In the last few weeks the Democratic Party governments that control the state and city of New York imposed new and incredibly oppressive new rules, clamping down hard on the freedoms of their citizens, as well as the ability of visitors and tourists to come there.
- Travelers to New York must quarantine for three days, then get coronavirus test
- NYC schools close through Thanksgiving as city reaches 3% COVID-19 positivity rate
- Cuomo limits private gatherings to 10 people due to COVID spike
- New York imposes curfew, including shuttering of bars & gyms at 10 pm to slow spike
The justification used by Democrats Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for these new edicts against freedom? Both claimed that an increase to 3% of what they called “the positivity rate” required more restrictions. This increase comes from increased detection of COVID-19 due to increased tests, but it does not mean there has been a significant rise in actual illness.
You need only look at the graph below to understand how unnecessary these new restrictions are.
Yes, there has been a tiny rise in deaths in the past month. Nothing however that comes close to a health crisis, or is that unusual for a bad flu season. In fact, the rise is not unusual for a relatively mild flu season either. One just has to compare the recent death toll, averaging about 25-30 per day, to the daily death toll last spring, to recognize there is no justification for such draconian new rules.
And there is certainly no reason to shutter the schools. Even the CDC now admits this, with its director unequivocally stating on November 19th:
“There has been no intra-school transmission and we must make sure not to make emotional decisions when the data strongly supports making sure schools remain open… It is counterproductive to close schools.”
This statement came just one day after de Blasio’s closure order, and appeared to be in direct response to it. Numerous studies have found that children are not only practically immune from the coronavirus, they do not appear to infect others. To close the schools is imbecilic, especially considered the wealth of knowledge on this subject that now exists.
No matter. People are afraid! Rather than reassure them, we must feed their fear, and stamp that boot down on their face so they will be safe! Safety is all! To hell with freedom, common sense, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution! Our Democrat Lords and Masters know best. We must obey them!
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