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.