The recent criticisms of President Trump’s press conference Sunday, in which he noted that the “federal government is following the lead of the states” is foretelling of a threat far greater than the one the nation faces with the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a free democratic republic we should fear, not plea for, centralized government control. We need only look to China for an example of the damages and threat this can lead to for our country.

Vice President Pence, himself the former Indiana governor, confirmed the President’s perspective stating, “that is the way our system works. It’s extremely important that the American people recognize that one of the things that makes America different is that we have a system of federalism…….it is locally executed, state managed and federally supported.”

While we see the current COVID-19 epidemic as a significant threat to our country, it is one that will soon be eliminated as a result of the talent in our scientific community. Unfortunately, this disease has ignited a greater menace that will destroy our country. Out of fear our nation is relinquishing its freedoms and deserting its public duties and instead relying on government control.

What the president and vice president are confirming is that our government derives its powers from the governed - the people. This country and its governmental structures are designed on the concept that we, the governed, have the authority and therefore should provide the leadership for actions to be taken. We should not relinquish that responsibility or duty.

Not only did the President’s remarks support the concept of a democratic republic but they also promoted a common sense approach to finding a solution. As the vice president explained, “We want the people on the ground- the decision makers- to have what they need. We want the states to be able to manage the unique circumstances in their states.”

Each state is experiencing the current pandemic differently, thereby justifying different responses based on the services available and the needs identified. Just as it is erroneous the think “one size fits all,” likewise one action does not fit all circumstances. Solutions must fit the circumstances in each state and the various communities within each state.

Granted, as the local government units get smaller, such as at the state and county level, there is a need for a common approach that assures continuity of controls within a certain geography. Recent decisions in the state are an example of how federalism works. Governor Cooper has closed all state schools, restricted certain business operations and crowd sizes. In the process he is funneling resources to those counties, towns and communities based on specific needs.

Carteret County likewise must be prepared to standardize the policies which are currently being introduced in a haphazard fashion. The county’s 11 towns have initiated various levels of public controls, again based on their needs and concerns. The lack of a common action is beginning to create confusion which only amplifies fears and creates doubts about leadership. But this can and will soon be addressed as the county mayors and commissioners gain more knowledge about the disease.

The president is right in stating that the federal government will rely on the leadership of the state leaders. But so too is the vice president when he notes that we “must recognize” our duty and responsibilities to lead rather than to relinquish our freedoms to big government out of fear.

The epidemic will soon be history. The question that should concern us is, will our democratic republic based on the very federalism noted by the vice president still be with us or will it too be relegated to history?

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dc

What deadly viruses prove is a certain amount of isolation is not all that bad. Don't know anything about Wuhan but one can picture in their mind's eye the gross wet markets in China & the people packed like sardines. Then there's the unbelievable number of Chinese workers in Milan & other areas & big cities where the virus is rampant. Then NYC the epicenter of the virus in the U.S. Then in NC again among the masses of Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham & most if not all of it in the end travel-related. Do we want our area to become more like them with uncontrolled growth & density or are our so-called leaders going to do a lot more to discourage uncontrolled development with high density? We may not be Wuhan, northern Italy, or big cities of the nation or state but there's little to no discouraging the growth that the great majority of CC residents don't need or want. It's time to reflect.

David Collins

You absolutely nailed it dc . Every county has groups of folks with massive land holdings or at least assess to it . Over the years these families have gone from farm families to big time local developers . Some have gone into the road building business and diversified into pretty much every aspect of development . Building a family legacy is job one . Sadly they oppose any attempt to slow things down and quite often trample upon environmental rules . That is because they can and have the money to back them up . Just a cost of doing business that can be recouped on the back end . They also use “seed money” to back puppet candidates of their choice for information and favorable permitting . They get to develop where no one could before , imagine that . All this is nothing new , been going on for years . Just that as land gets scarcer it becomes more obvious . Look a bit more closely at the geriatrics that often call the shots in commissioner or board of this or that meetings . Guarantee there is a stinker or two in the mix . Blood is thicker than water . Even thin blood .

taxpayer

Great editorial. Kudos.

