• Life Isn’t Safe : Risks Remain If America Opens … and if It Is Kept Closed

    Surge Summary: Life inevitably includes risk. Opening up the nation again will invite some risks. Keeping it closed indefinitely will do the same. That’s the way life is, coronavirus or not.  

    by Gary Bauer

    This is a big day for our country.  The second round of the small business loan program begins today, and four states are starting to re-open their economies.

    As this happens, some on the left and in the media are demanding that the country stay closed until it’s completely safe — that is, until the coronavirus is eradicated, and nobody is at risk of being infected or dying.
    They’re also saying that President Trump and others who want to re-open the economy care more about the stock market than human life. It’s time for clear thinking to combat this demagoguery.

    Maybe it’s time to remind ourselves that life is never safe.  It is never “risk free.”  It has always involved risk.  Every decision in life involves risk, and responsible leaders must manage those risks to try to minimize their impact.

    There is a risk, as we reopen the economy, that we will see an uptick in coronavirus cases.  But there’s just as great a risk that if we stay closed many businesses, large and small, will be destroyed.  That risk grows with every passing day, as does the very real possibility of social unrest.

    When people start going back to work, there will be a risk that we’ll see a huge jump in traffic fatalities.  And those wrestling with depression, anxiety and loneliness are at grave risk by being forced to stay in their homes deprived of human contact.

    Life wasn’t safe on September 10, 2001, the day before terrorists killed 3,000 Americans. Life is full of risk and uncertainty. But indefinitely shutting down the country is one risk we should not accept.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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