A disturbing wave of “protests” have reared their ugly and misguided heads as of late, and I find the “reasoning” behind these protests somewhat confusing. I use the term “reasoning” with quite a bit of generosity in the direction of the people for whom it aimed. These “liberate (insert name of state here)” cries from (often) MAGA hat wearing, flag waving, truly misguided people is worse that confusing, it is dangerous.
While their anger at the situation is understandable, to blame the government for “imprisoning” them at home is wrong. Of course they feel helpless, desperate, confused and scared … those are very common emotions these days. Everyone is likely one or more of the above. Even if you are able to work from home, it’s still a stressful time. You might have to juggle kids trying to do distance learning while you are trying to work. And if you are one of the essential workers, from garbage collectors to cashiers to a nurse or doctor (and bless you if you are), you’d likely rather stay home than go to work knowing the dangers and stress you will face.
And the president isn’t helping. He will never admit to it, but statements like “they are very good people” is most certainly a spur to encourage their protests. It is validation from the most powerful and important person, for many in the crowd at least.
To turn on the t.v. and see people, in crowds no less, demanding and chanting “open our state” must make your blood boil. It sure sets me off. Don’t these people understand this lock down is for their own good? God, I feel like I am talking about a group of unruly kids “this is for your own good” instead of grown up, supposedly mature men and women. What good is everyone going back to work when the virus is still out there, undetected in many people? You are willing to risk your life for the freedom you imagine has been taken away from you? You are willing to risk your life for a paycheck?
Well, risk your own life as much as you like, just don’t you dare risk mine.