The Wuhan virus highlights the huge intellectual schism in America
Monica Showalter wrote about Fabiola Santiago, the Miami Herald columnist who gloated that Trump-supporters and other Republicans were going to die if they went to the beach following Governor DeSantis's order reopening Florida's beaches. Santiago's views are becoming normative on the left. Leftists are so hostile to Trump and his supporters, and so terrified of death, that they actively wish death on anyone who opposes endless lockdowns.
Here are just three representative examples of the extraordinary animus that leftists are aiming at people who oppose the endless, unconstitutional lockdown and the economic chaos that follows. The first poster wishes death on people opposing the lockdown, the second calls them hypocrites, and the third says they're selfish:
There's no doubt that Democrats seem comfortable with the idea of a shutdown, even if they're going a little stir-crazy. In addition to believing wholeheartedly in big government, they are
- overwhelmingly urban (so they're at greatest risk from the virus);
- unmarried (which means they're less likely to have dependents);
- young (so they still have earning years ahead of them);
- non-religious (so they have no philosophy that makes death less frightening);
- and either ultra-wealthy (Jeff Bezos will survive the shutdown economically) or very poor (meaning that many either were not working or were already getting government aid before the shutdown).
And there's the biggie of Trump Derangement Syndrome: leftists hate Trump so much that significant numbers would rather see their fellow Americans die than see Trump get re-elected.
The view for conservatives is quite different — and no, it's not because they're selfish mouth-breathers who want to go to Fuddruckers. They distrust big government, live in areas that are less affected by the virus, have fewer earning years ahead of them, have dependents, believe in an afterlife, and are entirely dependent on their wages or small businesses. All of this means that while they were initially willing to shut down to "flatten the curve" — that is, to take the pressure of the medical system — they believe that life is a balancing act and that, on balance, shutting down the world is a bad idea.
Larry Correia, the Utah-based writer who went viral in the wake of Sandy Hook with a blog post about guns and the Second Amendment, is on the verge of going viral again with a Facebook post about the consequences an endless shutdown has for ordinary people:
So my wife just posted this:
"So here's the thing- I have cancer. At least, my doctor believes I have cancer, but we can't know for sure until the lump is removed from my breast and we get the test results back. That can't happen for as long as this lockdown continues because the governor has decided that, in spite of what I or my doctor thinks, I don't need that surgery right now. I'm not alone in my situation. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people who are blocked from access to the care that we need. Please PLEASE STOP behaving as if the only reason people want this to end is so that we can hang out with our friends and go get our hair done. Most of us are worried about our health, our jobs, and our families who depend on us being able to do what we need to do every day. No one is forcing anyone to break your self quarantine. We just want freedom to do what we need to do before our lives are destroyed."
- This is Larry again. Yeah, this is why I've been so d‑‑‑‑‑ angry every time some smug a‑‑‑‑‑‑ shares a meme about how people just want to go back to work for filthy money and don't care about killing grandma. F‑‑‑ that tired class warfare b‑‑‑‑‑‑‑.
No. I just want my wife to get the surgery she needs before something that should be treatable kills her, but she's not allowed to, governor's orders, even though our hospital sits mostly empty and the surgeon would love to do it. Because you know, all those diseases that normally kill people suddenly stopped because you're worried about this new one.
And I know we're not alone. I've not said much about this for weeks now, but Bridget decided to talk about it today. So screw it. Yeah. Let's get this b‑‑‑‑‑‑‑ over with.
You can read the rest here — and I strongly urge you to do so. The stress of a nationwide lockdown, whether on people's psyches or the economy, is revealing profound differences in how the two Americas view life and each other. (For those interested, here are a few more ideas about why leftists and conservatives view the virus and the lockdown so differently.)