So the governor’s reimposition of lockdownscomes as no surprise.
But turn that frown upside down -- in New Mexico and throughout the nation, increasingly, the bad guys are on the run. Parents and students are revolting over MLG’s “postponement” of fall sports. Joined by “local and state officials,” Roswell’s residents staged an event in the parking lot of Wool Bowl Stadium. In Bloomfield, about “25 high school and junior high student-athletes and a handful of parents gathered in the main parking lot at BHS … to protest the decision.” Even Santa Feans demonstrated. One protester put things succinctly: “I believe we have a right to play sports at our own risk. Sports mean so much to me. It’s a sense of family and community and it’s a safe place for kids who may not have a place to go.”
Few of the state’s coronavirus dissidents have read the Great Barrington Declaration. But many of them are likely to learn about it, and soon. It was written by a “professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations,” a “professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases,” and a “professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations.” They believe that “lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health,” including “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health -- leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden.” They argue that those “who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal,” all schools “should be open for in-person teaching,” and “[e]xtracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed.” Businesses “should open,” and “cultural activities should resume.”
More than 33,000 scientists and medical practitioners have put their names on the Great Barrington Declaration. Media attention is starting to pick up. And as it does, lockdown lunatics such as New Mexico’s governor will receive the opprobrium they so richly deserve.
Donald Trump, who’s beaten COVID-19 and is holding well-attended campaign rallies again, faces the voters in less than three weeks. And he’s got ample reason for optimism. The Trafalgar Group, which got the polling right in 2016 and 2018, has the president holding his own in battleground states. He’s up (slightly) in Arizona, Ohio, and Michigan, and down (slightly) in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Perhaps this thoroughly miserable year will end in an encouraging -- even joyful? -- way. We sure deserve it, don’t we?