AIER published new article on how the U.S.'s politicization of the pandemic caused our current economic and social crisis. A very good read: https://www.aier.org/article/governments-credibility-crisis/
CALL-OUT: "... this turnabout would seem to be strong prima facie evidence that endorsement of the lockdowns was all along political in character, that it was never really about the science, or saving lives, or flattening the curve, etc.
"How did we get here? How did we allow a small group of politicians to impose this social and economic calamity on us? To be clear, this is not really about politics—at least it shouldn’t be. The problem is meta-political in the sense that, whatever one’s political leanings or normative preferences, a political system that reflects the genuine will of the people is simply not possible in an environment of complete unquestioning deference to the tiny fraction of people who actually govern us." [emphasis added]
"We must return to fundamental questions about the nature of this political system and why we simply accept that these people have a right to rule."
As much as we want to blame the politicians for the mess our country is in, we the people are equally responsible. When we don't question what our elected officials are telling us; don't hold them accountable for their actions (or inaction) on issues of importance to us; continue to vote them into office term after term after term when they have done little or nothing to help our cities, states, country but rather caused much harm to our society we give them license to behave like monarchs rather than public servants and wreck our democratic republic to serve their own purposes.
All across the country people on the left are calling for defunding the police, but it isn't the police that need defunding, it's our government--our legislatures, and mayors' and governors' offices. Our local and federal governments are too big and filled with people who are more interested in making a name for themselves and lining their pockets than serving the public.
Voting is not enough. We have to become more knowledgeable about what are government is really doing, what laws they are passing, and let our voices be heard when we disagree with what's happening. We can write or call our officials. We can protest. We can engage in civil disobedience. We can sue. What we cannot do is remain passive citizens. These current crises are country is facing are showing us that.