There is an old fable that goes something like this: There came a time when each of the body parts and systems began to think itself the most vital, and so they began to argue with each other, and some decided to stop providing their service so to prove their value to the entire body. And so the body sat down in protest. The feet refused to transport the body, the hands refused to obtain food, the ears would not listen, and on it went. Within a couple of days the whole body was suffering; the ankles and wrists were sore and stiff, feet were swollen, fingers too weak to grasp even a glass of water, and the entire body was suffering.. And so it went.
Four weeks ago our government took the unprecedented action of shutting down America’s economy going as far as closing schools, businesses, and churches and mandating everybody to “shelter at home” for an undetermined amount of time. Everybody is suffering in a multitude of ways. People are unable to go to work and earn money to pay their living expenses, life savings have disappeared, and many businesses will be closed forever now because they will not be able to recover from this horror. Many people have lost hope for the future; drug use and suicides have increased.
My husband and I did not simply have hopes and dreams, we had plans. Real plans. We worked, we sacrificed, and we saved. And now….. poof! All of this because the powers that be determined that this is the best way to “keep America safe” from Coronavirus.
For every Coronavirus diagnosis, 28 people have lost their jobs; that is devastating.
Meanwhile the government has taken upon itself the right to determine exactly what and whose work is essential and even what products are essential for stores to sell and what products are not essential.
For example, attending church is not essential but getting an abortion is; sitting with a dying loved one in their last hours is not essential but smoking/vape shops are; riding my bicycle in the public park is not essential but the liquor store is. In some states things such as arts and crafts, entertainment and books, music, and movies, jewelry, sports equipment, toys and much more have been determined to be non-essentials.
Really? Says who? On what basis? Nail salon and pilates studio might sound non-essential to some people, but to me they are vital because I have a health condition that causes my fingernails to peel off in layers (like an onion) which results in infections. The nail technician performs a treatment every three weeks that keeps my hands healthy. Private Pilate therapy is helping me recover mobility from injuries from an auto accident. But now those services are no longer available to me.
All businesses are essential; every business is owned by somebody and employs people who work to support their families and save for their futures. Every business is essential because the people who work there are increasing the value of their community and adding to the tax base instead of taking from it.
To make up for all of this, the government has decided to give each of us a few dollars. We do not want a government check, we do not want anybody else deciding what we need, what we should have, or what is essential. We do not want to be taken care of, we want to go back to work.
By choosing winners and losers, our government is poking holes in our society. There is a domino effect, and people are the building blocks. When a business fails, a family suffers; as the family goes, so goes the nation.
All businesses are essential, products are essential, and people are essential. Let’s go back to work again; Let’s Make America Great Again.