Woodstock: From Liberty to Lockdown

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Said, I’m going down to Yasgur’s Farm, Gonna join in a rock and roll band, Got to get back to the land and set my soul free…”

The year was 1969. A music festival would set up shop on a rural farm in Bethel, New York. The event would become legendary in stature. But it would also become a signpost of a dramatic change that was about to occur in the American culture, and the displacement of a worldview that had been the foundation of our society for centuries.

The festival would ultimately draw a crowd of more than 400,000 people. The music would play for three days amid births, deaths, and some undesirable elements of nature. Miraculously, peace would hold and love would prevail, despite the numbers that gathered.

The lyrics cited above and below are from a tune written by Joni Mitchell and recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The song generated a solid hit for both the songwriter and the group. Predictably, an anthem was born for part of a generation that would fall in love with leftist ideology.

These would be the folks who would grow up thinking that they were thoroughly “progressive-minded.” They would have families of their own, but they would raise their children much differently than parents of past generations had, both in manner and substance.

They would also take over the reins of power in all of the institutions that make up the pillars of a once-envied society—educational, political, medical, legal, and religious.

And maybe it’s the time of year, Yes and maybe it’s the time of man, And I don’t know who I am, But life is for learning…”

A gigantic experiment was taking place without much of society’s knowledge or willingness. The counterculture of the 1960s was rebellious in nature, longing to be supposedly unshackled from traditional modes of authority, while still seeking an ideal new interpretation of “The American Dream.”

Something went terribly wrong, though.

It seems as if it would take an eternity to try and figure out what has actually occurred over these past decades as the result of an aggressive segment bulldozing an unassuming one. Time is a luxury we can ill afford, so for now the puzzle pieces will have to remain scattered.

An article dealing with Woodstock recently triggered a number of media outlets. The article about the iconic rock festival, titled “Woodstock occurred in the middle of a pandemic,” was published by the American Institute for Economic Research and written by Jeffrey Tucker.

As the article’s title indicates, the gist is that a very well attended, seminal rock festival took place smack in the middle of the 1968-69 Hong Kong flu pandemic.

According to the CDC, the Hong Kong flu was estimated to have caused 1 million deaths globally and 100,000 in the United States. Symptoms included coughing, fever, and shortness of breath. Most of the victims of the illness were over 65 years of age and had additional underlying medical conditions.

The government monitored the outbreak. People washed their hands and sought medical attention if they were ill. There were no masks, no lockdowns, no stay-at-home orders, and no prisoners released from jail. The press for the most part ignored the whole thing.

As for social distancing, Tucker wrote that the entire notion of using social distancing and public lockdowns is a relatively new one. The first time it came up was in a 2006 study by scientist Robert J. Glass, who got the idea from his teenage daughter’s science project. Two doctors who were working in the Bush administration suggested that government-enforced social distancing should be used in the next pandemic.

Tucker’s Woodstock article was not received well by the dominant media, likely because its content is at odds with the narrative that is being spun by a majority of the elite.

Reuters news service, which had initially classified Tucker’s article as True, apparently felt the need to fact-check itself. The news service downgraded its rating to Partially True and then downgraded its designation a third time to Misleading.

Reuters claimed that the pandemic came in two waves, and Woodstock took place in between the two waves, so therefore the rock festival did not take place “during” the pandemic.

Interestingly, Woodstock’s organizer Michael Lang was aware of the danger of the pandemic. He was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in August of 1969, specifically stating that a medical team was brought into the festival in the event an outbreak occurred. This came to light thanks to economic and political historian Phil Magness’s Twitter account.

Magness also revealed that the Altamont Speedway festival, or as it was known at the time, the “Woodstock of the West,” was held in December 1969, almost exactly when the second wave of the Hong Kong flu outbreak was peaking.

It is literally shocking that leftists of today who espouse the philosophical worldview of the 1960s are the same individuals who are now utilizing authoritarian tactics to strip away freedoms and stifle expression.

Ironically, they have become everything they never wanted to be.

We are stardust, we are golden, We are caught in the devil’s bargain, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden…”

Time to Reopen Main Street USA

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Main Street USA is the heart of America.

From big cities to small towns, Main Street USA tells the story of where we came from, where we are going, and who we will always be—holders of the dream.

When the pandemic hit and Main Street USA shut down, our shared heart sank. Shaken yet ever sanguine, we gently sighed, looked to the ones we love, and vowed to carry on.

