I am writing this article on 4/20, which has come to be a sort of holiday celebration in the United States the past few years due to marijuana legalization. When this wave first began, Libertarians were like, “It’s about darn time the rest of y’all started listening to us.” This is because ending the drug war has been a pillar of the Libertarian Party platform since its creation in 1971.
Another Libertarian party platform stance that took more than four decades for the two main parties to start supporting was same sex marriage. That too was one of our original party platform stances, but one that Democrats and Republicans did not begin supporting until polls showed it was gaining popularity among voters.
Some people may assume we are nothing but a bunch of gay potsmokers but that is far from the truth. Most of our members are heterosexual and do not take any recreational drugs. We simply believe in freedom of choice. People should be free to make their own choices so long as it does not deprive others of life, liberty or property.
Such is the case of the recent COVID-19 quarantine. There is danger for some people who contract the disease. It could lead to death or long-term health problems. However, for most, they come out fine.
As of today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there are 770,564 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Of these cases, 70,799 recovered, and 41,114 have perished. These numbers are scary and the major media outlets have been broadcasting these numbers daily. However, when put into context, they become less scary.
The population of the United States is 328.2 million people. Using this number, 770,564 cases comes to .2% of the population. This means that 99.8% of the U.S. population does not have COVID-19. As for deaths, the disease has claimed .01% of the country’s lives. This means 99.99% of the U.S. population has not died from COVID-19.
Closer to home, Guadalupe County reports 59 cases of COVID-19 with no death as of yet. Guadalupe County has a population of 166,847 people. Using this number, a total of about .03% of Guadalupe County has contracted COVID-19. That means 99.97% of the population has not caught the virus.
Given these numbers, many people would choose returning to work but take precautions. It should be up to them to decide and not the government.
What is an essential job? Any job that puts food on the table, keeps a roof over your head, and pays your bills IS an essential job. Small businesses are suffering badly and in danger of closing permanently. This leaves only large, corporate entities monopolizing our purchasing power. This quarantine added $2.2 trillion to a $22 trillion deficit. Farmers and ranchers are losing money as prices drop due to loss of restaurant revenue.
If you don’t feel safe, then stay home. Keep yourself locked in and don’t let anyone come close to you. As for the rest of the population, they should decide for themselves whether or not to take the risk. We will respect your decision to remain secluded and locked away, but you should also respect our decision to make our own choice whether to work or not.
When Americans start sacrificing freedom to the government in order to feel a sense of security, then we are no longer free.