Wednesday. Fandango’s Provocative Question once again. This week, he asks:
Do you think it’s premature for states to be lifting the stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, and social distancing restrictions? Or do you believe that it’s about time they were rescinded? Once they are removed, how quickly are you likely to resume living your life as you did in the pre-pandemic days?
I’m gonna split this one into two.
- Is it ok for the president of the USA to decide when to lift the stay-at-home order for the USA?
- Did Trump get this particular call wrong?
Absolutely, who else would you entrust it to? Somebody who got into office precisely because the electorate trusted their judgement? So, what could be better than when they actually use that judgement? Surely this is exactly why they were voted president?
I even have some sympathy for them, because whatever decision they make, it will be wrong in many people’s eyes. So they can’t win.
Maybe. Maybe not. But, if somebody partakes in a democracy, there’s the rub. They have to take the rough with the smooth. If people think that the system that elected him was unfair, then it is down to them to support somebody who’ll make that system fairer. Or to agitate against it themselves.
I’m sorry, I realise that most of my American friends will disagree with me there, but that is my view. If you elect an idiot, you can hardly be surprised when they make idiotic decisions.
As for me, after lockdown is lifted, I will wait about 6 weeks before I make any decision. That time lag should be enough to allow any new spike to be visible in the numbers. That decision will be either to go out again, or to defer for a while longer, when I will address the question again.
Okay, some things, like grocery shopping, are unavoidable, but most things, like using public transport or visiting coffee shops, should fit into that rule.
We need to think for ourselves here, this is our own life and death, not something we should really delegate to somebody else.