As Main Street USA boarded up, holders of the dream went to work in their kitchen-schoolrooms, walk-in closet offices, and backyard workshops. For many, the work seemed harder than ever and the reward more distant. But as voices of loved ones long ago reminded us, patience will prevail and morning will come. Holders of the dream tightened their grasp.

Small business is merely an academic word for Main Street USA.

So who is small business?

Just take a moment and think back to all the small business folks you have relied on over the years to help fill the gaps in the average everyday needs of life:

-the sitter who took care of you when mom fell ill

-the music teacher who lit the spark

-the roofer who kept the house dry in the storm

-the appliance repair tech who in mid-July raced to fix the freezer

-the veterinarian who lit candles, played sweet music, and helped you say good-by

-the local pharmacist who gave an inexperienced youth a job as a delivery boy

-the jeweler who readied your bride-to-be’s engagement ring

-the tailor who altered the suit from Goodwill that helped you nail the interview

-the furniture store owner who rushed to make the loveseat for mom and dad’s first visit

-the auto mechanic who traded the car you pushed into his shop for one he had already restored

-the florist who brought the flower-filled beach chair to your best friend’s memorial six states away

-the baker who designed the Princess Warrior cake for a friend who had beaten cancer

Holders of the dream have millions of stories such as these to share. So tragic that many of our leaders don’t care to listen.

The truth is the largest and most successful companies in America started out as small businesses. It wasn’t always this way, but as the Democratic Party moved further and further to the left, the notion that there is intrinsic value in saving Main Street USA was tossed to the wayside.

Now Democrats and their fierce allies in the media are resisting reopening and advocating for the continuation of the lockdown of Main Street USA.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently spoke to the Democratic Socialists of America about opposing the reopening of the country.

“When we talk about this idea of reopening society, you know, only in America does the president — when the president tweets about liberation — does he mean go back to work. When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot people should just say ‘no’ — we’re not going back to that,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

The freshman representative also laid the groundwork for a future general strike.

“The majority of Americans don’t know what a general strike is and so our responsibility is to talk about it, expand consciousness about it, and to actually create the conditions in which working people can generate and really exercise their own power, the power that they already have,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Retail shops, restaurants, and other local concerns in every community across our land have been hit harder than anyone could have imagined. If the shutdown continues much longer, most of the small businesses in our country will simply be wiped out.

Add to this the tens of millions of independent contractors, freelancers, and self-employed individuals, and it becomes apparent that there is a huge number of working folks that are on their last leg.

The manner in which the Democrats and their willing media accomplices are misleading people is cruel and contemptible. They continue to heighten anxieties over the possibility of more COVID-19 deaths, while simultaneously characterizing the reopening of “non-essential” businesses as a reckless choice of money over lives.

What holders of the dream keep tightly in their grasp isn’t about money. It’s about worth.

A little soundtrack:

Ted Cruz’s Legislation Could Halt China’s Censoring of Hollywood

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz may really be on to something big.

Sen. Cruz plans to introduce legislation soon, which will address a critically important issue involving the rights of Americans, as well as folks in other nations, to enjoy entertainment product that is free from Chinese communist censorship.

The former 2016 GOP presidential candidate has, in accordance with modern congressional practice, affixed a clever acronym to his new bill, SCRIPT, which stands for the “Stopping Censorship, Restoring Integrity, Protecting Talkies” Act.

The legislation seeks to deter a current practice of Hollywood studios in which, prior to release, they submit movies to Chinese censors. The proposed law would cut off any assistance given by the Department of Defense to those film studios that allow the communist regime to alter cinematic content.

With regard to many a film and television production project, Hollywood has often requested help from the Pentagon. It has been this way for years. In each branch of the military, there is actually a liaison office that aids filmmakers with consultation, personnel, equipment, and access to military installations.

“For too long, Hollywood has been complicit in China’s censorship. The SCRIPT Act will serve as a wake-up call by forcing Hollywood studios to choose between the assistance they need from the American government and the dollars they want from China,” Sen. Cruz recently said in a statement.

The truth is Hollywood is in need of a wake-up call. China was set to surpass the U.S. box office of 2020 just before the coronavirus shutdown occurred.

Hollywood executives are well aware of the fact that the Chinese regime limits the number of foreign films that can be released annually in its country. Additionally, many Chinese companies provide considerable amounts of capital for Hollywood productions.

The Chinese regime is preoccupied with projecting a false image in order for it to continue to maintain its power. As a result it has frequently injected itself into creative aspects of American entertainment production and oftentimes altered content to fit its own agenda.

