Americans are a restless, energetic, and unbridled people, who are wont to question authority and bend rules that seem stupid and meddlesome, explains Christopher Roach in American Greatness.
Donald Trump has become the “tribune” of the American public – a public frustrated and skeptical by our changing politics. Mr. Roach argues that there are not so obvious reasons for ideological issues to be falling as they are.
Blue State Rulings Border on the Sadistic
- Mandatory mask orders have appeared in many locales. In Los Angeles, which has been only moderately affected by the coronavirus, the lockdown has extended through the end of July.
- Illinois’ governor, J.B. Pritzker, decreed that only two passengers would be permitted on recreational boats, regardless of size and whether everyone aboard lives in the same household.
- Michigan’s Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer said her state’s harsh and ongoing restrictions were based “on the best science, the best facts.”
A Referendum on Managerial Expertise vs. Freedom, Common Sense
Common sense and the interests of the common people are increasingly opposed to the managerial class, whether in business or government. The next election is evolving into a referendum on managerial expertise. A choice between sterile safety secured by expert rule, or common sense and freedom.
The Soviet Union was a Communist regime, but it was chiefly a bureaucratic regime, where the bureaucracy’s managerial class had privileged lives and a hostile relationship to the common people.
False Pretenses on Necessity, Duration
No one elected Anthony Fauci or the freakishly unhealthy-looking public health commissars in Los Angeles and Pennsylvania. No one asked us if we would endure universal masking or indefinite shutdowns on their say so. And, to the extent we were asked to give our consent for any of this, our consent for a lockdown was procured using false pretenses about its necessity, duration, and severity.
The United States has long been a more individualistic, entrepreneurial, and freedom-loving people than those in Europe, whether East or West. Our national life is much more than an abstract creed. Our culture can be found as much in the Federalist Papers as in the advent of the road trip, music festivals, and, in the days of Prohibition, the speak-easy.