It's been a year now, and I have decried the loss of personal freedom since almost day One of this experiment in government incompetence. At the heart of this madness is President Trump, a man who I generally support, but under whose watch allowed "scientists" with incomplete data and no real plan to re-order our daily lives with full government backing. And, I really can't blame Donald Trump He is not a scientist, but like us, trusted the experts.
The experts lied to us. With the current death toll at something over a half-million citizens, we have ever reason to question that number. We caught them cheating. Virtually every death in the US this past year has been attributed to Covid. We were told by Dr. Deborah Birx that if a person died with Covid, they were counted, even if the cause of death was a heart attack, or trauma from an auto crash. The simple presence of the virus put then in the Covid count. As such, we have every reason to question the numbers, and if the numbers can be questioned then we must be forced to mistrust the experts.
I feel betrayed by Republican officials who went along with the greatest contraction of personal freedom sine Reconstruction. I feel betrayed by "scientists" like Fauci who used the crisis to expand their personal political power and influence. I feel betrayed by the Courts, who are supposed to protect personal liberty in the face of government excess.
We'll never truly know the human cost of this disaster, because the "scientists" don't care. The suicides , the loss of family through divorce, the loss of small businesses, the accumulated tragedy of children being denied education, all of these things will affect our culture for decades.
We will never know the true toll of this disaster. But, true accountability must be borne by our elected officials. Those who went along with it, those who acquired must be held accountable.
There is a great essay at American Greatness, written by Julia Kelly. I suggest you go read it.