Buck Sexton, the host of the “Buck Sexton Show” said the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdowns have exposed a “failure of philosophy” in the U.S. that says the government cannot eliminate all risks for its citizens.
Sexton said the government’s role is to provide its citizens with a reasonable amount of security from preventable threats, but the idea that all risk resides with the government is a wrong one that is hampering the country’s effort to reopen.
"We have had a failure of philosophy here, and it is that the government is here to protect you from all risk, including unreasonable expectations of security," Sexton said. Sexton said you should be able to rely on law enforcement to respond if you are being attacked and national defense to protect from an outside aggressor, but your overall expectation should be minimal.
Sexton said a good case-in-point was a sun-drenched New York City this weekend. Residents there emerged from lockdown and basked in the warm spring sun, while largely obeying social distancing orders, he said.
"They're done," Sexton said. "It's beautiful outside, the weather's warm, they're going to live their lives. People want to take risks. If you don’t want to go outside, don't go outside."
Sexton has been an outspoken critic of statewide shelter-in-place orders that he says were largely based on incomplete data and unsure science. The U.S. economy has been decimated by these guidelines and Sexton said it is time to allow Americans to get back to living their lives while taking the proper precautions.
The federal and state governments are trying to determine how best to reopen the economy while balancing the risk for new infections. The coronavirus has been challenging for health officials because it is highly contagious and many can be asymptomatic carriers that can spread the illness.
The U.S. saw 2.9 million Americans apply for unemployment last week alone, bringing the total number of claims since the beginnings of the outbreak to 36.5 million. It is becoming clearer that the correct approach would have been to take steps to protect the most vulnerable while the rest of the population practices good hygiene.
“There’s no easy answer,” he said. “Because theimpecileswho’ve been telling us all along to do as they say and we’ll all be safe—they weren’t telling you the truth. They don’t know what they’re talking about; they’re not keeping you safe and they’re doing incalculable damage to the economy and our way of life.”