On the third try, we finally took an Iceland cruise. The island lies closer to Europe, so we had several fellow passengers from the British Isles and the continent. Brits, especially, always are eager to talk. While we in the U.S. have increasing doubts about our institutions, Brits have similar concerns. The response to the covid pandemic is primarily to blame. The question on both sides of the pond was a complete shutdown necessary.
Readers know where I’ve stood on this issue since the series on Covid started in March of 2020. Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially favored an approach akin to Sweden’s; protect the at risk as much as possible but maintain everyday life. The dire predictions by the Imperial College echoed by the government’s medical establishment panicked Johnson into a reversal.
The same thing happened to Donald Trump. The funding of massive disruptions with vast public expenditure undertaken by both governments. Now we are evaluating the lost years due to our institutional actions. Did we follow the data? Were there better alternatives? It’s good to know we aren’t alone in our inquiry.
The astonishing reports on our loss in life expectancy and our children’s education greeted us on our return. No longer can we ignore the poor path our government elites lead us down. Indeed, a soul-searching dive into the many agreeing on courses of action with disastrous results is mandatory.
Instead, we see the same elites claiming we didn’t know what to do. Only later did we realize schools presented little Covid danger, and older vulnerable are more likely to die. Now we know we protect the at risk and go about our business. The latest CDC advisory is the opposite of the lockdown strategy. Has Covid gone away? It’s spreading, but nobody except China wants to repeat the lockdown foolishness.
The idea we didn’t know enough to take a directed approach at the beginning of the pandemic is an outright lie. Reputable doctors and scientists questioned the lockdowns both here and abroad right from the start. My first entry in the Covid series was on 3/20/2020. I used readily available data to oppose the draconian actions. I shared my mistrust with close to a million people signing the Great Barrington Declaration in October 2020. Sweden kept their K-12 schools open and refused to impose a lockdown.
Fauci and the government medical elites undermined Scott Atlas when he joined Trump’s covid team and campaigned to reopen the schools. As I pointed out, other Scandinavian Countries, following Sweden, quickly reversed course and reopened their schools. Florida and South Dakota led other Red states to reopen. What did those drawing the correct conclusions reap? A wave of ridicule.
Why is this important? We will have other crises in the future, and we need to handle them better than in the manner we arrived at the lockdowns. Recognize those offering the best advice and how they came to their conclusions. The authors of our continuing woes need to answer and explain how they got so much so wrong. If we don’t undergo this analysis, we’ll be doomed to repeat failures.
A nation can only sustain a few disasters before people lose faith in institutions and leadership. Failing to recognize and honor those with the guts to oppose the lousy policies while heralding and continuing to employ those in error is a prescription for failure.
We still see Dr. Fauci all over T.V. but not Dr. Atlas, the Great Barrington Declaration authors, or the Swedish leaders who bravely stood their ground. Most media failed to present alternate points of view and are now ignoring their failures, hoping we won’t notice.
Science has never been about accepting the majority or popular views. It’s the opposite. Constant challenges bring progress. Yet, many who know better lined up behind policies bound to have lasting adverse effects. The litmus test for continuing in a leadership position should be where you stood on schooling closings. The fact there never was any evidence, none whatsoever, that the schools presented a danger justifying the closures exposes a fatal lack of thought.
The list of those in the media, government, teacher’s unions, and academia failing to speak up for our children is extensive. They shouldn’t be listened to on anything vital until they prove they corrected their thought process. We’ve reached and maybe passed our failure limit, where we no longer trust our institutions and leadership. We’ve got to get back to rewarding competency.
Adam Smith said, “there is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” Do we need to put this to the test?