Back in 1997, Martin Scorsese’s film “Kundun” was banned, because it appeared to be sympathetic to the Dalai Lama. Scorsese and other members of the production team were literally banned by the Chinese regime from ever entering the country again.

China also took the dramatic step of banning Disney films and television shows. Disney actually apologized in 1998 for releasing “Kundun.” Eventually, though, the company was able to make a deal in 2016 to open Shanghai Disneyland.

In 2006, creators of “Mission Impossible III” were required to remove part of the film’s opening sequence in which underwear hanging on a clothesline made its “undesirable” appearance in a Tom Cruise chase scene in Shanghai.

The following year, creators of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” were evidently persuaded to edit out footage of the character Chow Yun-fat, because it offended the Chinese powers that be.

In a 2012 reboot of “Red Dawn,” the original plot featured an invasion of the United States by China. The storyline was dutifully altered to depict the invading enemy as being from North Korea. Since the initial filming had already been completed, this feat was accomplished via re-shoots and digital alteration. It would be to no avail though, because the movie still ended up in the position of being unable to obtain a China release.

The James Bond 2013 installment, “Skyfall,” was released only after scenes that included Chinese police using torture tactics and prostitution occurring in Macau were edited out.

That same year the Brad Pitt film “World War Z” was banned by the regime in Beijing, because the plot of the film had the origin of the zombie outbreak kick off in China. Interestingly, Chinese officials also had a grudge against Pitt for his audaciousness in having starred in the movie “Seven Years in Tibet.”

As a condition of the China release of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” creators of the 2018 Queen biopic had to redact any references to lead singer Freddie Mercury’s sexual identity and the cause of his passing. The Chinese censors even removed part of star Rami Malek’s Oscar acceptance speech from the streaming Academy Award ceremony.

During the same year, Disney’s “Christopher Robin” was banned by Chinese censors, because activists had noted on the internet President Xi Jinping’s resemblance to Winnie the Pooh.

In the movie trailer of the yet to be released “Top Gun: Maverick,” missing from Tom Cruise’s iconic leather jacket are the Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches, which appeared on Maverick’s original coat. The patches have been replaced by two non-descript, similarly colored symbols.

Sen. Cruz’s SCRIPT Act would be a great first step in trying to address China’s egregious pattern of modifying U.S. entertainment product.

Now if only Hollywood could lend its support to the cause embodied in the legislation — that even in the entertainment industry, artistry and its dual pursuits of truth and self-determination, still reign supreme over profit.

Michael Moore Deconstructs ‘Green’ Energy in New Documentary

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Michael Moore is known for triggering right-of-center media venues and individuals with provocative remarks, which have oftentimes served to promote documentaries that have personally enriched him.

In his latest film, however, Moore appears to engage in some misdirection. Instead of throwing a left hook, he throws a right.

How can it be that Moore would put his cinematic stamp of approval on something that might infuriate the left?

One thing for sure, there is quite a bit of finger pointing at liberal “green” icons included in the footage of “Planet of the Humans,” the latest documentary where Moore is credited as executive producer.

A master of PR, Moore seems to have known exactly what he was doing in releasing the film on Earth Day, environmentalists’ most revered calendar date.

Some of the more notable nuggets that the documentary exposes are as follows: Biomass fuel destroys nature at a faster rate than nature can replace; electric cars are charged via the power grid, which requires the use of exorbitant amounts of non-renewable energy; and a by-product of mining lithium is the inevitable damage that occurs to the ecosystem.

Decimated in the movie is the notion that solar and wind energy are legitimate replacements for fossil fuels.

“Planet of the Humans” exposes the hypocrisy of some of the environmental movement’s most famous eco-celebrities, including former Vice President Al Gore, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, activist-author Bill Mckibben, and news commentator Van Jones.

The documentary also reveals the secret profiteering and corporate connections of the Sierra Club, Goldman Sachs, and former President Barack Obama’s green energy initiatives. It additionally calls out Gore for selling his television network to Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera and chides McKibben for cozying up to Wall Street and being an advocate of biomass.

“The takeover of the environmental movement by capitalism is now complete,” the documentary’s narrator declares.

Josh Fox, director of the anti-fracking film “Gasland,” voiced his dissatisfaction with the film on Twitter.

“I just had the unfortunate displeasure of watching PLANET OF THE HUMANS the #Earthday freebie irresponsibly put out by Michael Moore @MMFlint,” Fox wrote, opining that it was “an unsubstantiated, unscientific, poorly made piece of yellow journalism which attacks proven renewable energy and science.”

