In April 2020, with nothing else to do, my family took an enormous number of hikes.
- Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty, Opinion by Emily Oster
I came across this piece thanks to Karen De Coster, referenced in her LRC blog post entitled The Satanic Church-of-Covid Left Begs for Mercy. I will allow her to introduce it (in case her title isn’t sufficient):
The sham propaganda continues to twist in the wind, looking for one last chance to be embraced by the gaslighted masses.
Returning to Oster.
We all wore cloth masks that I had made myself.
That was very scientific. Homemade masks. I wonder what surgeons and epidemiologists thought about that before March 2020?
It’s bad enough that the parents in this family were deluded, what they did to their children was horrendous:
Once, when another child got too close to my then-4-year-old son on a bridge, he yelled at her “SOCIAL DISTANCING!”
Someone’s dad should have decked the other child’s dad.
These precautions were totally misguided. … But the thing is: We didn’t know.
Bullsh!#. We did know. Those telling you to mask and social distance knew that they were lying. Countless pre-stupidity peer-reviewed studies were clear: masking by amateurs with pretend masks (let alone homemade masks) was useless – and even harmful – when it came to dealing with airborne viruses.
We knew that anyone younger than seventy years old with no co-morbidities was at virtually zero risk of serious complications. We knew that continuing in school was the best option for young people. We knew that the virus (such as it was) travelled equally well in both strip clubs and churches, but only one of these was closed. We knew when politicians and other leaders went to restaurants or hair salons without masking while we were all forced into a face diaper that it was a lie. We knew that these modern jabs were based on science that failed every test before. We knew that forcing the decision of jab or job on individuals was both immoral and corrupt.
We knew. And so did those who said otherwise.
And on every topic, someone was eventually proved right, and someone else was proved wrong.
And on every topic, the people most listened to were always wrong, and those who were cancelled were (almost) always right. This latter group wasn’t made up of just loons like me; hundreds of prominent and world-renowned doctors and scientists were cancelled because they didn’t agree with MSNBC, CNN, or “the science.” Go back and read the Great Barrington Declaration (as mild as it is), written in October 2020 and signed initially by almost fifty doctors and scientists and currently by almost one million individuals.
They knew. But Collins and Fauci and others worked to crush this attempt at minimal rational pushback.
The people who got it right, for whatever reason, may want to gloat. Those who got it wrong, for whatever reason, may feel defensive and retrench into a position that doesn’t accord with the facts.
Nope. I don’t want to gloat; that’s not good enough for me. And nope, I won’t merely allow the criminals to retrench; that isn’t justice.
I want to tie a stone around the belly of every last one of them, all those in politics and media and big business and big tech and big education who shoved two years of hell down our throats, throw them in a lake, and see if they drown.
We have to put these fights aside and declare a pandemic amnesty.
The desire of every miscreant in history.
We can leave out the willful purveyors of actual misinformation….
I agree fully. No amnesty for those willful purveyors in politics and media and big business and big tech and big education who knew they were lying.
Moving on is crucial now, because the pandemic created many problems that we still need to solve.
No, the pandemic didn’t create these problems. These problems were created by the reaction to a barely-more-harmful-than-the-ordinary-flu virus by those in politics and media and big business and big tech and big education. And all these problems were predicted by many at the time, but ignored by those in politics and media and big business and big tech and big education:
Student test scores have shown historic declines, more so in math than in reading, and more so for students who were disadvantaged at the start.
Yes. That was certain to happen when kids were kicked out of school.
Many people have neglected their health care over the past several years.
Yes. That was certain to happen when the elderly were made too scared to visit a doctor.
The standard saying is that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. But dwelling on the mistakes of history can lead to a repetitive doom loop as well.
Sure. Let’s not look back on these decisions; it is only second guessing. Instead, guess what is offered? More government-led solutions are proposed for these government-led problems.
Let’s acknowledge that we made complicated choices in the face of deep uncertainty….
No. Let’s strap a boulder onto those purveyors of lies in politics and media and big business and big tech and big education before being sent into the water. Only if they drown, demonstrating their innocence, will I believe that they were victims of “complicated choices” made “in the face of deep uncertainty.”
But if they float, thus demonstrating their guilt? How about life in prison with the following prison rules: permanent mask-wearing, never allowed within six feet of another person, no access to medical or dental care, no education opportunities, no prison jobs, and jabs every six months. The only allowance, unlike that made for us, will be for church attendance.
But drown or float, either way I’m good.