We no longer have a government that is legitimately deriving its powers from the consent of the American people on any level. Illegal aliens and criminals are getting standing in court for benefits while we are suffering from the worst tyranny in our nation’s history. When will the American people rise up?
Our Founders fought the concept of “taxation without representation.” Shouldn’t we rise up against government worker compensation without representation until this coronavirus fascism is ended?
One thing is clear: After this economic Hiroshima has settled, all jobs will be gone except for government jobs. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, every government worker – regardless of how important and essential his job is at any time, much less at a time like this – will receive 100 percent of his salary. Yet all those small businesses and the lifetime of dreams, tears, toil, and sweat that went into them will be gone. Isn’t it time for government officials to share in the pain of the shutdown their bosses are imposing on the private sector? To that end, the citizenry must rise up and demand that their county councilmen, state legislators, and Congress convene and pass the following propositions:
- All top government officials should not get paid until this is over.
- State taxes should be suspended.
- All nonessential government workers should have their salaries and hours cut back 30 percent for every week this goes on.
- All county councilmen and state legislatures must permanently strip executives of emergency powers beyond 24 hours without consent from a legislative body.
- No regulations on individuals or family activities that are not in violation of CDC distancing guidelines.
- No federal bailouts for the states.
Putting the economic effects aside, the assault on our way of life is even worse. This virus, coming from China, has turned us into China. Just over the past few days, we have witnessed the Michigan governor ban all travel to a friend or relative’s home. The same governors who would sue the president for banning travel from countries with terrorists now violate the most inalienable right of freedom of movement.
We’ve seen a 12-year-old girl cited for playing basketball alone. We’ve witnessed the Louisville mayor ban drive-through church services for Easter and the Kentucky governor sending out police to check the licens plates of those parked in church parking lots.
We all watched with horror as a dad in Colorado was handcuffed for playing ball with his 6-year-old daughter and a man was dragged off a Philadelphia subway car for not wearing a mask. Just like in China. The only clause of the Bill of Rights still left intact is freedom of speech, if not freedom of assembly, although Facebook has already censored an article of mine and Medium has taken down very well-written articles by doctors questioning the strategy behind the shutdown.
The Stamp Act and Intolerable Acts were much more tolerable that what is going on today. And remember, they are just getting started. Dr. Fauci, who seems to be running the country, is talking about possibly getting back to some “degree of normality” … by November. Remember, as C.S. Lewis warned, “Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
Throughout all of this, we must ask: Where is President Trump? The other side has tyrannical state and local officials, but where is our voice at the federal level, and why is Fauci able to rule over us?
Trump supporters must demand the following from the president:
- Immediately fire Dr. Anthony Fauci.
- Promise never to give another penny to state governments prolonging this shutdown, as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan asks for another $500 billion to bail out his mendacity.
- Threaten federal lawsuits against states violating civil rights.
- Threaten to call in the National Guard to enforce the Constitution against those state officials needlessly implementing martial law, the same way President Eisenhower did in Arkansas when state schools resisted desegregation.
Amid all the tyranny, we ironically have a large degree of anarchy, as criminals are released and go undeterred. Police boast about going after everyday Americans for violating the lawless lockdown edicts of governors, but seem impotent in dealing with dangerous criminals. Also, illegal aliens, who don’t belong in this country to begin with, continue to be released by judges, while Americans are treated like illegal aliens outside their homes.
Our Declaration of Independence established our right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and governance by consent. It also established the principle that that “whenever any Formof Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
This is our right to self-government. As it states in the Maryland Declaration of Rights: “Trustees of the Public, and, as such, accountable for their conduct: Wherefore, whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought, to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.”
If we choose to “to suffer while evils are sufferable,” we might not get another chance. It’s time to party like it’s 1776.
Author: Daniel Horowitz
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.