US Representative GK Butterfield said Friday that, “Americans need a coordinated, fully-funded, whole-of-government response to keep us safe from the coronavirus epidemic.”
Not surprisingly, I disagree. There’s not a fiber in my being that believes for a nanosecond that government can keep us safe from COVID-19. Nor do I believe it’s their responsibility.
I think what Americans need is to be told the truth: Government cannot keep you safe. However, there are things you can and should do to help protect yourself, your family and your community.
Government can and should help disseminate truthful, easy-to-understand information so that responsible citizens can be a part of the solution.
Government can and probably should help ease the economic burden being compounded by restrictions put in place to help reduce physical impacts of the virus — particularly for low-income households and small businesses.
Government can and probably should invest extra dollars in research to identify and then mass-produce a vaccine.
Responsible citizens should wash their hands — often — with soap and water. Keep your distance, especially when you’re out in public.
If you’ve got seasonal allergies, keep your coughs, sneezes, runny noses and eyes to yourself. You might need some extra tissues handy, and remember, wash your hands — often — with soap and water.
Leave some groceries for others. Unless you’ve got a really big family, you don’t need six loaves of bread, you don’t need eight gallons of milk, and you don’t need 200 rolls of toilet paper.
Responsible people understand that while they might be healthy enough to survive the virus, there are plenty of people in this world who are not. You could infect somebody not able to survive.
You don’t need to be afraid of others, just be mindful of their needs as you also protect yourself.
Don’t lose your sense of humor. Some of the best medicine, at any point in our lives, is laughter. Most days, I can get a belly ache from just laughing at myself.
If you’re bored, do some deep cleaning, plant a garden, sweep the porch, wash some windows. None of those things are fun, but you’ll sleep good after the physical exertion.
If you get lonely, give somebody a call. If you really want somebody to talk to and don’t have anybody else, call us, we’ll talk to you!
And, quit pointing political fingers at one party or another. We need to pray that our leaders do what is right in God’s eyes.
As the Bible tells us, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
In short, we need to follow the Golden Rule of treating others the way we want to be treated, which includes not putting others in harm’s way, and always remember that God, not the government, can protect us and should be our focus.
Mary Wayt, The Beacon’s publisher and editor, may be reached at (252) 793-2123, or via e-mail at email@example.com.