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COVID-19: Lethal to our rights

In the movie “Kelly’s Heroes,” the character Oddball, played by Donald Sutherland, railed against his fellow soldiers’ negative waves. Oddball asked why they couldn’t say something hopeful for a change.

Well I’m here to point to the silver lining of the COVID-19 scare. COVID-19 has done more to reduce the number of people who have died from cancer, heart and lung disease than all the money and research that has proceeded this fiasco.

Hell, you can get run over by a bus and if you test positive, your death will be attributed to the virus to bolster the COVID statistics in an attempt to justify this egregious violation of our rights. Our rights were defined as inalienable by the Founding Fathers to create the understanding that these rights are derived not from government or your fellow man, but by your very existence. Inalienable means they can’t be taken and more importantly, can’t be given away.

The fact that we are standing by idly while these government tyrants are stripping us of our basic freedom of movement and property rights is setting the most dangerous precedent in the history of this country. We are showing the government that “we the people” don’t believe that our rights are inalienable or that our founding principles are valid. We are showing them that they can run roughshod over the Constitution without so much as a whimper from the populace.

Thomas Jefferson said, “Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”

John Adams said, “A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

Thomas Jefferson added, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

In other words, it is our duty to rebel against this shutdown that has been forced upon us by bureaucrats that obviously have no regard for American values.

The media has fueled this perversion of Constitutional principles. Instead of educating the masses truthfully about the virus, they have fanned the flames of disaster that have been proven by the numbers not to exist. If you dig deeply enough into the information provided by “reliable sources” such as the CDC, you will find some truth.

A World Health Organization report from February found that around 80% of patients with laboratory confirmed cases “have only very mild symptoms or none at all and recover rather quickly.” Those most at risk of severe cases of the illness are the elderly and people with underlying health conditions (high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer and diabetes).

Children under the age of 18 are unlikely to experience the typical symptoms of infection, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The prevailing means of transmission is via virus-containing “microdroplets” expelled when someone who is infected either sneezes or coughs. In infection disease vernacular, a distinction is made between things that are transmitted by traveling in the air briefly in respiratory droplets and things that are actually airborne and float around for a while.

Covid is not airborne. A mask merely stops infected individuals from spreading the virus to others through their coughs and sneezes. The best method to protect yourself from the virus is to wash your hands, keep your surfaces and clothing disinfected and most importantly, refrain from touching your face.

Let us make sure the cure is not worse than the disease. Instead of shutting down the entire country, put policies in place that protect the vulnerable. Spread truthful information about the risks and allow a free people to conduct their lives as they see fit.

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

We don’t want to become that generation.

Jack Loesch is an area resident and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Akron for the past 27 years whose columns appear periodically in the Salem News.

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