While the threat of COVID-19 remains very real, there are many Americans who have found themselves alarmed by some of the more authoritarian precautions being taken in our land of the free.
Tonight, around our nation, cities and towns will be enforcing mandatory and so-called “voluntary” curfews. Businesses have been shuttered. Hell, even some streets have been closed.
On the deeper, dingier parts of the internet there is talk of a “boogaloo” or of martial law coming to our cities. While this speculation may be nothing more than some mildly annoying sensationalism, in Los Angeles, things certainly seem to be headed in a spooky direction.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened “non-essential” businesses Tuesday that if they do not obey the city’s “stay at home”orderto close during the pandemic crises, he will cut off their water and their electricity.
Speaking at his daily briefing, the mayor described his new enforcement initiative (via KTLA 5):
The mayor went on to announce the “business ambassadors program”— an effort to get nonessential businesses to close.
“This behavior is irresponsible and selfish,” he said of those that remain open.
He said the Department of Water and Power will shut off services for the businesses that don’t comply with the “safer at home” ordinance.
Neighborhood prosecutors will implement safety measures and will contact the businesses before issuing further action, according to Garcetti.
“The easiest way to avoid a visit is to follow the rules,” he said.
The only weapon that the human race has to use against coronavirus is “social distancing”, in which we will work to starve the virus by ending its spread.
Obviously, some locales are taking this more seriously than others.
I know that what I am about to say will not be received by many people. This is just my observation based on years of reporting on politics and politicians. I certainly do not claim to be any form of an expert. I have an opinion based on what I’ve known to be true.
The is an old saying, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” History has proved that saying true countless times. For some people, given absolute power goes to their ego’s and they run wild with their absolute control. It always requires some form of force to make it stop, or to remove them from power.
In recent years as the democrats have moved steadily left toward socialism, their thirst for control has grown too. We’ve seen that most obviously here in California. Our state is firmly in the fist of socialist who continue to pass more and more draconian laws. Taxes increased, freedoms diminished, bureaucracy has grown exponentially and ask any business about regulations and regulators.
When all the “recommendations” of “social distancing” came out, the felling was one of suggestion, not “martial law” orders. The “Stay at home” “suggestion” seemed reasonable. Made since and most people complied because of the reasonable logic of the “request.
“Suggestion” and “urging” has become “demand or else” orders, including arresting people, and/or slapping them with be fines. That begs some questions;
- When did any legislature meet to write, and pass laws for any governing authority to force citizens to remain confined to their homes?
- Then, how is any policing authority going to enforce laws that do not exist?
- Now that they have us confined in our homes, what is the next draconian step to remove more freedoms?
- When does it end?
As I am writing this I have the television on and they just played a snip-it of a politician threatening their citizens of severe repercussions if they don’t comply to “orders“. That’s NOT suggestion, plea or desire. That’s tyrannical orders. Yes, I know they are concerned about this virus, yet they never show the same concern over annual flu season that has proven to kill more people.
Yes, there are many people in our country that rebel against authority. Yes. There are people who will do what they want to do regardless of any appeal. Draconian practices are not the answer. Using fear and intimidation to control the populace has been used by governing authorities for centuries. That’s what makes me suspicious of the Eric Garcetti’s and Gavin Newsome’s, and any other authority that makes demands with threats they cannot back up with law.
I am suspicious of all politicians. History is on my side.
That’s it. Got it off my chest. I don’t want to add to anyone’s fears.