The defining issue of the 2020 election is, “What Should Government Do About the Coronavirus?”
Contributor: Wy Spano
For elected Republicans, from Trump to city councils, the answer seems to be “not much,” except to cheer the spending of funds to quickly develop a vaccine. Republicans are especially uncomfortable with public health solutions—mandates to wear masks are resisted because they take “individual freedom” away; contact tracings, to identify and nullify virus spreaders, are “invasions of privacy.” The President has now seized upon his own COVID recovery as proof that the disease isn’t all that bad and the country’s most important task is returning to a normal economy.
Democratic voters haven’t really coalesced around how to beat the virus. But they do listen more readily to public health people and they do wear masks much more often than their Republican counterparts. News reports and statements by Democrats from Biden to city councils make it clear that Democrats will be offering a public health regime to beat the virus, including, probably, national clear guidelines and money to insist on masks, contact tracing, and vastly accelerated testing.
RETURN TO NORMAL?
Many public health experts are predicting we’ll never return to normal. COVID-19, like it’s cousin the flu, will always be with us. But making the adaptation to its presence is something Republicans, particularly the President, simply can’t do. Like the monkeys in the cartoon, they neither see, hear or talk about the real evil, the virus. In their world the evil is not the virus, it’s the government, ordering or asking us to do things to put the virus at bay.
Bottom line: IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED YET AND YOU REALLY LIKE THE WAY LIFE IS NOW, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS. BUT, IF YOU WANT TO PUSH THE VIRUS BACK, AND GET THE ECONOMY AND LIFE MOVING AGAIN, YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS.
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