Some say authoritarian governments are better able to manage a crisis like coronavirus than a democracy. But I say, not so fast.
The Founders wisely provided for emergency powers when needed, and both the president and governors have used these. We have institutions such as the Federal Reserve able to take quick action when needed.
But beyond that, our democracy depends on the virtue of the people. Benjamin Franklin stated what the founders understood when he said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”
The jury is still out on whether people get this. We still have far too many people, especially young people, out and about, ignoring social distancing. People are still hoarding sanitizer, masks, and toilet paper.
Yes, we need everything medical science can bring to the table but, more than that, we need the American people to step up their sense of civic virtue.