Government bureaucrats are working from home and getting paid while homeschooling. Business people are trying to homeschool while their lives fall apart in front of their kids. Ten thousand people in line at a food bank in Texas while Nancy Pelosi stands in front of a $24,000 fridge and is eating ice cream that costs $12 a pint.
The term ‘civil disobedience’ was coined by Henry David Thoreau in his 1848 essay to describe his refusal to pay the state poll tax implemented by the American government to prosecute a war in Mexico and to enforce the Fugitive Slave Law. Thoreau spent time in jail over this act.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy describes Civil disobedience as a public, non-violent and conscientious breach of law undertaken with the aim of bringing about a change in laws or government policies. On this account, people who engage in civil disobedience are willing to accept the legal consequences of their actions, as this shows their fidelity to the rule of law.
The spread of COVID-19 has caused federal and state governments to take measures that would have seemed extreme just weeks earlier: shutdowns of businesses, closing of borders, and curtailing of large gatherings. One in five Americans had been asked by state and local officials in places like Virginia, California, New York and Illinois to stay home.
Note: If you are unemployed, or your business is about fail, don’t blame China. Don’t blame a virus. If you live in Virginia, Ralph Northam did this to you.
A public health crisis can justify these measures. However, does COVID-19 itself justify what could be seen as an attack on civil liberties?
This virus is extremely contagious, but for most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
Despite the seriousness of COVID-19, should we shut the country down–we seem to keep everything open over an epidemic of a lethal flu strain such as H1N1?
Unemployment is now 18%…how is that okay?
Another 5.2 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims in the week ending April 11. That brings the total unemployment claims over the past four weeks to 22 million, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The total weekly claims fell close to 1.4 million from last week’s 6.6 million initial unemployment claims. Economists had been expecting the report to show the ranks of jobless Americans increasing by 5.5 million.
But this is still awful: the one-week record—before the current streak of multi-million claims—was 695,000 in October 1982.
22 million. In a month. Now think about the people who want to keep the current situation as the status quo for 12-18 more months.
Explain to me how banks will make $17.5B in fees for PPP loans they CAN’T LOSE MONEY ON yet for some reason half the qualifying businesses and most of the indie contractors CAN’T GET A RESPONSE to their applications ? — Mark Cuban
With many factories shut down, American industrial output tanked in March, registering its biggest decline since the U.S. demobilized in 1946 at the end of World War II. Retail sales fell 8.7%, with April expected to be far worse.
Note: What’s fascinating about IHME’s model, which was used to justify this lockdown, is that while it’s hospitalization numbers were insanely wrong on the high end, it’s death numbers haven’t moved much at all. What does that mean? It means the “flatten the curve to save lives” rhetoric was also bogus. IHME, whose bogus guesses were used to justify widespread lockdowns to “flatten the curve,” overestimated hospitalizations by 350 percent.
Throughout this pandemic, any doctors, scholars, broadcasters, and others, who dare to raise legitimate and thoughtful questions or draw conclusions and voice opinions that go against the ever-changing media group think narrative must be pilloried. They’re labeled controversial, deniers, and all the rest. Meanwhile, the people who push the COVID-19 narrative are mostly ignorant cherry-pickers and spit-ballers.
Meanwhile, we’re being bombarded with stupid email newsletters filled with propaganda and tons of worthless information.
The ugly truth is that COVID-19 is very serious, but it’s also not going anywhere. What we are seeing is that the virus is similar to HCoV-OC43 and HCoV-HKU1. These viruses cause the common cold. They come and go with the seasons, with human immunity decreasing over time. It’s why we keep catching the same cold over and over again. The idea that this virus is going to somehow be eradicated is not realistic.
Factoid: “Coronavirus” and “COVID-19” — the actual name for the virus is SARS-CoV-2 or SARS II. It is an extremely contagious new strain of the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus.
Herd immunity (when enough members of a population have either already had a disease or been vaccinated against it, stopping the flow of its transmission) will be slower to build up and hold. Outbreaks of the coronavirus will be a regular part of life.
This is why destroying the economy as a way to ward off COVID-19 is ridiculous.
How did this happen so fast? It’s like you went to bed in the USA and woke up in China….
Whether or not Northam’s Executive Order is constitutional is no longer the point. The effect on the economy and people’s lives is going to be far worse than the virus itself.
Just an observational note: Those sitting at studios in multi-million homes or apartments lecturing on TV that it’s reckless to reopen parts of the economy are more than gainfully employed, well-stocked and aren’t feeling the pain and helplessness many Americans without jobs and income are.
Humans crave certainty. Be observant in the coming weeks and months for how this need for certainty is weaponized in multiple arenas by multiple authorities. Now, clarity is important. History may be unkind to the concept of avoiding a potential tragedy by creating a certain one.
The latest has to do with testing…everyone before we can reopen the county. 99% of the country doesn’t have it or isn’t sick. Is the plan to test all 327 million people? Why? Why do people who are not sick need to be tested?
Before all is lost, all Americans should engage in an act of civil disobedience. Businesses should reopen, bars and restaurants should open, and people should stop staying home. We can do this and still exercise safety and caution. If it makes you feel better, wear a mask and continue commonsense social distancing. It is time to peacefully defy the Governor’s Executive Order and tell the town to go pack sand.