powerwatcher

As of about 5 days ago, the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 has led to more than 435,000 illnesses and more than 19,600 deaths worldwide. For comparison, in the U.S. alone, the seasonal flu (also called influenza) has caused an estimated 38 million illnesses, 390,000 hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So, why dont we declare a national emergency every year during flu season? Or, is there m more to the over reaction of our government to this so-called emergency?

sonsofPepe

Excellent point! This whole hoax (and by hoax I don't mean that virus isn't real, but rather the mainstream media making a mountain out of a molehill) was created to do great harm to the economy in order to hurt Trump's re-election chances and infringe on our rights under the guise of protecting us (see Beaufort mayor's Rett Newton wannabe mini dictator action of ordering people to stay home as a local example.) It's my hope that good people will kick these statists like Newton out come next election, but sadly I'm seeing people actually cheer these Nazis on. I hope to see some more civil disobedience to these authoritarian actions as well.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

 This coronavirus thing has been greatly magnified by the media and government, and has spurred invasions on our freedoms. In comparison, 98,000 patients die every year due to medical mistakes/misconduct. You don't see coverage on this, nor do we see the many deaths associated with more preventable means available like alcohol related deaths. We are surrounded by more proximal causes of death, but are focused on this virus. I see it as a test to estimate what the population will tolerate in the manner of invasion of rights, and from what I see it is quite enormous. We have the right to peaceful assembly, but we now see government banning such and more. Whatever the next "crisis" will bring new restrictions. sonsofpepe is right, are we to declare a national emergency with each flu outbreak?

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dc

Along those lines if memory serves an "educated"commenter on here not that long ago made a dire prediction not unlike plenty of other uninformed TDS folks which might be scary to say the least. Dr. Birx (if spelled correctly) felt it necessary to dispel such nonsense during the President's daily briefing a few minutes ago. The hair on fire TDS types not just local, state, national but worldwide might be disappointed to learn the numbers they were projecting might be appropriate only if no one did anything to prevent the spread & let it run wild like their minds were doing in trying to scare the living daylights out of anyone willing to follow their mentality.

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DeadBolt

No argument here, but, do any of you remember this? Just take a peek. It may be what we're being set up for? [ https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars ] This really is not rocket science, but it is a DEADLY DISEASE.

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David Collins

Fear , along with the accompanying drama , sells . Reality is often boring . Some folks revel in living fearful lives . Different strokes for different folks .

dc

Good insight DB. With all the garbage coming out of China & its devastation to our health & economy we'd better wise up. This globalism BS needs to go. This country became the envy of the world from giant steps gained by tariffs & investment in our own industry located on our own soil. We're still the greatest country on earth but globalism & Communist China is now threatening our health & economy to the point of no return. Italy & really the whole EU are getting some tough lessons too. Ten trillion 10 years ago & nothing to show for it. If we can make it through this plight that China's released on the whole world for a few trillion maybe we can learn some hard but good lessons from it. So far our President has been pretty accurate. The task is getting his nut case enemies in our own country to wise up.

David Collins

Does anyone , other than myself , wonder just what does the staff edit ?

In most cases someone asks that we correct an error in their original post. In other cases we remove words or phrases that are offensive and go against our guidelines for comments. Web Editor

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PINEYPOINTER

just wondering if mr collins and dc are local as in born and raised here?

David Collins

If by your question you mean was I birthed by the adjoining pine tree as you , the answer is no . I did get here as soon as I could . 50 years and counting , drawn by the promise of real freedom and the old fashioned pioneering spirit . Not been disappointed but concerned by liberal creep . Can not speak for dc . Please do not confuse sarcasm for liberalism . Not in this lifetime , thank you very much .

dc

Born & raised. My mother's side goes back to 1725 in Carteret & Onslow & my father's side moved here in 1901 from Craven County. That side best I can determine came into Bath in 1600s. Great grandmother on mother's side from east of Beaufort & her parents are buried in Beaufort's Old Burial Grounds not far from Otway Burns. I'll guess like most of us you were born in Morehead Hospital but raised in Piney Point.

