The anti-lockdown movement: a very American protest amid coronavirus pandemic
From    20Apr2020

ITV News

In a country that treasures individual freedom, and where suspicion of the government is in its DNA, a nationwide lockdown in America was always going to be a tough sell.

There's a reason that a state like New Hampshire has as its official motto, "Live Free or Die."

Many Americans, especially in rural communities, celebrate individualism and a defiance of central authority over almost all other values.

We're seeing the protests spring up across the country.  In California, Texas, Idaho, Michigan, and now here in Pennsylvania.

Call it crazy during a pandemic.  Or call it prescient that some Americans see government as posing a threat as it aligns with Big Data and announces unprecedented orders about what people can do and where they can go.

The view of many on the American right is that once a freedom is relinquished it is rarely regained.

And of course it's all amplified this time because the protesters have a cheerleader in the White House.

Donald Trump built his presidential bid on conspiracy theories and on his dismissal of science and expertise.  And he sees this moment as an opportunity to rebuild a coalition of the angry, the sceptical and the aggrieved ahead of his reelection campaign.

That’s the reason behind those extraordinary presidential tweets telling Americans to "liberate" states run by Democratic governors.

He was in the bizarre position of urging citizens to defy his own government's pandemic guidelines, but there was method in the madness.