Fox and his cohorts tried to have the movie removed from public access and sought an apology from Moore.

McKibben, the high profile environmentalist who was exposed in Moore’s documentary, was incensed.

“I am used to ceaseless harassment and attack from the fossil fuel industry, and I’ve done my best to ignore a lifetime of death threats from right-wing extremists. It does hurt more to be attacked by others who think of themselves as environmentalists,” McKibben posted on 350.org, the website of the environmental group that he founded.

The self-described website for the U.S. solar community, PV Magazine, featured an article on Moore’s movie, which was penned by renewable energy analyst Eric Wesoff.

Wesoff described the film as a “screed against solar power, wind power, biomass, hydrogen fuel, ethanol, EVs, and a case for the general unsuitability of renewables as a replacement for fossil fuels.”

He also wrote, “It’s difficult to take the film seriously on any topic when it botches the solar portion so thoroughly.”

“Planet of the Humans” is written, directed, and narrated by Jeff Gibbs, a self-described lifelong committed environmentalist, who co-produced Moore’s best known films “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 911.” For the next few weeks the filmmakers are making the documentary available on YouTube without charge.

Moore shared with Reuters the following puzzling statement: “I thought electric cars were a good idea, but I didn’t really think about ‘where is the electricity coming from?’”

He added, “I assumed solar panels would last forever. I didn’t know what went into the making of them.”

Even though the documentary takes on the renewable energy issue and skewers some big-name environmental leaders in the process, the filmmakers remain totally committed to the same basic views as the backers of the “Green New Deal.”

The film asks during its final scenes, “Can a single species that’s come to dominate the entire planet be smart enough to voluntarily limit its own presence?”

The narrator then claims that the environmental debate essentially avoids discussion of “the only thing that might save us.”

Although Moore and Gibbs go beyond a mere expose of the promoters of renewable energy, they unfortunately come to a grim conclusion that is shared by the extreme left; that being, humankind is very close to destroying the planet.

According to Moore and Gibbs, what we really need to do is get “a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption.”

Sadly, environmentalists of their ilk appear to be world-weary misanthropes who will continue to hold fast to the belief that the real problem is not carbon emissions or greenhouse gasses, but people.

Celebrities Show Love for W.H.O., Disrespect for U.S.

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Despite having temporarily sacrificed some of our freedom during the coronavirus lockdown, many Americans seem to have gained a newfound appreciation for our country.

The Hollywood left, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to have had the same experience.

To a whole lot of everyday people, much has been revealed through the pandemic that shocked us to the core, and many a lesson has been learned. One of the most important lessons gleaned is how incredibly dangerous it is to be dependent on a communist regime with regard to our critical supply chain.

Too many of our celebrities, though, continue to display an utter lack of awareness or understanding about the geopolitical realities of our times. This was recently driven home when many of the rich and famous lent their names and talents to the unworthy cause of raising funds for the World Health Organization (W.H.O.).

A virtual concert took place this past weekend, which was promoted as a “One World” event. It was designed to benefit the W.H.O., a global entity that is deeply enmeshed in controversy.

The concert’s marquee included A-list celebrities such as Taylor Swift, John Legend, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, and Lady Gaga.

Late-night comedians Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel served as hosts. Other famous individuals who made appearances included Ellen DeGeneres, former First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, and Bill and Melinda Gates, the couple whose foundation is the W.H.O.’s second biggest donor.

As a virtual concert, the event had artists and participants appearing from their homes; this allowed for the event to be broadcast across multiple television channels in the U.S. and around the globe. Funds in excess of $128 million were raised, according to a press release from the organizers.

The timing of the concert was more than unfortunate for our nation. President Donald Trump had just canceled funding for the W.H.O., due to credible allegations of influence exerted upon the group by the communist regime in China.

The president took the appropriate action for our country when he held back funds for the W.H.O., pending an investigation of the group’s alleged malfeasance in dealing with China’s mishandling and potential cover-up of the coronavirus breakout in Wuhan.

The W.H.O. has had a spate of bad press. The head of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is a former official of Ethiopia’s Marxist Tigray People’s Liberation Front. In January and well into February of 2020, Tedros lavished unmerited praise on the Chinese government for its handling of the virus’s breakout and supposed sharing of information. While the W.H.O. leader commended China, he simultaneously criticized other nations for their responses to the coronavirus emergency.

