There’s a famous dictum from the world of medicine, “First, do no harm,” which has applications that reach far outside it. In a blog for the Harvard Medical School website, for example, Robert H. Shmerling, MD wrote:
“Ultimately, it is also a reminder that doctors should neither overestimate their capacity to heal, nor underestimate their capacity to cause harm.”
The same guiding principle can apply to government, as well. Too often, our nation’s leaders overestimate the capacity for government to cure our ills. And in a shocking display across the country in recent months, they’ve shown an inability to comprehend their capacity to cause harm — as seen in Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.