and the U.S. Constitution on their side.

Not to mention common sense. As New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday: “This is not a sustainable situation. Close down everything, close down the economy, lock yourself in the house.”

Start with the science. Data show almost all the coronavirus fatalities are among the elderly and those with serious health problems. A staggering 68% of deaths in Pennsylvania have been nursing home residents. Shutting stores and restaurants didn’t save them.

A lockdown targeted to protecting the highest risk group – people 65 and over – instead of confining all age groups would slash deaths by half but at only half the economic cost of a total shutdown, according to new National Bureau of Economic Research findings.

Unfortunately, social media companies are censoring any science that challenges the shutdown. When two California doctors who run urgent care centers challenged the need for California’s shutdown, based on what they see at their clinics, YouTube removed their statements, saying the platform’s policy is to ban content that “disputes the efficacy of local health authority recommended guidance.”

Shame on YouTube and its parent company, Google. YouTube also censors views at odds with the World Health Organization, which helped get us into this mess.

Remember that just a few weeks ago, shutting down schools and businesses was justified to “flatten the curve,” meaning buying time for hospitals to add beds and gather enough ventilators, masks and other medical equipment.

The shutdown’s goal was not eradicating the virus. That’s not possible. The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, as well as other experts, predict the virus will last another 18 to 24 months, fading once most Americans have been exposed and developed immunity.

As Colorado lifted its shutdown last week, the governor explained it’s a “balance” between keeping the virus “at a level that won’t overwhelm our hospital systems and allowing people to still try and earn a living.”

Amen to earning a living. The biggest divide in this country is about who’s getting a paycheck.

Some government officials who get paid show no respect for working people who don’t. How else can one explain Governor Janet Mills’ decision to bar Maine hotels from taking reservations for the summer season. Or Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s attempt to close grass-mowing businesses, though the virus is seldom transmitted outdoors.

When the shutdown was temporary and tied directly to hospital preparedness, lawsuits challenging it didn’t stand a prayer. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1905 that a state “has the right to protect itself against an epidemic” using reasonable regulations.

But shutdowns lose their reasonableness when they have no deadline or benchmark to meet. Their vagueness tramples the public’s rights, including the right to own property without the government making it worthless.

Monday, Cuomo set out a four-phase reopening. Not all the benchmarks are wise, but benchmarks pegged to hospital capacity are on the mark. He should add nursing home preparedness, too, because that’s where deaths are occurring. Don’t overlook that twice, Governor.

The public should shudder at New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s vague announcement that the city’s reopening is “a few months away at a minimum.”

That could reduce the city to a wasteland of boarded-up storefronts, abandoned commercial buildings, landlords defaulting on taxes and soaring tax rates for the taxpayers still in the city.

As for when New York schools reopen, science indicates schools are not a source of transmission. If schools are kept closed in the fall in defiance of this fact, say goodbye to the middle class with kids. New York will be for the poor and uber-rich only.

As for the rest of the nation, government officials should heed the concerns of the millions who want to get back to work. Shutting down won’t stop the virus, but it will destroy our rights and the nation we love.

Reprinted with Permission from - Center for Individual Freedom by - Betsy McCaughey

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Gloria P. Sterling
1 year ago

Great article!!! It’s too bad and sad that it probably won’t be adhered to by many people.

Ken weatherford Jr
1 year ago

I agree. Greatest over reaction to a virus in history

Thetruth
1 year ago

The Corona virus is a sham. States are calling all deaths Corona related in order to receive federal aid and the number of deaths is still 15 percent less than the average of deaths for the previous 4 years. President Trump needs to stop this Chinese Democrat charade to destroy him and get America back to work. Stop buying Chinese goods and have Americans produce these goods. We need to pray for our President to receive guidance from the Lord on how to get this done. The Chinese have just about all the democrats and some republicans in their back pockets. Christians pray and walk obediently to the Lord for Him to help us in this vitally important endeavor.

Phyllis Poole
1 year ago
Reply to  Thetruth

AMEN. TO. PRAYER
ONLY GOD CAN HELP
WHEN DID YOU TALK TO GOD LAST??!!!

