Before the protesting and rioting occurring across the nation in response to the senseless and tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer ruled the daily headlines, coronavirus hysteria was the dominating story grabbing everyone’s attention.
And as my regular readers and listeners know, I’ve documented how COVID-19 has been leveraged by federal, state, and local governments as a “never let a crisis go to waste” opportunity to create a tyrannical, socialist state.
Some of the “successes” of their coronavirus strategy include:
- Ivanka’s government-mandated paid family leave
- Prison reform
- Gun control
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal
- Universal Basic Income
- Jared Kushner’s Patriot Act for healthcare
Despite claims by Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell that they and the GOP will fight to prevent the spread of socialism, Republicans have been working with Democrats to advance much of the socialist agenda in the name of Nationalism. Of course, Democrats do their damage using the Democratic Socialist playbook.
Unfortunately, it appears these efforts are gaining traction as more and more Americans see coronavirus hysteria as another opportunity to replace capitalism with socialism.
In a recent survey by the Harris Poll and Just Capital, 1000 people were asked to give their thoughts about capitalism amid the so-called pandemic. Sadly, only 25% of respondents stated that our current form of capitalism ensures the greater good of society.
In the midst of an economic crisis created by a tyrannical government always on the lookout for opportunities to destroy liberty — and they found one with COVID-19 — an overwhelming majority of respondents are now calling on that same government to guarantee things like paid sick leave and higher wages in response to coronavirus.
70% of respondents said they thought companies should offer at least 14 days of paid sick leave to all employees, including hourly and contract workers, instead of going back to more limited leave. And 67% said they believed that companies should keep in place higher hourly pay for employees of essential businesses (for example, grocery- and convenience-store workers), rather than go back to the lower hourly pay rate in place before the pandemic.
Two excerpts from the report read:
“Americans are looking for companies to take the lead on key policy issues like paid sick leave, paid family leave, wage increases, healthcare, and increased flexibility to work from home.
“Americans overwhelmingly agree that we as a society need to use this crisis as an opportunity to fix what’s broken and find a better way of living.”
You know, if you close your eyes and listen to those excerpts, it almost sounds like a Democrat or Republican making a campaign speech. Doesn’t it?
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.