DeadBolt

Just a theory DC. (but, it makes some sense, unlike the Democrats) Incidentally, if you ALL WISE BEAUFORT BOARD OF BLOAT ARE WATCHING, well, Morehead City is currently EATING YOUR LUNCH in Business , makes a fella wonder why we don't put you lot out to pasture!

DeadBolt

Also, Dc, or anyone, whats weird about this map? [ https://google.org/crisisresponse/covid19-map ] Get to moving the old mouse, and simply look at the players, like India??????/ How did they escape with virtually no cases compared to their population? I'm actually not sure if this was China, or BACKFIRE. Ahhh , think what you will. [ohmy]

David Collins

I would guess that took care of the question .

David Collins

So there you have it , pointer . Pretty quick response , if I do say so myself . Do I detect a touch of Nativism in the air ? Please remember that you can not have a buyer of land , or much else as well , with out a willing often eager seller . Once finalized a piece of your soul often goes with the land along with any further control . Just the way it works .

dc

A wild guess on India & all really DB might be travel-related. Not sure but India is probably not in love with China & somewhat of a competitor when it comes to cheap labor, products, etc. Italy full of Chinese in that northern garment area. Number & frequency of flights in & out of China & the like. Once talked with a young man who lived 2 years in China business/work related & said he spent his off time picking up paper/trash in park(s) because no one else or entity did. Obviously dirty place except for Communist Party controlled places putting on the front like NK & others. Spain, France, Iran & the list is endless & apparent when it comes to associating with Communist China. Knew it was just a matter of time before our "infected" numbers surpassed China though you can't trust their numbers. Fortunately our death numbers are currently much lower & for various & obvious reasons. It's only common sense that we follow advice about travel of those from highly affected areas if we want to keep all the numbers down.

dc

If you go back far enough we all descended from somewhere else. Mine probably came from either New England and/or Va before this area & before that either England, Ireland or Wales. The larger problem for our area is not where anyone hails from but to slow rather than to speed up growth & more importantly density. That said some, with the exception of David in particular, if not many of the folks coming here to escape where they came from seemingly in many cases want to change things to be more like where they came from. That includes many from other areas of the state whether native or not. That's my take pointer or . anyone else. Each to his/her own opinion.

David Collins

All one has to do is take a gander at Wilmington . A once beautiful place , now the poster child for out of control urban sprawl .

dc

Beach magnets allowed to over develop. National seashores for all visitors to enjoy dream lost long ago. Don't know how we were able to built & operate schools without the tax base back then but we did & didn't worry much about the things that education is consumed with today.

DeadBolt

After WW2, the Government recognized a few sights , like the places your speaking of, as 'useful' , for later. (and thats a wrap) [wink]

dc

"The Real Pandemic is Globalism" by Diana Mary Sitek.

dc

"Why are doomsaying experts, who always get it wrong, still the media's favorites?" By Jack Hellner.

dc

"Dr. Fauci and me" by Barry Peter Chowka.

dc

"U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to keep America dependent on China" by Peter Skurkiss.

dc

"Coronavirus may kill noxious classroom leftism" by Andrea Widburg.

That would be a good thing but not likely.

dc

"World Health Organization under the microscope: what went wrong with coronavirus?" By Hollie McKay. Same old story of we pay a lot in many ways for failed bureaucracy.

kenwood

I am almost embarrassed to respond to the above comments. One actually says that because 23,000 American die each year from the yearly flu, what is the big deal about the additional thousands, that may / will die from the current virus. And many of your contributors agreed with the writer. As a fellow human being it is an embarrassment to belong to the same group. It is a sad day for my country when these types represent the prevailing sentiments of our populous.

JusticeForAll

It's evolution. Self interest wins over altruism in the human species.

powerwatcher

When they start stopping us at checkpoints (for whatever ridiculous reason), we all better resist. If not, the good ole USA as we know it is doomed. I know, I sound like I have an aluminum hat on, but just look at history. As a Vietnam vet I have seen first hand what living under a despot is really like.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Nah, the public will accept this type of thing. Too many cowards today.

DeadBolt

Well, powerwatcher, her it goes [[[ https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-coronavirus-update-almost-75-percent-young-covid-19-deaths-nyc-had-some-underlying-1494832 ]]]

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