.Jim A.
1 year ago

How deadly ISOVID-19? Using data from msn, dated 4/14/20, I did some calculations on mortality rates for the states. Here is a sampling {the rank number is the mortality rankig of the states with the highest at #1}

A few days ago I saw a headline that said “deadly, deadly disease.”
I copied some stats from an msn article of deaths and death rates for each state. Using their numbers, I calculated the mortality rate for each state. Their Data are from April 14, 2020. These are deaths from Covid-19 BY INFECTION, Here is a sample listing from least deadliest, to deadliest:

_________________Deaths/100,000 ___________________
Rank__ State______ By Population_____ Mortality Rate
50____ Minn. ________29.4_________0.03 %
40____Kansas___ ____47.5_________ 0.045%
30 ____Calif.________ 61.5_________ 0.06%
20____ S.Dakota_____ 98.4_________ 0.098%
10____ Illinois_______ 172.9_________ 0.17%
05____ Alaska________ 37.3_________ 0.37%
04____ Montana_______ 37.1________ 0.37%
03____ Louisiana______ 451_________ 0.45%
02____ N.Jersey_______725_________ 0.73%
01____ N.York________ 998_________ 1.0%

.Jim A.
1 year ago

Too many people are falling for the bull manure the liberal media is spouting about this “deadly, deadly” disease.
They headline massive death numbers, but don’t give enough data to see how deadly this disease IS NOT.
COVID-19 has killed more than 71,000 Americans.
How many Americans have been infected?
How many Americans have been infected that are asymtomatic?
What is the TOTAL number of Americans infected?
Without ALL of the data, the number of deaths is useless, except to dazzle those that don’t have a clue as to what the term “mortality rate” means.
Only a few locations in the US have a mortality rate greater than 2%, with most areas being less than 1.5%
Out of one hundred Americans infected, assuming a 2.0% mortality, 98 of those infected will recover.
Those numbers DO NOT WARRANT the mitigation actions that are being forced down everyone’s throat in the OVERRACTION by our government, and our leaders.

LibertarianJim
1 year ago

So far coronavirus deaths are not much higher than the yearly deaths from the flu (check CDC numbers). Are we going to shutdown the country every year in the future because of the flu?

DanM
1 year ago

Land of the Free? Home of the Brave? Not if socialists are allowed to keep milking this. If the 2020 election is not a conservative landslide future generations are in big trouble.

Mimi
1 year ago

We’re all adults here. Let’s open the nation back up. Those who are frightened and concerned are not going to be forced to go to the movies or the mall. If you believe you should shelter in place, great, do it. But, let the rest of us get on with our lives. People lives and livelihoods are at stake. We don’t need another government bailout just let us get back to work, we’ll take care of ourselves and our families. In the future there will be more diseases we can’t go in the house and pull the covers over our heads every time something comes along. Let’s get going again !

Lee McQuillen
1 year ago
Reply to  Mimi

Just love what you wrote! You make so much sense and in easy to understand language! Nice job!!!

Stan d. Upnow
1 year ago

There doesn’t need to be discussion on this topic. The plan is very clear. The Progressive-Socialists, failing to remove Donald Trump by all there traitorous, underhanded attempts, have a new plan. By locking-down everything & everyone, they can make a case for mail-in ballots for the Nov. election. I can almost guarantee you that they have formulated and organized to implement this as soon as they can ram through a new law to make it happen, a la California.
Once they have that in the bag the stage is set for massive voter fraud the likes of which has never been seen in this country. Biden will win, in that case.
Those scum do not care a whit on the damage they might do to businesses, jobs, peoples’ lives, or our election process. They only want to secure More power to finish the transformation of the USA into their twisted version of a Socialist “utopia.”

John K
1 year ago

Your categorization of “those over 65” as being most vulnerable is actually misleading. Age has nothing to do with it. It is “those with serious health problems” who are most vulnerable, no matter the age. Many people over 65 have recovered or have had the virus and hardly knew it. Where is the reporting of those stats? But on the other hand thank you for this article. it gets the TRUTH out.

Art M.
1 year ago

I am so glad that there are still some people around that have common sense. I was told once that Stalin said he’ll never go to war with America, won’t have to. They’ll rot from the inside out. We’ll just kick it over like a rotten mushroom. More and more it looks that way.

Bob L.
1 year ago

Human kind has lived in and survived in a world filled with germs, viruses, and bacteria since the moment Adam and Eve set foot outside of the garden of Eden.
Trying to set up and live in a sterile environment makes those attempting it much more subject to serious consequences from an illness than the rest of us who build up immunities either through survival or immunization. Some diseases have been defeated while others are harder to eliminate or even control with the common cold and seasonal flu being prime examples. Covid viruses have been recognized since 1965 and may be as hard to defeat as seasonal flu strains. The idea of keeping the current restraints in place, waiting for a vaccine that won’t be any more effective than any of the many variations of flu shots is insane. Yes, this virus can kill, but so have and can many others. we don’t shut down the country and shelter in place every year because of seasonal flu, a deadly killer itself and one that kills victims of all ages, not just mainly older people with underlying serious health issues. This is the end of the first week of May and the news just reported the first death of a child from COVID-19, a child who also had other serious health issues.

