Several states are gearing up to start letting businesses gradually reopen, and not a moment too soon. All around the nation, Americans are signaling that they have had enough, and while some political leaders want to continue the lockdown indefinitely, citizens are assessing the relative dangers of the disease compared to losing their businesses, jobs, salaries and homes, and judging the latter as worse than the former.
For instance, in Dallas, Texas, the owner of a hair salon defied the shutdown last week and reopened, while observing strict hygiene standards. She said if she'd waited any longer, she would have to fire her employees and declare bankruptcy. She's been ordered to “cease and desist,” but she’d had enough of ceasing and desisting, and she has plenty of support.
Meanwhile, the Dallas suburb of Colleyville declared that business owners couldn’t wait any longer and some could start reopening in defiance of state and county leaders.
And this is in Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott has been one of the most lenient, pro-business leaders. In states such as Michigan, where Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been channeling Mad King George and imposing inexplicable, rights-crushing edicts, many people are on the verge of rebellion.
I sympathize with the protesters, but if I may offer one bit of advice: Please remember that while the threat of the virus may turn out to have been wildly overstated, we still don’t know its full effects (stories are circulating of possible links to blood clotting and strokes in younger victims, among other unknowns.) And while far more people than we initially knew were apparently exposed to it and suffered little or no ill effects, for those who are vulnerable, it can be a terrible, even fatal disease (nearly 55,000 deaths in the US so far.)
If you are going to protest to reopen the government, please do so responsibly. Wear face masks, keep up social distancing, and don’t shake hands with strangers (I’ve seen video of protesters violating all these common sense rules.)
Even if you don’t believe the coronavirus is as bad as advertised, why take unnecessary chances? If not for your own safety and that of your family and community, you should follow the health guidelines at protests to prove that you are responsible citizens who can be trusted to go back to work without spreading the disease. Consider this: If you don’t, you’re giving PR ammunition to the people who want to keep America locked down forever.
A CONTRARIAN COMMENT
Over the past month or so, a number of conservative and Libertarian commentators have bemoaned the way some politicians were so quick to use the coronavirus threat to try to impose their long-standing leftist political agendas (like the Green New Deal or vote-fraud-by-mail) and even worse, how Americans willingly gave up their rights for a little perceived safety. While I agree with the former, I take issue with the latter.
When the Internet meme took off that said, “How do you like your free 30-day trial of socialism?” some thought it was just a joke. But it’s actually a great way of expressing why, despite the fervent fever dreams of the AOCs of the world, Trump was right: America will NEVER be a socialist country. Americans were told we were facing an existential danger, and as always, we put differences aside, sacrificed and pitched in to help others and win the battle, with many Americans acting heroically.
But as soon as some politicians started trying to abuse their powers to crush people’s rights – whether it was something as small as banning the purchase of “non-essential” garden seeds or as unconstitutional as ticketing people for holding a drive-in church service – Americans immediately rose up and refused to take it.
Contrary to the despairing claims about how modern Americans are willing to give up our rights, we are merely willing to make a temporary sacrifice for the greater good. As soon as we sensed that some politicians were trying to abuse our trust and exploit this crisis to increase their power, Americans started showing that we can be just as ornery as we were back when we dumped all that tea in Boson Harbor – except instead of singing “Yankee Doodle,” we now sing “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
To all the “Democratic socialists” who foolishly thought that public compliance with the lockdown and acceptance of government relief signaled a permanent shift of Americans becoming docile, obedient sheep watched over by an all-powerful state, guess again. We now know that they'll put up with it for four weeks, or until you start acting like socialist dictators, whichever comes first. Now, they’re demanding to get back to work, making their own money, going to church and living their lives they way they see fit, not the way some meddling politician sees fit.
What this crisis has proved is that Americans are still Americans, and that if you even managed to impose your thousand-year socialist utopia, it would have a shelf life of about four weeks at most before the people rose up and threw it out. And that’s only if they thought the only alternative was a deadly disease. After four weeks, they’d rather have the disease.
There are all sorts of rumors flying about North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un: that he’s in a vegetative state after surgery, that he’s died and it’s being hushed up, that his sister is being installed in his place, etc. But as of this writing, none of this has been confirmed. In fact, a high level South Korean official says their intelligence has detected no unusual developments in notoriously secretive North Korea.
Therefore, I will stick to one of the guiding principles of my newsletter, something that sets us apart from so many media outlets these days: I will refrain from commenting on this “news” until it actually happens.
NEWS YOU CAN MAYBE USE
If you haven’t yet received your coronavirus relief payment, the IRS has made improvements to its “Get My Payment” tool on its website, to help you track your payment and possibly get it faster. Details at this link.
And since many people who don’t have direct deposit are waiting on paper checks, here’s how to spot a fraudulent coronavirus stimulus check.
TARA READE'S SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION
Former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation has taken on new force since a tape emerged of her late mother calling Larry King’s CNN show in 1993 for advice about it. If nothing else, it shows that it’s not a story Reade invented recently to harm Biden’s presidential bid. CNN denied a claim that the clip was removed from Google Play, saying it never appeared there…
But while the story is boiling over online, mainstream media outlets, powerful Democrats and other former MeToo advocates continue to play deaf, dumb and blind, like Nancy Pelosi, who just endorsed Biden without even mentioning it…
…Three female Democrats who are being touted as possible Biden running mates, and who appeared on the Sunday news talk shows where they didn’t mention it and were never even asked about it…
Let me stress once again that this is a he said/she said allegation with no hard evidence, and that Biden deserves the same presumption of innocence that all the Democrats who are ignoring this refused to grant to Brett Kavanaugh or any Republican facing even less substantiated allegations.
2020 has been a pretty terrible year in some regards, but at least it will go down in history as the year that Democrats suddenly pulled a 180 and embraced due process rights and the 10th Amendment (i.e., their outcry over Trump saying he had total authority over when the states lift their lockdowns), after long ago tossing both on the scrap heap of history.
MOVE TO IRAN
For the “all cultures are equal to/better than America” crowd, those people who take a perverse delight in falsely claiming that America is handling the coronavirus worse than any other nation, might I suggest that if they really believe that, they should move to Iran immediately. Iran has some advanced technology that should keep them much safer from the virus than they would be here.
STUNNING FAILURE IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS
At the link, 30 stunning and hilarious examples of liberal Congress members lecturing the rest of us about the importance of following health guidelines, such as wearing a face mask, while showing us that they can’t tell the difference between a face mask and a necktie.
Note that these include some of the most aggressively leftist Congress members (Pelosi, Waters, Nadler, the “Squad,” etc.) who think they’re smart enough to fundamentally transform America, yet they’re not bright enough to figure out how to put on a face mask. I’m amazed some of them weren’t wearing it as a hat.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.