The Lockdowns Are Now Intentional Cruelty
The lockdowns have been wrongheaded for some time, now they are simply cruel.
When histories of the coronavirus crisis are written fair authors will admit right off the bat that the unique nature of the crisis and the lies coming from Communist China and its dancing monkey the World Health Organization put our government on all levels at a serious disadvantage. Mistakes were made, expert opinions shifted and that is all completely understandable. What is not understandable is what is happening now.
It is not understandable that while tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands throng streets in our cities, families may not mourn their dead in funeral services. I lost my father to cancer last fall. Of late it has occurred to me that had he held on just a few months longer I might not have been able to visit him in his final days, or gather with those who loved him after his passing.
According to Giambattista Vico, an 18th century polymath writer, the word human is rooted in the Latin “Humando,” which means to bury. In an etymological sense, to be human is to bury our dead, not to simply move on as most animals do, but to linger, remember, and celebrate the continuity of our species. To deny Americans their right to perform the acts of mourning that are their namesake while social distancing is mocked in protest is nothing short of cruel.
And it isn’t just funerals. Everyday family businesses are dying, people are being flung into despair and addiction. This has all been true for months of course, but there was a deadly Chinese virus afoot. We all had to make these sacrifices to save lives. Now as “scientists” sign letters saying, actually mass gatherings to fight racism are fine, we know it has all been a horrible lie for some time.
Those who waived away the human cost of the lockdowns as insignificant compared to the deadly power of the virus now suddenly understand the concept of competing legitimate interests. And fine, it’s maddening they couldn’t conceive of this before it became about racism, but it is what it is, we are where we are. And where we are is a place where for leaders like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to deny people the right to gather is a mendacious cruelty nobody should abide.
These clowns are saving face at the expense of enormous suffering. Time and again they have been wrong during this crisis, but never so much as today. There is no justification for banning funerals, weddings, baby showers, or baptisms. And notice a trend here. What is being denied are all of the activities associated with family and faith. A cynic might suggest that the Left is well aware that these two institutions are the Bulwark against their socialist agenda.
Enough is enough. In the places where the lockdowns linger, leaders are depriving their constituents of basic humanity. The decision was made to throw caution to the wind. It wasn’t made crazy redneck conservatives, it wasn’t made by Fox News, it wasn’t made by Donald Trump. It was made by progressive protesters and backed up by the media and progressive politicians. Many of these were the very same people who two weeks ago scolded people for not wearing masks in the shower.
It’s over now. It would be absurd if it wasn’t, again, so very cruel. Not only that, but our leaders are well aware of their cruelty and still will not stop.
David Marcus is the Federalist’s New York Correspondent. Follow him on Twitter, @BlueBoxDave.