US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are moving in opposite directions when it comes to ending the COVID-19 shut down.
“This will be the new normal until a vaccine is developed,” Trudeau was quoted saying in an April 11 National Post report. If so, that would mean a minimum of one to three years, given the usual best time in which a vaccine can be developed.
In contrast, Donald Trump says “I want to get it open as soon as we can; we have to get our country open.” With May 1 targeted as his primary re-opening date, Trump has also gone on record saying he would like to see parts of the country open up even sooner than that.
With COVID-19 statistics falling far short of expectations, and looking more like average or lower than average annual flu numbers, government officials in tandem with the medical profession are warning of a second or third wave, having apparently implied that we have already been through the first wave.
When politicians announce that ending the shut down will depend upon what the ‘medical experts’ tell them, expect to be waiting forever. Left to doctors, society would always be in a state of emergency.
This has more and more people asking: “What makes this particular virus so unique that our world governments have acted in such an unprecedented and extreme manner?”
To be sure, there are symptoms and behaviors associated with the SARS CoV-2 virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus 2) that are unlike any associated with known viruses. However is this enough to warrant and justify the broad suspension of all freedoms and rights?
No matter the numbers, and no matter the nature of the virus, the really dangerous pandemic we should all be vigilant against – since it affects all of us without exception – is the political one. It’s a pandemic that could lead to the permanent establishment of an all powerful and omnipotent STATE – the ‘state’ of emergency.
Once the viral dust has settled, perhaps the greatest question we’ll be grappling with to prevent a similar politically initiated disaster in the future is: What conditions should be considered Just Right to ever justify declaring a state of emergency?
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