America has lost its way.
There is no better way to describe what’s taking place in the U.S. at this time other than America has lost touch with its identity.
How else can the draconian rules placed on American citizens be explained?
States have crippled their economies with onerous “shelter in place” edicts, in the process trampling on the civil rights of their citizens—and not once have the people been asked for their input.
The people have not been given a choice.
In a free society, one would think such actions would not be permitted or even possible.
Governors are arbitrarily picking economic winners and losers, in some cases not so arbitrarily. Which businesses are deemed essential, and therefore, allowed to remain open—and which have been forced to shutter their operations?
Who will be granted access to prosperity and who will be denied?
How is this American?
The question: Has this dictatorial bent always been a part of America, residing just under the surface?
The issue is not one of warranted closures—although justifying the crippling of the U.S. economy based on the theoretical statistical model of curve flattening or social distancing are dubious at best. (Read: The Myth of Curve Flattening, Curve Flattening Never Meant to Stop COVID-19 and The Dubious Causality of Social Distancing)
Sadly, too many governors have done just that and the general public has gone along lock, stock and barrel.
In times of crisis, it is understandable for the public to seek leadership—to give up certain freedoms for the sake of safety.
After the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001, Americans were willing to give up civil liberties for protection against another attack on American soil. This led to the passage of the Patriot Act.
Regrettably, the intelligence community took our willingness to forego certain civil liberties to overreach their authority, which eventually led to the misuse and abuse of the Patriot Act.
An abuse the American public was made rudely aware of by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden’s revelations.
Are we heading down the same rabbit hole?
Has our desire for some ambiguous promise of protection allowed us to forego not only our rights as Americans, but our very identity?
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the Coronavirus: we never stopped to question whether the country as a whole was facing a true crisis or one fabricated out of the overblown rhetoric of the media.
The reaction by the public would have one believe contracting COVID-19 was a death sentence.
But is it really?
No, it’s not.
In fact, the death toll attributed to the Coronavirus likely will not surpass that of the seasonal flu—the panic associated with COVID-19 is another matter. (Read: The Great Toilet Paper Pandemic of 2020)
It’s obvious we have given into the fear.
Yet what is more troubling, under the threat of the Coronavirus America is no longer a free society—it is now under dictatorial rule.