What is happening to the people of Shanghai is an atrocity. China’s zero-COVID policy has literally imprisoned millions in their own homes in that nation’s most populous city. Police beatings have been reported, as have cases of extreme hunger, and “constant mental anguish and anxiety.” Don’t think that could never happen in America. We, too, have tyrants in government. And every one of them should be compelled to sweat under the hot lights of a congressional investigative hearing.
Maybe then they would not be so eager to put Americans under house arrest again.
We now have two reports confirming what so many of us already knew: lockdowns were a colossal mistake. The first analysis, a meta-study of dozens of other studies, found that “lockdowns have had little to no public health effects,” and “should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.” The second discovered that the states with the most laissez-faire pandemic policies fared better than the COVID police states.
The public officials, both elected and unelected, who in essence caged their states, counties and cities, knew better. It was clear early on, and shown later, that few were at serious risk of death from COVID-19. Yet entire populations were told to stay inside and businesses were forced to close. Policymakers treated us all as if were at equal risk of death.
Some learned from their mistakes and released their captives. But others wielded raw power as long and hard as they could. These are the offenders who should be forced to explain why they detained tens of millions, chose to preserve their emergency powers when they weren’t needed, and in general behaved like monarchs rather than the public servants they’re supposed to be.
The lineup at the congressional dock should start with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the “King of Sacramento,” and several others from California, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles County Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer (who is not a physician, but has a doctorate in social welfare, and along with Garcetti seemed to enjoy making residents of the largest county in the country miserable).
Others who deserve the worst Congress can dish out include Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, former (and still disgraced) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and a grim host of federal and local officials.
Of course there are more who should feel the wrath of the people through their representatives, so many that Congress would have little time to take care of other business (which in itself would be a blessing – just ask Will Rogers).
It’s unlikely that a Congress under control of the party dedicated to lockdowns would be amenable to investigative hearings. But the Republicans, who at least have a tie in the Senate and could make some noise there, should be making threats that they will back up come January 2023, when — if the midterm elections go as expected — they will have majorities in both chambers. GOP candidates could even run on the promise they will ensure public officials will never again exercise tyranny over a free people, that the U.S. will never follow the lead of the communist regime in China.
Americans have had enough of the-beatings-will-continue-until-morale-improves governance favored by Democrats.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board