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The Left Just Can’t Get Over Its Love Of (Harmful) Lockdowns

The Left Just Can’t Get Over Its Love Of (Harmful) Lockdowns

by August 28, 2023 0 comments

By: Summer

It’s A Glitch In The Matrix

COVID-mania just won’t go away.

The deadly strains of the virus have been gone for two years now and yet the recent outbreak of a mild flu-like variant is again stoking panic on the left and by left-leaning media outlets.

Nearly 100 universities are requiring masks this fall.

Lionsgate movie studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta-based Morris Brown College just stated they are reinstating not just mask mandates but social-distancing measures and contact tracing as well.

CNN — which led the panic in 2020 and 2021, causing manic school, restaurant and business shutdowns, and vaccine mandates — recently put out a headline on its website that encouraged its readers not to go outside without a mask on. 

Really? The latest evidence finds this is less dangerous than a normal flu virus and tracking data suggest that the wave may have already peaked.

Even more disturbing is that the leftist medical community and media aren’t renouncing their calls for mitigation strategies that were catastrophically wrong in the panic era of 2020 and 2021 but instead calling for more of these assaults on freedom down the road.

Health officials encouraged people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
AP/Mark Lennihan

It’s one thing for well-meaning medical experts to have disagreed about how to best combat a once-in-a-half-century deadly virus. 

We didn’t know exactly what we were dealing with. 

But now we know with concrete scientific evidence that most of the mandates and lockdowns had a very small impact on the spread of the virus and on fatalities. 

It turns out there was almost no difference in death rates in states with strict lockdowns and those with no lockdowns at all. 

Cross-country evidence also suggests masks had a very small impact. 

Healthy children were never at risk from COVID (something we knew early on), so shutting down schools for one or two years was a sop to the teacher unions but a disaster for this generation of kids.

Test scores are the worst in 30 years.

Students were heavily impacted by schools shutting down due to the pandemic.
Matthew McDermott

Another example of the continuing damage from school lockdowns: Before the pandemic, only 15% of public school students were chronically absent, that is, more than 18 or more days a year.

Today, Stanford University education professor Thomas Dee’s data finds an estimated 6.5 million additional students are now chronically absent. In some states, absenteeism has doubled.

But polls show that Democrats — even those who are highly educated — generally still support the lockdowns that were mandated.

These are the same people who lecture about “following the science.”

The most comprehensive study by experts at Johns Hopkins found that lockdowns reduced COVID-19 death rates by 0.1%

Medical workers tend to a patient at a Brooklyn hospital that has seen a rise in coronavirus-related cases on Dec. 15, 2020.
Getty Images/ Spencer Platt

And how many people died from the isolation of lockdowns, delayed health screening for cancer, the increase in drug overdoses, etc.?

The Biden administration, too, is doubling down on its refusal to learn anything from catastrophic lockdowns, school closures, and mask mandates.  

Biden has replaced Rochelle Walensky as head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention with North Carolina lockdown artist Mandy Cohen.  

The new director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, who was Alabama’s leading TV COVID-panic merchant.  

At one time, she crazily estimated the death rate from COVID-19 would be 10%, 20 times higher than the actual rate.

How can people so wrong be promoted?

Former Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, speaks during a briefing after a Coronavirus Task Force meeting at the White House in Washington, DC.
AFP via Getty Images/ Eric Baradat

Worst of all, Anthony Fauci, who remains a hero of the left, recently not only refused to admit the errors of his advice but said the “lockdown was absolutely justified.” 

Why does this bizarre rewrite of recent history matter? 

Because the fear-mongering left can’t wait to install new lockdowns every time we have a new flu virus and health scare.

They’ve even started putting out feelers for occasional climate-change economic shutdowns.

Those who love freedom must strenuously resist this coming tyranny.

The author of this article, Stephen Moore, is a Heritage Foundation senior fellow and chief economist at FreedomWorks.


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