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It is now clear that a large number of state governments have decided to morph what had originally been called a very temporary lock down and request to social distance into a permanent state of martial law, with their governors retaining the right to rule by edict for as long as they personally deem.
As most states begin to move forward with measures to reopen their economies following strict lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, some governors and big-city mayors are now saying the restrictions will not fully be lifted until a vaccine or treatment for the disease is available — a timeline that could take a year or more.
The leaders’ comments indicate Americans could be living with orders restricting personal and economic activity for much longer than many anticipate.
And who are these new dictators? Here is the list from the linked article above:
- Democrat Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey
- Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan
- Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker of Illinois
- Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles
- Republican Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City
Nor are these the only ones. Other governors have imposed similarly impossible conditions for lifting their versions of martial law and house arrest, from demanding universal testing and tracking of all infected patients to the end of all cases of COVID-19. Some have developed reopening plans so stretched out with no time limits and impossibly complex rules that they essentially will never end.
- Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom of California
- Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York
- Republican Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts
- Democrat Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania
- Democrat Governor Kate Brown of Oregon
- Democrat Governor Jay Inslee of Washington
In every single one of these cases, expect the rules to change, once it appears that their stated conditions for lifting their dictatorships might finally arrive. At that time it will suddenly be for other reasons their totalitarian rule must continue, for our safety of course. That is their standard operating procedure, to lie repeatedly for their own benefit.
Now, look at the lists above. Does anyone but me notice the pattern? What party seems in love with power, with control, with fear? What party doesn’t seem to care that its policies are wiping out the economy and whole industries, while destroying the lives of millions? What party consistently seems willing to expand and abuse its power, not for the sake of the citizenry but for its own aggrandizement?
Of course! It’s Donald Trump and those evil Republicans! Can’t you see that, from the data above? It is as clear as day!
Seriously, the regions and rulers that are routinely imposing stringent rules and restrictions on ordinary innocent citizens, all in the name of “helping us”, are almost all in either Democratic strongholds (California, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts), or places where large Democratically-controlled urban cities dominate a more politically mixed population (Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania).
These are the new fascists, the new brown-shirts, the new political thugs. They are no different than past fascists, brown-shirts, and political thugs. And they are in power because a large percentage of the populations in these states either happily approve their policies of squashing down and destroying those who disagree with them, or are too ignorant and lazy to oppose those policies.
And make no mistake. These fascist jack-booted thugs are also working hard to expand their police state policies into all the other states in the union. If the citizens and politicians in the rest of the country don’t begin to oppose this spread, these dictatorships will also spread to all regions and all states.
We are facing a real and new civil war. And I fear we don’t have the courage to fight it.
Correction note: I initially listed Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker as a Democrat. My mistake, though it is an easy mistake to make since every Republican elected in Massachusetts for the past three decades has been indistinguishable from most Democrats.
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