A government drunk with power is more dangerous than a virus.
Caught On Video: A pair of Wisconsin police officers on a crazed power trip show up at a woman’s home because she “violated a state order” by allowing her daughter to play at a neighbor’s house pic.twitter.com/JTtogvoE1X
— Darrin McBreen (@MediaRival) April 29, 2020
Via the Daily Wire
On Saturday, police in Kansas City “intervened” to shut down a parade of elementary school teachers. The staff of John Fiske Elementary School decided to organize the parade as a way to boost the morale of their students and encourage them in their new distance learning adventure. All of the teachers and administrators were in their own cars. There was literally no chance whatsoever of any virus being transmitted from car to car. But a spokeswoman for the police later explained, after the elicit gathering was descended upon by law enforcement, that the celebration of learning was not “necessary” or “essential.”
Two days before the Kansas City community was saved from the threat of cheerful elementary school teachers waving to children from their sedans, police in Malibu arrested a man who was caught paddle boarding in the ocean. Two boats and three additional deputies in vehicles were called to the scene of the non-essential joyride. How could a man out by himself in the Pacific possibly contract or spread the coronavirus? Nobody knows. But orders are orders, after all. And so the man was pulled out of the ocean and hauled away in handcuffs.
Not far from this harrowing scene, the San Diego sheriff’s department was giving out citations to people who’d committed the nefarious crime of “watching the sunset” on the beach. At around the same time, over on the east coast, Pennsylvania state police were pulling over and ticketing a woman who, according to the citation, was “going for a drive.” You may think that going for a drive when you’ve been locked in your home for three weeks is indeed a rather essential activity. And you may also think that there is essentially zero risk of contracting or transmitting the virus while you drive along a country road in the rural county of York, Pennsylvania. But none of that matters. The politicians have spoken. You may leave your home only for the reasons they decree.
A woman in Minnesota was recently pulled over and ticketed for two offenses: First, driving with a canceled license, which seems fair. But second, for violating her state’s stay-at-home order. She said she’d gone to Taco Bell and before that had visited her storage unit. Why should one be essential and not the other? Who knows. That is up for the politicians to decide. The point is that you can’t just go out and move around as you please. What do you think this is? A free country?
Officials in other parts of the nation have banned essential retailers from selling non-essential items like mosquito repellent. I suppose the prevention of West Nile and malaria are no longer considered essential. The mayor of Port Isabel, Texas, has decided, for whatever reason, that residents may not travel with more than two people in their vehicles. What if you’re a single parent with two kids? Well, sorry, one of your kids is out of luck. It’s not clear how this rule will be enforced, but some states have made that easier on themselves by setting up checkpoints to stop and question every car that passes through. A driver from New York who gets caught in Florida might face 60 days in jail. I should stop here to remind you that Florida and New York are places in the United States of America, not Soviet Russia.
……the First Amendment has officially been neutralized, as the multiple pastors arrested for holding worship services have found out. All of this may seem quite oppressive and Gestapo-ish, but a police chief in Colorado put those worries aside by explaining that the act of leaving your house and going outside is not a right but a “privilege” that can be revoked if it is “misused.” A prosecutor in Ohio, exploding in a fit of rage during a radio interview, said that those who defy his state’s stay-at-home order are committing “felonious assault” and if you’re guilty of that, you can “sit your butt in jail, sit there and kill yourself.”
Again, I remind you: this is the United States of America. Or at least it used to be.
Apologists for our newly established police state will tell me that states and localities have the authority to impose restrictions in an emergency. That is true, but the question of how far their authority actually goes is complicated, and in this case made even more complicated by the fact that these stay-at-home orders, in many cases, are based not on a current medical emergency in the respective state, but on models that forecast the possibility of an emergency in the future. For example, Minnesota is under a stay-at-home order despite having only 29 coronavirus deaths among a population of over 5 million. Perhaps the situation will get worse. Perhaps not. The point is that there is no current emergency in Minnesota or many of the other states currently under lockdown. There is, rather, a model that projects an emergency. And if projected emergencies can justify the effective nullification of the Bill of Rights, where is the limit? Haven’t we now granted the government the power to seize near-total control on the basis of any real or phantom threat?
