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Every morning, I read the transcripts from Rush’s show of the previous day. One caller on Tuesday’s show raised a question in my mind. First, the setup to the question.
A lady from Illinois called and talked to Rush about how she thought the extraordinary restrictions put in place to fight the Chinese flu are a massive power grab. She used her own state as an example. She started with citing 101 murders to date in Chicago alone, compared to 73 coronavirus deaths statewide to date. (Note: I have been unable to verify these numbers. The statistics are all over the place.)
Now, the conversation didn’t go in what to me was the obvious direction. My question is, “Why did Illinois go into lockdown for the virus when it didn’t go into a targeted lockdown in Chicago?” Of course, we know the governor wants to stop the spread of the virus, and unfortunately, most governors think the only way to do it is a lockdown, regardless of the economies destroyed. I’ll ask another question:
If a lockdown is effective in stopping the spread of the virus, why didn’t the Mayor of Chicago direct lockdowns in those neighborhoods where 99% of the murders take place? Wouldn’t that stop the gun violence “epidemic” there?
Power corrupts, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. Although I cannot find a source to cite other than Rush, Andrew Cuomo said, “Sometimes you need an emergency to force change.” Even not knowing the context, people should recognize 1) the truth of those words, and 2) the reason we should take note and be very concerned. The concern is that once this virus blows over and governors (hopefully) relinquish their powers, how many will miss that taste so much, the next time anything resembling a crisis appears, the yoke is put back on their citizens? Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Rush also brought up a comparison of our country’s response to the Spanish flu epidemic (very little), and Sweden’s current approach to the Chinese flu (business as usual, individuals take their own responsibility).
It will be interesting to compare our two countries’ statistics when this epidemic blows over.
Some of my fellow Ricochetti have stated that rights are not absolute. Tell that to God, because natural rights were given to us by Him. However, natural rights can be suspended if exercising those rights violates someone else’s rights. This is where government needs to strike a reasonable balance of civil rights curtailment vs. freedom, not a near-total elimination. We can discuss this while we follow whatever guidelines or dictates our “masters” have directed. But when this thing is over, I expect reviews and discussions at the federal and state levels to find that balance so future actions aren’t so disproportionately severe.Published in