There is a very real chance that millennials will be on the wrong side of coronavirus history, and they just don’t seem to care.
The youth of America is often a little bit arrogant. After all, this is the land of opportunity, and a do-or-die attitude will get you a long way in our nation. We admire grit and we reward toughness.
The only problem is that too many young Americans cannot tell the difference between these virtuous traits and the all-too-common stupidity. Spring breakers who were twerking and grinding on one another in Florida were reminded of their own inherent imbecility this week.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday the mass closure of bars and nightclubs as the coronavirus pandemic festers in the United States and in the state of Florida. He did not provide a stringent order for beaches in the Sunshine State but said the statewide position is in accordance with the CDC guidance of “no group on a beach more than ten.”
“You have to have distance apart if you’re going to be out there,” DeSantis said during Tuesday’s press conference. “So that will apply statewide.”
The governor noted that local officials could take more aggressive action depending on the situations in their respective communities. Officials in the Miami area, for example, have taken more aggressive action, with Miami Beach imposing a curfew on popular blocks of South Beach and shutting down public beaches “from Fifth through 15th streets — including Lummus Park” in South Beach.
President Trump had earlier stated his displeasure with these seemingly “invincible” young people who refused to adhere to the CDC guidelines.
“We don’t want them gathering, and I see they do gather — including on beaches and including in restaurants — young people. They don’t realize — they’re feeling invincible,” Trump said during a Wednesday press conference.
“They were feeling totally invincible or are feeling that way but they don’t realize they can be carrying lots of bad things home to grandmother and grandfather and even their parents,” he continued.
“So we want them to heed the advice. We made the advice, and I think it’s getting through. I do believe it’s getting through,” he added.
If the youth of the nation can’t seem to get their act together, they could be saddled with the unfortunate reputation as being the most selfish of generations, whose irresponsible actions and unfathomable nonchalance threw fuel on the pandemic fire.
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