Governors’ and big tech’s partisan pandemic power grabs were anything but sensible, said David Marcus, a writer for The New York Post and author of “Charade: The True Story of the Coronavirus Crisis.”
“The American people were told to stop using their common sense for a year, right?” Marcus told Federalist Publisher and Host Ben Domenech on Fox News’s “The Ben Domenech podcast.” “‘This is science. Common sense has nothing to do with it.’”
One of the biggest polarizing factors of the pandemic, Marcus explained, occurred when state legislatures “punted the football” and gave governors and health officials unchecked power.
“They were just like ‘Hey, Governor, here’s all the power. Have it for as long as you want. We’re washing our hands of this.’ And one of the huge problems with that is that governors don’t do constituent services,” Marcus explained. “…For a year and what I as far as I’ve been able to find in a completely unprecedented fashion, state legislators just stopped functioning. The people lost their voice, utterly and completely.”
Marcus said this was a problem because “we can’t substitute the American people through their elected representatives making their own choices for a panel of experts appointed by governors or a president.”
“I do think that that central orthodoxy of conservatism, keep the government out of it, you know small government, limited government, is incredibly challenged by big tech and their power because we might be at a point where the only thing that can stand up to that are the levers of government power, and if that’s true, then conservatives need to rethink some things,” Marcus said.
While governors such as Democrat Andrew Cuomo wielded their massively expanded power poorly and hurt Americans in the process, Marcus said wasn’t until big tech companies began cracking down on certain people such as Dr. Scott Atlas that he saw how political COVID-19 had become.
“That was a huge wake-up call, not just in terms of that narrative of setting up heroes and villains but then big tech putting its thumb on the scales and the villain can’t even
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