One phrase that has been bandied about far too often during this Coronavirus crisis is “the new normal.” It deeply disturbs me every time I hear an elected member from our government, at any level, declare that the end result of their plans for reopening our country will be a new normal.
Whenever one of our elected representatives uses that phrase they are acting like a dictator. They are treating us like subjects rather that citizens of a Constitutional Republic. Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts acted like a dictator when he declared this to be phase four of his torturously slow plan for reopening this state:
Phase 4 will be the “New Normal” – development of vaccine and/or therapy enables resumption of new normal.
The use the phrase “new normal” as the end goal is a sign of surrender to the virus. It is defeatist. It is not something we Americans should ever strive for. The only acceptable end result for any challenge facing this country is a complete return to the normal we had before the challenge began.
When a politician declares that the end scenario of any crisis will result in a new normal they are declaring that they want to fundamentally transform this nation in some way. It is unacceptable to us Americans that our government will unilaterally transform this nation in some way. We the people must always be the the agents of change for any change no matter how small or local.
It also bothers me greatly that phase four of the Baker plan will only commence when a vaccine or therapy enables it. There is no guarantee when that would happen. Until then we are stuck in phase3 which is defined as “Phase 3 will be “Vigilant” – additional industries resume operations with guidance.” It will mean nothing but government interference,
The entire Baker plan, as unveiled on this past Monday, is as slow and arduous as I feared when I wrote last week’s article. I’m afraid that by the time we reach the end of it the economic devastation will be quite catastrophic. We need to let Governor Baker know that his plan is way too slow.
George Bailey: If Potter gets a hold of this Building and Loan, there’ll never be another decent house built in this town. He’s already got charge of the bank. He’s got the bus line. He got the department stores, and now he’s after us. Why? Well, it’s very simple. Because we’re cuttin’ in on his business, that’s why. And because he wants to keep you livin’ in his slums and paying the kind of rent he decides. Joe, you had one of those Potter houses, didn’t you? Well, have you forgotten? Have you forgotten what he charged you for that broken-down shack? Here, Ed. You know, you remember last year when things weren’t going so well, and you couldn’t make your payments. Well, you didn’t lose your house, did you? You think Potter would have let you keep it?It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
In yesterday’s post on former president Barack Obama commenting on the Flynn situation I included this line about my own situation:
On the day he was elected I had a great job, great benefits while working from home (not due to a plague either) and making more money than I ever did working in the field I trained in. By the time President Trump was elected I was a temp with no benefits working in a warehouse only making over minimum wage because of the 3rd shift differential. After three years I’m not back where I was but I’m no longer a temp, I have good benefits and my pay is up 42% from that low.
That brought this response if comments from Bob:
The day obama was elected I ran a boat building company with 250 people putting out 150 boats a month. By his second term we had 60 people & where building fiberglass wheel barrows & mailboxes & only 20 or so boats a month. We’re not completely back to full production but getting there. Well till the china flu hit .
Now in fairness it’s easy to comment on a blog, and other than an IP address and an email address (which could both be spoofed) I can’t prove that “Bob is who he says he is, but I suspect that there are a lot of other people who were or are in the situation described by “Bob”. I invite said folks to share those stories in comments.
But more importantly I say this: We’re already seen Democrat after Democrat do their best to keep you closed down, we’ve seen criminals released from jail while restaurants and barbers are sanctioned. If the choice is between your prosperity or even survival and power they’ll take the latter every time.
Do you really want to return to those Obama days under Joe Biden with a Democrat House or Senate to back him up because that’s what’s at stake and the choice you’ll be making this fall..