Of all the plagues in today’s world, one of the greatest is the arrogance of our leaders. You see it in their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in America’s disastrous evacuation of Afghanistan, in crisis after crisis. Despite making major and even fatal errors, our leaders simply will not acknowledge their mistakes.
Evidence is piling up that our leaders have been wrong on coronavirus in a huge way. Yet governments are acting like they couldn’t be more right. They are doubling down on confronting people, fining people, arresting people, closing businesses, decimating the middle class. Two states in Australia have locked down their entire populations on account of only one COVID-19 case each. For the crime of choosing not to get vaccinated, people are getting fired and will likely be denied not only legal remedy but even unemployment benefits (a stark contrast to the mountains of money governments have thrown at the unemployed in the past 18 months). An Illinois judge abruptly asked a mother during a court hearing if she had been vaccinated. When she said no, the judge took her son and barred her from time with him until she gets vaccinated.
The premier of Victoria, Australia, Daniel Andrews, has banned people from removing their masks to take a drink, even when they are outside. “There will be no removal of masks to consume alcohol outdoors,” he said, as if speaking to a naughty child. “So you will no longer be able to remove your mask to drink a cocktail at a pop-up beer garden on a footpath as part of a pub crawl.” The smugness in his policies and manner is a good example of how leaders around the world are acting—before many of them immediately, secretly (or blatantly) break the rules they subject millions of people to.
These are stunningly hubristic decisions. Elites now routinely issue draconian decrees and speak publicly like they are trying to bring naughty children to heel. They are unilaterally destroying free societies that took generations and countless sacrifices to build. They are imposing mandates that ignore and defy scientific evidence, they are denying children an education even though the young are at very little risk, they are forcing businesses into financial disaster, and they are forcing vaccines on people despite evidence that they don’t stop the spread of the virus and are themselves dangerous—even fatally so.
These leaders are creating a wasteful, dangerous, unjust, corrupt mess. Yet in the face of clear evidence, they carry on, undeterred. This is arrogance on an epic scale.
What would it take for these people to acknowledge that what they have done is disastrous? The train is careening off the tracks, and they keep accelerating.
Their arrogance has made them uncorrectable.
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