President Trump Says We Are Not Shutting the Country Down Again

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As we come out of the greatest self-inflicted wound by any nation with the possible exception of Operation BARBAROSSA, the same people who were the prime movers behind this current nonsense are attempting to stoke panic by creating a specter of a resurgence of the virus in the fall and with that, the necessity of a return to ‘social distancing’ and lockdowns. As my colleague Michael Thau pointed out yesterday, there is no evidence that any of the measures we have taken have accomplished diddly squat beyond destroying lives and burning through the nation’s wealth like a Kuwaiti oil fire. [READ The Hardest Thing About This Lockdown May Be Admitting to Ourselves That It Accomplished Absolutely Nothing. Warning this is a paywall post, if you want to join our VIP program and need a discount code, click here, or email me].

While those obvious lessons seem lost upon our self-proclaimed intelligentsia, they are not lost on President Trump.

“People say that’s a very distinct possibility. It’s standard. And we’re going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country. We’re going to put out the fires,” Trump told reporters during a tour of a Ford manufacturing plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., when asked if he was concerned about a second wave of COVID-19.

Trump expressed confidence in the country’s ability to contain future outbreaks, referring to them as “embers.”

“Whether it’s an ember or a flame, we’re going to put it out. But we’re not closing our country,” the president continued.

He is totally right in all respects. He was especially right in blowing off the executive order and open letter by Michigan’s Karenwaffe and refusing to wear the face mask or obey ‘social distancing’ rules while in the Ford plant. [READ
Michigan’s Karenwaffe Attorney General Tells President Trump Not To Come Back Because He Ignored Her Rules.]

We know this virus is not some Andromeda Strain virus that will kill humanity. While I’m skeptical that a vaccine will ever materialize, we have learned much, much more about how the disease spreads, treatments are being developed, and we’ve learned that you really aren’t at risk if you are relatively healthy and under 60.

Giving a firm message that the federal government will not participate in any shutdown, no matter what some governors may do, sends a strong message and will definitely up the political cost of a Michigan or Pennsylvania or New York or California going bonkers…again.