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Well, not actually. But Nancy Pelosi, in a cringe-inducing moment, did thank George Floyd for his sacrifice for justice. So why did I imagine her thanking Covid victims? Statistics from the CDC are showing a trend that may confirm that most, if not all, Covid deaths involved people who were on St. Peter’s short list for 2021-2022. John Hinderaker at PowerLine blog makes this point in his post, COVID IS NOW SAVING LIVES. Well, not really. It’s just that actual deaths in 2021 are falling below predicted deaths in the CDC model that it uses to track public health status.
So what does this mean? It means that Covid as a public health matter was never an existential threat, and the response to the pandemic was, has been, and continues to be an unjustifiable disaster for people — particularly children and young adults — whose lives were never going to be altered by a viral infection. (Yes, there are outliers, but outliers should never drive public policy.) The deaths, sad as they were and are, were incrementally deferrable but unavoidable. Funeral homes will have less work in 2021 than they did in 2020. But children and young adults have suffered and are suffering in many ways: delayed education, delayed employment, social isolation, etc. If there was a model for despair, we would clearly be above the line. And we don’t know yet what the long term consequences will be.
But we have some guesses, and here’s where Nancy’s thanks comes into play. We will not have 8 years of President Trump and 5 years of a (now lost) robust economy, economic progress for minorities, containment of China and other adversaries, and greater constitutional rectitude. We will have Progressive aggression agains liberty in pursuit of power. We will have confusion in children and young adults who will be told that “capitalism” and “racism” is the source of all their despair, not Progressive scheming.
Progressives are going to ride this horse full tilt. Paraphrasing the words of Winston Churchill — We are not at the end. We are not even at the beginning of the end. We are only at the end of the beginning. And our children and young people are being sacrificed. Nancy thanks you for it.
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