And there are other problems. We don’t know that these lockdowns will actually have the effect of saving lives. It’s possible, as Dr. Fauci has admitted himself, that the virus could come roaring back to life whenever we emerge from our homes. It’s also possible that the illness came to America in November, December, or January, aboard any of the hundreds of thousands of travelers from China who poured into our country during that span. If that’s the case, then the viral horse has long since left the barn, and the lockdowns are obliterating our national economy and driving millions into ruin for minimal preventative gain. So we have, then, a series of indefinite stay-at-home orders based on dubious models, and dubious projections, with a dubious chance of success, and which often outlaw behavior that could not even plausibly put anyone at risk from the disease that may or may not, or maybe already has, become epidemic in the states where these laws have been enacted. Is that good enough to justify treating Americans like subjects in a communist dictatorship?
I would argue that nothing could ever justify such a thing. Indeed, the First and Fourth Amendments — the provisions of the Bill of Rights that seem to be having the worst time of it, recently — serve no purpose and have no reason to exist if they can be canceled or overridden whenever the government might have a specially compelling reason to do so. It is only when the government has a specially compelling reason to violate the amendments that the amendments have any function. After all, we really don’t need them during the times that the government has no interest in infringing on them. It seems that if we toss aside our right to assembly, our right to practice our religion, our right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, etc., whenever the government insists that such protections are hazardous to our health, then we might as well not have the rights in the first place. It’s like locking a criminal in a cell but giving him the key to open it along with a stern warning to only use the key if he has a very good reason. Doesn’t the key make the cell a rather pointless accessory? Sure he might remain in it sometimes, but only when he wants to. And it’s precisely when he wants to be behind bars that you don’t need the bars at all.
I’m not suggesting that state governments should do nothing in response to the coronavirus. I am suggesting that they shouldn’t have the power to do whatever the hell they want, for whatever reason they want, to whatever extent they want, for however long they want, with whatever penalty they want. Which is what is happening now all across the country. Governments can and should act justly and prudently to respond to threats that endanger their citizens lives. But there is little in the way of justice and prudence in these measures.
A father was arrested in a park by Brighton Colorado cops in front of his 6-year-old kid for “violating the social distancing order”. The press release claims that the Brighton PD is offering an apology to the guy:
Today, Acting City Manager Marv Falconburg reached out to Brighton resident Matt Mooney by telephone in an effort to arrange a meeting in person with Falconburg and Brighton Police Commander Frank Acosta to offer an apology by Brighton Police Department in person. Falconburg conveyed an apology, however, Mr. Mooney has declined the offer for an in person meeting.
On Sunday, at about 4:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to respond to a complaint from a concerned citizen about a large group of people gathering at Donelson Park. Upon arrival, officers encountered a group of about 12-15 people who appeared to be playing softball. Although the officers asked them to disperse due to the park being closed, which was incorrect, disbursement was needed due to the state’s public health order regarding group gathering.
The Brighton Police Department is currently conducting an internal investigation into what led to officers detaining Mr. Mooney while responding to the complaint. While the investigation sorts through the different versions of what took place by witnesses who were at the park, it is evident there was an overreach by our police officers.
I’d suggest a refresher course on the 4th Amendment.
At least one sheriff’s department has the guts to stand up to this bullshit:
……..Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols announcing his decision to exercise restraint regarding enforcement of Maine Governor Janet T. Mills’ order, purportedly to fight coronavirus, imposing limitations on the exercise of individual rights.
The announcement at the sheriff department’s Facebook page is in regard to Mills’ March 31 stay-at-home order.
In the announcement, Nichols makes clear that he does think there is danger from coronavirus. He recommends that people follow “strict [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines and recommendations” and “use masks if needed, wash your hands frequently, disinfect, wear gloves and use common sense in all situations.”
However, Nichols also makes it clear that his office will employ discretion to protect people in the county from being subjected to some of the more restrictive implications of the governor’s coronavirus order.
Nichols’ announcement begins as follows:
Two Arizona county sheriffs, one on the western edge of the state and another just south of Phoenix, say they won’t enforce the stay-at-home order imposed by Gov. Doug Ducey in part because they think it is unconstitutional.
The sheriffs, Doug Schuster of Mohave County, tucked along the Colorado River, and Mark Lamb of Pinal County, made their comments separately. But Schuster said in a Friday phone interview that he had spoken with Lamb about their mutual feelings regarding the governor’s order.
Both said they would speak to residents violating the order. But neither would arrest anyone for not obeying.
