Tyranny and totalitarianism right here in River City

Governors Can’t Use Coronavirus To Indefinitely Declare A State Of Emergency. Molly McCann – “In a national panic, Americans permitted executives to take power—to declare states of emergency and to implement lockdowns—and now those executives won’t give that power back.”

“At the federal level, there are three separate, co-equal branches of government that must operate together for our representative republic to function properly, and this balance of power is mirrored at the state level. Unhappily, our system today is not functioning as designed.
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In a moment of national panic, Americans permitted their state and local executives to take power—to declare states of emergency and to implement lockdowns—and now those executives won’t give that power back.
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Most state statutes automatically terminate emergency authority after a 30- or 60-day period, unless specifically extended by the governor. This highlights that emergencies are assumed to be of short duration. Our current quandary is that governors are using COVID as an excuse to extend their authority indefinitely.

From “Corona-Totalitarianism” To The Invasion Of The “New Normals”. Tyler Durden – “People’s minds are being taken over by a much more destructive and less otherworldly force… a force that transforms them overnight into aggressively paranoid, order-following, propaganda-parroting totalitarians.” … “That is what totalitarianism is, this desire to establish complete control over everything and everyone, every thought, emotion, and human interaction.”

Obliged to Bow Before the Altar of Incompetence. Peter Smith – “Executive actions should not be capricious and arbitrary. What does that mean?” … “government actions should make sense; are fit for purpose.” … “It is a malady of our age that government is thought to be wise; and, most of all, responsible for keeping us ‘safe’.”

“Here and around the world we are witnessing the tendency of governments to overreach and restrict personal freedoms when the opportunity is presented and when not under close critical scrutiny. Perhaps, sovereign citizens are not so idiosyncratic in such circumstances.

How Forced Isolation Makes Huge Power Grabs Possible. Stella Morabito – “Today’s wannabe social controllers are clearly using the virus as a sort of obedience school where we can be conditioned through isolation to conform to their demands.”

“No matter what you think of Trump or his tweets, we should all meditate on the power of that sort of immunity from social pressures. We should find ways to develop it in ourselves. Because if tyrants had less ability to instill social isolation, they’d be less able to induce the fears that allow them to control people’s lives.

Bernard Goldberg: “I’m no fan of Donald Trump. And that’s putting it mildly. I don’t like his chronic dishonesty. I don’t like narcissism. I don’t like his nastiness and his silly name-calling. I detest his need to constantly cause chaos, … There’s nothing about this man’s character that I like.” This is of the milder class, believe it or not, and deserves a bit of consideration. First to note is that it is judgmental opinion of perceived character and not an objective observation of behavior. Second is that it depends upon gross exaggeration and distortion in perception absent any referent. Dishonesty is labeled for a difference of opinion. Nastiness? Like parading around in hats portraying genitalia? Need (!) to cause chaos in a political struggle where his opponents do not accept election results? What Goldberg likes and dislikes are his personal issue but at least you’d think he’d be more honest about the basis. Self awareness can be difficult to achieve.

Big Ten Waffles After Public Outcry Including Trump Tweet: Might Not Cancel Season After All. Tyler Durden – “an avalanche of pushback and public outry, from some players, coaches, and even the president of the United States, left the decision anything but final.”

Why Democrats Have Started To Cave On Reopening Schools. Joy Pullmann – “Democrats are their own worst enemy. The problem is, the rest of us are so often their collateral damage.” It’s a learning experience, especially for the victims.

Fairfax Public Schools Tell Parents To Stop Educating Their Kids While School Is Banned. Elle Reynolds – “While warning parents against at-home tutoring because everyone can’t afford it, Fairfax County also won’t let students come to school in person.”

Global Lockdowns Set To Plunge 100 Million Into Extreme Poverty. Tyler Durden – “warns a new report by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.” … “The report appears to pin the blame on COVID-19 itself for the economic impact, yet the actual culprit is discovered to be the “restrictions” put in place by governments in response to the pandemic.”

Sweden’s Success Is Kryptonite For Lockdown And Mask Advocates. Tyler Durden – “Sweden shows us that a rational, evidence-based approach to the pandemic is now thriving.” … “In Sweden, there’s no mandatory masks, no mandatory lockdown, no vaccine, and most importantly, no problem.”

How Fauci’s Stubborness Costs Lives. Daniel John Sobieski – “Fauci is in love with clinical studies, which are fine to determine effectiveness and risk of vaccines, but pale in comparison to the results of actual use.” … “If we used HCQ the way the rest of the world does, tens of thousands of lives could be saved.”

 

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