All about power and control

All about power and control

There is now talk of extending lockdown orders into July and possibly August in Los Angeles. Mayor Garcetti recently reminded his subjects that compliance with new orders will help them take steps forward.

Forward to what, exactly? Total, unquestioning obedience to a so-called public servant elected by free people? What happens in LA is certain to find its way to the Bay Area and eventually to Napa.

Is there anyone out there who still thinks these lockdowns are about public health? Recall they were supposed to be about flattening the curve. The curve has flattened. No one argues that. Hospitals sit empty and are nearing bankruptcy, perhaps the cruelest irony of this debacle.

The goalposts have been moved. Now the narrative is, it is government’s job to prevent people from dying. Ponder how absurd and scary that is for a moment. If that is the case, our benevolent overlords would keep us locked up for eternity. It’s a dangerous world out there!

Make no mistake, this is about power and control. If you don’t think politicians thrive on power and control, I suggest reading some history.

It is sickening to think that this charade has largely worked; so many fellow citizens have offered up their rights in exchange for “safety.” Paraphrasing Franklin, they deserve neither.

The one upside to extended lockdown orders is that all but the most blindly obedient and supine among us is sure to recognize what is happening, that public health concerns took a backseat to power and control a while ago. And they won’t tolerate it.

James Barrett


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