Do all of these reactionaries in the US who complain about government overreach in the pandemic not realize that we live in a democracy?

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It's not the government imposing its' will on the population, it's the majority of the population saying that we don't want a disease to run rampant (if you think the lockdown fucked up the economy, imagine what 1/4 of the population too sick to work for a few months would do and if you think that mask mandates and social distancing violates individual liberty, imagine not being able to leave your house lest you catch a disease that will incapacitate you at best and kill you at worst) because the minority wants to pretend that everything is fine and dandy.

Now if we didn't live in a Democracy then you would have a point. Take for example the authoritarian regime of the PRC, they don't listen to the popular will of the people and let elites indulge in wet markets and as a result everyone had to pay the price.

But but the US is a republic, not a democracy


A democracy is a form of government while a republic is a system of governing and the two aren't mutually exclusive.

But but no one's forcing people to stay in their house during a pandemic.

And no one is forcing you to wear a mask. In a world where we just went on with business as usual in the pandemic, people can chose to leave their house and risk catching a deadly disease just like you can chose to go without a mask and risk getting fined for doing so.

It's like the reactionary right in the US has been taught all their lives that they're these special little individualist snowflakes but any fight against a pandemic has to be first and foremost a collective one (Pan is the greek prefix for all) and they just can't stomach it.
Do all of these reactionaries in the US who complain about government overreach in the pandemic not realize that we live in a democracy?
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