So, yesterday evening as I was sitting at my computer, along came a call from my very dear friend Mike Visser. He lives in Canada, but he had just seen on the Fox News Channel (FNC) that our governor, "Pretty Boy" Gavin Newsom, had just ordered us Californians to stay indoors and in our homes for the foreseeable future.
The reason, of course, is the highly contagious coronavirus which apparently has spread like wildfire all over the Golden State in the last two months. Gov. Newsom had also said that if current trends continue, something like 55% of Californians would contract the virus. Immediately thereafter, for the first time ever in my time in Beverly Hills, I saw numbers of police cars cruising the streets of Beverly Hills. The police officers were looking at anyone on the sidewalk or in cars. I could see this from my window.
Now, let’s be fair about this. Newsom’s order does not apply to persons going out for groceries or for medicine or toilet paper (the new gold) or to walk their dogs or just to get a breath of fresh air. So it’s not that horrible.
But it’s horrible enough. My phone and email and texts just blew up with people who are terrified. Just scared to death. I was scared, too. I don’t want to live as a prisoner in my own home, as much as I love my home. And I have more than one home so I can go to other locales to get some fresh air. One of my homes overlooks the Malibu Beach, so that’s fresh air indeed. Another is 10 floors over the skyline of LA, so that’s not so bad either.
But I feel as if I am in a police state. Now, Newsom has emergency powers authority. But if you study the language of those powers, it’s implied that these powers are meant for wartime use, and there’s nothing in there about illness.
Still, all government behavior in a constitutional democracy is subject to being reasonable. Newsom could not, for example, order the California National Guard to invade Oregon and seize Medford.
So, what is the reasonableness behind this lockdown?
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