by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A big question for 2021 is whether Americans will continue to put up with the lockdowns. An obituary honoring an 86-year-old man in Bismarck, North Dakota, may reflect a rising tide of anger that sees Americans rebel against the arbitrary, capricious lockdown regulations that hypocritical politicians impose. The obituary, in addition to celebrating a true American, tells the brutal truth about how this man died all alone, kept from his family for almost a year, because of lockdown policies that arguably have made no difference whatsoever.
If you cast your mind back over the endless year that was 2020, you may remember that our governing class introduced lockdowns to America by promising that it would be a two-week exercise to “flatten the curve” and allow the medical establishment to get up to speed. …
North Dakota has faired better than California (or New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, etc.). As of the last day of 2020, North Dakota recorded 92,502 confirmed cases and 1,299 deaths. One of those deaths, on December 1, 2020, was 86-year-old Lloyd “Fuzzy” Lauer. …
… But here is the meat of his obituary, telling of a tragic, lonely, and frightening death, not in a dark alley or on a battlefield, but in a Bismarck “care facility,” all courtesy of his own government:
“On Nov. 16, after 35 weeks of being imprisoned in a long term care facility under the pretense of ‘keeping him safe,’ Lloyd contracted the very thing they were supposed to be keeping him safe from – facility acquired COVID-19. He battled through another two weeks of fear, isolation, and illness before his body finally surrendered and released his soul to go be with his Jesus. This process stole his freedom, his dignity, and his health, but it was unable to steal his beautiful spirit and his handsome smile which he hung unto until the very end. As a society, what we have allowed to happen to Lloyd and all those in long term care is despicable.”