“I read it with the strong feeling that here was something that concerned me directly…. It was the concrete, the personal element, the “here and now” of this work that won me over. Thoreau did not put forth a general proposition as such; he described and established his attitude in a specific historical-biographic situation. He addressed his reader within the very sphere of this situation common to both of them in such a way that the reader not only discovered why Thoreau acted as he did at that time but also that the reader—assuming him of course to be honest and dispassionate– would have to act in just such a way whenever the proper occasion arose, provided he was seriously engaged in fulfilling his existence as a human person. The question here is not just about one of the numerous individual cases in the struggle between a truth powerless to act and a power that has become the enemy of truth. It is really a question of the absolutely concrete demonstration of the point at which this struggle at any moment becomes man’s duty as man….”— Martin Buber, “Man’s Duty as Man” (1962)
Weld County, a county in the northern part of Colorado with a population of roughly a quarter-million people, has said ‘No’ the governor’s new lockdown rules:
“Instead, county government continues to do what it has done since March, which promotes and encourage residents and business owners to take individual responsibility and make decisions to protect themselves, their families, their community and their businesses,” the Board of Commissioners said in a statement:
“The county will not enforce a rule confining individuals to their homes for an undetermined length of time;
the county will not enforce a rule that states residents cannot have personal gatherings;
the county will not tell the school districts how to provide education to their students;
the county will not enforce a rule requiring a reduction of attendees in places of worship;
the county will not enforce a rule demanding restaurants close their indoor dining areas;
the county will not enforce any rule that forces a business to shut down or impedes their ability to operate.”
Weld County’s defiance came just days before news that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was “furious” because a Brooklyn synagogue reportedly held a secret wedding earlier this month “with thousands of unmasked guests” in attendance.
“If that happened, it was a blatant disregard of the law,” Cuomo said in a briefing. “It’s illegal. It was also disrespectful to the people of New York.”
Reports say the synagogue, the Yetev Lev temple in WIlliamsburg, has been fined $15,000.
In California, a saloon owner exposes Democrat’s hypocrisy, and is fighting back:
In Buffalo, New York, a protest of some 50 business owners (and supporters) at a local gym turned into a tense confrontation when a health inspector and deputies arrived (apparently after receiving an anonymous complaint) and refused to leave.
According to the Buffalo News, neither the health inspector nor the deputies would specify what rules the gym owner or those in attendance had broken. Authorities eventually left without issuing citations as protesters chanted “Get Out! Get Out!”
The gym’s owner, Robby Dinero, said the gathering was old-fashioned civil disobedience against lockdowns.
“It absolutely was a protest,” said Dinero, adding that enforcement of restrictions has been “arbitrary.”