Tedros had encouraged the nations of world not to limit travel to and from China and also delayed letting the world know that the virus was a public health emergency.

At a recent White House press conference in which he pledged to withdraw W.H.O. funding, President Trump stated the following: “The W.H.O.’s attack on travel restrictions put political correctness above life-saving measures.”

Interestingly, the “One World” virtual concert was organized by the W.H.O. along with another entity, the non-profit advocacy group Global Citizen.

The staging of a musical event with a theme that ran counter to the Trump administration’s policies was apparently something that Global Citizen had been involved with on a prior occasion, as recently as September of last year.

President Trump had just shared with the United Nations General Assembly the notion that “the future does not belong to the globalists. The future belongs to the patriots.” A mere four days later an event called the “Global Citizen Festival” was held in New York’s Central Park.

Entertainers that were featured included Queen (with Adam Lambert), Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, Carole King, and Hugh Jackman, a celebrity lineup with comparable star power to the one that the W.H.O. featured at its fundraising concert. Tickets to the event were offered for free to “global citizens” who were willing to “take a series of actions to create lasting change around the world.”

Similar to the recent W.H.O. “One World” concert, the event brought together entertainment figures to appear with activists in order to promote a host of radical pseudo-utopian causes.

Our nation and the priceless freedoms it affords are what enable individuals to reach for the sky and, when hard work and destiny lock hands, achieve their dreams.

Perhaps as tragic as a virus that infects the body is a hatred that hardens the heart. There is no virtue in supporting the W.H.O., an organization that may have assisted China and betrayed the U.S. and possibly the whole world.

‘Essential’ Faith

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At a time when folks are struggling to come to grips with grave illnesses, economic hardships, logistic challenges, and imposed isolation, faith has become an “essential” in the battle against the “invisible enemy.”

But worship communities that have been trying to follow government regulations and guidelines have suddenly found themselves under attack in several parts of the country.

It appears as though various state and local officials, who may or may not hold a different view of religious worship than their fervent faith counterparts, are using current coronavirus-related circumstances to target people who are participating in worship in safe and responsible ways.

The free exercise of religion is an absolute fundamental right endowed by the same Creator to whom the aforementioned worship is directed. This free exercise of religion is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution.

In simple yet eloquent words, the text of the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Recently, however, just prior to the pinnacle Christian celebration of Easter, several state and local officials took some aggressive steps in which they attempted to limit, and in some cases, even ban people from engaging in worship.

Thankfully, Attorney General William Barr has been paying close attention to the issue and is poised to intervene.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) notified state and local officials who had been involved in the banning of religious services and informed them that the DOJ was not going to sit back and allow the coronavirus pandemic to be used as an opportunity to target worshipers.

DOJ Director of Communications Kerri Kupec tweeted, “During this sacred week for many Americans, AG Barr is monitoring govt regulation of religious services. While social distancing policies are appropriate during this emergency, they must be applied evenhandedly & not single out religious orgs. Expect action from DOJ next week!”

The most blatant examples of overzealous government action have come against churches that were utilizing drive-in services, i.e., those in which congregants remained inside their own vehicles during church services.

Over this past Easter weekend in a supposed effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, tried to ban such drive-in church services. For those who still value common sense, the overly broad action taken by the mayor was outrageous.

Folks who remain on the inside of their respective vehicles during worship services are actually safer than many of those who engage in so-called official “essential” activity.

The Fischer order singled out church-goers in cars who were merely sitting in the parking lot. Meanwhile people in vehicles all over the place lined up at drive-throughs of fast food restaurants, banks, pharmacies, and the like. Double standard like no other.

“It’s not really practical or safe to accommodate drive-up [church] services taking place in our community,” the mayor said in defense of his ban.

Claiming that if he allowed drive-in religious services, there would be “hundreds of thousands of people” driving around the community.

On Fire Christian Church, which is located in Louisville, Kentucky, sued Fischer and the city, alleging that the mayor’s action against the drive-in religious services was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Justin Walker agreed, issuing a temporary restraining order against the mayor’s order.

“On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter,” Judge Walker wrote.

Kentucky is a hotspot when it comes to interfering with the free exercise of religion. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear went so far as to announce that the government would be tracking the license plates of any individuals attending Easter services and would subsequently mandate the owners of the vehicles to be quarantined for fourteen days.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul denounced Beshear’s dictate. In a post on Twitter, Sen. Paul stated, “Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.”

