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The Real March Madness

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

Leadership requires standing up against the mob, not grabbing a pitchfork to join it. That’s followship. The country’s leaders made a tails-I-win/heads-I-win coin-flip calculation that politically indemnifies them against imposing draconian measures. If the disease kills tens of thousands of Americans, they can justify limiting everyone’s freedom and pushing the economy into contraction. If the disease kills a fraction of that, they can counterfactually point to their unprecedented actions as the difference maker. CYA bureaucratism belongs to those lower on the federal totem pole, not to the face at the top. We do not necessarily fear what kills us. We fear the unknown.