We need to open up the country and get back to normal, not any kind of “new” normal advocated by the U.N. and other global governmental advocates who’s climate change scam has failed to gain them the power and control they seek. No one lives a mortal life forever, we all die a mortal death from some cause and cannot or, should not live life in fear and devoid of freedom, holed up in a false sense of safety either of our own or from some authoritarian making or directive. Get out and live life as God gave us to live, free and in His honor.

Michelle
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob L.

And the over 65 population needs to be in the natural environment as well, with all the benefits that nature confers for our health. Indoors is where viruses are most transmissible, especially if indoors is not a large area. (Witness Wuhan and Italy.) A public policy prescription that “the ederly” should remain indoors sends chills down my spine. Will this mean I am forced out of the workplace? Can I not enjoy fine dining again, or movies? Reaching 65 did not diminish my ability to weigh benefits and risks when I am sifting through information. I will determine what I can do, and won’t do, as long as I don’t hurt others.

Mary
1 year ago

I think Leftists creating all this public animosity and frustration concerning the handling of this pandemic….is brought on by the intense desire to dictate orders to the public at large. They want America to be a full blown Communist nation and they’ll stop at nothing to implement it. A good way to accomplish this is to take advantage during.a pandemic such as we have right now and while people are vulnerable.
Many years ago a Communist Russian leader said that they wouldn’t have to force Communism in America because Communism would eventually be established without a shot being fired…….or words to that affect?

LauraC
1 year ago

It’s all about control with politicians and if you don’t believe that, just look at that crazy woman in MI. Thank God Americans still have the bravery to stand up to tyranny. We’re doing fine with opening up in TN where he folks don’t put up woh uppity pols.

Marc Young
1 year ago

The 1905 decision that clearly allows States to exercise police powers for public health laws also put restrictions that it as follows ” subject, of course, so far as Federal power is concerned, only to the condition that no rule prescribed by a State, nor any regulation adopted by a local governmental agency acting under the sanction of state legislation, shall contravene the Constitution of the United States or infringe any right granted or secured by that instrument. A local enactment or regulation, even if based on the acknowledged police powers of a State, must always yield in case of conflict with the exercise by the General Government of any power it possesses under the Constitution, or with any right which that instrument gives or secures”. So yes it is legal but within the limits prescribed by the Constitution (both of the State and the United States.) In his final words Justice Harlan clearly leaves room for court action to reel back in excessive regulations or rules.

older commenter
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc Young

as if the democratic politicians care what the constitution says….

Francis Elliott
1 year ago

A prolonged shutdown is taste of socialism. Socialism demands complete control of the citizens. I saw this when I lived in China for three different years. Health and a good economy lived together before the virus, and that could be true again. Sweden did not lock down and thy did very well handling the same virus.

mojo
1 year ago

It’s time “WE THE PEOPLE” reclaim OUR NATION, our livelihood and our childrens future.
Isn’t it strange that this comes along after the crackdown on the trade agreement with china and the democrats trying to switch the virus blame on the U.S., which there is no evidence. All evidence and everyone knows that in this election year the democrats and chinese, bitter because PRESIDENT TRUMP OUTSMARTED THEM, have failed in their impeachment, even though the FAKE MSM have tried with false accusations illegal actions and charges.

Frank Mc Carley
1 year ago

If people are sick they need to be quarantined, but only a socialist-communist would “lockdown” everybody. The medical community does a poor job of administration. They throw out the Constitutional rights of citizens. Trillions are spent not on the people or the problem; but on political buddies of the socialist and who is left paying for all this mess? Never have I seen such incompetence in our government.

