Lockdown Powers: It’s a Slippery Slope from
Handwashing to House Arrest
By John W.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one
thing: the last of the human freedoms — to
choose one’s attitude in any given set of
circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”—Viktor
- We still have choices.
because we’re fighting an unseen enemy in the form
of a virus doesn’t mean we have to relinquish every
shred of our humanity, our common sense, or our
freedoms to a nanny state that thinks it can do a
better job of keeping us safe.
give up willingly now—whether it’s basic human
decency, the ability to manage our private affairs,
the right to have a say in how the government
navigates this crisis, or the few rights still left
to us that haven’t been disemboweled in recent years
by a power-hungry police state—we won’t get back so
easily once this crisis is past.
government never cedes power willingly.
day brings a drastic new set of restrictions by
government bodies (most
have been delivered by way of executive orders)
at the local, state and federal level that are eager
to flex their muscles for the so-called “good” of
where we run the risk of this whole fly-by-night
operation going completely off the rails.
one thing to attempt an experiment in social
distancing in order to flatten the curve of this
virus because we can’t afford to risk overwhelming
the hospitals and exposing the most vulnerable in
the nation to unavoidable loss of life scenarios.
However, there’s a fine line between
strongly worded suggestions for citizens to
voluntarily stay at home and strong-armed house
arrest orders with
penalties in place for non-compliance.
three-quarters of all Americans have now been
ordered to stay at home
and that number is growing as more states fall in
Schools have cancelled physical
many for the remainder of the academic year.
of the states have
banned gatherings of more than 10 people.
least three states (Nevada, North Carolina, and
ordered non-essential businesses to close.