Lately, there has been an increasing number of politicians, political pundits, and so-called journalists in the media, who have been engaging in conspiracy theories about lockdown protests and even about the protesters themselves.
The media is even resorting to using biased polls that are designed more to sway public opinion than to actually gauge it, to give the illusion that the majority of Americans want the lockdown to continue “even if it means continued damage to the economy.”
Here is the hard data that is actually driving the lockdown protests. For the first time in American history, state and local government officials forced millions of businesses to abruptly close their doors, leaving tens of millions of Americans immediately unemployed.
A little over a month ago, Americans were at work benefiting from the best economy in modern American history. Today, many of those Americans are in food lines just so they can feed their families.
And many state and local government officials have gone way beyond the federal social distancing guideline of staying six feet away from other people, to directing the people to stay-at-home and don’t come out.
Media driven conspiracy theories about lockdown protests
The New York Times, for example, recently published an opinion piece titled “What’s Driving the Right-Wing Protesters Fighting the Quarantine?”
Why is the media labeling people who are against draconian lockdown orders as “right-wing protesters?” Statements like that are proof that eliminating American history and civics from academic curriculum is starting to bear fruit.
For those politicians, political pundits, and so-called journalists who are all prisoners in their own minds and blinded by their own ideological biases, here are some facts.
The American people understand that this virus is highly transmittable and can be deadly for older Americans and people of any age with underlying conditions. No one wants to get this virus and they damn sure don’t want it to kill those they love.
There is a huge difference between being told to stay six feet away from other people and being told to stay-at-home and don’t come out
Americans also understand that there is a huge difference between being told to stay six feet away from other people and being told to stay-at-home and don’t come out. One is a reasonable guideline, the other is draconian.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”– Benjamin Franklin
The Americans that are being falsely labelled as right-wing protesters are not against social distancing at all. In fact, many would probably prefer that the “staying at least six feet away from other people” guideline stays in place forever. Why? Because Americans love the idea of having the extra elbow, shoulder, head, and leg room. Americans love freedom and having plenty of space to exercise it.
Given this set of facts, the American people understand the need to stay at least six feet away from other people (social distancing). They also understand that they need to stay away from vulnerable individuals and stay at home if they are sick (isolation when and where necessary). These are all sensible guidelines and American citizens are not disputing them.
What the lockdown protests are really about
The protests are about the draconian stay-at-home and don’t come out directives issued by state and local government officials. They are about state and local government officials picking and choosing which businesses can stay open and which ones cannot. It is about state and local government putting tens of millions of Americans out of work, forcing many into food lines.
“Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”John Basil Barnhill. (1914). “Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism: Indictment of Socialism No. 3.” St. Louis, MO: Rip-Saw Publishing, p. 34.
It is about state and local government officials using this pandemic as a license to trample on the Constitutional rights of American citizens, while disguising it as necessary for public health.
Preservation of constitutional rights, especially during times of crisis, is paramount. To suggest that American citizens should willingly give up their constitutional rights during this pandemic or any crisis for that matter, is just asinine.
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi ridicules people protesting stringent stay-at-home orders
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, thinks it is ‘really unfortunate’ that American citizens would protest and push back on state and local government officials that are trampling on their Constitutional rights.
This is coming from the person who is third in line of succession to the Presidency of the United States. The American public should find Nancy Pelosi’s position absolutely terrifying.
How can the Speaker of the House be so dismissive about such overt threats to the Constitutional rights of American citizens? Well, Nancy Pelosi is not having the same experience as ordinary Americans during this pandemic. She is enjoying self-quarantine from the luxurious confines of her ocean front mansion in California while receiving her full taxpayer funded paycheck.
Was it really necessary to shut down the country?
This is a question that American citizens need and deserve an answer to from their state and local government officials. A lot of economic pain and suffering could have been avoided if state and local officials would have directed every business to adjust to the CDC social distancing guidelines, instead of just shutting them down.
Here is the reality. Americans are reasonable people and they want to do the right thing. If businesses that were deemed “essential” by the state and local government were allowed to adjust their operations to meet the CDC social distancing guidelines and stay operating, all businesses should have been allowed to do the same.
It still would have resulted in mass unemployment, but no where near the levels the country is seeing today.
America needed to have an American response to this pandemic, instead of just a copy and paste of the Communist China response.