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It's Time to Reopen the Republic

Man is by nature a social and creative being. Work is a central aspect of a good life. Because of the lockdowns, millions now find themselves unemployed and socially isolated. In most circumstances, it is not in the common good of the society to prohibit something so central to the lives of the people. During the initial spread of the virus, it was prudent to temporarily lockdown society as a safety precaution. News of overwhelmed hospitals in Italy and China gave good reason for caution. If millions upon millions were going to die, it would be in the common good of society for the government to create some policies to reduce deaths.

Slogans like “15 days to slow the spread” and “Flatten the curve” had wide public support. This original response to the pandemic was a sensible policy. These slogans embodied the proper American response to this new threat. A precaution against societal chaos and mass death. Protect hospitals from overflowing while waiting for more empirical data.

Against the wishes of many experts and the media, Trump did not declare a national shutdown. Instead, he maintained proper constitutional order. States, which possess police powers, had the constitutional authority to institute lockdowns in times of national emergency.

15 days to slow the spread soon turned into 45 days to slow the spread as new models predicted that millions of Americans could die. Now, over two months later from the initial shutdowns, many communities are still locked down. However, during this prolonged shutdown it has become increasingly clear that the original fatality predictions were significantly overblown. The infamous Imperial College model predicted that upwards of 2.2 million Americans could die.

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