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The Balance of Experts

One of the interesting things happening right now is the balance of expert opinion. Health care experts want the whole country on lockdown.  Economists want people back to work. The measure of our leadership is our leaders balancing between the concerns of both.  Right now, healthcare experts are calling most of the shots because the virus needs to be contained.  But people are only going to be quarantined or so long.  Pretty soon, the economists and business leaders are going to want everyone back to work.  The business of America is business and staying home reduces business.  That is not good.

Already a bunch of Republicans are starting to spread around stuff that suggests the viral spread and casualty rate are not so bad.  Those things are being thoroughly rebutted by expert epidemiologists, etc. but each share fans the flames that this is no big deal.  That is one of my many frustrations in all of this.  I have been telling people for months that this was a big deal and they needed to get ready.  I have been a minority voice on the right.  I’m already seeing people on the right say this is all overblown.

The irony here is that if we do everything we are supposed to and we contain the spread of the virus, many voices on the right will use our actions as proof it was all overblown in the first place.  There will be a lot of my colleagues having to answer some tough questions on the day of judgment.  Lying and spreading half-truths and fear to capitalize on a people who hate the press is part of grift within the conservative movement that is poisoning people.  There is so much the media should answer for because the media has gotten so much wrong and been so partisan.  But having irresponsible voices on the right out there now still claiming this is all a media scam is terrible to witness and makes me ashamed for them.

Frankly, and not to put too fine a point on it, claiming to be pro-life while also saying it’s no big deal if a bunch of people die so long as we’re making money is not really a pro-life position.  We need to minimize the viral spread and that means we each have to sacrifice.  We are seeing a bunch of supposed Christians more concerned with the almighty dollar than for those created in the image and likeness of the almighty.  It is sad and shameful.

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