Editorial: Let us go back to work!

Kelli Ann Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer

As conservative Republican radio show host Apostle Claver refers to it, we’re in the 2020 Chinese coronavirus “pan-panic.” Rather than government providing information and encouraging private businesses and citizens to act responsibly through social distancing, hygienic practices, and avoiding contact with sick individuals, local, state, and the federal governments panicked in response to the scare tactics of irresponsible government prognosticators who predicted more than a million deaths in the United States alone with a nation of tens of millions deathly ill. Instead, less than 0.2% of Americans have suffered from the illness and less than one-one-hundredth of a percent have died from it. In Montgomery County, out of a population in excess of 600,000, there are 230 active coronavirus cases, or less than 3 out of every 10,000 people.

Meanwhile, government took a bludgeon rather than a surgeon’s scalpel to the response. Hospitals are largely shut down, because they’re not allowed to treat patients with cardiovascular disease, kidney transplants, or many other serious illness, which just don’t happen to have the name “coronavirus.” Emergency rooms are empty, because the forecast of massive COVID-19 hordes never arrived. Nurses and doctors have confided to this newspaper that the vast majority of COVID-19 cases are “rather benign.”

Additionally, government has destroyed retail businesses, restaurants, gyms, hair salons, and many other industries, which may never recovery. Only the liquor stores, golf courses, driving ranges, grocery stores, and car dealerships have escaped the County Judge’s and Governor’s bludgeon.

Churches are forced to hold secret sacrament ceremonies. Many churches are afraid to turn the lights on in their sanctuaries.

There is no legal authority for the County Judge or the Governor to shut down anything. They’re violating the First Amendment rights of Americans to engage in freedom of association and freedom of religion. They’re violating similar provisions in the Texas Constitution.

What County Judge Mark Keough and Governor Greg Abbott have done is they’ve criminalized going to work. It’s shameful. It’s un-Texan-like.

They messed up. They overreacted to the panicked Dr. Fauci. Now, they need to step back, see that they overreacted, and let us go back to work!

We all should hope, pray, and communicate to them that they need to stop messing with what has made the United States of America so great: our work ethic.

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