In 2004’s preachy, much panned leftist mockumentary, A Day without a Mexican, the supposedly hypothetical scenario, about how California would fall apart if all its Mexicans, including illegals, somehow disappeared, was acted out. The film had a grand old time portraying white people as a bunch of soft, privileged fools, unable to clean even their own toilets.
This is annoying because it lumps most Americans into a stereotype of a typically feckless, over-monied limousine liberal, such as you might really find in Hollywood circles.
But it did raise the question of U.S. dependence on illegal foreign labor.
The coronavirus lockdown was sold as a way to achieve sufficient beds for the sick, but in my state and many others, the advice from medical professionals is to stay home and send someone out for medication unless the symptoms are sufficient to require hospitalization. Okay, so, how are we going to overwhelm the hospital beds if somewhere along the lines of 70% of the people who get it are asymptomatic or can be quarantined on their own? Later, it became about not infecting others, but avoiding viruses by shutting down the world economies has never been an answer to pandemics in the past.
Let’s start with the good news. Americans are starting to push back against all the authoritarian COVID-19-related edicts and, if social media is an indication, shaming people who call the authorities to report neighbors who are violating social-distancing rules. In Michigan, voters are circulating a recall petition against a governor whose illogical list of permitted activities bans the purchase of seeds to grow food — but allows the purchase of lottery tickets.