By Caitlin Kelly
The pandemic has laid bare many behaviors we didn’t really see clearly before, or not as clearly.
If you grew up — as I did — in a nation with a clear commitment to the common good, Canada (yes, with terrible treatment for a long time, and still, of First Nations) — the American fetish for individual rights just seems weird.
It’s possible to live freely and still actively care about others’ health and welfare.
If you want to.
There’s actually quite a continuum from being controlled and monitored 24/7 by your government and selfish, lethal mayhem.
Welcome to mayhem.
Check this out.…images of protesting Americans determined to keep infecting themselves and others because the whole social distancing thing is such a drag.
They feel oppressed.
They’re angry that they’ve been told to stay at home, to wear a mask, to stay distant from others to protect them.
Because the number of Americans potentially walking around feeling just fine — still shedding virus everywhere they go — could be as high as 50 percent
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield told NPR that an estimated 25 percent of coronavirus carriers experience no symptoms. Meanwhile, data out of large-scale testing for coronavirus in Iceland found 50 percent of those who tested positive with COVID-19 said they were asymptomatic, according to CNN.
“Information that we have pretty much confirmed now is that a significant number of individuals that are infected actually remain asymptomatic. That may be as many as 25 percent.” Redfield told NPR Tuesday.
The American Constitution — amended 27 times since it was first written — promises “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
It is lovely, except that 40,000 Americans have died — so far — from COVID-19, a lethal virus whose ability to destroy the human body is quick, powerful and still little understood.
Twice the number in one week.
“Only” a tiny percentage, many scoff.
It’s all a hoax, right-wingers still insist — maybe because their cities don’t have refrigerated morgue trucks with corpses stacked three deep outside their hospitals, crematoria running 24/7.
New York City does.
How does this happen?
Because so many Americans really hate and mistrust any government intrusion into their lives and behaviors.
They resent being told what to do.
They think no one else’s life could possibly be more important than their going to the beach!
Sitting shoulder to shoulder at a bar!
Attending a church jammed with other selfish “Christians.”
Canadians, derided as boooooring, have a wholly different Constitution, one that instead promises “peace, order and good government.”
Pretty snoozy, right?
Right now, living in a country “led” by a lying grifter of a President, I’d be thrilled for some peace, order and good government.