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Govt Has Discovered the Power of Fear, Retribution

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Govt Has Discovered the Power of Fear, Retribution
By Andrew Napolitano
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 05:06 PM
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"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty" — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

To Thomas Jefferson, the fulcrum between the people and the government they have elected was fear. He argued succinctly that the government would only respect liberty if it feared losing power. Today, the relationship between people and government is power.

Does the government have the power to tell us how to make personal choices, or do we have the power to tell the government to take a hike?

Stated differently, does the government work for us or do we work for the government?

Jefferson's answer to that question in 1801, the year he became president, was that the government worked for us. Today, unfortunately, this same question has two answers — a functional one and a formal one. One would stumble answering this question if one looked only at how some state governors are treating the people for whom they claim to be working.

One needs to look as well at the nature of government in a free society.

Six months ago, no one could have imagined where we are in America today.

Then, if anyone had suggested that the governors of all 50 states, in varying degrees of severity, would be using police to interfere with personal choices — choices that we and our forbearers have all made without giving a second thought to the preferences of the government — no one would have believed it.

Think for a moment of how you would have reacted to any pre-COVID-19 idea that the police in America — using not the force of opinion but the force of arms — would prevent you from going out of your home, operating your business, jogging in a park, patronizing a restaurant or clothing store, buying a garden hose, going to Mass or church or temple or mosque or even joining a small public gathering of folks who want to protest these prohibitions.

Where did these prohibitions come from?

They have come from the ever-changing edicts of governors and mayors, who rely on the ever-changing evaluations of medical data from an ever-changing cast of scientific experts.

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MontyPython

"Think for a moment of how you would have reacted to any pre-COVID-19 idea that the police in America — using not the force of opinion but the force of arms — would prevent you from going out of your home, operating your business, jogging in a park, patronizing a restaurant or clothing store, buying a garden hose, going to Mass or church or temple or mosque or even joining a small public gathering of folks who want to protest these prohibitions."

Yup, only a few months ago such things would have been unthinkable. Laughable, even. Today they are not only happening regularly, but even worse, millions of people are apparently OK with that!

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Holland25
1 hour ago, MontyPython said:

"Think for a moment of how you would have reacted to any pre-COVID-19 idea that the police in America — using not the force of opinion but the force of arms — would prevent you from going out of your home, operating your business, jogging in a park, patronizing a restaurant or clothing store, buying a garden hose, going to Mass or church or temple or mosque or even joining a small public gathering of folks who want to protest these prohibitions."

Yup, only a few months ago such things would have been unthinkable. Laughable, even. Today they are not only happening regularly, but even worse, millions of people are apparently OK with that!

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Right on. Whenever people say certain evils will never happen they are always wrong because eventually the current evil will be accepted. Abortion will never happen, infanticide will never happen, gay marriage, parents coercing or forcing sex changes on their children, and many others things will never happen until they did. I have no doubt that pedophilia and other evils we can't yet conceive will be  accepted by the godless and immoral of tomorrow

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Natural Selection

"Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary." -Karl Marx

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Ticked@TinselTown

This nation's roots were firmly planted in the territory of personal freedom because the Founding Fathers and Mothers were sick to death of being ground beneath the heels of tyrants.

What are we seeing across the nation?  Power crazed tyrants imposing their imbecility on everyone 'beneath' them.

As I have said before, and will say again, there are trees that need watering, desperately.

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