These are scary times. What’s really unfortunate is that the previous statement has absolutely nothing to do with Covid-19. Well, it does, just not the disease itself.
Before I go further I want to state that this is not meant to slight the global pandemic that we are experiencing. It is a serious issue and not something to be taken lightly. However, as I have previously stated, based on my assessment the disease itself is not the real threat. For the record, I say that as a person who is actually in an at-risk group for an adverse reaction to the contraction of the virus. So please, believe me when I say that I do take the virus seriously and that this is not meant to downplay the virus itself.
With that being said, the far more serious issue of concern relates to the dangerous precedents being set. These precedents to which I refer are the rapid increase of government capabilities disguised as an effort to combat the virus. Worse still, these are happening quickly with almost no resistance. There has been little to no effort to mitigate or curtail the long-term impact that this unchecked government power will have.
As if that weren’t enough, there are actually citizens of this country begging for these increases in government power to occur. It’s genuinely frightening to me to see this happening. Almost daily, we have seen the president, governors and even mayors on television giving press conferences outlining steps being taken to stall the spread of the virus to give us a fighting chance to withstand it and keep it from overwhelming the system. What’s alarming about these press conferences though is that if you listen to the questions the press asks they almost always center around the government exerting more control over people’s day to day lives. Then, if you look at the comments that these conferences get on social media there are a troubling amount of people begging for the government to literally force people to stay in their homes.
In my own state, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Lord Blackface is issuing decrees left and right. Even still, you will find people deriding his actions as not going far enough. People are requesting that businesses be forcibly shut down, curfews enforced, and that people be compelled by force to remain in their homes. So much for “give me liberty or give me death.”
The sheer number of people chomping at the bit to give government more authority under the illusion of increased safety is staggering. Even people who identify as conservative are jumping up and down with anguish saying, “we must do more!!” And the tyrants on the left are taking notice.
Never the party to let a crisis go to waste, the would-be overlords are doing everything from insisting that we nationalize the supply chain for the medical sector to banning guns (also here and here). Because, you know, stopping people from owning guns is going to stop the spread of a virus. All while admonishing the president to roll back restrictions he put in place to stop the spread of the virus, and quite literally spouting out Chinese Communist Party propaganda.
None of this should be surprising though, given that it was Bill Clinton who sold us out to the Chinese to begin with, giving the CCP the foundation from which to begin its rapid development to where it is today. See, that’s the problem, tyrants gonna tyrant. The left just can’t help themselves when it comes to being anti-American and taking steps to increase their power. They don’t see China as an enemy, they see them as a kindred spirit or komrade, if you will. Because deep down they both want the same thing: the advancement of Marxist ideals.
So it should be no surprise then that American leftists would willingly, gleefully, parrot Chinese propaganda. They don’t look east and see tyranny, they see a blueprint. They see what the Chinese are doing, how they’re implementing new restrictions and controls and they’re giddy at the thought of being able to do that here.
Leftists have always looked to capitalize on chaos. It’s how they took over Russia, how they took Korea and Vietnam, and even how they’ve been able to slowly chip away at rights within the United States. Look at 9/11, the extraordinary power grab that came as a result of the USA PATRIOT Act was unprecedented. Now before someone gets up in arms and claims the Patriot Act was Bush, Obama extended and reauthorized it with help from Democrats. Tyranny knows no party, thanks in part to RINOs within the Republican party, but that’s a subject for another blog.
The issue here is that the controls enacted in times of panic chip away at our fundamental rights and increase government power. Sure, they’re sold to people as temporary necessities in order to protect us, but when does a government power ever get repealed once it’s in place? Once a government control is enacted, it stays.
The previously mentioned Patriot Act is a prime example of this. Look at how many times it’s been abused (cough FISA cough) and challenged on its Constitutionality, yet here we are almost 20 years later and it’s still kicking. Sadly, that’s just one example.
Which brings us full circle back to the original point: the increases in government power as a result of this global pandemic are frightening. The bad part is that these increases are happening by way of executive fiat, they aren’t even new laws. The tyrants at the top of the state governments, the House and Senate Democrats, and some Republicans, are frothing at the mouth at this unprecedented opportunity to increase the power of government. People are openly accepting blatant infringements on their rights and flagrant oversteps of authority by the government because they’re scared of a virus that the media has blown out of proportion in an attempt to weaken a president prior to an election. Further still, some people are even trying to encourage these deliberate power grabs because they don’t think the people in charge have done enough.
The tyrants will always be tyrants, we have to guard against them at all times. Unfortunately though, it doesn’t take much for otherwise good people to run to the open arms of big government the moment something scary threatens their perception of safety. Turning to government in times such as these may seem like the only option to some, but history has shown that this never works out. Just ask the Romans who ceded authority to Caesar, the 100 million killed in the last century alone or a lucky survivor like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
You cannot compromise with tyranny; you have to fight it at every turn. Even in times of upheaval and uncertainty the answer is never more government. This virus, like others before it, will pass; the restrictions we allow the government to enact, will not.