A message for those protesting

This is a message for those who are protesting their state’s lockdown: the whole “my body, my choice” mantra doesn’t apply to you.

Disgruntled Americans nationwide are gathering to call for their governors to ease restrictions, because they’re tired of doing the one thing they’re good at: nothing.

Angrily picketing on the capitol steps and blocking ambulance routes aren’t going to change their minds, and they’re definitely not intimidating the coronavirus.

And what is it with the assault rifles and tactical gear? You look like your MRE’s contain Doritos and meth. You should call yourselves the Neckbeard Regiment.

Armed protesters take part in an “American Patriot Rally” on April 20, organized by Michigan United for Liberty on the steps of the state capitol in Lansing, demanding the reopening of businesses. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

You may think that you’re fighting for your freedoms, but what you’re actually doing is taking away freedoms from those who are more vulnerable to infection. The virus breeds and spreads around you like stupidity. Furthermore, you may think you’re immune, but the stress and anger from demonstrating is not a good combination for your system.

This is not the Founding Fathers’ idea of a rebellion. America isn’t being oppressed due to this pandemic; it’s not being punished. It’s been that way since 2016.

These restrictions are meant to stop the coronavirus, so we can save lives and return to normalcy as soon as possible. That’s why countries like New Zealand, where closed borders, enforced stay-at-home rules and limited travel are in effect, have seen less than 2,000 cases and only 20 deaths so far. Protesting is like decapitating the hydra, it’s only going to extend lockdowns.

It’s too early to ease restrictions anyway. Looks what’s happening in the South. In Tennessee, where Gov. Bill Lee reopened restaurants and shops on April 27, there were 1,156 new cases within a week. In Georgia, where Brian Kemp lifted his shelter-in-place order, over 1,000 new cases sprouted, and he had to extend his Public Health State of Emergency.

Now, some of you are protesting because you’re out of work and are struggling financially; that’s understandable. However, don’t blame your governor; it’s your federal government that has failed you.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and company set up a $12.2 billion economic package to assist affected Kiwis and businesses. That package was issued on March 23. Canada’s economic relief package consists of mortgage payment deferrals, monthly benefits for students and $157.5 million to combat homelessness. That package is in place as well.

Meanwhile, Congress’ high school cliques bicker while trying to finalize a stimulus bill. Shockingly, Republicans shamelessly push for most of that relief to big corporations and millionaires, while the average American receives a coveted $1,200 check.

The joys of the status quo; more rationing. It’s like getting insulin with the candy corn’s signature on the vial.

Speaking of which, in a time where unity is crucial for survival, our Sociopath-in-Chief touts his ratings during press briefings, pushes ridiculous conspiracies and treatments and throws anyone who disagrees with him under the bus.

You have to understand that state governors are trying to make the most out of the awful hand they were dealt.

This time is difficult for all of us. Uncertainty runs rampant, and we’re scared for ourselves and our loved ones. We’re social creatures by nature, so self-isolating is also a challenge.

Your patience only lasts so long, but acting out on your behalf doesn’t end well for any of us. If you really want to improve the situation for yourself, don’t do it at the capitol building with an AR-15, do it on Nov. 2 with your vote.

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