Peggy Noonan

[Correction (my first ever) – In my last post, I suggested that Sweden’s decision to remain “open” did not result in significant adverse reaction.  That is incorrect.  Sweden has a higher death rate percentage-wise than other countries that have “closed.”  Covid stats are available at https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ ]   Now . . . .  

I enjoy reading Peggy Noonan’s columns on Saturday in The Wall Street Journal.  She is always incisive and smart in her offerings.  Her column today (4/25-26/20) inspires me to provide some of her salient observations.

What will hurt us is secretly rooting for disaster for those who don’t share our priors.  Everyone is trying to live.  It doesn’t help to be a Northerner who looks down on Southerners, or a securely employed professional . . . who has no clue what it means when a small-town business crashes.  People who can work remotely probably don’t feel the same urgency to reopen as those who must be physically present, in retail and at diner counters.  

Conspiracy nuts who think the virus was a hoax to bring down Donald Trump will always be with us.  So will grim leftists who take pleasure in every death of a guy who called the threat overblown. . . . 

We forget we are 50 different states with different histories, ways and attitudes, even different cultures.  New Jersey isn’t Wyoming; Colorado isn’t Arkansas.  This used to be called ‘regional differences.’  We can’t tamp them all down, and we don’t want to.   So people will do things at different speeds in different ways.  The thing is to watch, judge fairly and move to countermand what proves dangerous.”  

Wise counsel.  There are good people on both sides of the Covid-19 issue.  And religion.  And politics. . . . .

 

Eloquence. . . .

Peggy Noonan has a way with words. . . . . In the Wall Street Journal (May 4-5, 2019) she had some really salient comments.

The federal government will not become smaller or less expensive in our lifetimes. There is no political will for it among elected officials. . . .But beyond that fact is something bigger. America needs help right now and Americans know it. It has been enduring for many years a continuing cultural catastrophe — illegitimacy, the decline of faith, low family formation, child abuse and neglect, drugs, inadequate public education, etc. All this exists alongside an entertainment culture on which the poor and neglected are dependent and which is devoted to violence, sex and nihilism. As people, we are constantly, bitterly pitted against each other, and force-fed the ideas of America as an illegitimate, ugly, racist and misogynist nation. Even honest love of country isn’t allowed to hold us together anymore.”

If you don’t see the verity in her words, you may be part of America’s problem . . . .