A Port of Seattle police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after he posted a video to Instagram last week urging his fellow officers not to enforce the city’s stay-at-home orders, calling them unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe account for Greg Anderson, 39, currently sits at around $280,000.
The Dem Kentucky governor Andy Beshear sent his jackboots out to record the license plates of people attending church on Easter and tried to force them to be quarantined for 14 days.
A Federal Judge granted a restraining order against the Dem Mayor of Louisville Kentucky after he tried to shut down a drive-in service on Easter Sunday:
Judge Justin Walker granted the order Saturday, which prevents the city from “enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce; or otherwise requiring compliance with any prohibition on drive-in church services at On Fire,” according to court documents.
Judge Walker called Fischer’s decision “stunning,” and “beyond all reason, unconstitutional,” according to court documents. “On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter. That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of ‘The Onion’,” Walker said.
Imagine the outrage if they did this to muzzies during Ramadan.
Newsom wants to create brigade of jackboots to round up people, forcibly remove them from their homes, and force them into quarantine.
City workers outside Little Rock removed a basketball hoop to prevent a girl from playing.
Child protective services raided the home of a salon owner because she dared to open her business.
Cops in Beverly Massachusetts set up a one-way sidewalk that nets violators $100 tickets.
Philly cops yanked a man off a bus for not wearing a mask.
Dem Michigan governor forbids ‘travel between residences’. She’s also banning the purchase of baby car seats, home grown organic food, doing landscaping, playing golf, and restricting stores from selling paint, flooring, garden centers and furniture.
Ohio public health Commissioner Jeff Cooper has decreed that car parades be discontinued.
Church members in Greenville, Mississippi, were cited with $500 tickets for sitting in their vehicles with windows closed during a radio service in the parking lot. Another church in the same area was told: “Your rights have been suspended”. Good thing the DOJ intervened on this.
The black activist thug mayor of Chicago got pissed when people questioned the integrity of violating her own “stay at home or get arrested” order by getting her hair done at a salon.
Delaware cops authorized to pull over out of state drivers.
Pennsylvania State cops issued a ticket to a woman for “going for a drive”.
Don’t worry folks in LA, if you’re not complying with the whole ‘stay at home’ thing deputized city officials will just ‘pay you a visit.’
Note, if he hadn’t mentioned deputizing people we might not be quite as unnerved listening to this elected official on CNN talking about arresting people like he’s talking about ordering coffee for his office.
Pennsylvania ordered a police-enforced shut down of “non-life sustaining” businesses.
Agencies in 22 states used ChiCom-made drones to ‘enforce social distancing’.
Officials in Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky and West Virginia mulled the use of technology found in GPS-enabled ankle bracelets and smartphone apps to track COVID-19 patients.
The FBI shut down access to online public records.
Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates.
The St. Charles county council and the St. Louis city council booth want to shut down civil liberties entirely and give themselves unilateral power:
Looks like the St. Louis County Council is pulling something similar (though likely voting on different issues): pic.twitter.com/QYXn8Pfjg6
— Rep. Tony Lovasco (MO-64) (@tonylovasco) March 20, 2020
Now, why would they care about alcohol and firearms if they weren’t already trying to restrict those, especially firearms?
As if the tyrannical bullshit going on wasn’t enough, the shitbag Executive Director of the World Health Organization wants to pull people out of their homes:
Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program:
“In most parts of the world, due to lockdown, most of the transmission that’s actually happening in many countries now is happening in the household at family level.
In some senses, transmission has been taken off the streets and pushed back into family units.
Now, we need to go and look in families to find those people who may be sick and remove them and isolate them in a safe and dignified manner.”
Because kicking in your door and dragging you out to “isolate” you in a “safe and dignified manner” is for your own good. Newsflash cupcake, you try to pull that shit in America and it will not end well.
The coronavirus will come and go. But the government will never forget how easy it was to take control of your life; to control every event, restaurant, sports facility, classroom, church, and even if you are allowed to leave your house. They will never forget how little effort it took to turn you into a pile of paranoid mush. Remember that the next time they manufacture a crisis.
I am sticking to my normal routine. I go to the store, visit friends, and go out and about as I wish.
When this is all over, the Dem politicians who pushed this frantic behavior will forget all about the rights they violated and the economic damage they caused with their abuse of power. We won’t.