Similar to Louisville, two churches in Greenville, Mississippi had to contend with police officers who arrived at their drive-in services and threatened to levy fines on worshipers of $500.

“We were abiding by the CDC guidelines,” Rev. James Hamilton of the King James Baptist Church said, during an appearance on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Members of the church were inside their cars, had their windows up, and I was preaching the Word of God. So no one was outside, and also we had cars at a distance,” the reverend added.

Apparently, Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons had issued an executive order that targeted churches in a selective manner.

As Judge Walker wrote in the Louisville case, “…if sitting in cars did pose a significant danger of spreading the virus, Louisville would close all drive-throughs and parking lots that are not related to maintaining public health, which they haven’t done.”

At this critical time in America, the free exercise of religion is in greater need of protection than just about any other moment in modern history.

Thankfully, this Easter season has demonstrated it’s not faith that’s in short supply. It’s politicians who are willing to honor the Constitution.

President Trump Emphasizes Reopening the U.S.

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As a nation we are all sacrificing to achieve a victory over the invisible enemy. However, we have another threat to with which to deal that involves an essential part of the American fabric, gainful employment.

President Donald Trump touched upon our need for honest and productive work in a recent briefing when he spoke about the importance of restarting the U.S. economic engine.

“Let me be extremely clear about one point. We will move Heaven and Earth to safeguard our great American citizens,” the president said. “We will continue to use every power, every authority, every single resource we’ve got to keep our people healthy, safe, secure and to get this thing over with.”

“We want to finish this war. We have to get back to work.”

This is a message we have heard from the president before. Rightly so because a shut down nation is not only unsustainable but actually poses a clear and present danger to all of us. The reality is that financial health has a great deal to do with the physical and psychological well being of the nation. For those who understand the risks economic damage is posing via a self induced-economic sleep, especially President Trump, the objective of getting the economy up and running as soon as possible is paramount.

The president indicated he had hoped to open up businesses by Easter, April 12, but he made an adjustment to the original time frame, extending our national social distancing effort to the end of April on the advice of his task force members.

President Trump also said he’s “thinking about” forming a panel to examine how best to restart the country’s economy, which he called a “good idea.”

“I’m thinking about it,” President Trump said at a White House Press briefing. “I continue to say, the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself.”

The president tweeted an endorsement of a such a plan offered by Dana Perino, former press secretary to President George W. Bush, and now a commentator on Fox News, among other public figures.

She had suggested putting together a group of experts well suited to advise the president about dealing with the economic ramifications resulting from the economic shutdown created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Perino said this group would complement the team led by Vice President Mike Pence, “Let 1st task force focus on crisis at the moment,” Perino tweeted.

Reopening the businesses of the country would be the focus of such a task force. As the president has emphasized the shutdown of our enterprises goes against our nature. “The U.S. economy wasn’t meant to be closed as it is…We’re not going to have separation for the rest of our time on the planet,” he said.

President Trump hinted only a couple of weeks ago that he was thinking about balancing public-health restrictions with economic concerns.

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF,” he tweeted and was predictably attacked by the media and craven politicians for the idea.

It is clear that the cure has already cost millions of Americans their jobs. The leisure and hospitality sectors have been decimated.

The fact is that we can plan for our nation to go back to work and we can do it while simultaneously protecting those most likely to harmed by exposure to coronavirus infection, those immunologically compromised, those with chronic diseases, and the elderly.

Younger people without complicating medical conditions who have recovered from the virus and have demonstrable immunity could be allowed to return to work.

At an appropriate time, we also can reopen businesses with social distancing limitations and restart a significant part of our economic engine.

Retailers that have been allowed to operate because they sell groceries have already shown the way by establishing new procedures to sanitize shelves and shopping carts, and regulate the number of shoppers present in the store aisles.

A host of retail uses such as clothing, furniture, and jewelry, etc. should be allowed to innovate and reopen following the same kinds of safeguards that grocery and drug chains have implemented. If Walmart, Target, and CVS can be open during a pandemic so can a long list of other retail chains and small shops.

Two sectors that employ even more people in the nation than leisure and hospitality are manufacturing and construction.

Workers in these sectors do not normally interface with the general public and could be allowed to start again with safe operating practices and with workers practicing social distancing.

Getting factories and construction sites back online would bring back needed jobs and move the country further along the road toward a total economic restart.

Seeing these sectors open up again would remove some of the uncertainty, instill hope, and allow a significant number of Americans to engage in gainful employment, the productive pastime our people love.