By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent
(TNS) Fox News host Tucker Carlson opened his Thursday evening program with a dire warning: We’re relying too much on health experts to manage the coronavirus.
Carlson, you may recall, was one of the first to warn about the overallÂ dangers of COVID-19. He warned Americans very early on that we shouldn’t take the virus lightly, that we shouldn’t deny its lethality, and that we ought to be careful just dismissing it as a threat.
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It is all of that, no question about it, as evidenced by the growing numbers of sick and dying.
But clearly, the virus is not affecting the entire country equally. And based on what we’ve see thus far of the spread, it isn’t likely to do that.
Again, it isn’tÂ likely to do that, which doesn’t mean itÂ can’t do that.
Still, something Dr. Anthony Fauci said this week bothers the inciteful host — and it bothered us, as well.
Fauci, admittedly the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said that we ought to keep our cities and our states ‘shut down’Â indefinitely — until there areÂ no new cases of coronavirus.
At the moment, Carlson said, it seems as if the most â€œreactive, emotionally incontinent people have the loudest megaphones.â€ And while that includes Democrats and most of the statist media, it also includes experts like Dr. Fauci.
â€œHow long will that be?â€ Carlson asked, clearly shocked. â€œAlmost nobody thought to ask. â€˜Weâ€™ve got to beat this disease, details are irrelevant, cost is no object.â€™ Thatâ€™s the feeling in Washington right now and certainly in the press corps that covers it.â€
And mind you, this comes a day before new jobless figures showedÂ 10 million AmericansÂ are nowÂ out of work in just two short weeks thanks to virus-related business closures ordered by governors and mayors.
Clearly, there are a number of Democrats who continue to back a limitless national shutdown.
“I think the country should be on a lockdown,” says New York @RepEspaillat who has self-quaratined amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Rather than abiding by this Easter Sunday scenario that the President is talking about, we should be in total lockdown.”https://t.co/ubjPsE84Cf pic.twitter.com/5kd5FyX9zB
— New Day (@NewDay) March 25, 2020
Here’s Dr. Fauci again:
?Dr. Tony Fauci on whether he supports a federally mandated #StayHome order: "If you look at what's going on…I just don't understand why we're not doing that. We really should be."
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) April 3, 2020
Notice he says he doesn’t “want to get into” the question of whether President Trump even has the constitutional authority to order a nationwide shutdown, right before adding that one is needed.
Notice, too, that the states highlighted by this little-watched garbage network called CNN doÂ not have a major outbreak problem (I live in one of them so I can attest to that fact). Nor are they expected to.
This business thatÂ only Washington, D.C. can solve this problem is fantasy. What is the last national problem you can remember that ‘Washington’ solved?
Governors and mayors acting on their own, using their unique situations as their guide, are far better suited to respond to coronavirus. In nearly every state highlighted in the above report, governors and mayors haveÂ adapted their policies to their situations on the ground. So the notion that they somehow aren’t ‘paying attention’ to what’s going on or that they’ve not been ‘responsive’ to the virus’ spread is fantasy.
And, as Carlson noted, â€œBut details are always relevant, and thereâ€™s always a limit to what we can pay. Thatâ€™s always true. Decisions we make today will echo for decades.â€
â€œThey could radically change the future of this country.Â We need to try harder to keep perspective and to remain persistently open-minded in the face of this.â€
Absolutely. Because itÂ just isn’t feasible to continue locking down our economy. It’s not sustainable.
It should continue to be done where the outbreak is raging, granted. But shouldn’t responsible leadersÂ also consider reopening portions of their states if the risk of doing so is minimal?
That’s all Carlson is arguing for.
â€œWhat wouldâ€™ve happened, for example, if weâ€™d adopted a more conventional response to this epidemic?â€ Carlson asked. â€œWhat if weâ€™d asked the elderly and immunocompromised and anyone else facing statically higher rates of risk to stay inside, cloistered away. And then at the same time allowed the rest of the population to use informed common sense and continue to work? What if weâ€™d done that a month ago?Â Would the death rate today be much higher than it is now? Maybe, maybe not.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t know. ButÂ itâ€™s clearly a conversation we should have had before we locked the entire country down and put 10 million people out of work. But we didnâ€™t have that conversation. Instead, we outsourced that decision to public health officials, and thatâ€™s a strange irony of the moment weâ€™re living through,” he continued.
And let’s be real: The 10 million figure isÂ just a starting point. We haven’t even begun to see the sum effects of these lockdown decisions.
And here’s another thought. Do you recall theÂ one thing Democrats and their unhinged Leftist masters knew they would have to do in order to have a snowball’s chance in Hades to take down President Trump?
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We’re not saying that Dr. Fauci has an ‘agenda.’ What we — and Carlson — argue is that we’ve got to find aÂ balance to coronavirus policy. And right now, we don’t have it.
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