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The perpetual pandemic: Politicians won't let COVID end


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The Hill

Kristin Tate


The specter of March 2020 is back upon us. New restrictions, panicked news reports, and strict mask mandates, regardless of vaccination status, would make you think that we are nearing a new peak in coronavirus deaths. And yet, the actual data paint a far less alarming picture: Thanks to the easy availability of free and highly-effective vaccines, deaths from the virus are down more than 80 percent from December. Hospitalizations, while increasing recently, are down a third from their peak and overall cases are down nearly two-thirds. With more than 60 percent of the U.S. adult population fully vaccinated and the death rate down by 86 percent since January, the question comes: When will the COVID-19 hysteria end? Will the pandemic ever be over?


The pandemic will be over only when a large majority of Americans simply start to ignore mandates and restrictions. Most fully vaccinated Americans are ready to go back to their pre-pandemic lives and have no desire to be further exploited by power-hungry D.C. elites who continue concentrating power under the guise of a “crisis.” Meanwhile, those same elites have repeatedly broken their own rules. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ignored COVID restrictions to get her hair done in secret; California Gov. Gavin Newsom did the same when he ate at a Michelin-starred restaurant with a large group of unmasked friends; D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser violated her own travel advisory when she traveled to Delaware for an “essential” Biden rally. 

Our political class is increasingly out-of-touch with the feelings of the country-at-large and drunk with the emergency powers they have afforded themselves. Officials who betray public trust by refusing to relinquish control will soon face a populace ready to vote them out. If President Biden wants a Democratic majority after the midterm elections and any shot for a second term, he should pay heed to the precedent of the Roman dictator Cincinnatus, who ceded emergency powers not one day longer than necessary. It is Biden who does not show “courage and resolution equal to the majestic authority of that office.”
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"Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
Step out of line, the men come and take you away
We better stop
Hey, what's that sound?
Everybody look, what's going down?"
For What Its Worth (Stephen Stills 1966)
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