Yes, We are Going Back to Normal

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A protester carries an American flag at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, April 30, 2020. Hoisting American flags and handmade signs, protesters returned to the state Capitol to denounce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order and business restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic while lawmakers met to consider extending her emergency declaration hours before it expires. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently said that “we’re not going back to normal.”

This infuriated me to no end, not just because I wholly disagree, but because he’s not saying it out of a sense of precaution or scientific fact.

According to the Daily Wire, Newsom said it in regards to how things are going to be going forward. Newsom added a phrase, “new normal,” a word that basically equates to how businesses will act under new authoritarian laws when all things are considered:

Though California Gov. Gavin Newsom is allowing retail stores to reopen for “curbside pickup” on Friday, he emphasized to residents of the state this week that they are “not going back to normal” anytime soon. Instead, Californians must embrace the “new normal,” marked by continued social distancing measures, “until we get to immunity and a vaccine,” said the Democratic governor.

“We’re not going back to normal,” Newsom said during Tuesday’s press briefing, as reported by SF Gate. “It’s a new normal with adaptations and modifications, until we get to immunity and a vaccine.”

While it’s likely we’ll see a vaccine, immunity isn’t going to happen. Sure, we may be immune now but the virus may make a comeback in later parts of the year and beyond. The problem, however, is that authoritarians like Newsom won’t go by immunity or vaccines. It’s not in their nature.

Newsom and his kind have tasted real power and it’s not likely that they’ll give it up without a fight.

And it’s a fight they’ll get.

The fight itself, however, will be the one enemy Democrats have tried to curb over and over but fail every time with. It’ll be human nature that defeats them in the end.

Conservative groups and various freedom-centric organizations are going to fight tooth and nail to pry the authoritarian’s hands off of the wheel. In many cases, they’ll likely win, especially when it comes to matters of constitutional violations. This is all well and good, but I’ve written before about how human nature will eventually cause the people to forget precautions as we get used to living with the virus, and more information dilutes the fear around it.

(My Prediction: The American Public Will Forget About All These Precautions Pretty Quickly)

Precautions are inconveniences and we do away with many of them in order to optimize our time on a daily basis. Washing your hands is always a good idea, especially before you begin various activities, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, we probably don’t wash our hands as often as we should.

I live in a neighborhood where houses are still being constructed and I probably witness a minimum of a dozen OSHA violations by workers every day, strictly because they’re annoying and time-consuming. In fact, much of the safety regulations put in place for blue-collar workers are oftentimes useless. Mike Rowe told me that one personally.

People will eventually begin to question the necessity of all these rules and regulations. The overbearing nature of the politicians and their decisions will irk the people and before you know it, you’ll have a heaping helping of pissed off voters looking for a different way of doing things.

Time and human nature with a sprinkling of activism and advocacy will eventually work against this “new normal.” People will either demand government altar laws to fit the will of the people or, like Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther did, they’ll just continue business as they used to anyway.

It’s not up to the politicians to decide what “normal” is. It never was.

The question is, how hard do our elected officials want to make this for themselves.


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