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Four Years Ago, Events that Caused Immense Damage Began

By March 20, 2024Commentary

This time of year, I am reminded that it was about four years ago that governments took us all, like lemmings, over the cliff of epidemic response disaster.  Nothing that was done made the slightest difference in ultimate infection or mortality rates; may have exacerbated them.  And four years ago, I put the first ad in the Star Tribune about the type and level of damage that this response would cause.  The idea of shutting everything down, closing schools and businesses, telling people not to interact with each other, was unfathomable to me, not just unprecedented but with no evidence to support the idea that these policies would limit transmission and mortality.  I and a few other people tried to warn of the inevitable failure of and damage caused by these policies, but no public health or government official had any intention of listening.  They were driven by fear.

Now almost everyone acknowledges both the failure and the damage.  We see constant research and articles about the harm done to overall health, to the country’s financial condition, to people’s social lives, and most of all to children’s educational attainment.  But I have no expectation that anything different will be done the next time.  Loud and fearful voices will be raised demanding that the government do something, anything; and our cowardly non-leaders will just enact the same stupid policies that failed before.

And of course, the damage in America has been exacerbated by the George Floyd situation and the pretext his drug overdose death became for exalting racist supposed anti-racism actions by governments and private businesses.  Nothing epitomized the ludicrous idiocy of pro-regressives more than telling people they couldn’t celebrate holidays with their families because it wasn’t safe, but encouraging mass rallies, rioting and destruction of public property, with no concerns that those events might increase transmission.   Fat Timmy Walz, who fully revealed himself as the Incompetent Blowhard by his mendacious, evidence-free actions during the epidemic, was the epitome of this hypocrisy.

So now we have a country in which people truly are more divided than ever, with an unsustainable federal deficit and debt load.  A country that is doing its best to become fully racist and discriminatory in all aspects of life, particularly against any group that succeeds based on hard work, knowledge, experience and skills.  A country with massive levels of distrust of government and public health officials.  A country in which the majority of the population dispairs that the quality of their lives will improve, and so turns to social media distractions, drugs, alcohol and gender dis-affirmation.  A country in which children are treated as ideological tools for social change.  In short, a nation on the brink of irreversible and rapid decline.  So thank you, Fat Timmy and all your tryrannical counterparts.

But I do offer true thanks for all the readers who have contributed so much to the blog and especially to the folks at the Powerline Blog, Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker, who were so helpful in spreading the message about the epidemic response and who brought far more attention to the blog than I could do myself.

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • joethenonclimatescientist says:

    In march 2020 , I was on record of stating
    A) That the only long term solution for covid was the development of immunity through out the general population. As of March 2020, Nothing new in medical science had been learned from any prior virus pandemic that would have changed that analysis.

    b) Even if the mitigation worked, the only thing the mitigation would accomplish would be a delay in the development of immunity in the general population – see point A above

    C) Advocates of the mitigation protocols to hide from Covid were basically advocating the the human species should evolve to a point that the human species could only survive in a sterile environment.

    • Ann in L.A. says:

      To this day, I see people walking along a sunny street in Los Angeles wearing masks. I also see kids wearing cloth masks, which should be considered child abuse at this point.

  • Ann in L.A. says:

    If one politician says, “There’s nothing much we can do, so just stay the course!”; and another says, “I have a plan!”, the I-have-a-plan guy will win every time. It’s 99.99% sure that he doesn’t *actually* have a plan, but he’ll still win every time.

  • SteveD says:

    ‘They were driven by fear.’
    They were driven by fear of a virus with a 0.2-0.35 IFR, most of that from people who had already surpassed the average life expectancy rate.
    Worried about the safety of my family, in March of 2020, I scoured the internet for data and came across several isolated natural experiments (it wasn’t just the Diamond Princess). I quickly concluded that we were not in any danger from the virus and moved on. I was still worried about the Missouri government. My son told me not to worry. This was Missouri after all, government interference would be limited. Except for St. Louis County, it was, but the stories from other states were terrifying. For the first time in my life, I personally and physically felt the oppressive presence of government.
    I mostly ignored the mass media (I still do). At one point, after reading three scientific papers about how well Sweden was dealing with the virus I walked by the Tee Vee and overheard them screaming about Sweden’s “dangerous experiment”. It was surreal.
    At one point my son told me I was too obsessed with not being obsessed about Covid 😊. He scarcely even noticed that there was a pandemic.
    I had many an argument with friends and neighbors in those days and some agreement as well.
    Anyway, thank you Kevin for being a thought-provoking voice of reason in these trouble times. Or perhaps I should say, stupid times.

  • David says:

    Found a Cashew on my floor that somehow the Mice missed. Kissed it to Heaven, Childhood thing, and ate it!

    Thanks Kevin for speaking out!!!

  • Chris W says:

    Glad I found you back then, and I appreciate your ongoing work. Keep it up!

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