Controversy arose earlier last week when Brown University Economics Professor Emily Oster wrote a piece published in The Atlantic, titled ‘Let’s Declare A Pandemic Amnesty’ laying out her take on why we should ‘forgive’ one another for the way Covid-19 was handled.
While most people can admit that at one point they believed something related to the pandemic that was later proved false, giving broadband ‘amnesty’ as Oster puts it is wildly unacceptable considering the harm caused by the Covid-19 policies implemented by politicians across the country.
While laying out her case, Oster openly admits that schools shouldn’t have been closed as long as they were, “Some of these choices turned out better than others. To take an example close to my own work, there is an emerging (if not universal) consensus that schools in the U.S. were closed for too long: The health risks of in-school spread were relatively low, whereas the costs to students’ well-being and educational progress were high.”
She explains in the article that she was always for schools reopening, “Because I thought schools should reopen and argued that kids as a group were not at high risk, I was called a “teacher killer” and a “génocidaire.” It wasn’t pleasant, but feelings were high.”
Although this was her experience, she still claims, “Moving on is crucial now, because the pandemic created many problems that we still need to solve.” While she is correct in saying that the pandemic caused many problems plaguing America, she fails to address who is responsible for these problems.
Prominent conservatives across the nation voiced their opinions on the article via social media. Founder and CEO of Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk, wrote on his Twitter feed, “NO PANDEMIC AMNESTY! They want us to forget every business shuttered, every student suicide, every grandparent who spent their final hours isolated and alone, and every career and family wrecked by a useless vaxx mandate. We demand accountability, not amnesty.”
NO PANDEMIC AMNESTY!
They want us to forget every business shuttered, every student suicide, every grandparent who spent their final hours isolated and alone, and every career and family wrecked by a useless vaxx mandate.
We demand accountability, not amnesty.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 1, 2022
Congressman Troy Nehls (R-TX) wrote, “They made you cancel funerals and say goodbye to loved ones over Skype. No pandemic amnesty. Accountability is coming.”
They made you cancel funerals and say goodbye to loved ones over Skype.
No pandemic amnesty.
Accountability is coming. pic.twitter.com/S3cfGL2pqm
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) October 31, 2022
Host of the Liz Wheeler show, Liz Wheeler writes, “@ProfEmilyOster, Hey tell this man and his father they should give amnesty for govt COVID policies. Say it to his face. I’ll wait.”
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) October 31, 2022
Congressman Thomas Massie, who never misses an opportunity to call out radical left wing Covid-19 policies, also commented on Emily Oster’s absurd message to Americans.
They abused your kids, they denied medical treatment to your parents, and they forced you to be injected to keep your job. Give them no quarter. https://t.co/b32W64yDP8
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) October 31, 2022
The American people are not looking for Covid-19 amnesty, rather Covid-19 accountability, and the assurance that widespread lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccine mandates will never occur on American soil again. The American people will not forget.
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