Many US politicians are prolonging the national misery of the pandemic instead of easing it.
Throughout the pandemic, American political and public-health leaders have been following Rahm Emanuel’s classic dictum for power-seeking officials: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Now they’ve adopted a corollary: You never want a crisis to end.
So they are prolonging the national misery instead of easing it, which could be done with a few simple strategies:
- Explain to the public that the virus will never disappear but is no longer a mortal threat to the vast majority of Americans.
- Encourage the minority still at risk to get vaccinated by honestly discussing who is in jeopardy and what scientists have learned about infections.
John Tierney, a contributing editor for City Journal, is the co-author of “The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It.” Adapted from City Journal.
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