Rik
1 year ago

People, if we can shut down the economy long enough to devastate many millions of lives, the Progressively Communist Democrats WILL claim that President Trump was responsible for their losses. We see it every minute of every day, almost every blue state Governors are trying to delay opening their economies knowing full well the devastating effects on the populace and they don’t seem to care. I live In Orange County, California where these past 2 months we’ve had 66 deaths due to the Coronavirus in a population of 3.4 million people. What’s that? About 2 percent of the population? Yet, last year in the whole state of California, we had 32,000 deaths Just from everyday auto traffic accidents. So shouldn’t we be shutting down the entire state of people being able to drive? The Progressively Communist Democrats just want to keep President Trump from being reelected and they will do anything to do so. As Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Governor Gavin Newsom have ALL been recorded saying that they, the Democrats, should not let a crisis go to waste. They want to transform America to their Socialist/Communist agenda. As Saul Alinsky, the Marxist Community Organizer from Chicago in the 60’s proclaimed in his Rules for Radicals: ” if you repeat a lie long enough, it will eventually become the truth!”
Another part of Communist Doctrine is to accuse your opponent of something you, yourself are guilty of. Thus deflecting your guilt onto your opponent so that they are consumed with having to defend themselves.
Thus, we had the Russian Collusion accusations when I never heard ANY Republican point out that we do have an American Communist Party and that since their existence, they had NEVER ENDORSED ANY Republican or Democrat for President UNTIL BARACK OBAMA TWICE AND HILLARY CLINTON though they really wanted Bernie Sanders. So, why would Putin want to help Trump become President if the American Communist Party WANTED Hillary??? …
What has become of Common Sense or is it just that there’s a reason the Democratic Party has a Jackass as a mascot!!!

Elaine
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

You’re spot on.

Wayne
1 year ago
Reply to  Elaine

His math is not spot on. His statistics are questionable.

Greg S
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

Well put!

Paulette McWalters
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

wondering if all the states that are still closed are D’s and what happens next time when it returns right before the election?

Robert Dodds
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

That’s about .00002%!!!

PaulE
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

Hi Rik,

Sixty-six deaths out of a population of 3,4000,000 is 0.00002 of your county’s population. Which shows the utter insanity of most of these state lockdowns continuing. Yes, you are of course correct in stating that all the Democrat Governors are intentionally extending these lockdowns in hope that they can cause a massive, national economic depression to get senile Biden elected along with both houses of Congress completed controlled by Democrats. It’s all about their socialist agenda and gaining the power to implement all of it with a sufficiently panicked public cheering them on. They are looking to re-create the socialist glory days of FDR, where he used the depression to ram through one socialist policy after another, while the mostly ignorant public, that was viewed as nothing more than acceptable collateral damage needed to achieve the ultimate socialist goal, was cheering him on. Even many of our generation still think FDR was some great savior and are totally ignorant of how he tried to pack the supreme court to get his way. FDR also created a vast federal government infrastructure to manage virtually all aspects of the economy, that micro-managed production, distribution, pricing of almost everything. Businesses lived in constant fear of the next set of policies coming out of Washington that would crush any improvements in the economy. FDR in reality lengthened the duration of the Great Depression by several years as a result. That of course is NOT how our public education teaches the history of FDR. Instead what they push is the progressive lie and omit all the details outlining how he really ran the country.

Forget about common sense Rik. Most people under 50 simply don’t have it. That was intentional not cultivated as part of our public education system over the last 50 years. An ignorant public is easier to manage than an intelligent one after all. Less questions about why a supposed policy is good. Less push-back from the public on what so-called progressive policies the politicians are trying to ram through each week. Ignorance of the public is bliss for the politicians on the left.

Also most younger people do NOT possess the ability to do critical thinking. Even on a rudimentary level. Which is far more import in being able to properly analyze and draw proper conclusion from data and potential motives associated with public policy pushed by our so-called public officials. Most of those under 50 have been conditioned by our education system to simply be useful idiots, blindly obeying the pronouncements of the left. The media simply serves as a daily re-enforcement mechanism to keep the sheep herded in the right direction.

PaulE
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

Yet another one of my posts censored by AMAC. Such a bastion of free speech….NOT!!!

By the way Rik, 66 deaths out of 3,4000,000 is 0.00002.

Herman
1 year ago
Reply to  PaulE

Why, PaulE: If you were censored, perhaps it was per your arithmetic, not content. Rik stated “3.4 million population in Orange county,” not 3.4 trillion. Though I certainly acknowledge, that’s a lot of zeros no matter how you slice it!

PaulE
1 year ago
Reply to  Herman

Well 66 deaths out of 3.4 million is 0.00002. So I accidently added an extra zero in re-typing part of my original post. Wow. The point is that keeping an entire county in virtual lockdown for such a low mortality rate, while causing a ridiculous amount of economic destruction, is ludicrous. I have to wonder how long people will continue to blindly agree to allow Democrat Governors to plunge their states and their citizens into poverty for the sake of trying to influence the November election.

