Are protesters right about getting back to work?

Are protesters right about getting back to work?

By Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb, Contributors  Apr 26, 2020, 9:00am MDT

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Members of the group “Freedom in the Numbers! No More Social Distance!” rally against a state stay-at-home request at the Salt Lake City-County Building in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
Utahns rally against a state stay-at-home request at the Salt Lake City-County Building in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on politics has expanded beyond campaigning, dueling press conferences and who gets blame or credit. Actions by federal and state governments are generating protests among the general public. We do our best to explain.

As the pandemic shutdown drags on, we’re seeing rallies against “stay-at-home” orders. Are these protests an emotional flash response that will soon fade, or an indicator of much deeper citizen convictions with long-term consequences for society?

Pignanelli: “Most protesters are simply struggling Americans who have concluded that — at least for them — the cure is turning out to be worse than the disease.” — William McGurn, Wall Street Journal.

From the moment the Puritan separatists disembarked from the Mayflower, our country has been a series of arguments and protests. The demonstrations against lockdowns in a dozen states last week reflect this tradition.

Most observers conclude the demonstr


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