On March 20th, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom of California was the first to institute a statewide lockdown claiming "roughly 56% of our state's population -- 25.5 million people -- will be infected with the virus over eight weeks." Newsom had deemed churches non-essential and forbid business owners from opening up their stores. He claimed to be acting in the people's best interests. Yet, simultaneously he has been caught breaking his own rules and has been criticized for having his winery opened. He has been seen dining at a luxurious restaurant, The French Laundry, without a mask or social distancing. According to the official California tracking site, there have been 36,842,651 tests, 2,781,039 cases, and 31,102 deaths; what does this mean? This means that out of all testing in California, only 7.55% of the tests came back positive. Out of all the positive tests, only 1.12% of the cases resulted in death.
So if these rates are applied to the entire California population, roughly a little over 39 million, according to the U.S Census, then approximately 2,963,416 would be infected, and about 32,597 would result in death. If California's entire population is infected with COVID-19, roughly 0.08358% of California's total population would die. Of course, every life is precious, but the low statistics of COVID-19 raise the question of the severity and the side effects of the lockdowns, such as suicide and depression, are worse than the pandemic itself. The "solution" can't be worse than the problem.
CDC director Robert Redfield said, "we're seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We see far greater deaths from drug overdoses that are above excess than we had as background than we see deaths from COVID." Our trusted officials' statements continue to raise questions for California citizens. Californians whose businesses are not deemed essential are forced to operate in secret -via direct contact or word of mouth. Stores are boarded up to obstruct inside view.
The same politicians who claim to "care" about minority communities are dining at the French Laundry, where the cheapest meal is $310. Meanwhile, Black businesses have taken a 41% decrease, immigrant 36%, and Latino 32%. Gavin Newsom's actions are reminiscent of the folklore tale of Marie-Antoinette, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche," meaning "let them eat cake" when the peasants had not even bread to eat. This story has been used as an analogy for uncaring and selfish rulers, and Governor Gavin Newsom seems to fit the shoe quite closely. The Governor recognizes the value of both personal choice and responsibility. California business owners should have the option to choose what is best for themselves, closed or open; the people of California should have the freedom to decide what is best for them.
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About the Author:
Noelle Fitchett is a first-generation college student from Los Angeles California, who first began speaking out about her conservative views after the city riots. Since then she has become the YAL (Young Americans for Liberty) Spokeswoman for Orange County, a PragerU influencer, and has volunteered for GenZ GOP. She is most passionate about freedom of speech and helping her surrounding communities.