Are you genuinely suggesting that the dire situation in California is because of the restrictions? Surely its despite them and if people had mixed freely the situation would be much much worse.
For me people saying "lockdowns/restrictions" don't work because people are still dying etc is like saying people still die in fires lets sack all the firemen and bin all the smoke alarms.
No I'm saying as I said you can fit whichever narrative you want, it's fine for people on this thread to pile onto Sweden like they are terrible yet when I point out it's the same in California where they have harsh restrictions I'm a heretic and being horrible somehow.
My argument would be there's no evidence to show lockdowns work and they have a tremendous cost, nothing more.