Herman
1 year ago
Reply to  PaulE

Now there, PaulE, is something with which I can wholeheartedly agree. I am a 27 year Respiratory Therapist. The misinformation I see regarding physics, microbiology, gas laws, ventilators, viral infections, immune system response, comorbidity, etc is driving me up a wall. In general, so many things being said about the coronavirus apply to most all flu viruses – yes, I said it. It’s a bad one, but the NOT worst we’ve seen. In 2009, Obama declared a national emergency in response to that severe flu season, but we didn’t sledge hammer the economy. What gives?

PaulE
1 year ago
Reply to  Herman

I completely agree that this virus shares many aspects of all other flu-like viruses. This one may indeed be faster in propagation (something the Chinese bat doctor working in the Wuhan P4 lab was very interested in studying) and have a slightly higher mortality rate than the common flu, but when compared to SARS, which this virus is in the same family, it is pretty much in-line mortality wise.

The difference seems to be in the way both the CDC and NIH quickly jumped on the 2.2 million person projected death rate from that one model and used it to lobby the President to order the shutdown. Rather than take a deep look into how that number was generated by picking apart every variable used as input into the model, as well as mathematical assumptions used to generate the potential various outcome death rates based on different approaches possible, it seems both the CDC and NIH were just focused on getting executive support for a shutdown. Which to me reeks of politics being played in the upper eschelons of both the CDC and NIH to achieve a desired outcome of crashing the economy leading up to the election. I seriously cannot believe that from a scientific perspective, either the CDC or NIH would have advocated for a nation-wide shutdown otherwise.

Stan d. Upnow
1 year ago
Reply to  Herman

What I get from Rik’s numbers is 0.002%. That’s 0.00002 expressed as a percentage. So, PaulE did not specify his figure as a percentage, and therefor it’s correct. Seems like you flunked 5th-grade math, Herman.

Herman
1 year ago
Reply to  Stan d. Upnow

No, I didn’t flunk 5th grade math, though I came closest in 6th grade! The point that this entire pandemic issue has been politicized is spot on. The Left admittedly cannot let an opportunity to advance their Socialist agenda go by. This is obvious now in their unrelenting effort to move the goalposts regarding guidelines for reopening the economy. They have their jackboots on the throat of the nation, and are loathe to let up on it. And yes, if they get mail in voting established (unconstitutional for a general election), it will fall as Stalin posited: “It matters not who is casting the votes. Elections will be decided by who is counting the votes.” I am still comfortable in the belief that Trump will steamroll all challengers in 2020. They discount the silent majority at their peril.

Stan d. Upnow
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

If your figures are correct, 66 out of 3.4 million is about 0.002%. Two per cent would be 68,000 deaths.
Oh, and their idea isn’t to blame Trump for an extended shut-down, but to blame him if he pushes to re-open the country. If that happens sooner rather than later, the bastids can’t make a case for mail-in ballots……. their plan for MASSIVE voter fraud to grab power. Get it?

Gloria P. Sterling
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

What do you mean, “they will claim”; they already do claim that he’s responsible, even though he has been working tirelessly for the American people.

RedBaron F4D Skyray
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

Your figures are incorrect. 66 out of 3.4 million is 0.002%. In 2018, there were 36,560 auto deaths in the entire United States of which 3,563 occurred in California. Other than that, I agree with your comments.

Diana Erbio
1 year ago

It’s unsustainable to stay in lockdown. We flattened the curve, now it’s time to open up.

PaulE
1 year ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Exactly correct! The whole purpose of the lockdown was to allow time for the medical community to ramp up and prepare for the eventual patient load projected by so-called expert models. All so hospitals would NOT be overwhelmed. It was never to shut down the entire economy until no more infections or deaths resulted from the Wuhan virus.

The only idiot that has advocated the policy of indefinite lockdown, disregarding the devastating economic impact it would cause, has been Dr. Fauci at least twice over the last seven weeks during the regular daily briefings. At which others had to quickly step in to correct that ridiculous idea to a salivating press. Never forget it was Dr. Fauci who helped the Chinese design the very P4 virology lab from which the Wuhan virus escaped due to incompetent Chinese medical research personnel.

The one big problem with the choice of predictive models that the so-called experts decided to rely on was that it was so poorly constructed. Its projections have been consistently off by a factor of at least 10 and requiring constant revision. That is not how a well designed model is supposed to work. Instead of the wildly alarmist 2,200,000 deaths, the model originally forecast, it has been constantly revised down to a more realistic range of 120,000 to 200,000. Which is about 3 times the average fatality rate for the regular, annual flu. A more agressive virus than the ordinary flu to be sure, but no where near the crisis the poorly designed model suggested.

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