Will Coronavirus-Weary Americans Start To Rebel In ‘Wartime’?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

While a new social solidarity and spirit of self-sacrifice seem to be manifesting themselves in this pandemic, can it endure? Is the country prepared for months, or years, of social isolation, if that is what is required to win this war? It needs to be addressed. A prediction: The longer the orders to shelter in place and self-isolate remain in force, the greater the probability they will begin to be ignored and people will take the risks to end their isolation and be with friends. Will Americans suffer in social isolation, inside their own homes for months, while a state-induced Great Depression washes over the land? My guess is that many will rebel.

How about a taxpayer shutdown?

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

The biggest outrage in the whole sordid mess is that even though nobody seems to notice that the government has been shut down for three weeks, innocent taxpayers are still paying all the bills. You know, if Republicans in Washington were actually serious about winning one of these government shutdowns, they should immediately introduce legislation to bar the federal government from collecting any taxes while the government is closed. No work, no pay. Now, that is a fight that even Republicans could win.

Where Did All the Unity Go?

William Murchison, The American Spectator

The difference between 2001 and 2018 is the difference between I-am-an-American and I-am… fill in the blank. The vast community we all inhabited has become a series of subdivisions. Group identity is the thing it’s all about: Me, less as American, than as progressive, populist, African-American, Ivy League, Christian, transgender, Hispanic, vegan, Jewish, “none,” Anglo, gun owner, yogan, Asian-American, Native-American, #MeToo — I’m out of breath.

Americans are no longer on the move

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The World War II experience convinced a generation or two of Americans that they could realize their dreams by getting up and going. But the war ended 71 years ago, and the postwar years are dimming in the rear-view mirror. Some Americans are still on the move. But many seem stuck in nightmare settings which they seem unable to escape.