The president is inciting people to protest governors who enforce serious restrictions to limit the spread of the pandemic. So now we’re getting parades of people waving Confederate flags and carrying rifles, calling for governors to be locked up and all constraints removed. So there they are, gathering in large groups, providing a lovely feeding ground for the voracious virus — acres and acres of respiratory epithelia to grow on.
Now they’re marching in Minnesota.
At noon, dozens of protesters could be seen lining the street in front of the governor’s residence, holding signs and American flags.
“I’m a small business owner and my business was shut down forcibly on the 17th of March, and I have yet to see any unemployment, any money come through from the government,” one protester told WCCO. “I’m sitting here waiting here without a paycheck, with no definitive answer on when I will be returning to work, and I don’t think that’s right.”
I think the government should be providing money to help carry him through this time, but waving guns and flags and violating stay-at-home orders is counterproductive. He is doing harm to others out of frustration with this situation — and all of us others are just as frustrated, and would rather not confound our difficulties with an infectious disease.
We’ve been through this before. This is an enlightening graph from 1918, when, in the face of the flu epidemic Denver first imposed restrictions that proved to be effective…so people demanded that they end, and the epidemic came roaring back.
— Navin Pokala (@NavinPokala) April 18, 2020
This is what the protesters need to know. If the interventions are removed, people will die. Maybe they will die, or people they love will die. The pandemic will smolder longer and overtax our health care system. Your small business may be important, but is it that important? I know the system drills into everyone that your value is tied directly to your work and your income, but we need to get away from that terrible paradigm to one where your worth is intrinsic, it’s your life and you should be living it.