Liberals often accuse conservatives of being dictatorial, yet every time there’s a crisis they’re always the first to take power away from the people and place it in the hands of the government.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the closure of all places of worship because of the coronavirus outbreak, but then he took it a step further. He said that if any church, synagogue, or mosque were to hold religious services, he would close them down — "permanently."
This is the same guy who, less than a month ago, was encouraging New Yorker’s to go out, enjoy the Big Apple, and patronize their favorite restaurants.
Authorities in California are taking stay-at-home orders seriously — over-the-top seriously.
Economist, pundit, and "Ferris Bueller" actor Ben Stein told Newsmax TV last week that he fears the "loss of our civil liberties in a very big way" and that he believes "it's going to hard to get them back." He recalled an incident where the children of friends were issued citations for hiking on trails where no one else was around.
California is also issuing $1,000 citations to people sitting alone in their vehicle at the beach, or paddle boarding on the ocean.
And they don’t understand it when conservatives don’t follow suit.
Over the weekend former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich asked what the following states had in common:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- South Carolina
"They are the only states left that haven't issued stay-at-home orders," he answered.
"And they all have Republican governors."
He must have been getting his information from a CNN story that ran Saturday, because they both missed a state — Oklahoma.
And yes, the state also has a Republican governor.
Criticism is also being directed at President Trump for his refusal to issue a nationwide stay-at-home order.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace pressed U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral and Dr. Jerome Adams on the issue Sunday.
After playing a clip of Trump stating that he "would leave it to the governors" to make their own determination, Wallace turned to Adams:
"The coronavirus is not a state issue, it doesn’t follow or respect state borders. Dr. Fauci says he believes there should be a national stay-at-home order. Is he wrong?"
Adams said that the vast majority of Americans — in all the states — were staying at home and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on their own, no matter where they live.
And indeed, where are they going to go?
All the states have closed schools, and most have shuttered up non-essential businesses and restricted crowd sizes.
Prominent Democrats, most recently Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Sunday that he supports a national stay-at-home order.
It’s ironic that the very people who call Trump a dictator on a near-daily basis now criticize him for not being dictatorial enough, despite that even NPR believes that such a nationwide order would more-than-likely be illegal.
North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer appeared on "Fox & Friends Sunday" and explained how his state’s rate of coronavirus cases is actually falling despite not having a stay-at-home order in place.
"It’s called common sense" he said, adding, "it doesn’t hurt to have a grand total of 10 people per square mile."
He observed that people generally do what’s best for their own health and safety whether it’s mandatory or not.
And while people will generally act in their own best interest without being ordered to, the inverse is also true: those who won’t act in their own best interest won’t do it even in the face of an order.
Such orders can prompt overzealous police officers to issue $1,000 citations to paddle boarders and hikers out in the middle of nowhere, as well as to drivers stopping for a few moments alone in the car at the beach.
Perhaps Ben Stein’s fear over the "loss of our civil liberties" isn’t misplaced after all.
James Madison, our fourth president and the author of the Bill of Right, once wrote that, "Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression."
More recently Ronald Reagan cautioned us that, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction," and that each generation has to fight to retain their freedom.
Perhaps this is the fight for this generation to retain for the next one.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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