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End coronavirus panic porn and let's seek some balance

By John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

"Stay safe?" Who is safe? Who was ever safe?

For decades now, we've taught ourselves to fear so many things, even risk itself. Risk was once the very idea of America. Your parents or grandparents may have risked everything to get here, just so they could risk even more.

Yet risk is now a dirty word. Generations have been taught that liberty isn't important, and that government must protect us from cradle to grave. We want safe spaces. We all want to "stay safe."

Yes, the coronavirus has caused death and, yes, death is to be avoided. I feel positively foolish for writing that sentence. But if I didn't there would be outrage and I would be deemed insensitive. I don't want to be insensitive. I don't want you to die or become ill, and if you've lost someone dear to you, I'm sorry.

A few among you might not mind if this viral Boomer Remover worked its magic on me, but I hope that's only a small bitter handful of Clintonistas. Just remember what Hillary says: Hate has no home here.

As I typed this, the hashtag #trumpdepression was trending on Twitter. At least we don't have to waste any more time pretending that the Democratic left wouldn't weaponize a deadly virus for political gain.

 

I get the politics. And it is much easier than pulling a muscle trying to rehabilitate the reputation of U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat, now that his Russia collusion vision quest has blown up in his face. Although watching the TV pundit meltdown over this has been quite amusing, better even than watching Netflix.

But politics drive policy. I get the feeling those typing #trumpdepression never want the coronavirus lockdown to end.

The problem is that the mortgage and the rent comes due. And we're not all in this together, are we? Government doesn't cut its budgets or lay off political workers. Even if they're sitting at home, watching Netflix just like you, they're still getting paid. But if you've lost your job or your business, government still wants your tax dollars. So we aren't all in this together.

Let's stipulate that so far, nearly 80,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, and many more will die if we dare leave our homes and go back to work. But how many more will die from alcoholism, drug addiction, suicide, stress, domestic battery and on and on, in a Depression that would hollow out the American people?

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